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Gallery of modern art Les-Abbatoy: photos, description (Les Abattoirs)

At the turn of the last and present century in Toulouse opened a new contemporary art gallery. It has quickly become a striking landmark in that part of town, which is located on the left Bank of the Garonne river. Fifteen years after the opening of this Museum as one of the best in France dedicated to contemporary art.

The gallery name in French means "slaughterhouse", and there is no special conceptualization, just the Museum complex was established on the site of the former city slaughterhouse, built in the first half of the nineteenth century. Because of its specificity, the slaughterhouse was located on the outskirts, so as not to defile the air of the streets with its stench. But sprawling urban areas have required the improvement of this territory, and the construction of the Museum was a good example of the renovation of the space.

The architect of the slaughterhouse began in the nineteenth century urban Vitry. For its construction were used bricks, which were manufactured in Toulouse from local clay, so the building is erected in the typical colours which city is called pink. On the slaughterhouse he worked until the end of the last century, and then was converted into a Museum. While the city authorities tried to preserve the historical appearance of the complex. In the Central building houses an exhibition gallery, the dimensions of which allow to display even very large installations and paintings, and in others a library, a media library and other departments of the Museum.

The collection of this Museum has about three and a half thousand works, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations and photos, created in the XX-th century and current century artists from around the world. The collection includes the works, until then, kept in other museums of modern art of Toulouse. One of the outstanding exhibits is recognized as the work of Pablo Picasso 1936 - stage set created for the play "July 14," Romain Rolland.