France's first sports culture museum, the Géo Charles museum is located in a 19th century house, just outside of a park. It is the concrete result of the donations made by Géo Charles, Olympic poet of the 1924 Paris games.Read more
The city of Echirolles acquired the 1842 house, which once belonged to the viscose company, and transformed it into a sports culture and contemporary art museum.
As a Museum of France, it houses the archives and collections donated by Madame Lucienne Géo-Charles. This heritage makes up a unique 20th century collection of artistic, athletic, and literary treasures, as well as contemporary art works, creating a singular museum at the crossroads of several disciplines.
The museum's collections bring together the acquisitions of a selective collector from the first half of the 20th century, with a penchant for the avant-garde style of the Paris school.
Made up of an ensemble of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and engravings from artists like Derain, Delauney, Léger, Lhote, Masereel, Metzinger, Monteiro, Reth, and Survage, the collection illustrates the sports themed modern art of the period.
The renovation of the museum in 2000 allowed for the assembly of the permanent collection made up of donations by Géo-Charles, a pioneer in athletic art.
The Géo-Charles museum is also a center for contemporary art and hosts temporary exhibits.
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