Dijon is rightfully known for its gastronomy, its impressive medieval architecture, and as a gateway to the great wines of Burgundy. However, it is also a thriving art hub, as evidenced by its exciting crop of galleries and art centers – and we’ve rounded up the ten best to explore.
Le Consortium is a contemporary art center with a cultural outreach soul. It has its origins in the ’70s, when alternative ‘counter-establishment’ structures popped up as places of independent expression. It holds sensational contemporary exhibitions, considered among the best in France. Its collection contains more than 250 works by international artists – mostly acquired at the beginning of their careers – which have been the subject of an exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and which are regularly loaned to the world’s main art institutions.
Le Consortium, 37 Rue de Longvic, Dijon, France +33 3 80 68 45 55
Galerie Notre Dame is located in the heart of the pedestrian center close to the famous Notre Dame church. It is a gallery and exhibition space, with temporary exhibitions throughout the year, where individual artists or collectives can also rent space to hold their solo or group shows.
Galerie Notre Dame, 3 Rue Musette, Dijon, France +33 3 80 23 20 90
Five founding young artists – Thomas Fontaine, Fiona Lindron, Sylvain Marchand, Annelise Ragno and Lisbeth Loevbak Berg – have teamed up to transform an old factory into Les Ateliers Vortex, a space for the production and distribution of contemporary art. The workshops are organized in two places: the ground floor houses workshops for research, fabrication and experimentation for artists in residence, while upstairs there is an exhibition space of more than 130 square meters. The Vortex workshops have a policy of producing and disseminating ‘multiple’ original works of art in limited series, thus making contemporary art accessible to everyone.
Les Ateliers Vortex, 71 – 73 Rue des Rotondes, Dijon, France +33 9 72 43 68 71
In the city center near the Saint-Benigne cathedral, the Encadrement Dijon framing workshop offers an adjoining art gallery featuring paintings, sculptures and objets d’art by established and new artists.
Cadrart, 11 Rue Michelet, Dijon, France +33 3 80 30 42 34
Founded in 1987 in Dijon, Galerie Barnoud in the beginning focused on established artists. Since 1996, however, it is firmly centered on promoting emerging talent, a mission that was consolidated in 2012 with the move to their huge, new 250-square-meter space, Entrepôt 9. Located just to the east in Quetigny, it is easily reachable in 20 minutes by tram from the center.
Galerie Barnoud, Entrepôt 9, 9 Boulevard de l’Europe, Quetigny, France +33 3 80 66 23 26
The gallery L’Espace is the exhibition space of the adjoining L’Encadreur framing workshop. They hold regular year-round exhibitions featuring works of French and international artists.
L’Encadreur, 30 Rue Charrue, Dijon, France + 33 3 80 30 76 56
France has a network of 23 Regional Contemporary Art Funds (FRAC) dedicated to the art of today. Their mission is to build a collection with a cross-section of art representative of the time, and raise awareness of contemporary creation. In 2013, the FRAC Bourgogne inaugurated its new permanent space, Bains du Nord, in downtown Dijon, converting 500 square meters that used to house the public baths – hence the name.
FRAC Bourgogne, Les Bains du Nord, 16 Rue Quentin, Dijon, France +33 3 80 30 43 86
Gallerist Jean Philippe Berger believes in the democratization of art and with Open Art Galerie he promotes the work of contemporary artists who are looking to find their public. The space displays and sells a rotating roster of over 300 works.
Open Art Gallery, 1 bis Rue Musette, Dijon, France +33 6 61 28 94 55
Founded in 1995 with the aim of bringing young artists and the public closer together, the Interface exhibition site is located in an apartment in the city center – which is atypical and complementary to the larger aforementioned structures, like the FRAC and Consortium. On behalf of the Interface association, they host several exhibitions and an artist’s residence every year.