Next Galerie specialises in urban and pop art, and stands out amongst more traditional galleries found along Toulouse’s streets. The team is dedicated to presenting the emotional dimension and entertainment value of contemporary art, and their collections focus on themes of discovery, pleasure and joy. Whilst Next Galerie’s past exhibitions have predominantly given a platform to young emerging artists, they now have big ambitions to expand into the international mainstream art world and have begun to compliment these collections with pieces from international pop-artists who have already gained exposure and are well known globally.
Next Galerie, 15 Rue Croix Baragnon, Toulouse, France, +33 5 61 32 82 24
This impressive art space spans 2,800 square feet over two floors, and provides an expansive and brilliantly shining arena for showcasing strikingly coloured paintings and sculptures, displayed along the walls, atop of purpose-built podiums, and nestled in enclaves built as shelves into the walls themselves. Galerie Alain Daudet was founded in 1986 and deserves its reputation as ‘an institution in Toulouse cultural landscape’. The gallery itself is gorgeous and inspiring for its simplistic yet creative curation of interesting contemporary pieces. Included in the long list of artists who have showcased their work here are Antonio Segui, Bengt Lindström, Cédric Bouteiller, Claude Venard, and locally lauded glass artists and ceramists. Galerie Alain Daudet is well worth the visit for those looking for a taste of the boutique art scene in Toulouse.
Galerie Alain Daudet, 10 Rue de la Trinité, Toulouse, France, +33 5 34 31 74 84
An essential stop on your tour of the Toulouse contemporary art spaces, the gallery belonging to Le Fondation d’Entreprise Espace Ecureuil has created a unique identity for itself as it only exhibits work that is directly related to the activity and aspirations of everyday life. The foundation self-describe as ‘…a space where artworks can breathe and the public can encounter them.’ The permanent collection is a growing exhibit titled Les cadavres sont exquis, comprised of work created especially for the project. It’s a revival of ‘exquisite corpse’, a famous game started by the surrealists, in which artists working in various mediums create work in succession as responses to a previous piece. The Foundation has an overall focus on open-minded artistic discovery, and channels much of its energy into outreach educational services, providing artistic encounters for local students. The Fondation d’Entreprise Espace Ecureuil, through its dedication and passion, is not simply a part of the contemporary French art scene, but it is cultivating and expanding it.