In this more than thousand-year-old abbey, at the end of the 11th century "one of the most important capitals of Christian Europe", then at the head of a network of nearly 1,400 dependencies spread throughout Europe, two exhibitions are presented.
In the Museum of Art and Archaeology: On the Silk Road: Fabrics, Luxury and Power, which includes more than a hundred textiles, starting from a rare Sassanian set dated to the 6th-8th centuries, and the focus on China, Persia, Ottoman Turkey, Sicily and Egypt of the Mamluks, the Italian Peninsula and its major trading cities,
Venice, Florence and Genoa, and at the end of this journey Spain, from 14 in the 16th century. Each of the countries mentioned is represented equally according to two criteria which highlight its originality: the prestige linked to its most glorious era, and its originality from a graphic point of view.
In the Farinier: the artist Mehdi Moutashar. His exhibition is a continuation of that opposite Richard Serra at the Palais du Tau in 2017 in Reims, and the prestigious "Jameel prize" awarded to him in 2019 by the Victoria Albert Museum. Mehdi Moutashar is of Iraqi origin. He was born in Hylla, the ancient city of Babylon. Domitille d'Orgeval emphasizes that "it is through the prism of geometric abstraction that the artist wondered about his oriental sources, anchored in him since childhood 109 squares-losanges, this work remained in the state of project for the cellar, allows him to conclude "The links that it establishes between European geometric abstraction, American minimal art and a certain decorative tradition of art Islamic, invites a more subtle and complex reading of contemporary art". Didier Moiselet, lender of the works and at the origin of these two exhibitions, refers to Malevitch's square and Matisse's cut-out papers from the Chapel of the Rosary in Vence, and sees in Two Squares vis-à-vis of 2019, bearing a rare spirituality in contemporary art.