5 top reasons to visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Dijon

Bigger, more modern and still as rich an experience, the Museum of Fine Arts in Dijon, located in the Palace of the Dukes and Estates of Bourgogne, completes its transformation and presents a new tour route sweeping across more than 20 centuries of history. France.fr gives you five good reasons to discover this Burgundian jewel.

An entire museum

Visitors adore the Museum of Fine Arts in Dijon as much for its collections as for the building that contains them, the Palace of the Dukes and Estates of Burgundy, one of the most emblematic monuments of Dijon. Transformed over the centuries and fulfilling different uses, the palace is made up of structures from different periods, thus allowing the works to be exhibited in buildings from the same period and giving full meaning to the new chronological tour.

A journey throughout 20 centuries of history

Opened in 1799, the Museum of Fine Arts in Dijon can boast that it's one of the oldest museums in France after the Louvre. Its collection, which includes about 130,000 works of art, enables the museum to present an overview covering over 20 centuries of history, from Antiquity to the 21st century. Divided in eight sequences, the chronological tour offers its visitors a real journey through the ages.

The hall of tombs: the jewel of the palace

Already beloved by the 19th century, the guard room, where the tombs of Duke Philippe Le Hardi and Duke Jean Sans Peur are located, is the centerpiece of the Museum of Fine Arts in Dijon. It's hard to tell which way to turn first in this spectacular room built by Philippe Le Bon in the mid-15th century: at the funerary monuments dating from the late Middle Ages, the procession of mourners and their draped coats, the carved and gilded wooden altarpieces from the Charterhouse of Champmol, or the imposing fireplace with a flamboyant Gothic style.

An arts district

Beyond the Museum of Fine Arts, the entire neighborhood has changed. With Place de la Libération revisited by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, the Bar's courtyard transformed into a cultural and gourmet agora, and the creation of Place Sainte-Chapelle which now allows access the museum, you can wander around the pedestrian streets of this arts district lined with antique shops, designer furniture and artisanal treats.

An inaugural exhibition by Yan Pei-Ming

The Chinese international artist, a resident of Dijon for over 20 years, has been chosen to present the first temporary exhibition of the new Museum of Fine Arts in Dijon. With L’Homme qui pleure, Yan Pei-Ming opens his diary and shows us his emotions and his revolt against the brutality of the world through about 30 of his works. These pieces are distributed throughout the museum, from temporary to permanent exhibition spaces, such as the Hall of Tombs, which holds a triptych of the artist that pays tribute to his mother. The exhibition will run until September 23, 2019.

L'Homme qui pleure exhibition by Yan Pei-Ming (External link)

Getting to the Museum of Fine Arts of Dijon, in Burgundy