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The Pavillon Populaire in Montpellier


Photographic art space

Near the Place de la Comédie and the Corum, the Pavillon Populaire de Montpellier is dedicated to contemporary photography. Initiated by the city, this cultural venue is open to the public free of charge. It hosts exhibitions specially designed for the occasion and presents established and emerging artists of national and international renown.


The Pavillon Populaire in Montpellier, a specialised programme

Art photography, documentary photography, plastic photography and much more, the programme of the Pavillon Populaire honours the beauty and plurality of this artistic discipline. It pays particular attention to retrospectives. Monographic exhibitions are regularly organised, presenting the works and evolution of an artist. Among them, some were dedicated to Robert Doisneau, Linda McCartney, Partick Tosani...

The Boutographies festival

Every year, the Pavillon Populaire in Montpellier hosts the Boutographiques, the city's festival of photographic encounters. Dedicated to new talent, it highlights the work of young photographers on the European scene. Exhibitions, openings, meetings, screenings... The event has become a must for professionals and visitors alike.


L’histoire d’un lieu d’exception

Located on the Charles de Gaulle esplanade, the neo-renaissance style building was constructed in 1891 by the Montpellier architect Léopold Carlier. As a university town renowned for its faculty of medicine and law, the building was intended to house the "student circle". The Pavillon Populaire de Montpellier was then used as a venue for numerous popular and professional events (winegrowers' festival, victory of the Popular Front, etc.).

The Charles de Gaulle esplanade

The esplanade is the ideal place for anyone who simply wants to enjoy the good weather. Lined with plane trees and greenery, it offers a pleasant and "refreshing" walk. If you stroll along the shady alleys, you will find restaurants, cafés, guinguettes, musicians, florists...


Le Grand Hôtel du Midi,

near the Pavillon Populaire in Montpellier

From the hotel, you can walk to the Pavillon Populaire de Montpellier in 7 minutes. Go to the Place de la Comédie, take the allée Jules Milhau on your left and walk along the esplanade. The centre is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm in winter and 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 7pm in summer. Weekly tours are organised free of charge and are accessible without prior reservation.

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