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HousesThe Hôtel-Dieu
With Nîmes s'illustre & Jonathan Bréchignac


Practical infos
  • Open during the Contemporaine de Nîmes, from April 5 to June 16, 2024. 
  • Wednesday to Sunday, 2pm to 6pm (with the possibility of private bookings outside these hours).
  • Opening party Sunday, April 7 from 12pm.
  • Free admission.


25 rue Jean Reboul, 30000 Nîmes

How to get there?
Sketch for the House of the Contemporaine project at Hôtel-Dieu, January 2024.

The association Nîmes s’illustre operates one of the three Houses of the Contemporaine, at the Hôtel-Dieu, located in the neighborhood La Placette. At the crossroads of contemporary art and illustration, with the help of artist-in-residence Jonathan Bréchignac, it welcomes us for a multi-sensory experience, ideal to recharge. Jonathan Bréchignac’s artistic installation is based on the past and present history of the Hôtel-Dieu – a former hospice turned social home. It integrates with the space, which becomes a place of rest and discovery open to all. Various artists and craftspeople are welcomed to play with the simultaneous use of mediums and offer a total art experience, inviting us to contemplate, smell, taste, listen and touch. 

The animation and mediation are carried out by l’Artothèque Sud. Visits are provided on a regular basis, and creative workshops are organized in partnership with residents of the Maurice Albaric social home for young people, the city center leisure centers and the elementary school La Placette.

A number of convivial events and activities are also organized for the duration of the Contemporaine, including meetings with artists, performances and concerts. An opening party takes place on Sunday afternoon, April 7, and a grand banquet will close the triennial at the end of June and mark the opening of the Nîmes s’illustre festival.

The structure

Nîmes s’illustre is an association that celebrates the many faces of illustration: across genres, eras and styles. Illustration is part of our representations. In the contemporary world, it has taken on an increasingly important role, to the point where it is now everywhere in our daily lives: magazines, posters, objects, textiles… Nîmes s’illustre has been bringing illustration to the heart of an annual summer event since 2021, which takes place mainly in Nîmes, the hometown of its founders. Nîmes s’illustre’s successful development has enabled it to carry out a variety of annual projects, including creative residencies, traveling exhibitions and institutional commissions…


Project presented in association with:
Nîmes s’illustre


And with the collaboration of:
Artothèque Sud, Albaric/Gide Association and Maurice Albaric social residence, La Placette Neighborhood Committee, La Placette Elementary school, Animation and Consulting Institute