A pioneer since 1965 when it turned its attention to photography, the Réattu Museum is proud to be one of the first museums in France to welcome an original form of art which pushes out the commonly accepted boundaries of art. The challenges? To establish sound art, with its visual and radiophonic approaches, on an equal footing with photography, painting or sculpture. To welcome those artists who have made sound their primary vehicle for conveying a reality or a support for the imagination, inviting them into a new and developing collection that continues to develop as it grows. And, not least, to allow the greater public to discover the surprising new territory in which hearing is a medium for approaching the world, rather than seeing or touching.
In March 2007, a Listening Balcony was set up in the loggia on the first floor, the first stage in the Museum's permanent section dedicated to listening to these works. A red sofa equipped with speakers invites visitors to travel in sound... In winter, simple listening armchairs are set out in Jacques Réattu's Salle des Grisailles. Finally, a Listening Chamber, designed by Christian Lacroix, was inaugurated in May 2008.
Since 2007, activities for schoolchildren have introduced young audiences to this new art form. Meetings with artists, curators, critics, art historians for the public at large. Applying the same philosophy to the field of sound as it does to sculpture and photography, the museum pursues a policy of commissioning sound sculptors and audio-artists to produce works that resonate with the remarkable setting, and with the surrounding sites and heritage of the city.