Collioure is known as the birthplace of Fauvism, an artistic movement pioneered by Henri Matisse and André Derain at the beginning of the 20th century. In the summer of 1905, Collioure cemented its international reputation as the 'City of Painters', when the colours, exceptional luminosity, authenticity and beauty of this little Catalan fishing port led to the creation of major works, such as the famous 'Fenêtre ouverte' by Matisse, or 'Bateaux à Collioure' by Derain.
A large number of artists would follow in their footsteps: Manguin, Marquet, Picasso, Braque, Dufy Chagall, Foujita, and many more came to learn more about this unmissable town.
The Museum of Modern Art:
Inaugurated in 1930 by the artist Jean Peské, the museum contains works by numerous modern and contemporary artists, including Cocteau, Camoin, Pignon, Valat, Balbino Giner, Descossy and Perrot. Various exhibitions take place throughout the year.
Following in the footsteps of artists:
The 'Chemin du Fauvisme' is a circuit through Collioure, interspersed with 19 copies of artworks by Matisse and Derain painted here. The Tourist Office offers individual or group guided tours, by reservation only. Make the most of our guides' knowledge along this route about intense colours.
Bell Tower Portrait:
Another circuit, established by the artist MA2F, offers a route between 12 art installations that frame the famous Collioure bell tower. This fun walk around the town will encourage you to climb up and view the bell tower through a series of frames.
Successful art galleries:
The Tourist Office provides maps showing art galleries and workshops,
where you can explore a range of different media, including painting, sculpture, photography and ceramics, at your own pace. This huge variety of art galleries and workshops guides you through the work of contemporary artists, and visiting them is an exciting experience.