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    • The museum of figurative sculpture

      Nearly two hundred sculptures are presented in the permanent rooms of the museum, in the heart of the Lacataye "Donjon". This set crosses the history of 20th century French sculpture with "independent sculpture" as the common thread.

      This artistic movement was created at the dawn of the 20th century by a group of sculptors, heirs of Auguste Rodin. Gathered around the Schnegg brothers, they formulate an artistic proposal, focused on the human figure, reinterpreting ancient art to approach its ideal of calm, serenity and counting.

      This movement, attached to the respect of human values, persisted throughout the 20th century.

      These sculptors, whose mastery and technical rigor we immediately admire, have marked the history of sculpture with their works.

      The route, organized around the Mons artists Charles Despiau (1874-1946) and Robert Wlérick (1882-1844) , members of the "Bande à Schnegg", offers a discovery of this artistic production, with in particular a unique set of works from sculpted programs of international inter-war exhibitions.

      Beyond the homogeneity and stylistic coherence of such an ensemble, it is its rarity and its historical interest that must be emphasized. Today, the Despiau-Wlérick museum is a real reference in the field of 20th century French sculpture.

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Province : Mont de Marsan / Armagnac

Location : Place Marguerite de Navarre
40000 Mont-de-Marsan


Place Marguerite de Navarre
40000 Mont-de-Marsan

GPS coordinates

43° 53'33.06"N, 0° 29'56.81"W

Traveller Reviews

4.1 sur 5 78 reviews

  • Joel Dallies

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Joel Dallies on 27/11/2019

    Belle collection de statues dans un donjon et des bâtiments historiques. Très bon accueil et animations pour tous. Notre fille de 6 ans y a fêté son anniversaire avec ses camarades : un jeu pour la visite du musée, un atelier de sculpture et le goûter, deux animatrices au top et des enfants ravis !

  • François STRUB

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by François STRUB on 22/08/2019

    Ce musée est une merveille mais l'on ressent un manque flagrant de moyens. Il mériterait une attention particulière si ce n'est fait de la région. Le jardin souffre d'un manque d'entretien... Dommage car ce musée vaut vraiment le détour.

  • Franck Franck

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Franck Franck on 13/09/2019

    Très belle endroit avec de belle pièces et des prêts qui pourrait vous surprendre ! A voir absolument début Octobre 2019 ! 😉

Traveller Reviews

4.0 sur 5 57 reviews

  • "Free Museum to visit"

    3 / 5 Reviews posted by 584JoanneC (Sydney, Australia) on 23/09/2017

    Has a lot of sculptures if you are into them but worth going to walk around the grounds. They will also open the rooftop terrace for you where you get a view of the city. Worth a visit.

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  • "Great Sculptures, Lovely Building"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by rayraynewby (Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom) on 13/11/2016

    I hadn't heard of the two sculptors responsible for this museum prior to visiting Mont De Marsan but I'm glad I visited. It was free admission and there was plenty to see. The horse sculptures...

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  • "1930 School Of Art Deco Sculptures"

    3 / 5 Reviews posted by MILOUW (New York City, New York) on 12/08/2016

    This is a small focused Museum. Two of the leading sculptors of that school are from Mont de Marsan. Despiau is one of them Their style is a bit of an acquired taste but it is emblematic of the...

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