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VALENCE MUSEUM OF FINE ART AND ARCHEOLOGY Architect: Jean-Paul Philippon Location: Valence Completion Date: in progress Visual documents: Michaël Belolo

The museum is housed in the old episcopal palace, facing the cathedral. This site, which has been in constant transformation since the Gallo-Roman period, is like a palimpsest preserving all the imprints of its successive evolutions. Now the 21 st century is making its own mark. The look-out tower over the Rhône is the crowning glory of a “palindrome walk”. Situated at the crossroads of two of Valence’s historic strata, the project

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makes the most of the views the building commands across the old city and the 19thcentury town. The focus of the museum is the Hubert Robert collection, where fine art and archeology meet. This painter was a unique figure in the history of art, passionate about ruins and landscapes. By respecting and developing the spirit of the place, the project opens up possibilities for the museum concept to evolve, increasing

its appeal for visitors. The impressive collections and the spaces that house them have lent themselves to several different itineraries around the museum: one that is directly chronological, one with a reverse chronology and a third, architectural itinerary. The solidity and complexity of the existing volumes has been preserved, while the new parts adopt the form of successive planes. 2

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