of the project
The artistic and cultural project of the park of the Château de Môh – Sreet Art Parc was born from the desire of Didier and Monique Pignet, current owners and collectors of contemporary art, to enhance the park of the castle by registering it in a dynamic of territory around contemporary art.
For Monique Pignet: “Inviting graffiti artists, street artists and artists working in urban art corresponds to the iconoclastic spirit that we want to give to the project. We really like the idea of de-gentrifying the image of the castle and the lord. “
24 hours before birth Street Art Parc at Château de Môh
Lovers of the arts, Didier and Monique Pignet reflect at length on the artistic and cultural project of the Château de Môh park. The click came last May 2019 during a dinner with the painter Jacques Halbert whose studio is based in Candes-Saint-Martin. Philippe Méaille, owner of the Château de Montsoreau – Museum of contemporary art , inspired them with the idea of an urban art museum, highlighting the park of the castle and being part of a dynamic of territory around contemporary art. The next day, they meet Fabrice Claval, former director of exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo and launch the project: the site will open in July 2019!
Driven by their passion, they organized a poetry festival (2007-09) in Saint Barthélemy with many artists including Eric Judor, Grand Corps Malade, Hafid Benamar .. They were patrons of the Apollinaire Prize for 7 years and support the artist Virgile Novarina for the production of the film “Have you taken your Pinoncelli today” (2019) dedicated to the artist Pierre Pinoncelli. It was therefore very natural that they decided to dedicate the castle park to contemporary art and create the Street Art Parc – Château de Môh.
A place at the heart of artistic innovation
The Loire Valley is the cradle of innovation, a welcoming land but above all an extraordinary incubator for contemporary artists.
This daring and new reading of heritage finds an echo in the Val de Loire destination which concentrates a high density of artistic proposals around Montsoreau and Candes-Saint-Martin.
Located near the Contemporary Art Museum of Montsoreau which has the world’s largest collection of works by the conceptual collective Art & Language and l’Abbaye de Fontevraud which will open a modern art museum housing the Cligman collection in 2020; The Street Art Parc – Château de Môh is part of a cultural journey where art and heritage come together.
A place, a story
Located in the Loire Valley and forming part of the region’s castles, Unesco World Heritage, in the village of Candes-Saint-Martin, one of the most beautiful villages in France and in the Loire Regional Natural Park- Anjou-Touraine, the Château de Môh has many assets.
Its park, covering an area of 4.5 hectares, is spread out in terraces that extend from the banks of the Loire to the Château. Planted with many species, it overlooks the confluence of the Loire and the Vienne. It is embellished with a mysterious buried arena whose origin no one has yet been able to explain.
The extraordinary finery of the Château de Môh seduced the enthusiastic and passionate Pignet couple who spent seven years renovating it stone by stone while bringing a very contemporary perspective on the renovations. Once these were completed, the question of opening the park to the public and sharing this fantastic site in a cultural form arose.
The mission of the place
This is a private project and a territorial project whose mission is to educate the general public about contemporary art. Through a route around the alleys, visitors will be able to discover the different techniques of urban art. An approach that aims to question the relationship with nature, to reveal all the imagination that the landscape contains. It is also about encouraging emerging artists by creating new places of artistic expression and reaching out to audiences.