Contemporary Art in Burgundy

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Burgundy has much to recommend it, but its contemporary art scene is hardly world-renowned. Nevertheless, there are local artists producing truly exciting works, as I discovered in Beaune and, quite by accident, in Dole.

Galerie de l’Hôtel de Saulx

Bosch-inspired surrealist paintings by Gérard Willemenot at Galerie de l’Hôtel de Saulx
Bosch-inspired surrealist paintings by Gérard Willemenot at Galerie de l’Hôtel de Saulx - Photo by Hideaway Report editor

This appealing gallery around the corner from the Hospices de Beaune displays a range of contemporary paintings with everything from sunny landscapes to portraits resembling a collision of Klimt and the “Book of Kells.” I particularly loved the unusual Bosch-inspired surrealist paintings of Gérard Willemenot. He works in tempera, not oil, giving the paintings a luminous, liquid aesthetic that enhances the precision of their execution.

Galerie de l’Hôtel de Saulx
13 Place Fleury, Beaune. Tel. (33) 3-80-24-68-34.

Dan Kowalski

Dan and Cindy Kowalski at their studio in Dole - Photo by Hideaway Report editor
“Rendez-vous” by Dan Kowalski

I took a walk one evening in the remarkably picturesque town of Dole (which is technically in Franche-Comté, east of Burgundy) and passed a couple seated by their window. They greeted me with a friendly “Bonsoir!” and we fell into conversation. After a time, Dan invited me in to tour his studio. He and his wife, Cindy, poured me a glass of wine, and we discussed his art. This spans from masculine, industrial floor-lamp sculptures to H.R. Giger-inspired diptychs and more. Whether the art is to your taste or not, touring the studio with the infectiously energetic Dan is sure to be memorable. Request an appointment at [email protected].

Dan Kowalski
17 Rue Marcel Aymé, Dole. Tel. (33) 3-84-69-13-54.

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