Monday, April 20, 2009

Musée de I'insolite

The museum of the strange one....yes that described this place perfectly.

his house

Back in january Bruce and I were riding in the Célé valley, which is in the Tarn just west of Figeac. We were riding along the river, it was beautiful and Bruce was freaking out because of all the limestone cliffs.  Then we came around a bend and there was this house with all these freaky sculptures.  A sign said "musée de i'insolite", Bruce pulled out his camera so he could take some pictures and before he had it to his eye this man came out and yelled "pas photos, pas photos.  vous devez payer pour vous preesenter alors pouvez prendre des photos ".  He seemed a bit crazy, so we appologized and off we went.

Later that day our friend Ben told us that he charged 2 euros to go in and that last year he visited and loved it.  We have always wanted to go back and check it out so on Sunday we took Steve and Lisa on a "tour" of the valley and we all met the man, who is really nice (and his longtime girlfriend too...who has already invited us back in the summer for drinks).  I really don't know how to describe this place.  Monsieur Chenu  has an amazing eye and imagination and he has created some really amazing art.  Take a look for yourself.  Thanks Lisa for taking all these pictures!

une voiture fossile

une moto géante

covered in old shoes

these guys were as big as me

the artist


Michelle said...

I LOVE it!

Quirky people and their art just do something for me. Thank you for sharing this.

{yawn} I am off to bed with a smile on my face after that.

La Framéricaine said...


Worth a trip to France all by itself. You'll have to tell me how to go visit him as time goes by.

Take care and have fun!

Cindy said...

Wow, great stuff. I love folk art like this! Thanks for sharing. You really need to go back and have drinks to learn more about these characters, and of course blog about it.

peaches said...

I hear you guys are bailing out? Can't take the long, wet, cold winters in the Lot. This true? Ah- you southern Californians...

Notre Vie Juteuse said...

Michelle - glad to give you a smile. he's quirky but actually a pretty amazing artist with a great imagination.

LF - you have to come down and visit.

Cindy - we will go back. Girlfriend lives in Paris and is a teacher, good english, she's been to the states 2 times with kids. nice woman and she's down all summer.

Peaches - maybe...maybe not. It's only for financial reasons. Need to make a living here in order to stay. Cold winters couldn't keep us away..we are looking at options because we don't want to leave.

peaches said...

I LOVE Cordes-sur-Ciel! Will hold thumbs for you.

Randal Graves said...

Just think, in a few millennia, some archaeologist is going to find this stuff and wonder if we were nuts. Excellent.

Non Je Ne Regrette Rien said...

how cool is that place!