Wednesday 22 May, 18 h 30 – Private visit of “Palais des Beaux Arts” and “Buffet dinatoire”
Due to the size of its permanent collections, the Palais des Beaux-Arts of Lille is considered to be the second largest museum of Fine Arts in France, just after the Louvre.
The building, completed between 1885 and 1892, is typical of the monumental architecture of the late 19th century.
Fully renovated in 1997, its 22,000 m² house prestigious collections of European painting (Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya,Delacroix…), a few key examples of 19th century French painting (David’s Belisarius, Courbet’s L’après-dînée à Ornans, Monet’s Houses of Parliament, …), a large collection of drawings (including 40sheets by Raphaël), a sculpture gallery (Carpeaux, Rodin, Claudel, Bartholdi…)and 17th and 18th centuries ceramics.
Also worthy of note is the presentation of relief maps of fifteen fortified towns in Northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands (18th century models used by the French Kings during wars).
The Palais des Beaux–Arts is 5 min walking or 1 station metro from the congress location
Thursday 23 may, 19 h30 – Gala Dinner : La ferme des Templiers
This former 14th century fortified farm is located in the countryside, about 20 min by bus from Lille.
The farm’s barn is a listed historic monument