Vue de Ramatuelle, by Charles Camoin (and detail below)
A gem of an art gallery off the beaten track
La Piscine Gallery in Roubaix is an absolutely amazing place. First of all, let me tell you that this isn’t your typical art gallery. It’s actually set in a former swimming pool, which makes it unique right off the bat. The building itself is a work of art, with beautiful architecture with its own history behind it.
Once you step inside, you’ll be blown away by the incredible collection of art on display. They have everything from paintings and sculptures to textiles and ceramics. It’s like a treasure trove of creativity. Even if you’re not a big art buff, you’ll still find something to appreciate here.
One of the things that I loved the most about La Piscine is how they’ve managed to preserve the old pool elements. You’ll see stunning mosaics and intricate details that pay homage to its past. It creates this fascinating mix of art and history that’s truly captivating.
The gallery also has a lovely outdoor area where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings. It’s perfect for taking a break after exploring all the artwork inside. Plus, they often have special events and exhibitions, so there’s always something new to discover. In fact, most of the artists were entirely new to me. The only name I was truly familiar with was Picasso. Maybe there were one or two others I had heard of. There really is some extraordinary work on dislpay.
So if you’re ever in Roubaix, you must visit La Piscine Gallery. It’s a true hidden gem with its stunning art collection, unique setting, and warm atmosphere. You don’t have to be an art expert to appreciate what this place has to offer. It’s a must-see destination that will leave you inspired and wanting to come back for more.
I’ve only put in one image here because I could have put up so may -you can check for yourself on their website. You can access their website at this link