La Piscine Museum is quite probably one of the most unusual in France. Built in a former architectural Art Deco swimming pool (hence its name), the environment of the Museum casts an amazing contrast on the works of art it holds.
The swimming pool of Roubaix was first created in 1932. Back then, the place offered incredible modernity be it in water sports or sanitary facilities. But the swimming pool closed down in 1985 for safety reasons. It was rehabilitated in 2001 by Jean-Paul Philippon.
Wit his own peculiar style, the architect transformed the swimming pool into an Arts museum , and kept the central pool in order to make it a magical place, where the works of art would be reflected in the water. Giving more sense to Lavoisier’s maxim « Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed », the shower cabins are full of art pieces, the boutique and bookshop is set in the old waters filtration room, and what used to be the refreshment area has become a restaurant.
This exceptional gallery comprises many collections : textile, with pieces of samples dating as far back the Antiquity, ceramics, fashion, design, sculpture, paintings… Ingres, Rodin, Claudel, Picasso, Starck, de Lempicka; the main artists all have a place at La Piscine !
Practical information :
La Piscine, museum of Art and Industrie André Diligent
23, rue de l'Espérance
Tel.: +33 (0)3 20 69 23 60
Metro line 2 - stop: Gare Jean Lebas
Open from Tuesday to Thursday: 11 am - 6 pm, Friday: 11 am - 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 1 pm - 6 pm