Photo Album: Musee d’Art Roger Quilliot – Clermont-Ferrand, France

July 15, 2018

The train from Lyon rolled into Clermont-Ferrand mid-afternoon on that Sunday. I tossed my bags on the hotel bed, washed my face, and ran to find this museum before closing. I had only planned to stay in town for two nights and I knew the museum would be closed the next day. I hurried down quiet rues and boulevards, streets that seemed too quiet even for a smaller city such as this. I soon realized that all the clermontois must be indoors with eyes glued to television sets. watching Les Bleus vs. Croatia in the final World Cup match…

A thunderstorm crossed over the puys and caught me ten minutes before arrival, prompting me to switch from a brisk walk to a soggy jog. I arrived at the museum desk just short of soaked, but the concierges barely noticed my condition as I purchased my entrance ticket (the portable TV set commanding their senses). With barely an hour to spare, I hurried toward the galleries to treat my own senses. Photos are a few highlights of my all-too-brief visit:


Of particular interest is the collection of sculptures and architectural items carved from trachyte, an igneous volcanic rock quarried from the surrounding puys – the chain of extinct cinder cones that give the Auvergne its distinctive terrain and terroir:


The The Roger-Quilliot Art Museum (MaRQ) is located in the Montferrand section of Clermont-Ferrand, the historic capital of the Auvergne region of France.

- Frank Gordón-Quiroga 
University of Hartford

Black volcanic stone really puts the goth in Gothic architecture!

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