Labelled "City of Art and History" by the Ministry of Culture in 2008, Dijon is the historical capital of Burgundy and has been highlighting the region's historical heritage for centuries.
Since the 14th century, the Dukes of Burgundy have made it an international center of art and a European capital while developing its architectural heritage. Today, Dijon continues its development by promoting the artistic, historical, architectural and cultural heritage of the city and the region.
The Dijon Museum of Fine Arts, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-see in the city, with a rich and diversified collection. After eleven years of renovation, it is a transformed Museum of Fine Arts that reopened its doors in 2019 with collections dating from antiquity to the 21st century. For its reopening, the museum has exhibited the internationally renowned Franco-Chinese artist Yan Pei-Ming, who has lived in the city since 1980.
From a bookstore floor to a magnificent building designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, Le Consortium, Dijon's contemporary art center, also highlights the city's commitment to art. In France, Le Consortium has been the precursor of a wave of exhibitions of artists from the United States. Avant-garde, conceptual art, minimal art, Le Consortium is the place to be in Dijon for contemporary art lovers.
Art in Dijon is also represented by the collection of the FRAC Bourgogne (Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain) enriched with more than 750 works of art located in the Bains du Nord, former public baths rehabilitated as an exhibition space for Le Consortium then for the FRAC. The aim of the FRAC is "to better irrigate the territory and to bring works of art closer to the population".
Firmly rooted in its history, but also looking to the future, the city of Dijon is multiplying its commitments to contemporary art. Upcoming, the first contemporary art fair to be held in the city, Art Fair//Dijon scheduled for October 8th, 9th and 10th, 2021 at the Palais des Congrès. In parallel with this event, the inauguration of the Art In Situ Trail, on the route des grands crus, combining the oenological and wine heritage of Burgundy with contemporary art to be discovered from October 11th, 2021.