La Sucrière

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La Sucrière
Established 2003
Location 48, Quai Rambaud
69001 Lyon, France
Coordinates 45°44′14″N 4°48′54″E / 45.737094°N 4.814908°E / 45.737094; 4.814908
Type Art museum

La Sucrière is a famous building devoted to contemporary art, situated 48 Quai Rambaud, on the banks of the Saône in the Confluence quarter of the 2nd arrondissement of Lyon.


It was built in 1930 and was originally used for a factory warehouse in which sugar was stored. It was enlarged in 1960 and finally abandoned in 1990. The building was completely removed in 2003 by architect William Vassal[1] to turn it into a place for exhibitions of contemporary art. It has thus became the main venue of the Biennale of Contemporary Art in Lyon from 2007.[2] Its 9,000 m² area spread on three floor houses a complex and original architecture.[3]

In 2008, an exhibition of flayed bodies caused a controversy about the origin of the corpses. The exhibition attracted 4,000 visitors per week.[4]


  1. ^ "La Sucrière - Lyon Confluence (69)" (in French). Génie acoustique. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Chrystèle Devierne (2 October 2009). "Jour de visite à la Sucrière". Le Progrès (in French). Le Progrès. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "La Sucrière (Moderne & contemporain)" (in French). Evene. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  4. ^ E.F. (3 June 2008). "Interrogations sur l'origine des corps exposés à la Sucrière" (in French). 20Minutes. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 

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