A native of Rodez, the abstract artist Pierre Soulages, is world renowned for his contemporary paintings. His works are on display in some ninety museums.
In 2013 the town of Rodez built a museum on the Square of Foirail to house the artist’s invaluable donation estimated at €40 million. The building is most sympathetic to the site and nature of its surrounding. The site selected was originally the cow market so that the starkness of the Corten steel which forms a succession of volumes designed as boxes almost suggests the intersecting parallels of a cow pen. Furthermore, as the material corrodes with the weather the rust colour suggests the shades of the countryside and even recalls the work of the artist himself. This sensitive museum design is the work of the young Catalonian team of architects Passelac & Roques.
In this same building resides the sleek and contemporary Café Bras, the creation of the three star Michelin chef, Michel Bras and his son, Sébastian. There are two possibliitlies: the Côté Comptoir which is simple, but sophisticated and the restaurant with a menu. Here you can savour some of the typical fare of Aveyron or, if you are adventurous, the MiWam, a culinary invention of the younger Bras. It consists of a panoply of vegetables, meat or fish, a pinch of herbs and spices wrapped in a wholegrain waffle which gives it a crunchy texture and its surprising shape.
Where to sleep in Rodez ? At the Bowling Bastide Hotel.