The association was founded in December 2017 by seven founding members:

List of the seven founding members of the association ART ET PATRIMOINE VIEUX-LYON, who are
ex-officio members of the General Assembly and the Board of the association:

          • Roger Guir (President)
          • Alain Lovato (Secretary)
          • Yves Déal (Treasurer)
          • Vincent Cerisier                  
          • Marie-Jeanne Courtier      
          • Véronique Destombes
          • Jean-François Visse

The association was born historically from a project of ephemeral installations of contemporary art in the Old Lyon within the framework of the Lyon Biennale 2017, carried out by a group of people from the neighborhood council “Quartiers Anciens” (the Old Lyon), with the support of the MAPRAA (Maison des Arts Plastiques et visuels Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) and the artistic direction of the Biennale 2017.

The purpose of the association is non-profit and of general interest.

The association may receive donations that are deductible from corporate or personal income tax.

The association uses voluntary work, sponsorship, public subsidies, and partnerships.

The association’s aim is to organize and promote contemporary artistic creation events of all types highlighting the heritage of Old Lyon, historic site of Lyon that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has an exceptional heritage.

In addition, the association participates in the dissemination and awareness of the culture of contemporary art in all its forms and expressions, among the inhabitants and schools, as well as the actors of the historic site of Lyon.

To bring together the Arts and Heritage of the Old Lyon
To bring together the Arts and the Place, the Heritage:
“Art makes it possible to reactivate the place, to densify it, to understand the place, to disturb and clarify the place”
Ernest Pignon-Ernest, interview, Le Monde newspaper, 16-17 June 2019, in french
“My work is a quest to re-inscribe human history in places”
Ernest Pignon-Ernest, a reference, a pioneer of urban art in France,
Art Interview, YouTube 26 September 2018, in french

The first event of the association took place in resonance with the 15th Lyon 2019 Biennale of Contemporary Art


The historic site of Lyon has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List of cultural and natural sites on December 2nd, 1998.

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UNESCO seeks to encourage the identification, protection, and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value for humanity. This is embodied in the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972.

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The association Renaissance Vieux-Lyon played a key role in the inscription of the Historic Site of Lyon on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1998.

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The website contains a detailed description of the heritage of the UNESCO sector in Lyon.

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As well as seven guided tours of the UNESCO sector in Lyon, including a detailed heritage tour of the Old Lyon (Saint-Paul, Saint-Jean, and Saint-Georges districts) and Fourvière.

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Google Arts & Culture contains for LYON, access to visits to the Old Lyon and Fourvière in the UNESCO sector of Lyon, as well as access to exhibitions at the Lyon Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée des Confluences of Lyon, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale.

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