Musée des Beaux Arts de Nancy

Reference project

Musée des Beaux Arts de Nancy

arcs audio conducted interviews for the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy in German, English and French in August and September 2020. This project was funded by the Métropole du Grand Nancy and the OH MY GOETHE scholarship from the Goethe-Institut Nancy.

arcs audio offers participative art mediation not just for German museums and visitors.

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Two designers from Nancy, Marianne and Claire, are speaking about the work “Noli me tangere” by Jan II Brueghel from 1630. Regarding the participative audio guide, Marianne says: “I find the project very interesting because it offers an alternative view of the paintings, without really knowing them. I think it can also encourage people to contemplate the works themselves without fear.” Claire adds: “As I see it, our feelings and our first impressions are entitled to be formulated and shared.”

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Emma, a dancer from Nancy, speaks about Raymond Duchamp-Villon’s “Cheval majeur” from 1914. Regarding the arcs audio project, she says: “The people express themselves without the help of historians or people who have studied art. I think that it makes art accessible for everyone.”

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Peter, a retired German teacher, speaks with Saskia Riedel about Suzanne Valadon’s “Le lancement du filet” from 1914. Regarding art mediation without inhibitions, he says: “I see added value behind it because I am not someone who has studied art history. I think it’s interesting that it is people who are interested and develop ideas in conversation with you who are having their say here, rather than specialists.”

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Sacha, a student from Nancy, speaks about “La Toussaint” by Émile Friant from 1888, which is exhibited in the Musée des Beaux-Arts Nancy. Regarding his experience, he says: “I find it interesting to speak about what you think of works of art. Other people can then learn how to form opinions of their own. It is a bit like debating.”

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Isa, a journalist from Saarbrücken, speaks about Suzanne Valadon’s “Le lancement du filet” from 1914. Her impression of the interview about the work of art: “I’m more of an aesthete and I like going to the museum. I like to look at paintings, but museum guides often fail to “catch” me and I cannot connect with the painting. The questions and conversation give me the feeling that I am connecting with the painting.”

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Zoe, a student from Mulhouse, in conversation with Saskia about Victor Prouvé’s “L'île heureuse” from 1906. Regarding participative cultural mediation from arcs audio, she says: “I think it’s a great project because it also democratises the perception of paintings, sculptures and art in general. I find it interesting to have spontaneous reactions and not necessarily in-depth analyses from historians.”

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Nael, a student from Nancy, contemplates “Noli me tangere” by Jan II Brueghel from 1630. His conclusion of the interview: “It was cool to go through the museum and look at the paintings with Saskia.”

Audio samples

Suzanne Valadon, Le lancement du filet, 1914

Youri (FR)

„Et finalement, ils sont assez semblables et c’est peut-être trois fois la même personne.“

Isa (DE)

„Sie sehen so aus, als würden sie gerade ein Modelshooting machen.“

Alvaro (EN)

„Very poetic. They don’t seem to be working. They’re just expressing.“


The audio guide will be available on the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy’s own App from March 2021. The recordings were filmed by Maritza Cruz. The videos are used for marketing on the museum’s social media channels.

The app of the MBA Nancy in the Apple AppStore
The app of the MBA Nancy in the Google Play Store


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