It was Robert Tatin himself who perfected the techniques for maintaining his “archi-sculpture,” this museum work in the heart of the countryside. When he died in 1983, his wife Lise took over before training Bruno Godivier, who arrived in 1997 and has been director since 2004:
“This monumental work represents the life of a man and an artist, his encounters, his travels, his experiences.
My role is to preserve the spirit of the work and make it more widely known.”
Conservation requires knowledge, which is always being enriched: “We’re constantly discovering, through our restoration work we are up close to the sculptures, but also when leafing through the documents – letters, personal diaries, private archives, oral sources, forgotten interviews and so-on.”
For Bruno and his team, spreading the spirit of the place far and wide is a public service mission. “All our visitors are guided – we help them to understand the works, and can adapt to visitors of all ages and from all backgrounds. We hope to share our knowledge but also to evoke an emotional response to the art. Many visitors leave teary eyed, others linger contemplatively, some come back the next day…
One of the great strengths of the place is its universal message, accessible to everyone.
We welcome visitors from all over the world. Some come to France just to see the museum. We are enormously proud of it. “