La Chaise-Dieu enhancement project


The Fondation du patrimoine was established to enhance local heritage sites which were in danger of falling into ruin or disappearing. The organization assists in the identification of sites and brings its support to conservation and improvement projects.

In line with its commitment to the safeguard of the cultural heritage, the Michelin Corporate Foundation is helping to give just recognition to two major works in the abbey of La Chaise-Dieu in the Auvergne region:

  • The Danse Macabre mural painting, a fifteenth-century fresco created before 1450 by an unknown artist
  • The tapestry hangings of La Chaise-Dieu, a group of 14 sixteenth-century panels depicting the life of Christ with background scenes from the Old Testament

The Michelin Corporate Foundation has more particularly assisted with the visitor scenography, in two stages: firstly, the creation of a facsimile of the Danse Macabre to be exhibited at head height so the work can be better approached and observed, and secondly, the creation of an entrance lobby giving access to the tapestry room. Here, an immersion scenario uses digital and audio-visual media to plunge the visitor into the history of the tapestries and their restoration.

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Detail of the sixteenth century La Chaise-Dieu tapestry

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