Fonds Hélène et Édouard Leclerc - Tourism Pays de Landerneau Daoulas

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The FHEL: a major contemporary art center in Brittany!


FHEL: an exhibition venue in the heart of the city

The former Capucins convent is home to one of Brittany's largest contemporary art centers. The aim of its creators is to make art accessible to all, thanks to exhibitions by renowned artists and an extensive outreach program.

In the footsteps of Tolkien and the medieval imagination" exhibition - FHEL - Tourisme Landerneau Daoulas

Expo 2023

In the footsteps of Tolkien and the medieval imagination
Paintings and drawings by John Howe

From June 25, 2023 and January 28, 2024

An exhibition that's sure to cause a stir! 

Conceived as a pictorial and commented exploration ofTolkien's work
and of the origins of medieval legends, which today find their way into comics, video games and onto screens large and small, the exhibition features over 250 drawings and paintings by John Howe.

An internationally renowned artist, John Howe first illustrated Tolkien's novels, before taking part in the art direction of the two film trilogies The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit alongside director Peter Jackson. More recently, he also took part in the artistic creation of the Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power series.

The exhibition will be complemented by authentic medieval objects (armor, swords, etc.). 

Exhibition at the Fonds Hélène & Edouard Leclerc in Landerneau 2023 -Tourisme Landerneau Daoulas
In the footsteps of Tolkien and the medieval imagination - Paintings and drawings by John Howe

FHEL: making art accessible to all

Created in 2012 by several members of the Leclerc family, natives of Landerneau, FHEL's ambition is clear: to offer the general public an exhibition platform valuing all forms of art. This ambition is realized through the organization of one or two annual exhibitions of artists emblematic of our time, and also a series of educational actions around these exhibitions, aimed at all audiences from the local fabric and tourist frequentation.

an artistic venue anchored in the city

The former Capuchin convent rehabilitated as an exhibition space

The FHEL art center is located in the former Capuchin convent, right in the center of Landerneau. Built in 1636, the building has had several lives: convent, then prison for refractory priests at the end of the 18th century, it was bought by the State and became a public school in 1799, then, in 1842, a production site for the Linière company. What followed was a brewery, a bleach factory... and Edouard Leclerc's first hypermarket!

Restored mainly in Logonna stone with its distinctive ochre color, the building has been magnificently modernized, blending the traditional with the contemporary, to become an easily accessible exhibition space.

FHEL in a nutshell

The FHEL welcomes over 100,000 visitors every year.
It has exhibited the greatest names in modern art: Picasso, Miró, Giacometti, Chagall, Dubuffet...

Exhibition at the Fonds Hélène & Edouard Leclerc in Landerneau 2023 -Tourisme Landerneau Daoulas
In the footsteps of Tolkien and the medieval imagination - Paintings and drawings by John Howe


Renowned exhibitions

Since its opening in 2012, the FHEL has welcomed internationally renowned artists, attracting thousands of visitors every year from all over Brittany, and beyond. These include Joan Miró, Alberto Giacometti, Lorenzo Mattoti, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Enki Bilal and Françoise Pétrovitch. Photography, painting, comics, sculpture... FHEL is committed to a diversity of genres and styles to stimulate artistic interest and exchange.

Good plan

Optimize your visit! Choose days with good weather to avoid the crowds, and book your tickets online to reduce waiting time at the entrance.

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After the tour

After the visit: what to do around the FHEL?

With the Fonds Hélène et Édouard Leclerc right in the center of Landerneau, there are plenty of ways to extend your visit. Continue your discovery of contemporary art with a visit to the the Galerie de Rohanstroll through the historic heart of the town to discover discover its heritageTake a stroll through the city's historic center, visit the Saint-Thomas district, or discover the studios of the artists' quarter...
Want to relax or feel peckish? Discover a selection of restaurants and cafés in the center of Landerneau.

How do I get there?

Landerneau, heading for Brittany!

By car

  • Access via RN12 from Paris-Rennes-Saint-Brieuc
  • Access via RN165 from Nantes, Vannes, Quimper

By train

  • Landerneau SNCF station: FHEL is 100 metres from the station

By plane

  • Brest-Bretagne Airport
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