The Fernand Pouillon Heritage Association
The Château de Belcastel in Aveyron (Occitanie) France and AFA Gallery in New York City have the intention to honor the memory of the late, great, architect, Fernand Pouillon, by keeping his legacy alive through projects and exhibitions that will celebrate his life and his creative mind.
The Fernand Pouillon Heritage Association was established on March 30th, 2017, in Belcastel. It is the only existing collaboration of family, friends, and colleagues of the celebrated architect.
The Honorary President of the Association is Pouillon’s grandson, Jonathan Pouillon-Kugel.
What distinguished Fernand Pouillon from his peers was his conviction that housing should be available to all, since he saw it more as a necessity than a right. His ideas and working methods earned him the status of a humanist , and his philosophy will be celebrated to inspire new generations of architects facing the challenge of an ever-growing population living in a limited space. At the Château de Belcastel, the architect's footsteps still resound. The fortress is rich with Pouillon’s passionate, creative spirit, because this monumental restoration was an epic labor of love. The Château fulfilled his life’s dream: as soon as he discovered the ruin, he intended for it to become his home. The Château de Belcastel indeed remained as such until his death in 1986, and today his tomb can be found behind the chapel in Belcastel village.
For those who have read Fernand Pouillon’s autobiographical novel "Les Pierres Sauvages", and for those who know of his legacy as an architect and his passion for art and history, the Château de Belcastel is the premiere destination at which to pay tribute to the master builder, and therefore discover his heritage .
The Château de Belcastel stands today as a classified historic monument thanks to the renovations undertaken by Fernand Pouillon. It remains a private castle and, since 2005, is open to the public. Visitors enjoy panoramic views of the medieval village—also restored with Pouillon’s help—and see the architect’s restoration up close along with parts of the ruin he purposefully left intact, so that future generations might see what he had to contend with. The Château’s interior has been embellished with a collection of original suits of armor and several galleries that introduce art and sculpture into the castle, while allowing the medieval fortress and the remarkable work of Fernand Pouillon to remain undisturbed.
The first major project of the Association is a collaboration between the French National Archives, family, friends, and colleagues of Fernand Pouillon. It is intended to be launched in 2020 with a symposium that will look at the relationship between art and architecture ... past, present and future. An exhibition of models created by French architectural university students, will be judged by a jury of renowned architects, who will also speak at the symposium. Prizes will be awarded on this day, and a celebration will be organized in Belcastel village. This exhibition, as well as another that pays tribute to the legacy of Fernand Pouillon, will be on display for the entire season at the Château, from April through mid-November.