This private museum-gallery covers 500 m² and is divided into 6 rooms, including a medieval underground, a garden and a shop.
An inseparable part of the history of the Castle of Rochefort-en-Terre
Located in the park of the Castle of Rochefort-en-Terre, the Naïa Museum takes advantage of the resonance of the past of this historic site, the oldest remains of which date from the 12th century. Rochefort-en Terre is a small town of character, elected the favourite village of the French in 2016, and benefits from one of the most beautiful medieval Breton heritage. The castle domain hosts the ruins of the fortress, as well as the Museum which fits perfectly into it.
The castle, as we know it today, was built at the beginning of the 20th century by an American painter, Alfred Klots. He elects residence, the time of the works, in a building in front of the castle. He settles down to paint in a room with a large glass roof, now occupied by the museum. This large room receives the light of the north, ideal lighting to practice painting but also to contemplate it.
Some of Alfred Klots' paintings find their place in the Naïa Museum, thus integrating the theme of the relationship to time, developed by the museum. A large portrait of Alfred Klots, drawn by his son Trafford Klots, is also visible in the museum shop.
The castle and its estate were sold to the Conseil Général du Morbihan in 1978 and became the property of the commune in 2013.
At the end of 2014, the municipality proposed to two artists to take over the management of part of the site which, until 2011, is a museum dedicated to art and local heritage.
An emblematic figure, Naïa
There is another important figure who marked the places and spirits of the villagers at the beginning of the 20th century. Her nickname is "Naïa", the witch of Rochefort-en-Terre, known to live in the ruins of the castle. According to Charles Géniaux, author who met her and wrote about her in 1899, she is perceived as a shaman capable of ubiquity, reading the future and not feeling pain. Daughter of a healer, she is cultivated and knows the powers of plants, which makes her a healer.
A popular and marginal figure at the same time, it is symbolically that Patrice and Manu decided to take back her name to baptize the museum.
A space is reserved for her in the museum, which only the curious will discover!
Between the spirits of Naïa the witch and Alfred Klots, the Naïa Museum can only find its place!