Founded 21 years ago by art dealer and collector Yvon Lambert, this collection presents major works from the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. The places that house the Lambert Collection, made available to it by the City of Avignon, are exceptionally rich in heritage, right in the heart of the city and of Provence. Two very beautiful mansions built in the 18th century by Jean-Baptiste Franque, the hotels of Caumont and Montfaucon, have been remarkably redesigned respectively by Rudy Ricciotti and the brothers Cyrille and Laurent Berger to meet the needs of the museum.

Founded 21 years ago by art dealer and collector Yvon Lambert, this collection presents major works from the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. The places that house the Lambert Collection, made available to it by the City of Avignon, are exceptionally rich in heritage, right in the heart of the city and of Provence. Two very beautiful mansions built in the 18th century by Jean-Baptiste Franque, the hotels of Caumont and Montfaucon, have been remarkably redesigned respectively by Rudy Ricciotti and the brothers Cyrille and Laurent Berger to meet the needs of the museum.

Programme

Daniel Buren, Vue de l’exposition « Les Chefs d’oeuvres », 2012
Daniel Buren, Vue de l’exposition « Les Chefs d’oeuvres », 2012 Photo : Pascal Martinez

Daniel Buren, Œuvres de la Collection Lambert

Since the mid-1960s, Daniel Buren has been engaged in a radical painting practice which has become the basis for further critical questioning of the conventions of traditional media and of the artistic establishment in general. In 1965, he began a series of pieces based on canvases covered with alternating white and coloured stripes, whose white borders he covered with paint. Like Niele Toroni, Olivier Mosset and Michel Parmentier, with whom he shared exhibition spaces for a time, he put forward what he called a “degree zero” of painting. Through this radical, repeated gesture, which symbolises art in its entirety, the artist followed in the wake of Roland Barthes’ reflections on Writing Degree Zero and The Death of the Author which, by calling into question the concept of an author and the importance attributed to the figure of the artist, invited the spectator, or reader, to take part in the sensory experience in an emancipated way.

Curator of the exhibition: Stéphane Ibars

Rika Noguchi, A prime, 1997
Rika Noguchi, A prime, 1997

How to Disappear... Playground, exposer les œuvres de la collection

Developed around artists from the aesthetic revolutions of the 1960s, the Collection Lambert is thoroughly imbued with these innovative gestures which diverge from a subjectivity and an expressivity considered suspect, preferring instead the essence of exigent minimalistic forms, the poetry of a fleeting appearance in rooms bathed in light, and the spirituality of the discreet mark left on the canvas by a brush saturated with white. So many seemingly fragile forms, as if suspended in space and time, their vital force manifesting in discretion, allowing everything around them to exist as well.

The artists: Carl Andre, Shusaku Arakawa, Robert Barry, James Bishop, Christian Boltanski, Marcel Broodthaers, Robert Wilson et Lucinda Childs, Christo, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Daniel Dezeuze, Spencer Finch, Nan Goldin, Douglas Gordon, Loris Gréaud, Jeppe Hein, Douglas Huebler, On Kawara, Thierry Kuntzel, Bertand Lavier, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Christian Marclay, Brice Marden, Adam McEwen, Piet Moget, Jonathan Monk, Rei Naito, Rika Noguchi, Roman Opałka, Dennis Oppenheim, Robert Ryman, Fred Sandback, Andres Serrano, Pauline Tralongo, Cy Twombly

Curator of the exhibitions: Stéphane Ibars

Louise Lawler, Modern Painting, 1992
Louise Lawler, Modern Painting, 1992

L comme Lambert... Playground, exposer les œuvres de la collection

The L in Lambert here becomes one of these coats of arms we admire on the facades of Roman palaces and invents a family of artists entirely created by the coincidence of the spelling of names. It carries the possibility to discover the essence of a new understanding of things. As a tribute to the Letterists and to Isidore Isou, whose one of the rare manuscripts Yvon Lambert preserves, L turns into a genuine signifier concept whose presence ghostly pervades the layout of the artworks in the exhibition.

The artists: Detanico & Lain, David Lamelas, Jo Lansley & Helen Bendon, Bertrand Lavier, Louise Lawler, Loïc le Groumellec, Quentin Lefranc, Zoe Leonard, Ruven Levav, Richard Long.

Curator of the exhibitions: Stéphane Ibars

Nathalie Du Pasquier, Sans titre (cabine en bois peint), 2020
Nathalie Du Pasquier, Sans titre (cabine en bois peint), 2020

Nathalie Du Pasquier

For forty years now, Nathalie Du Pasquier has been producing a protean work through which she deconstructs with stupendous poetry the boundaries between form and functionality, abstraction and realism, design and art.

A founding member of the Memphis Group in the early 1980s, she has invented a blazing gesture where colours, forms, and patterns spread out with exceptional jubilation and freedom on so many furniture, fabrics, objects, installations and finally, on her favourite medium, paintings.

Invited as part of the programme The Collection Stripped Bare by Its Artists, Even, she displays one of her famous cabins, created as a real setting to host the artworks from the Collection Lambert.

Niele Toroni, Empreintes
Niele Toroni, Empreintes © Adagp, Paris, 2021. Photo : David Giancatarina

Niele Toroni, La peinture souvent déconcerte 1

In 1970, Yvon Lambert organised the first solo exhibition by Niele Toroni in a gallery. The opening was announced by sending an invitation card including the dates of the event, the name and address of the gallery as well as a description of what appeared to be the work showcased and for public viewing: Empreintes de pinceau n° 50 à intervalles réguliers (30 cm). Fifteen exhibitions would then be held until 2013 in the various Yvon Lambert’s galleries. They would give the opportunity to the audience to discover the artist’s famous imprints of paintbrush directly applied onto the wall, in the corners, on the pillars or the glass panes, on hanging canvases, on waxed canvases rolled out on the floor, on sheets of tracing paper or newspaper pages…

Curator of the exhibition: Stéphane Ibars

Abdelkader Benchamma Engramme, 2020 Courtesy Galerie Templon (Bruxelles)
Abdelkader Benchamma Engramme, 2020 Courtesy Galerie Templon (Bruxelles) Photo : Hugard & Vanoverschelde

Rayon fossile, Abdelkader Benchamma

The Collection Lambert has invited Abdelkader Benchamma to take over the entire ground floor of the Hotel de Montfaucon for the autumn of 2021. Under the title of Rayon fossile the exhibition takes form around an initiatory trip into possible, past, imaginary, future, written, or dreamt worlds, assembled as a narrative slowly unfolding through the museum’s rooms. We explore them as Virgil in Hermann Broch’s hallucinatory tale, where water, fire, earth, and ether tell of the arrival, the descent, the wait, the return – rather as they articulate the ceiling that the artist has recently inaugurated in the historic centre of Montpellier, also medieval, where he has set up his studio.

Curator of the exhibition: Stéphane Ibars

Daniel Johnston Captain America, Collection agnès b.
Daniel Johnston Captain America, Collection agnès b.

Comics Trip !

Bringing together the drawings, paintings, sculptures, videos, music, and documents of over thirty artists from the 1960s to today, Comics Trip! presents several generations of artists engaged in deconstructing our relationship with the canons of good taste and beauty, in breaking down borders between high art and popular culture, and whose work is imbued by the subcultures with whom they share time and space and that they feed into.

The artists:
Carlos Amorales, David B., Jean-Michel Basquiat, Abdelkader Benchamma, Vaughn Bode, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Bonnie Collura, Robert Combas, François-Xavier Courrèges, Robert Crumb, Julie Doucet, Marcel Dzama, Mark Fischer, Tatsuo Ishida, Daniel Johnston, Mike Kelley, Patrice Killoffer, Tiziana La Melia, Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux, Bertrand Lavier, Roy Lichtenstein, Francis Masse, Jean-Christophe Menu, Steven Parrino, Raymond Pettibon, Syers Rob, Mark Shippy, David Shrigley, Youth Sonic, Maple U S., Gala Vanson, Jean-Luc Verna, Chris Ware, Lawrence Weiner, Rose Wylie, Naoko Yurikusa, Andrea Zittel

Curator of the exhibition: Stéphane Ibars

Stéphanie Brossard, Upcycling
Stéphanie Brossard, Upcycling, 2020 © Adagp
Stéphanie Brossard
Stéphanie Brossard © Adagp, Paris, 2021

L’intraitable beauté de nos vies sauvages #2, Stéphanie Brossard

Stéphanie Brossard’s exhibition presented at the Collection Lambert as part of the RENDEZ-VOUS, Inside the Basement program forms the second instalment of her project titled L’intraitable beauté de nos vies sauvages #2 (Wild is the Wind), initiated in 2020 at the FRAC Réunion. It is envisaged as a narrative, both real and imagined, of a life made up of journeys back and forth between the island territory of its origins and history, and a European continent understood not as an obligatory path for personal fulfilment, but as a sounding board for questions about (a) multiple, hybrid, and mutant identity / identities.

Curator of the exhibition: Stéphane Ibars

Access

September to June:
The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm
Closed on Mondays, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December
July and August:
The museum is open every day from 11am to 7pm

The Lambert Collection
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WALKS & HERITAGE

La navette fluviale : cross the Rhône for free from the Pont d'Avignon to the Île de la Barthelasse with the river shuttle. On the other bank, enjoy beautiful walks with views of the Pont d’Avignon, the ramparts or the Palais des Papes.
Musée du Petit Palais : a siginificant art collection of Italian paintings, Avignonese sculptures and paintings from the Ecole d’Avignon.
Musée Calvet : the Musée Calvet collections comprise archaeology, decorative arts, ethnography or fine arts.
Maison Jean Vilar : an exhibition, archival and research centre, a place for encounters and entertainments in keeping with the popular theatre spirit.

CINEMA & BOOKS

Utopia Manutention : an arthouse cinema at the foot of the Palais des Papes, with a restaurant.
La Mémoire du Monde : a bookshop combining literature and art with a selection of small publishers and other rare texts.
L’Eau Vive : this cosy bookshop for children holds creative workshops, readings, and book signings.

PLACES TO STAY

L’Hôtel de l’Europe : one of the most ancient hotel in France, in an ideal place where you can have a drink.
Le Lieu : a charming guesthouse and a restaurant in a place full of history and stories, a Cordeliers convent in the 13th century and a bourgeois house in the 18th and 19th centuries.

PLACES TO EAT

Le Violette : inventive cuisine combining local products with flavours from elsewhere in the shade of century-old plane trees, far from the hustle and bustle of the city.
• Subito : simple recipes and fresh products for Italian cuisine lovers.
Come a Roma : delicious Roman pizzas served with sunny tones.
Bella Ciao : an utopian bakery in downtown Avignon offering different varieties of breads, sandwiches and pizzas.