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

Vue de l’exposition «notre musée» à la Collection Lambert © Yohanne Lamoulère
Vue de l’exposition «notre musée» à la Collection Lambert © Yohanne Lamoulère
Vue de l’exposition «notre musée» à la Collection Lambert © Yohanne Lamoulère
Vue de l’exposition «notre musée» à la Collection Lambert © Yohanne Lamoulère
Vue de l’exposition «notre musée» à la Collection Lambert © Yohanne Lamoulère
Vue de l’exposition «notre musée» à la Collection Lambert © Yohanne Lamoulère

notre musée : une collection sentimentale

What is a museum? What would your ideal museum be? These are some of questions that our new curators asked themselves in an artistic and political gesture, in order to imagine new rules for art.

The exhibition presented here is the result of the choices of a singular collective: reuniting citizens, artists and the staff of our contemporary art center. This curatorial team, which includes people in precarious situations – followed by some social structures – proposes an archaeology of tenderness, making the artworks showed at the Lambert Collection vibrating and acting as a revelation of our common fragility.

Our museum invites you to discover personal mausoleums: intimate stuffs that we adore and works that we choose. Building together the iconic Yvon Lambert’s collection with our most precious possessions, the exhibition reveals our attachment to objects and the histories we love.

Alice Dusapin (Villa Médicis), Listen to This Page, Bern Porter, 2021
Alice Dusapin (Villa Médicis), Listen to This Page, Bern Porter, 2021
Xie Lei (Casa de Vélázquez), Intrusion, 2020
Xie Lei (Casa de Vélázquez), Intrusion, 2020
Liza Ambrossio (Casa de Vélázquez), Sortilegio, 2021
Liza Ambrossio (Casa de Vélázquez), Sortilegio, 2021
Evangelia Kranioti (Villa Médicis), Miss Without Papers, Série « Miss Without Papers », 2018, photographie
Evangelia Kranioti (Villa Médicis), Miss Without Papers, Série « Miss Without Papers », 2018, photographie
Flore Facinelli et Céline Pelcé (Villa Kujoyama), Dans l’enchaînement infini des choses, 2021
Flore Facinelli et Céline Pelcé (Villa Kujoyama), Dans l’enchaînement infini des choses, 2021

¡Viva Villa! Biennale des résidences d’artistes

The ¡Viva Villa! festival was born in 2016 under the joint impetus of three French art residencies of international stature: the Académie de France in Rome - Villa Medici in Rome, the Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto and the Académie de France in Madrid - Casa de Velázquez in Madrid.

In 2022, the event will take place at the Collection Lambert in Avignon, which becomes an associate partner for this pilot edition of the biennial artist residency program. The exhibition "Ce quoi nous tenons" as well as the associated cultural program (film series, live performances) will be curated by four hands: Stéphane Ibars, deputy artistic director of the Collection Lambert, will be co-curator of the 2022 edition alongside Victorine Grataloup, a curator selected after an international call for applications.

The ¡Viva Villa! festival is thus cultivating its resolutely multidisciplinary roots while taking the time, in its renewed form, to make visible the scope and potential of contemporary creation and to accentuate the decompartmentalization between places, temporalities and artistic languages.

Access

The Lambert Collection
5, rue Violette - 84000 Avignon
+33 (0)4 90 16 56 20
collectionlambert.com

September to June:
The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm

July and August:
The museum is open every day from 11am to 7pm

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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.