Contemporary art in Vaucluse
Collections, artists and galleries
A palette of collections that contemporary art lovers will enjoy that are known about or to be discovered are found in Vaucluse, but also artists and galleries tucked away in inspiring towns and villages. There’s plenty for setting out to meet women and men who create, paint, sculpt, design and for the eyes to enjoy.
The collection Lambert: a must-see
The Yvon Lambert collection is exhibited in the Caumont and Montfaucon private townhouses in the Avignon city centre, brings together artists of international renown: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sol LeWitt, Anselm Kiefer…
The museum was created on the initiative of art dealer and collector Yvon Lambert and opened in 2000 exhibiting permanent works, some of which were created for the setting. As such from the courtyard – with the installation by Miroslaw Balka –, to the attic – which houses an installation by Claude Lévêque –, each room is the opportunity to set out on a new journey. The space was extended in 2015 to accommodate temporary exhibitions.
- Times: from 02/01 to 30/06/2022 from 11am to 6pm / closed on Mondays and 1 May
- From 01/07 to 31/08/2022, every day from 11am to 7pm.
- From 01/09 to 31/12/2022 from 11am to 6pm / closed on Mondays.
- Prices: from €2 to €10
- Included in the Vaucluse Provence Pass
The Grenier à Sel
The Grenier à Sel is a space dedicated to digital arts and intends to be the place where art meets innovation.
With regular exhibitions, performances and workshops, the Grenier à Sel is first and foremost a place for interaction.
The works exhibited are highly related to digital arts and question the visitor about our modernity and digital’s place in our daily lives.
- Times: when exhibitions are on from Monday to Saturday from 2pm to 6pm/ closed on Sundays and public holidays.
- Prices: free
Artists and galleries
Avignon Arts Contemporains lists all of the artists and places that make up what’s happening artistically in Avignon and its surroundings.
By searching by place, style or discipline, the website enables you to find and discover those contributing to contemporary cultural like in the City of the Popes. It’s an indispensable tool for art lovers!
Villa Datris at L’Isle sur la Sorgue
The Villa Datris Foundation is a foundation entirely devoted to contemporary sculpture.
Follow a path that takes you elsewhere over four floors and a stunning garden…
Sculpture is showcased in all the rooms from the front steps and out into the garden.
Depending on the exhibitions that are on, you can see works by Buren, Wim Delvoye, Jean Dubuffet, Le Corbusier, Sol Lewitt, Joan Mirò, Jean Nouvel, Sarah Oppenheimer and many other impressive major artists!
- Times: from May to June, from Wednesday to Saturday 11am-1pm / 2pm-6pm.
July / August: 10am-1pm / 2pm-7pm / closed on Tuesdays
September / October: from Wednesday to Saturday 11am-1pm / 2pm-6pm.
- Prices: free
Campredon Arts Centre
Contemporary art has been exhibited in an old 18th-century house since 1982.
It became an arts centre in 2010, with 3 exhibition levels, finished off with a lovely courtyard, providing a wide variety of art works a real setting, in the heart of Comtadine Venice. As such the walls have displayed the works of Robert Doisneau , Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Sarah Moon, Pierre Sgamma, Guy Bourdin, Stéphan Guiran, Antonio Lopez, Howard Greenberg Gallery, Philippe Favier, Jessica Lange, Hillary Dymond, Jacques-Henri Lartigues, Catherine Noury …
- Times: from 23/10/2021 to 20/02/2022, open every day except Mondays from 10am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 5:30pm.
- Prices: €6
The Louise Bourgeois Church in Bonnieux
It is an unusual place if ever there was one, push open the door to immerse yourself in a world that will certainly leave an impression.
Sensual baptismal fonts, a Christ in rags, a bronze spider, a virgin with a child… Everything here amazes and fascinates you!
- Times: From 01/07 to 31/07, every day from 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm.
From 01/09 to 10/09, every day from 10am-3pm and 3pm-6pm.
- Prices: free
The Blachère foundation in Apt
A contemporary African art museum that shows the passions of an entire continent.
It is a place dedicated to African Contemporary art that hosts creators in residence, who you can see working in situ, and exhibits almost 200 artists.
This centre exhibits the bests of Black Africa artists and reveals all the talent found on this continent. Here the works show the commitment of this foundation to humanist values and gives us the opportunity to discover an Africa that is mischievous, joyful and completely turned towards the future.
- Times: every day except Sunday from 2pm to 6pm
- Prices: free
Contemporary art is sometimes exhibited (and even more and more) on town and village walls.
Painted windows of the city festival and unique creations on the railway structures in Avignon, via pop-up installations that can be admired in Carpentras for example as part of the artistic and educational projects of budding artists, such as les Papillons (exhibition-competition held each year with an exhibition of the works outdoors all over the city) and the Graphimix project (which takes place each year with the DRAC), or the cheminement des sculptures (sculpture path) in Gigondas, the art labyrinth – Le monde de Marion et d’Ulysse in Joucas and Le Diamantaire (who applies his works pretty much all everywhere), there are many facets of contemporary art in Vaucluse-Provence.
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The Modern and Contemporary Art routes
in the Southern Region
Discover the 27 major collections of modern and contemporary art in our region thanks to a map that lists and presents the 27 major collections in the region.