Reopening of the Lambert Collection in Avignon: the must-see venue for contemporary art

It’s one of the world’s major contemporary art collections and has just acquired a new space, commensurate with its stature: the Lambert Collection, which opened in 2000 in Avignon’s splendid Hôtel de Caumont, is just settling into its new, wider home; in 2015, the gallery doubled its floor space, extending to the adjoining Hôtel de Montfaucon. The Hôtel de Caumont is now devoted exclusively to temporary exhibitions and the Hôtel de Montfaucon houses the permanent collections belonging to Parisian collector and gallery owner, Yvon Lambert. This new complex also boasts an auditorium, restaurant, bookshop, two open courtyards and runs teaching workshops. The venue can also be hired for private functions. So come on, let’s go!

Lambert Collection in Avignon

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The Lambert Collection opened its doors in Avignon in 2000, as part of the celebrations relating to “Avignon, European Capital of Culture”. A magnificent mansion from the 17th century, built in white stone from the south, bathed in southern light, is where gallery owner and international collector Yvon Lambert decided to set up his own personal collection. The donation would be made official in July 2012 by François Hollande in the presence of the Minister of Culture.

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The collection

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With 556 major works, Yvon Lambert’s donation is the largest offered in France since the Moreau-Nélaton donation in 1906 to the Louvre. The collection runs through nearly half a century of great artistic movements, from Minimalism, Conceptual and Land Art of the 60s and 70s (Sol LeWitt, Carl Andre, Donald Judd, Daniel Buren, Cy Twombly, Richard Long…) to a more figurative style of painting in the 80s (Miquel Barcelo, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol…), to photographs, videos, installations and new pictorial trends from the 90s to the present day (Anselm Kiefer, Christian Boltanski, Nan Goldin…).

 

A new museum

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In 2012, this major donation was formalised, requiring special premises to be found. So it was decided to take over the Hôtel de Montfaucon, next door. Architects Berger & Berger connected the two buildings with a white concrete building inlaid with Carrara marble and provided all the facilities for the new Lambert Collection. The galleries, naturally lit by the huge windows of these historic buildings, alternate with abstract exhibition halls, artificially lit, in the “white cube” culture, familiar to the great modern museums. Many of them have been created specifically around the works.

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The new arrangement also includes an auditorium, two outer courtyards, two apartments for artists in residence, a place for restoring works, two rooms for educational workshops, a large bookstore and a restaurant, le Violette.

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Since the museum opened, temporary exhibitions have focused more on exploring the major themes or works of a particular artist, rather than an artistic movement.

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Practical information for tour operators:

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Opening hours:

September to June: every day from 1am to 6pm, except Mondays.

July and August: every day from 11am to 7pm.

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Entrance fee: €10 /person – Group rate from 10 people: €8 –  No audioguide.

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Guided tours with a museum guide (in French): €50 on weekdays, €70 Sundays and public holidays. Option of themed tours (architecture of new spaces, movements of the 60s, minimal and conceptual art, painting of the 80s, 90s photography…).   For tours in other languages, Avignon Tourism has specially trained guides for the Collection.

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Restaurant: opens in April. It can accommodate 40 people in winter and 80 people in summer with its terrace.

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The museum is also available for private hire outside opening hours, i.e. Monday all day, before 11.00 and after 18.00 (or 19.00) on other days of the week (prices from €90).

The Hôtel de Montfaucon’s courtyard can also be hired for private cocktails.

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Collection Lambert en Avignon
5, Rue violette, 84 000 AVIGNON
T. +33 (0)4 90 16 56 20

www.collectionlambert.frinformation@collectionlambert.com

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Contact for tour operators:

Ms. Aude MARQUET – a.marquet@collectionlambert.com – T. +33 (0)4 90 16 56 20

 

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All photos © Valérie Gillet – Coll. Vaucluse Tourism

 

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