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

Dan Flavin, vue de l'exposition
Dan Flavin, vue de l'exposition "Épiphanies" à la Collection Lambert © David Giancatarina
Dan Flavin, untitled (to Barnett Newman) four, 1971 © 2021 Stephen Flavin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Courtesy David Zwirner
Dan Flavin, untitled (to Barnett Newman) four, 1971 © 2021 Stephen Flavin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Courtesy David Zwirner
Dan Flavin,
Dan Flavin, "monument" for V. Tatlin, 1974 | MAMC Saint-Etienne © Cyrille Cauvet / Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métropole / ADAGP, Paris.

Épiphanies, Dan Flavin

Works dedicated to his artist friends involved in the 1960s aesthetic revolutions or honouring his predecessors.

Ann Veronica Janssens, vue de l'exposition
Ann Veronica Janssens, vue de l'exposition "Entre le crépuscule et le ciel" à la Collection Lambert © Blaise Adilon
Ann-Veronica Janssens, Sunset B, 2020, Courtesy Esther Schipper © Andréa Rossetti
Ann-Veronica Janssens, Sunset B, 2020, Courtesy Esther Schipper © Andréa Rossetti

Entre le crépuscule et le ciel, Ann Veronica Janssens

An immersion into the different states of light through a series of sculptures and installations.

Jean-Charles Blais, vue de l'exposition
Jean-Charles Blais, vue de l'exposition "Idylles" à la Collection Lambert © David Giancatarina
Sans titre, 2020, Courtesy de l'artiste et de la galerie Catherine Issert Francois Hernandez
Sans titre, 2020, Courtesy de l'artiste et de la galerie Catherine Issert Francois Hernandez
Début 8-12-20, 2020, Courtesy de l'artiste et de la galerie Catherine Issert Francois Hernandez
Début 8-12-20, 2020, Courtesy de l'artiste et de la galerie Catherine Issert Francois Hernandez

Idylles, Jean-Charles Blais

Figures and forms create narratives where bodies invade the museum.

Dana-Fiona Armour, vue de l'exposition
Dana-Fiona Armour, vue de l'exposition "Project MC1R" à la Collection Lambert © David Giancatarina
Dana-Fiona Armour, Projet MC1R, 2022, Collection Lambert © David Giancatarina
Dana-Fiona Armour, Projet MC1R, 2022, Collection Lambert © David Giancatarina

Project MC1R, Dana-Fiona Armour

A journey beyond the boundaries of the humans and plants, generating new stories and environments.

Kubra Khademi, vue de l'exposition
Kubra Khademi, vue de l'exposition "First but not last time in America" à la Collection Lambert © Philippe Daval
First but not last time in america, 2021, Kubra Khademi
First but not last time in america, 2021, Kubra Khademi
Dessin pour l'affiche de la 76eme edition du festival d'Avignon 2021, Kubra Khademi
Dessin pour l'affiche de la 76eme edition du festival d'Avignon 2021, Kubra Khademi

First but not last time in America, Kubra Khademi

An ode to Persian poetry through a series of installations, sculptures, and paintings.

Vue de l'exposition
Vue de l'exposition "Bienvenue dans le désert du réel" à la Collection Lambert © Philippe Daval
Slater Bradley My Doppelganger as Ian Curtis in Charlatan Pose (Cigarette and Tree), 2000 Donation Yvon Lambert à l’État français / Centre national des arts plastiques / Dépôt à la Collection Lambert, Avignon © Slater Bradley
Slater Bradley My Doppelganger as Ian Curtis in Charlatan Pose (Cigarette and Tree), 2000 Donation Yvon Lambert à l’État français / Centre national des arts plastiques / Dépôt à la Collection Lambert, Avignon © Slater Bradley
Barbara Kruger Who do think you are ?, 1997 Donation Yvon Lambert à l’État français / Centre national des arts plastiques / Dépôt à la Collection Lambert, Avignon
Barbara Kruger Who do think you are ?, 1997 Donation Yvon Lambert à l’État français / Centre national des arts plastiques / Dépôt à la Collection Lambert, Avignon
ouglas Gordon Never, Never (White), détail, 2000 Donation Yvon Lambert à l’État français / Centre national des arts plastiques / Dépôt à la Collection Lambert, Avignon © Studio lost but found / Adagp Paris, 2022
ouglas Gordon Never, Never (White), détail, 2000 Donation Yvon Lambert à l’État français / Centre national des arts plastiques / Dépôt à la Collection Lambert, Avignon © Studio lost but found / Adagp Paris, 2022

Welcome to the Desert of the Real

By pervading the devices and the narratives at work in the world of mass images (cinema, press, contemporary myths), by creating works whose multiple interpretations invite us to a critical distancing facing the representation of reality as it has been imposed on us or by focusing on the real in its rawest form, the artists’ works displayed in this exhibition invite us with undeniable poetry to question the nature of images we come across, to deconstruct the restrictive representation mechanisms in presence.

Artists : Carlos Amorales, David Askevold, Joseph Beuys, Pierre Bismuth, Christian Boltanski, Slater Bradley, Marcel Broodthaers, David Claerbout, Angela Detanico et Rafael Lain, Claire Fontaine, Anna Gaskell, Kendell Geers, Nan Goldin, Douglas Gordon, Jenny Holzer, Jonathan Horowitz, Paul Johnston, Anselm Kiefer, Koo Jeong A, Delphine Kreuter, Barbara Kruger, David Lamelas, Richard Long, Hamid Maghraoui, Fiorenza Menini, Jonathan Monk, Mariko Mori, Owen Morrel, Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Adam Pendleton, Anri Sala, Jérôme Taub, Gavin Turk, Salla Tykkä

Curator : Stéphane Ibars

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.