A Visit to the Collection Lambert

I learned about the Collection Lambert quite some time ago inside one of my favorite books, The Independent Collector’s Guide to Private Art Collections, a complete listing of private art collections you can visit all around the world. This particular collection is unique in that it was created beginning with the works of celebrated French art dealer, Yvon Lambert. In 2012, Lambert’s personal collection was formally donated to the state of France, and now the Collection Lambert functions as a publicly accessible museum, with rotating exhibitions supporting the original collection.

On a sunny Tuesday morning, I headed over to the collection located in downtown Avignon, not far from the city’s train station. Outside the museum, you’ll notice the worlds “Silence” and “In the Museum” painted onto the exterior wall. Two large doors swing open to let visitors into the beautiful courtyard, where 68 colorful plexiglass columns hang, a work called Heaven, 2010, by Polish artist Miroslaw Balka. The plexiglass columns twist and twirl in the gentle breeze, and shimmer when the sun hits them.

Collection Lambert Miroslaw Balka

Collection Lambert Miroslaw Balka

Collection Lambert Courtyard

Walking into the lobby is a beautiful iron staircase that leads up to the main collection halls:

Collection Lambert Lobby

Collection Lambert Lobby

Collection Lambert Laurence Weiner

Laurence Weiner, Presque mieux que les autres, A Fripon, fripon, & demi, 2012

 

Collection Lambert David Shrigley and Louis Jammes

David Shrigley, Slum (Taudis), 2000 and Louis Jammes, Sans Titre, 1990

 

Collection Lambert, Mircea Cantor's Another Message

Mircea Cantor, Another Message, 2000

 

Collection Lambert Miquel Barceló

Miquel Barceló, Sans Titre, 2015

 

Collection Lambert, Richard Tuttle's Pink Oval Landscape

Richard Tuttle, Pink Oval Landscape, 1964

Collection Lambert, Richard Tuttle's Pink Oval Landscape

Richard Tuttle, Pink Oval Landscape, 1964

 

Collection Lambert Sol LeWitt's Incomplete Open Cube, 7 Parts, Variation No. 6

Sol LeWitt, Incomplete Open Cube, 7 Parts, Variation No. 6, 1973

 

Collection Lambert Sol LeWitt's Five Square Modular Piece

Sol LeWitt, Five Square Modular Piece, 1974

 

Sol LeWitt, Collection Lambert

Sol LeWitt, Untitled, N.D.

 

Collection Lambert Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt, Wall Piece No. 3, 1979 and Wall Piece No. 7, 1979

 

Collection Lambert Bertrand Lavier

Bertrand Lavier, Bleu d’Idanthrène, 1987

 

Collection Lambert Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt, Wall Painting, 2004

 

Collection Lambert Niele Toroni

Niele Toroni, Empreintes de pinceau n. 50 répétées à Intervalles réguiliers (30 cm), Juin 2000

 

Collection Lambert

Andres Serrano

 

Collection Lambert Andres Serrano

Andres Serrano, Bodily Fluids (Semen & Blood I), 1987

 

Collection Lambert Vincent Ganivet

Vincent Ganivet, Entrevous, 2010

 

Minimal room at the Collection Lambert

Works by Christian Marclay, Daniel Buren and Bertrand Lavier

 

Collection Lambert Christian Marclay

Christian Marclay, Untitled (From the Series “Imaginary Records”), 1993

 

Collection Lambert Bertrand Lavier

Bertrand Lavier, Delfino, 1988

 

Collection Lambert

Bertrand Lavier, Delfino, 1988

 

Collection Lambert Zhang Huan

Zhang Huan, Sans Titre, 2013-2015

 

Collection Lambert Claire Fontaine

Claire Fontaine, Foreigners Everywhere (Arabic/Hebrew), 2010

Collection Lambert Claire Fontaine

Claire Fontaine, Foreigners Everywhere (Arabic/Hebrew), 2010

 

Four works by Daniel Buren, Sans Titre, Decembre 1971, Juillet 1969, Avril, 1970, and Mars 1969, respectively:

Collection Lambert Daniel Buren

Daniel Buren

 

Collection Lambert Olivier Mosset

Olivier Mosset, Sans Titre, 1966

 

Daniel Buren, Collection Lambert

Daniel Buren, Sans Titre, Juin 1971 and Octobre 1970

Collection Lambert Entrance
Collection Lambert Entrance
Collection Lambert Entrance
Collection Lambert Entrance

Collection Lambert
5 Rue Violette
84000 Avignon, France

Open Tuesday – Sunday from 11am-6pm

July 30, 2016

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I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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