Collection Lambert
en Avignon
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84 000 Avignon
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03 dec. 2017 > 20 may 2018


Echoes of classic paintings and drawings and monochromes from the Collection Lambert

I try to make my painting experience a shared experience, one vision that meets another. Maybe this is the beauty of art: to succeed in doing something which is accessible to someone else. 

 Djamel Tatah

Djamel Tatah, "Untitled", 2016
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Djamel Tatah, "Untitled", 2016

Starting in December, the Lambert Collection will offer a unique exhibition built in the form of a sensitive dialogue between the works of Djamel Tatah and those of the minimalist artists of the Lambert Collection.


After studying at the School of Fine Arts in Saint-Etienne, Djamel Tatah took up painting and, since the late 1980s, has opted for large-format polyptychs with monochrome background featuring real-size human figures who share the museum space with the spectator in a poetic and unusual way.


In keeping with the tradition of classical painting and modernist and contemporary monochromes, his works will be presented at the Lambert Collection such that they interact with the minimalist works of Robert Ryman, Brice Marden, Robert Mangold, Robert Barry and Richard Serra and those of classical artists like the paintings of Corneille de Lyon in the 16th century and a selection of 50 works from the famous drawing firm of the School of Fine Arts in Paris.

Living and working for some years near Avignon, the artist will propose alongside the exhibition a series of meetings and workshops in his studio with the museum and the Collection Lambert’s educational service.


A richly illustrated catalogue will be published by Actes Sud with the support of Ben Brown Fine Arts. He will bring together the texts of Danièle Cohn, Eric of Chassey and Eric Mézil


The artists

Djamel Tatah

Robert Barry, Vicente Carducho, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Sébastien Cornu, Michel François Dandré-Bardon, Corneille de Lyon, Henri de Triqueti, Eugène Delacroix, André Dutertre, Hippolyte Flandrin, Théodore Géricault, Alexandre Hesse, Jean-Antoine Julien, Eustache Le Sueur, Nicolas Lancret, Fernand Léger, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Brice Marden, Henri Matisse, Jean-François Millet, Barnett Newman, Nicolas Poussin, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Robert Ryman, Richard Serra, Djamel Tatah, Cy Twombly, Abraham II Van Stry, Antoine Watteau. 

03 dec. 2017 > 20 may 2018


Young artists

Second edition of the Yvon Lambert exhibition and prize for young creation. To further anchor the museum in youthful creation and to support recently graduated artists, the Lambert Collection proposes a unique project which is now a permanent feature in the museum’s artistic programme.


For the second edition of the Rêvez ! exhibition, two art schools will be honoured: Les Beaux-Arts de Paris and the Ecole Supérieure of Art in Avignon.

Djamel Tatah, to whom we have dedicated an exhibition in Hôtel de Montfaucon and who teaches in Paris, took on the project and suggested to Jean-Marc Bustamante, Director of Fine Arts in Paris and four artist teachers – François Boisrond , Tim Eitel, Elsa Cayo and Patrick Tosani – that they select recent art graduates from the Parisian school to have their work exhibited in the Lambert Collection. Alongside young graduates from the Avignon Ecole Supérieure of Art.


For the occasion, the Fine Arts Editions in Paris will publish a portfolio of artists’ works and contributions by Françoise Nyssen, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Eric Mézil and Didier Semin.


The artists

Hugo Avigo, César Bardoux, Pierre Bellot, Adrien Blouet, Jean-Charles Bureau, Giacomo Cerlesi, Florentine Charon, Laure Couradette, Joel Degbo, Mathilde Denize, Margaux Derhé, Fabien Ducrot, Bastien Faudon, Mathilde Geldhof, Miryam Haddad, Nathanaëlle Herbelin, Fikria Kaddouri, Mathie Laborie, Yannick Langlois, Romain LeCornu, Alexandre Lenoir, Léonard Martin, Arthur Novac, Baptiste Rabichon, Ahlam Sassi, Victor Vaysse, Hoh Woojung. 

03 dec. 2017 > 20 may 2018

J'♥ Avignon

The artists and the Collection Lambert

J'♥ Avignon is a tribute to the papal city which forgets, in the shadow of its medieval buildings, that artists were born in this town where they stayed. Olivier Messiaen was born there in 1906 and was an organist at Saint-Didier Church, while we know that none other than Stéphane Mallarmé taught there for two years. 


Since the opening of the Collection Lambert almost twenty years ago, artists have followed in each other’s footsteps and paid tribute to the papal city: Cy Twombly and his famous “Temps retrouvée” Pure Consciousness (Avignon) by On Kawara created in Jean-Henri Fabre’s little primary school; Francesco Vezzoli’s reinterpretation of the famous photo of Agnès Varda with Jean Vilar and Maria Casarès; Claude Lévêque, Yan Pei-Ming, Miquel Barceló and Christian Marclay, who ironically brings some variety by reworking a disc cover of Mireille Mathieu and Joey Kötting which takes the famous nursery rhyme Sur le pont d’Avignon (On the bridge of Avignon) with a class of children.


In 1998, when Hôtel de Caumont was converted into a museum after some time as a humanities university, the schoolchildren’s blackboards escaped destruction. Lawrence Weiner, Bertrand Lavier and Niele Toroni revisited them with an artistic licence. For the exhibition J'♥ Avignon, new paintings of schoolchildren enrich this unusual collection, particularly with Djamel Tatah and Yan Pei-Ming.


Finally, the museum’s attic will be given a lease of life, recalling the cult exhibition from 2015 in the prison of Avignon, La disparition des Lucioles (The disappearance of Fire ies). A new piece by Christian Boltanski will bring to memory the dark moments of our history, with, in tandem, the much-requested projection of the video work where the documentarian and author Marceline Loriden-Ivens returns to prison after 70 years: she was consigned there with her father during the war – a father she would not see again as she was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau. It was here that she became a bench-mate with Simone Weil. They remained friends until her death in July 2017. 


The artists

Adel Abdessemed, Pierre-Marie Agin, Miquel Barceló, Christian Boltanski, Cartier Bresson, Auguste Chabaud, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Vincent Fosse, Nan Goldin, Douglas Gordon, François Halard, Roni Horn, On Kawara, Idris Khan, Joey Kötting, Jannis Kounellis, Bertrand Lavier, Louise Lawler, Hamid Maghraoui, Christian Marclay, Pascal Martinez, Jonas Mekas, Vik Muniz, Yan Pei-Ming, Adam Pendleton, Man Ray, Andres Serrano, Kiki Smith, Niele Toroni, Cy Twombly, Francesco Vezzoli, Lawrence Weiner.