Collection Lambert
en Avignon
5 rue Violette
84 000 Avignon
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Except Monday from 11am to 6pm.
July-August, open every day
From 11am to 7pm.
> 2017
The Figuration Libre in the Lambert's Collection Back to the painting 28 feb. > 05 june 2017
> 2016
LES COMBAS DE LAMBERT Robert Combas 11 dec. 2016 > 05 june 2017 Chefs d'oeuvre du Musée Angladon — Collection Jacques Doucet Van Gogh, Modigliani, Degas, Sisley... 11 dec. 2016 > 26 feb. 2017 RÊVEZ ! Exposition et prix Yvon Lambert pour la jeune création 11 dec. 2016 > 05 june 2017 THE SLEEPWORKER Deux jeunes artistes au chômage 08 oct. 2016 A Summer at the Collection Lambert Au Coeur — Amos Gitaï — Andres Serrano 03 july > 06 nov. 2016 TO THE HEART Landscapes of Childhood 03 july > 06 nov. 2016 ANDRES SERRANO Torture 03 july > 25 sep. 2016 new exhibition 03 july > 06 nov. 2016 AMOS GITAÏ CHRONICLE OF AN ASSASSINATION FORETOLD 03 july > 06 nov. 2016 From Warhol to Basquiat The Masterpieces of the Lambert collection, Musée de Vence 20 feb. > 22 may 2016
> 2015
Andres Serrano, Ainsi soit-il + A new look on the Lambert Collection 20 dec. 2015 > 12 june 2016 Adel Addessemed Jalousies, Complicités avec Jean Nouvel 02 oct. 2015 > 17 jan. 2016 New exhibition 11 july > 18 oct. 2015 Patrice Chéreau, An Imaginary Museum From David, Géricault, Goya, de La Tour to Bacon, Picasso, Richter... 11 july > 18 oct. 2015 Andres Serrano, Ainsi soit-il Extramural program, Vence 22 mar. > 30 aug. 2015
> 2014
LAST DAYS Come to visit the show 21 nov. > 25 nov. 2014 Andres Serrano Palais Fesch, Ajaccio 27 june > 29 sep. 2014 The Disappearance of the fireflies Prison Sainte Anne, 55 rue de la Banasterie, Avignon 18 may > 25 nov. 2014
> 2013
Les Papesses Louise Bourgeois, Camille Claudel, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Kiki Smith, Jana Sterbak 09 june > 11 nov. 2013
> 2012
Oriental Mirages, Pomegranates and Prickly Pears Mediterranean Comings and goings 09 dec. 2012 > 28 apr. 2013 The masterpieces of the Yvon Lambert donation 07 july > 11 nov. 2012
> 2011
Lawrence Weiner - Vik Muniz 11 dec. 2011 > 17 june 2012 Le temps retrouvé Cy Twombly photographe et artistes invités 12 june > 20 nov. 2011
> 2010
I Believe in Miracles 10 years at the Collection Lambert 12 dec. 2010 > 08 may 2011 Miquel Barcelo Terramare 27 june > 07 nov. 2010
> 2009
Sans-Titre #1 Works of the Collection Lambert, Paintings of 1970s-1980s 24 oct. 2009 > 31 jan. 2010 Roni Horn 21 june > 04 oct. 2009
> 2008
After Roma 14 dec. 2008 > 31 may 2009 Douglas Gordon Where Are the Keys? 06 july > 02 nov. 2008 Le Grand tour The Collection Lambert exhibited at the Villa Medicis in Rome 05 may > 15 june 2008 Candice Breitz Post Script 10 feb. > 18 may 2008
> 2007
I don't kiss 27 oct. 2007 > 20 jan. 2008 Cy Twombly Blooming, A Scattering of Blossoms and other Things 05 june > 14 oct. 2007 Let Us Render to Cézanne... 18 mar. > 20 may 2007
> 2006
Andres Serrano La part maudite 18 nov. 2006 > 11 feb. 2007 Figures de l'acteur The Actor's Paradox 08 july > 15 oct. 2006
> 2005
5 ans The Collection Lambert en Avignon 25 june 2005 > 30 may 2006 Theorema A private collection in Italy 05 feb. > 29 may 2005
> 2004
Sol LeWitt / Christian Marclay 30 oct. 2004 > 16 jan. 2005 Eijanaika! Yes Future! Post-20th century Japan 10 july > 10 oct. 2004 À Fripon Fripon et demi Pour une école buissonnière 21 feb. > 06 june 2004
> 2003
Salla Tykkä Happy days 25 oct. 2003 > 25 jan. 2004 Francis Alÿs The Prophet and the Fly 25 oct. 2003 > 25 jan. 2004 Coollustre 25 may > 28 sep. 2003 Rendez-Vous 4 25 jan. > 27 apr. 2003
> 2002
Photographier 01 june > 24 nov. 2002
> 2001
Rendez-Vous 3 16 dec. 2001 > 28 apr. 2002 Artists' Collections 01 july > 30 nov. 2001
> 2000
Rendez-Vous 2 01 dec. 2000 > 31 mar. 2001 Rendez-Vous 1 27 june > 01 oct. 2000
Exhibition
07 july > 11 nov. 2012

The masterpieces of the Yvon Lambert donation

> After celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Lambert Collection is entering a new phase.
During the President of the Republic’s official visit to the museum on 18 November 2011, Yvon Lambert confirmed he would donate his collection to the State for permanent conservation in Avignon.
Since this date, Avignon city council and the Culture Ministry have committed the finance necessary to expand the museum to the neighbouring Hôtel de Montfaucon, which would effectively double its exhibition space.
The donation will officially become public this summer and is set to become the largest benefaction to public collections in over a century. France’s national heritage will thus benefit from this complete historical collection, built up over 50 years and comprising of 600 works valued by Christie’s at nearly 100 million euros.

 

> To celebrate the event, the museum will present the masterpieces of the Lambert Collection throughout the summer. The public can thus discover or rediscover the great names of Yvon Lambert’s unique collection, conserved in Avignon, but rarely presented within the Hôtel de Caumont rooms. Yvon Lambert has amassed the collection representing his tastes, aspirations and passions since the sixties. The dealer-collector rejected academicism and soon realised that the world’s creative centre had shifted from the Paris of the Glory Years to a triumphant America. In avant-garde style, he imported from the U.S. the Minimalist, Conceptual, and Land art works that form the basis of the collection. In the eighties, Lambert turned towards a new form of painting that was more figurative; in the nineties, photography caught his eye. Since the nineties, video art, installations and painting have formed the backbone of his acquisitions, enhancing the collection with the work of young up-and-coming creators. 

 

> The collection is now formed of very coherent series from each artist, to the extent that, for some, Avignon is the only place in France where so many masterpieces can be admired. This was the case for Cy Twombly, whose “Blooming” exhibition in summer 2007 introduced the public to over 30 of his works. This was also the case for: Robert Ryman, at least 10 of whose canvases have been exhibited; Andres Serrano, who offered the museum 120 photographs in 2006; Sol LeWitt, offering more than 35 sculptures, paper works and wall drawings; and Nan Goldin, with 70 photographs. Others in this list include Donald Judd, Brice Marden, Daniel Buren, Gordon Matta-Clark, Anselm Kiefer, Miquel Barcelò, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Barbara Kruger, Douglas Gordon, Bertrand Lavier, Loris Gréaud, Vincent Ganivet, Zilvinas Kempinas, and many more besides.

 

Robert Mangold, "Series : central diagonal II (V Series)", 1968, "Series : central diagonal II (W Series)", 1968, "Series : central diagonal II (X Series)", 1968, acrylique sur isorel
Jean-Michel Basquiat, "She Installs Confidence And Picks Up His Brain Like A Salad", 1987, huile et acrylique sur bois
Andres Serrano, America, "J.B., Pimp", 2003, cibachrome
Cy Twombly, "Pan, détail d’un polyptyque de 7 éléments", 1980, huile et pastel gras sur gravure sur papier
Nan Goldin, "Pawel de dos, East Hampton, NY", 1996, photographie
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Robert Mangold, "Series : central diagonal II (V Series)", 1968, "Series : central diagonal II (W Series)", 1968, "Series : central diagonal II (X Series)", 1968, acrylique sur isorel

The artists

Carlos Amorales, Miquel Barcelò, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Christian Boltanski, Daniel Buren, André Cadere, Vincent Ganivet, Nan Goldin, Douglas Gordon, Jenny Holzer, Roni Horn, Zilvinas Kempinas, Anselm Kiefer, Barbara Kruger, Bertrand Lavier, Claude Lévêque, Allan Mac Collum, Robert Mangold, Brice Marden, Vik Muniz, Diogo Pimentao, Robert Ryman, Richard Serra, Andres Serrano, Niele Toroni, Salla Tÿkka, Cy Twombly, Lawrence Weiner