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ON AIME L'ART...!! Un choix d'Éric Mézil parmi les oeuvres de la Collection agnès b. 06 july > 05 nov. 2017 LA VIE SECRÈTE DES PLANTES Anselm Kiefer, Wolfgang Laib, Joseph Beuys, Lothar Baumgarten 06 july > 05 nov. 2017 LEILA ALAOUI Je te pardonne 06 july > 05 nov. 2017 KEITH HARING 06 july > 05 nov. 2017 The Figuration Libre in the Lambert's Collection Back to the painting 28 feb. > 05 june 2017
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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
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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
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Les Papesses Louise Bourgeois, Camille Claudel, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Kiki Smith, Jana Sterbak 09 june > 11 nov. 2013
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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
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Lawrence Weiner - Vik Muniz 11 dec. 2011 > 17 june 2012 Le temps retrouvé Cy Twombly photographe et artistes invités 12 june > 20 nov. 2011
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I Believe in Miracles 10 years at the Collection Lambert 12 dec. 2010 > 08 may 2011 Miquel Barcelo Terramare 27 june > 07 nov. 2010
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Photographier 01 june > 24 nov. 2002
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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
20 dec. 2015 > 12 june 2016

Andres Serrano, Ainsi soit-il

+ A new look on the Lambert Collection

Dear visitors,


Join us from December 20. We will open with a presentation of the permanent collection and a great exhibition dedicated to Andres Serrano.




Andres Serrano, The Church (Soeur Jeanne Myriam, Paris), 1991
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Andres Serrano, The Church (Soeur Jeanne Myriam, Paris), 1991


Andres Serrano was born in New York, 1950. His photographs have been shown in some of the world's most prestigious museums, over the last 30 years. Yvon Lambert was one of the first French art collectors to show an interest in his work and reveal the artist’s strong ties to European culture and ancient art. It is therefore only natural that, since 2006, the Collection Lambert has been supporting many of the artist's works and exhibitions in both France and on the international scene (Avignon, Paris, Moscow and Vence). Our museum has decided to celebrate this emblematic contemporary photographer in collaboration with the Royal Museum of Fine Art in Belgium who will be presenting a large retrospective of his work in Brussels in March 2016.


This show will open a new chapter in our work together and this will continue into the summer of 2016 with the creation of an entirely new project. 


The power of classicism in the service of an artwork deeply connected to its own time.


Andres Serrano has always had a fiery reputation and we have resisted any urge to minimise that in this show - it will include many of his most powerful and reputed works. As the German philosopher, Theodore Adorno, said: “Art can only stay alive through its resistance to society", and if Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Courbet or Goya deeply shocked their contemporary societies, they all went on to receive later recognition as geniuses and pioneers in touch with the imperious need to be ahead of their time before achieving true recognition and entering the pantheon of great art; they achieved this through technical prowess or by employing radically new ways that to portray contemporary society and fighting against their societies’ established aesthetic concepts. The history of art only progresses through its troublemakers and non-conformists and this becomes increasingly so when the frontier that separates ancient art from contemporary art ceases to have any reason to exist, and this exhibition is a clear demonstration of this.


If these eminently political works disturb and fascinate us through the power of their representation, like a mirror placed against the modern world - American society in particular - they must also be interpreted using the references which remain eternal to art history: those of classical art, notably the baroque. There are two methods which must be kept in mind to understand the incredible consistency of these photographic works. 


On one hand, we see revealed the disturbing face of an America which, as it enters the third millennium, shows itself to the rest of the world in an even more conservative, radical and sectarian light than we ever imagined it could – fortunately these days it tries to present itself with an image which tries to display a more peaceful and reconciliatory attitude towards the rest of the world. On the other hand, we see the confirmation of the artist's very attraction to the great masters of the past, yet Serrano retains only their darkest side (bringing to mind Titian, Delacroix, Tintoretto, Velasquez and even Goya, El Greco, Zurbaran, Gericault or Courbet). 


This show includes some older series, such as Fluids, Nomads, Church, Ku Klux Klan (try to imagine this black artist as he finds himself in front of his lens alongside whites who have vowed to exterminate all representatives of his own race), Objects of Desire (where firearms are given a disturbing "still life" treatment), Morgue or Comédie Française (produced for the Lambert Collection in 2007), and the most recent, produced in Cuba after the death of his mother, showing his desire to finally get closer to his origins as a descendent of the slaves from Haiti and Cuba for whom Christian passion has always been associated with voodoo traditions. Finally the most recent series produced in the Matisse Chapel, Vence, provides an echo to his series for the Sainte Clotilde Basilica in Paris over twenty years ago.







New presentation of the Lambert Collection


Haim Steinbach, Untitled, 1990
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Haim Steinbach, Untitled, 1990


Adel Abdessemed, Arakawa, Miroslaw Balka, Miquel Barcelo, Robert Barry, Marcel Broodthaers, Stanley Brown, Daniel Buren, Mircea Cantor, Christo, Claire Fontaine, Francesco Clemente, Baptiste Croze, Bernard Faucon, Vincent Ganivet, Douglas Gordon, Jenny Holzer, Louis Jammes, Koo Jeong-A, On Kawara, Anselm Kiefer, Jannis Kounellis, Bertrand Lavier, Louise Lawler, Zoe Leonard, Claude Lévêque, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Christian Marclay, Brice Marden, Agnès Martin, Jonathan Monk, Olivier Mosset, Dennis OppenheimGiulio Paolini, Jean Prouvé, Kay Rosen, Robert Ryman, David Shrigley, Haim Steinbach, Niele Toroni, Richard Tuttle, Cy Twombly,  Lawrence Weiner