So that visitors can discover the collection via a presentation that is as broad and diverse as possible, Yvon Lambert has chosen to open the museum with a major exhibition featuring over sixty contemporary artists. It would have been unfair to select just twenty or so artists to represent the collection, which includes over eighty. A richly illustrated and documented catalogue will provide a record of the event.
The title of this inaugural exhibition has been borrowed from a key work from the collection, a photomontage by Gordon Matta-Clark, Rendez-vous, sous-sol, 1977, which the artist made by digging into the floor of the former Yvon Lambert Gallery. We found the double meaning of the title compelling: as well as meaning a meeting between friends or lovers, ‘Rendez-vous!’ also means ‘Give yourself up!’ – a somewhat threatening order given to someone being arrested. Consequently, ‘Rendez-vous’ is not only a warm invitation to a magnificent house; the selection of works on show and the commissions given to artists are intended to challenge the perceptions of visitors discovering or rediscovering the diversity of the Collection Lambert. This initial series of works will be presented in three parts in order to do full justice to that diversity.