“Collection Lambert”

Alain Lombard, the new head of the Collection Lambert

A graduate of the French administration school ENA, he was previously secretary general of the Villa Médicis, a cultural attaché in Budapest, but also general administrator for the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie… His name ? Alain Lombard, who this year takes over from Éric Mézil at the helm of the Collection Lambert. An encounter in Avignon.   The news was released on 5 February this year… Éric Mézil, who had directed the Collection Lambert since 2000, would be handing over his position to Alain Lombard. After working for 17 years alongside dealer Yvon Lambert, Éric Mézil has left an enduring print on the Avignon cultural landscape, marked by ambitious programming. We remember of course his big solo exhibitions: Cy Twombly in 2007, Miquel Barceló in 2010, Andres Serrano in 2016, or more surprisingly, the outside-the-walls show, in 2014, in the former Sainte-Anne prison, titled “La Disparition des lucioles”. Now at the helm, Alain Lombard has taken on the mission of bringing life to this extraordinary contemporary-art collection… Indeed, the Collection Lambert, born in 2000 in Avignon, is quite a special museum. The works owned by art dealer and collector Yvon Lambert were long stored in the Hôtel de Caumont, and the donation of over 550 works to the French State only became official in July 2012. Now housed in two eighteenth-century townhouses – after the addition of the Hôtel de Montfaucon to the project –, the Collection Lambert offers a selection of major works from the second half of the 20th century and the start of the 21st century.   Can you tell us about your background? I had the fortune to be able to choose to join the French Ministry of Culture when I graduated from the ENA, and I’ve worked there since 1982, in...

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Collection Lambert: Jean-Luc Choplin its new president

Jean-Louis Choplin has been named president of the Collection Lambert, in Avignon, by its board. The Collection, opening its doors in 2000, is today housed in the Hôtel de Caumont and the Hôtel de Montfaucon, where Yvon Lambert, gallerist and collector, deposited his personal collection. A graduate in economic sciences and also from the École Normale de Musique de Paris, Jean-Luc Choplin was formerly general manager of the Théâtre du Châtelet, where he asked several contemporary artists to produce works, namely the duo Pierre and Gilles for the billboard for Chanteur de Mexico, an operetta by Francis Lopez, or provocative Russian artist Oleg Kulik for the staging of Verdi’s Vêpres de la Vierge, in order to create, as he says, “a Châtelet signature, between popular and savant cultures”. Apart from presiding over the Collection Lambert, Jean-Louis Choplin is in charge of programming and artistic direction for Seine Musicale, the musical “city” on the Île Seguin in Boulogne, to open in spring...

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Collection Lambert’s exhibition behind bars

Until 25 November 2014, Collection Lambert in Avignon presents the exhibition “The Disappearance of the Fireflies” — a title inspired from an article of the same name by Pier Paolo Pasolini, written in 1975, in which the author deplores the end of an era.  The exhibition is not taking place at the Collection’s usual site, but in the Sainte-Anne Prison, located just behind the Papal Palace. The original building has been closed until summer 2015 for renovations and the installation of a gift of 556 works belonging to the collection of Yvon Lambert. Disused for almost ten years, the Sainte-Anne Prison offers an original setting for works by Kiki Smith, Xavier Veilhan and Andy Warhol. These pieces, which explore the themes of imprisonment, solitude and love, come from the private collection of Enea Righi, as well as other private and public...

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Collection Lambert presents Cy Twombly

Avignon, 15 June 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Collection Lambert in Avignon will be featuring the work of an eighty-three year old artist from 11 June. It will be the Cy Twombly’s second exhibition in the French city. In 2007, the artist created numerous paintings on the subject of peonies and the Japanese poems dedicated to them. The 2011 exhibition is entitled “Le Temps retrouvé” (Found Time) and features the photographs of the artist, who is also the curator of the exhibition. The Collection Lambert will thus be presenting Twombly’s works in conjunction with other artworks selected by the artist. Nineteenth- and twentieth-century masterpieces by Rodin, Bonnard, Brancusi, Arbus, Sol LeWitt, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman and others will accompany Twombly’s photographs. The title of the exhibition is taken from Proust and evokes this association of artists that traces almost two centuries of art. The Avignon branch of the Fondation Lambert opened in June 2000 during the celebrations commemorating’s Avignon’s tenure as European Culture Capital. Gallery owner and collector Yvon Lambert decided to loan three hundred and fifty works with a view to a future donation. The pieces, which are from Lambert’s vast collection of 1,200 works dating from the 1960’s to today, were set up in an eighteenth century house. The Collection Lambert hosts three exhibitions a year and also organizes events in Provence (Arles, Marseille, Aix-en-Provence) and other countries. In 1998, the institution organized an exhibition of works on paper in Yokohama in 1998, the art of Nan Goldin in Montreal in 2003 and in Moscow in 2006, conceptual photography for Photoespana in Madrid in 2004 and the masterpieces from the Villa Medici in Rome in...

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