Vence prepares to house part of Yvon Lambert’s historic collection
Source:The Artnewspaper Author:Gareth Harris Date: 2015-02-03 Size:
The former contemporary art dealer Yvon Lambert, who closed his gallery in Paris in December after trading for 48 years, is in talks to show part of his Modern art collection in the southern French town of Vence...

Lambert is in discussions to house some of his art at the Château de Villeneuve

The former contemporary art dealer Yvon Lambert, who closed his gallery in Paris in December after trading for 48 years, is in talks to show part of his Modern art collection in the southern French town of Vence. Lambert is in discussions with the town’s mayor, Loïc Dombreval, about housing some of his holdings at the Château de Villeneuve, a 17th-century building which hosts Modern and contemporary art exhibitions. But the move may surprise city authorities in Avignon; since 2000, works from the Lambert collection have been shown in the city as part of a joint project.

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Dombreval tells The Art Newspaper: “I can confirm that Lambert and Eric Mezil, the director of the Lambert collection, have proposed a programme [of exhibitions] for the Château de Villeneuve which would begin in March. But this does not in any way mean that the Lambert collection will relocate from Avignon. It is a question of planning shows for our own museum.” A spokesman for the city of Avignon declined to comment on the Vence initiative.

However, according to our sister paper Le Journal des Arts, Dombreval plans to replace two senior management figures at the château with Lambert and Mezil. Since 1966, the historic venue has been run by an organisation called Art, Culture, and Heritage (Art, Culture et Patrimoine). Its director, Philippe Marland, says that the mayor announced the management shake-up last October. “We hope to reach an agreement with the mayor which is in everybody’s interests,” Marland says. A spokesman for the Lambert collection declined to comment.

The Collection Lambert has, meanwhile, been housed at the Hôtel de Caumont in Avignon since 2000. The holdings were transferred to the neighbouring Hôtel de Montfaucon early last year while the Hôtel de Caumont is refurbished as part of an expansion project encompassing both buildings.

Converting the Hôtel de Montfaucon was a condition imposed by Lambert when he promised 650 works to the French State in 2011. Both historic mansions belong to the city of Avignon, and the €14m cost of the conversion is coming from the French government (€8m) and local authorities, including the Department of Vaucluse. Work on the Hôtel de Montfaucon is due to be complete by this summer.

The donation of works by artists including Joseph Beuys, Christian Boltanski, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt, is believed to be France’s largest gift of art since the Picasso estate’s donation in 1974.

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