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March 2024

Head south!

Exhibitions, galleries, artists, foundations, festivals — here’s our selection of events, places, and people who come from  afar to offer their touch of genius to Provence, their new-found home.

Par Caroline Guiol


Fondation Vasarely Aix-en-Provence

Kinetic art for everyone.

It was built to house the works of the artist who designed it, the visionary Hungarian artist Victor Vasarely (1906-1997). The Fondation Vasarely is a work of art in itself, as much sculpture as building. And it has made Vasarely’s work famous far beyond France. “From Cézanne to Vasarely: we shall be worthy,” he wrote in a message placed with the foundation stone in 1973. Today, his grandson Pierre works unceasingly to spread the great artist’s fame. All you need do to support the foundation is to become a member and keep up to date with sales of Vasarely artworks. After l’Art du multiple, Victor Vasarely et la sérigraphie, a show of Vasarely screenprints running until 1 April, the Foundation shows us a more Art Deco style. Kazys Varnelis, un Lituanien à Aix is the fruit of a partnership with the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

1 avenue Marcel Pagnol, 13090 Aix-en-Provence

Fondation Vincent van Gogh, Arles

L’Atelier du Sud, a space for experiment

The start of the project, between 2020 and 2023, was an artists’ residence in a house in Rue de la Cloître, Arles. Maja Hoffmann (president of Luma and founder of the Fondation Vincent Van Gogh) and American painter Laura Owens (who knows every inch of Arles) invited 24 participants to join the adventure. The outcome is a fulfilment of Van Gogh’s wish: a shared studio in the South of France, bringing together a community where talent can thrive and creativity flourish. This exhibition shows us the fruit of the experiment: a joyful, sensual, adventurous outpouring of works ranging from painting and sculpture to video and installations. You can also book a tour of the house where the artists-in-residence lived and worked.

Jusqu’au 21 avril. 

35 ter rue du Docteur-Fanton, 13200 Arles

Daniel Firman, Gathering, 2000. © ADAGP Paris 2024

Fabien Danesi

Director, Frac Corsica

Fabien Danesi, former artist in residence at Villa Medici, was appointed in 2021 to head Frac Corsica, the island’s official contemporary art collection. He is curating the exhibition “Art & Sport”. L’art au cœur du sport, one of the cultural offerings linked to the 2024 Olympics in Paris. All told there will be 14 exhibitions, one in each Region of France between May and November, mounted by the national museum body RMN Grand Palais. “Art and sport, channelling emotion in all their diverse practices and forms of expression, are driven by the same energy and ardour. Stadium, swimming pool and skate park are playgrounds for creating photographs, installations, videos and more. A rich potential and an ode to variety and difference.”

Château Bonisson, Rognes!

A good year for art.

The family winery (with 10 hectares of organic PDO Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence) opened its art centre in 2021. It has already acquired works by leading artists including Georges Rousse and Claude Viallat. Right now it is showing Less is More, with works from contemporary art collection Frac Sud. It’s a striking exhibition of works in various media by local, national and international artists.

Jusqu’au 19 mai.

177 route des Mauvares, 13840 Rognes

Henri Matisse, La Martiniquaise, eau-forte, 1947
Pablo Picasso à Antibes, 1946
Seulgi Lee, U : la parole aux lèvres salivées = mensonge, 2017. © ADAGP 2023. Collection Frac Sud – Cité de l’art contemporain.

Espace Hôtel de Lagoy, Saint-Rémy de Provence

Maison Templar’s choice

This recently refurbished townhouse hosts major exhibitions in connection with publisher Maison Templar. Taking over from Marilyn, the inimitable Picasso holds pride of place until 2 June. The exhibition is designed around the publication of Pablo Picasso Rendezvous: Lettres Imaginaires by David Lawrence (Maison Templar). It should be a stunning show, with items including hitherto unpublished photos, etchings and aquatints, lithographs, linocuts and monotype prints derived from original artworks. Dali, Chagall, Matisse and Cocteau join the fun. This summer, there will be a tribute to Lady Diana.


11 boulevard Marceau, 13210 Saint-Rémy de Provence

La plage, ou l’expérience sensorielle d’un spectacle continu… © Paul Rousteau

Villa Noailles, Hyères

Paul, la plage et les peintres ... with the sea as muse

French photographer Paul Rousteau has been artist in residence at Villa Noailles every summer for the past five years. He was commissioned in 2018 to illustrate, year by year, the joys of the beach, holiday time, family fun, the first dip in the sea, etc. A time to celebrate the light and liveliness of our southern shore. Rousteau takes inspiration from Robert Doisneau, but he didn’t want to keep this seaside adventure to himself. He shares each year’s summer session with two new painters. 

Jusqu’au 10 mars. 

47 Montée de Noailles, 83400 Hyères

Zona Franca, par Alice Ripoll. Edition 2023.© Pierre Gondard

Festival de Marseille…

Live shows galore.

This year’s exuberant international dance and performance festival will involve 34 acts, 42 live shows (many in the open air), 20 Marseille venues, 21 guest countries and a single ticket price of €10. The event grows bigger every year and in 2023 it drew 17,000 spectators. Marie Didier, its devoted director, sets the tone. The programme for 2024 promises some thrilling moments and plenty of crazy energy. “Marseille has such a diversity of cultures that everything is possible here. It’s easy to feel a special vibe that gets you on the move and dancing. If Marseille was a music genre, it would be jazz.”

Du 14 juin au 6 juillet. 

Marseille, Porte de l’Orient.© François-Louis Athénas

Galerie des Augustines, Marseille

François-Louis Athénas’ new home.

Collectors discovered this Parisian photographer through his photos of La Réunion in the Indian Ocean, where he started out in advertising and publishing. Now, he has settled in Marseille, in the old Ursuline convent. His inspiring, constantly refreshed film photography (a passion sparked by a meeting with Edouard Boubat) promises to show us Marseille from a new angle. Along with his own work, he is opening his venue to other artists and other disciplines, such as pottery and textiles. He wants to “reveal and share the beauty of the artistic act, of whatever kind and wherever it is done.” The theme for summer 2024 will be ‘Water’.

6 place des Augustines, 13002 Marseille


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