The art & architecture exhibitions at Château La Coste
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Learn more about the Art and Architecture Exhibitions 20 mins from Aix-en-Provence, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade
Two galleries, in the village, in old wine cellars which have been renovated by Jean-Michel Wilmotte and the other in the old wine cellar of the country house, and in Renzo Piano’s pavilion in the vineyards, regularly host temporary exhibitions.
In addition to showcasing the work of sculptors and architects who have visited Château La Coste, these exhibitions help visitors to discover the work of painters, videographers, visual artists and photographers.
Artists and Architects
at Château La Coste
For a decade, Trina McKillen has been making artwork addressing sexual abuse and its cover-up within the Catholic Church. Seeingthat, yet again, the current global debate has lost sight of the child victims of this violence, the goal of her work is to give voice and visbility to those children. She does this through the immediacy of the experience of art: a confessional booth that positions the priests to ask for forgiveness, communion dresses and altar boy vestments that make visible the hidden scars. Although artists suchas Banksy have created individual works about this topic, we believe that this is the first exhibition devoted to this international tragedy.
About the artist
Trina McKillen is an artist and photographer, living and working in Los Angeles. She spent her childhood in Belfast and Dublin, before studying art at the National College of Art and Design, in Dublin from 1984-1989.
Exhibition from the 22nd of December to the 15th of March 2020.
Around the exhibition, we are publishing a special edition “Confess”.
Trina McKillen will sign the books and we will present movies about the same subject than the exhibition.
Sunday 16th of February : Grâce à Dieu by Francois Ozon
Sunday 23rd of February : Spotlight by Tom McCarthy
Artists and Architects
at Château La Coste
This exhibition is a perambulation into space and time of our memory. It presents works from different periods that we have united together for their links to each other and to the space. They are imaginery construction inspired by the real archaeological sites that we visited during our lifes of “archeologist, architects”. We are since the beginning of our carrer passionated about archeology, cities in ruins and through it about architecture as we were feeling the close relationship between archeology, architecture, memory and psyche. That’s how we understood that architecture in ruin or not could be a metaphore of the memory and psyche. The purity of the space created by Renzo Piano led us to select white architectural works, color chosen to evoke the idea of Utopia, whites architectures itself in a white architecture, which is a mental space.
Artists and Architects
at Château La Coste
Château La Coste is delighted to present an expansive exhibition of works by artist Conrad Shawcross. Situated at two sites spread across the grounds, the works on display explore the artist’s continued relationship with geometry and philosophy, physics and metaphysics. United in their aesthetic, the abstract works appear akin to scientific models, further pushing Shawcross’ enquiries into notions of time, entropy, order and disorder. For Shawcross, an aesthetic of the designed, scientific and the rational serves as a device to cloak more poetic and philosophical themes. Grappling with complex theories the exhibition challenges the very building blocks of our reality and pre conceptions.
Open until the 6th of September 2020
Briser la Glace relieves a tense situation, changes the course, helps to build relationships, makes compromises, but also allows one to express their opinions and choices. The nine artists gathered for the Briser La Glace exhibition are united by the Aix-en-Provence Art School Félix Ciccolini, from which they all recently graduated. Each of them made the choice to study in this place where there is a unique “collective” enrivonment, senstive to each others practice.
Envisaged as a temporary occupation, the Old Wine Storehouse is inhabited by the works and the artists themselves through a series of events and performances, offering visitors a different point of view and the opportunity to participate or discuss ideas. Here, even a painting becomes an architectural structure which visitors can enter or traverse.
Born in Switzerland in 1967, Tomasko has exhibited internationally and gained acclaim for her distinctive and colourful abstraction that begins with studies of physical reality, but enters in other realms such as dreams and memory.
from the 21st of October to the 18th of December 2019
Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara presents his second solo exhibition in France and his first in over fifteen years. Nara is internationally renowned for his distinctive paintings, sculptures, and drawings of single figures. While this imagery is rooted in Japanese popular culture. Nara’s approach reveals a deep connection with the process of making. His paintings are expressions of colour that breathe life into his bold images, his sculptures bear traces of his fingers that have shaped their forms, and his drawings capture the spontaneity of his daily thoughts.
from the 23rd of August to the 21st of November 2019
Île Singulière, a project specially created for the new space designed by Renzo Piano, reaffirms Othoniel’s interest in contemporary architecture. Minimal and abstract sculptures in blue and silver mirrored bricks will reflect the pure volumes of the building creating new architectures.
from the 23rd of August to the 3rd of November 2019
Collaborating with the Galerie Enrico Navarra, we present a specially curated display of artworks on paper and objects by Jean-Michel Basquiat from 1977 to 1988. Over his short yet prolific career, Jean-Michel Basquiat created an aesthetic that combined an extraordinary rich lexicon of iconography, symbols, words, historical references and comic book imagery. Jean-Michel Basquiat knew how to seize, depict certain moments of our contemporary history and represented his experience at a time of societal change. Aside from the wide range of subject matter, this didactic exhibition will illustrate his process of creation and the large range of media he used.
from the 11th of August to the 13th of October 2019
© Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Licensed by Artestar, New York. Courtesy Galerie Enrico Navarra
As a great traveler, McCullin has become familiar with remote parts of the globe and this collection is divided into two parts. The first part, the Levant, includes the ruins of Baalbek in the Lebanon, Palmyra in Syria, and Jirash in Jordan. The second part, the Moghreb, covers a sweeping journey through the North African coastal countries Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya, where he has photographed the great ruins of Leptus Magna. McCullin’s photographs, taken on a large-format camera, are evocative of the views of distinguished 19th-century predecessors who came with sketchbooks and paints.
From 30th of June to 15th of August 2019
The Temple of Jupiter, Baalbek, Lebanon, 2008
© Don McCullin, Courtesy Hamiltons Gallery, London
Taizo Kuroda is internationally recognised as one of the leading ceramicists of his generation. While his work is rooted in the deep traditions of Japan and demonstrates a knowledge of both Chinese and Korean prototypes, he has developed his own original techniques and a signature aesthetic.
His marriage of modern technology with strong Japanese traditions has led to comparisons with other leading Japanese practitioners, such as the architect Tadao Ando and the fashion designer Issei Miyake. He is planning a very special presentation of his work, transforming the Renzo Piano pavilion into a Japanese space to meditate on his work.
From the 8th of June to the 13th of August 2019
Eight is a mixed reality project by the composer and director Michel van der Aa in collaboration with singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke. It is a unique, groundbreaking fusion of musical theatre, Virtual Reality (VR) and visual art that tells a woman’ s life story in reverse chronology. Visitors meet a woman of about 70-years-old, then the 35-year-old version of her and finally an eight-year-old girl. Visitors literally and figuratively follow the woman in a mixed reality world, interacting with the woman and the installation itself.
From the 1st to the 31st of July 2019 – Partnership with Festival d’Aix
Experience on booking only
Japanese photographer Rieko Tamura lives and works in Paris. Her photographs of forests, snow covered landscapes and the sea have been praised for their sensitive and contemplative nature. Tamura grew up in Hokkaïdo, an island known for its harsh climate and many of her images seem to confront the power of nature with a sense of awe and the sublime. A new series of photographs will also be shown by the artist for the first time.
Exhibition closed on Saturday 25th of May
from 28th of April to 19th of June 2019
After his retrospective at the Pompidou Centre in 2018, Tadao Ando returns to Château La Coste where he completed a number of works in 2011. A selection of prints and drawings will be displayed in a specially designed pavilion within the Old Wine Storehouse, offering visitors an insight into the creative process of this Japanese master who has such an important presence at La Coste, having conceived the Art Centre and the Chapel.
from the 11th April to the 16th of June 2019
Paul Mathieu is a French designer, based in New York. He has had a studio in Aix en Pce since 1993, where he also conceived a special commission for the historic Madeleine Church. Here he designed an Altar, a chandelier, a celebrant’s seat, a Pascal candleholder and six candlesticks. Still Motion brings together a selection of Paul Mathieu’s iconic pieces, created independently of each other as objects or sculpture. These pieces gave birth to a “mouvement immobile”.
from the 17th March to the 22nd of May 2019
The city hall of Le-Puy-Sainte-Réparade organises the first “Rencontres Photographiques” to value the art of contemporary photography, and encourage people of the area to use their artistic and creative talents. It will also be the occasion to present their works to the public and to create a discussion with professional photographers. Château is happy to exhibit those photos in the exhibition room “La Bastide”.
from the 24th of March to the 10th of April 2019
Sixty pieces will be presented in the exhibition pavilion designed by Renzo Piano. Furniture and architectural elements from the collection are for the most part prototypes, unique pieces, notably : a Centrale table, Antony (1954), a Présidence desk (1955), a lighted ramp from Le Mans (1954) and a swing-jib lamp fromAfrica (1952), as well as various types of facades such as a porthole panel from the Casino de Royan (1951), apanel from the Fédération du Bâtiment (1949), and a sliding door from the Pavillon du Centenaire de l’Aluminum (1954).
from the 25th of November to the 5th of March
Château La Coste, in conjunction with Michael Werner Gallery, is delighted to announce Matter is Light, an exhibition of paintings and sculptors who aims to celebrate the life and legacy of this great danish artist, a major figure of the European art. Equally important to his development as a painter and sculptor are the many experiments with architecture and performance Kirkeby carried out during his student days and into the 1970s
from the 3rd of November to the 21st of January
Château La Coste, in conjunction with Kerlin Gallery and Yoshii Gallery, is delighted to announce Broken, the first major solo exhibition in the South of France by the celebrated Dublin-based artist Guggi. The exhibition consists of new sculpture and works on paper.
from the 26th of August to the 11th of November 2018
The exhibition comprises of thirty photographs including intimate spaces, landscapes, and natural subjects, taken between 1985 and 2008. From his days as a student at Black Mountain College until his death in 2011 at the age of 83, Twombly captured his daily life in photographs. He recorded the landscapes of Virginia and the coasts of Italy; details of ancient buildings ; and still lifes of objects and flowers.
from the 26th of August to the 1st of November
For Château La Coste, Dozol decided to combine and contrast three separate bodies of work: his first photographic series; his first foray into screen-printing on paper; and his most recent works layering photography and screen-printing onto large format canvases.
from the 26th of August to the 25th of October 2018
Death, loss and love are explored in two exhibitions that include a series of large black and white tombstone photographs laid out on one gallery floor, her more recent “Autobiography” series, and her seminal work “Exquisite Pain”, the first time this has been shown in France since her 2004 exhibition at the Centre Pompidou.
from the 2nd of July to the 15th of August 2018
In 2015, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners adapted a Jean Prouvé 6×6 Demountable House, 1944, designed for the victims of Word War II in the Lorraine region. While preserving the integrity of the original structure, Richard Rogers and his team have added electricity, hot water, kitchen and bathroom, to create an autonomous home.
from the 2nd of June to the 17th of June 2018
In 1966-68, the West coast pop artist, Tony Berlant built three large scale sculptures. Celebrated as key works in West Coast Pop, these works were exhibited in the Whitney Museum and later installed in the offices of architect, Frank Gehry who cites them as a major influence on his work. In 2019, they will find their home in a three tower pavilion designed by Gehry.
from the 14th of April to the 15th of June 2018
Etel Adnan fill the Renzo Piano Pavilion with her vibrant colours. A selection of paintings demonstrate the rich and bold palette that has gained international attention in recent years for an artist who has a long, successful career as a writer. Opposite these works, two large new tapestries will be shown for the first time. Working with a weaver from Aubusson, Adnan continues in the tradition of Henri Matisse, Fernand Leger and other painters who have transferred their compositions to this medium.
from the 3rd of March to the 21st of May 2018
Château la Coste is pleased to announce In Position, the first major solo exhibition in France by the Scottish artist Callum Innes. Innes has considered an installation in response to the Jean-Michel Wilmotte-designed gallery space, that includes three site-specific wall paintings, watercolours and a major new canvas work. A fully-illustrated publication will accompany the exhibition, featuring a new text by critic and art historian Éric de Chassey (Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris).
from the 3rd of February to the 2nd of April 2018
JR exhibits in the streets of the world and crosses art and action. His work challenges the general public around topics such as commitment, freedom or identity. His public interventions in situ are strong acts that give an unique voice and presence to both the subjects of his photographs and his audience. He has also demonstrated an extraordinary ability to surpass disciplines, challenging categories and reaching new audiences. For Château la Coste he has developed his first new museum piece.
from the 10th of December 2018 to the 25th of February 2018
After spending some time at Château La Coste in 2016 and 2017, Hein has proposed to re-organise the gallery space. Partly inspired by the different routes and options that visitors find around La Coste, Hein has broken up this volumous, “white cube” space into a series of smaller spaces. In doing so, it presents visitors with various choices and experiences along the way, as is suggested by the exhibition title.
from the 30th of September 2017 to the 12th of January 2019
Considering Piano’s design and the surrounding landscape, Penone has carefully selected works that will be presented both inside and outside the gallery, creating an overall dialogue between his artwork, architecture and nature. Works on paper or the delicate replication of a single grain of sand are included in a context that brings a poignant resonance to Penone’s interest in questions of nature and identity in todays industrialised society.
From the 10th of September to the 26th of November 2017
Twelve canvases have been carefully chosen from the past ten years of Emin’s work to present an important reflection on her use of this media. Hung on the walls of the Jean-Michel Wilmotte gallery, they literally surround the viewer, but this typically poetic title also suggests the deeply personal connection Emin has with all her work.Two sculptures, the biggest she has ever made have also been created for this exhibition.
from the 3rd of July to the 23rd of September 2017
The new Renzo Piano Photography Pavilion will be inaugurated with The Sea and the Mirror, an exhibition of photography by the Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. Curator Philip Larratt-Smith has made a careful selection of ten large-format works from the artist’s iconic Seascapes series to create a resonant and poetic presentation in dialogue with Piano’s architecture.
from the 8th of May to the 3rd of September 2017
The works to be exhibited are made using traditional kite-making techniques and employ a wide range of references to Chinese mythology and Ai Weiwei’s own life experiences. Created just before the summer of 2015, when Ai Weiwei’s passport was returned following his detention and subsequent four years of travel restrictions, the works draw from this turbulent period.
from the 8th of April to the 17th of June 2017
Château La Coste, in collaboration with Lisson Gallery and galerie Kamel Mennour, present an exhibition of new and recent work by Lee Ufan.
Lee Ufan’s solo exhibition at Château La Coste, the artist’s first in France following his presentation at the Palace of Versailles in 2014, is in many ways an extension of “House of Air”, a permanent commission unveiled at the château in 2014.
Exhibition during summer 2016
” Different Places“ is an exhibition of key paintings by Sean Scully. These abstract compositions are all created from a story, a life moment attached to a particular place. Sean Scully also presents a new sculpture “Boxes full of Air”