Drawn Blank in Provence
Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer
Floating in the Nothingness
Art & Architecture Exhibitions
Learn more about the Art and Architecture Exhibitions 20 mins from Aix-en-Provence, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade.
Our exhibitions are opened everyday from 12pm to 6pm.
The Art Centre is opened everyday day from 10am to 7pm.
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
Floating in the Nothingness draws from both Tia-Thuy's fascination with clouds and the architecture of the Richard Rogers Gallery, the venue of this exhibition. This new body of work sees Tia-Thuỷ use new media, embellishing the canvases with sewn sequins and beads.
Gallery Richard Rogers
From 25th September
Annie Morris will be the first artist to be exhibited in the new Oscar Niemeyer Pavilion. She will present a series of her famous "Stack" sculptures created especially for the occasion, as well as tapestries. Oscillating between fragility and power, Morris' work can also be admired in a monumental work which will be exhibited in the park of Château La Coste.
Oscar Niemeyer's Pavilion
1st July - 1st November 2022
The exhibition highlights previously unseen aspects of Bob Dylan's artistic practice. The never-before-seen paintings are based on drawings Dylan made during his tours of Europe and America between 1989 and 1991. Alongside Dylan's paintings will be works by artists such as Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall, whose practice was influenced by their time in the south of France.
Renzo Piano Pavilion
8 May - 23 October 2022
Artists and Architects
at Château La Coste
Artists and Architects
at Château La Coste
This summer we present the first exhibition in France of Mary McCartney's work. Moment of Affection will trace thirty years of the British photographer's career, from her beginnings to the present day. More than twenty works from her personal archive, most of which have never been seen before, will be presented, including recent images taken during the last two years of confinement.
From 22nd June to 18th Septembre
Idris Khan's work is distinguished by a unique aesthetic of layering materials, bordering on abstraction and figuration. Applying layer upon layer, the artist explores the themes of history, how it is sedimented and the different strata that constitute an experience. Her exhibition at Château La Coste focuses on a series of works on paper on the theme of nature and the cycle of seasons.
From 1st July to 18th Septembre 2022
In front of the garden of my house there is a very shallow river leading to a small lake, so that it can be called a ditch. The river is greenish in colour and is an artificial mixture of salt and fresh water. The water is so clear that you can see the fish in it very well. During the day, the surface of the water is like a mirror, reflecting the blue of the sky.
From 18th June to 31st August 2022
Commissaire Jonathan Anderson
Evoking bliss and infinite openness through subtle tonal shifts and measured scale, McKeown's paintings act as windows to the world and represent an escape from the constraints of monotony. The exhibition will place McKeown's paintings in dialogue with both the Richard Rogers Gallery and Hamana's ceramics.
From 13th March to 1st May 2022
L’échelle is an ephemeral installation anchored in the Mediterranean sea, this familiar object transfigures the relationship to space and time. The work consists of a stainless steel ladder, planted in the open sea. The exhibition consists of photography, film, a steel sculptural installation and a soundtrack in the gallery space.
From 4th December 2021 to 4th January 2022
The ladder is an ephemeral installation anchored in the Mediterranean, this familiar object transforms the relationship to space and time. An immobile witness to the sun's course, it is a link between times: the buried past, the flickering present, the lights to come. The ladder and its reflections invite the spectator to the spaces between times.
From 23rd August 2021 to 2nd January 2022
Provencal stone and Vallauris clay
In the restored former wine store, two site-specific installations have been created, responding to the space and the surrounding environment. On the gallery floor, Long has made From Stone to Stone an installation using three kinds of provencal stones, and on the walls are Mistral Days, two large works in red clay from the region of Vallauris, the French capital of pottery and ceramic arts. This clay has been used numerous potters and artists from antiquity through to the modern era, including Pablo Picasso in the 1950s.
From July to September 2021
A Rat Surrendered Here
It is an exhibition about death in the overall work of the American artist Roni Horn. The exhibition will premiere the 10-ton glass installation, Water Double, v. 4, along with sculpture, photography, and drawing. The title of the exhibition is inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem, that Horn incorporated in an aluminum sculpture from her Key and Cue series (1994-1995).
From 1st July to 24th October 2021
La Réalitée Dessinée
Forty sketches, studies and engravings demonstrate the importance of drawing in Giacometti’s practice. While the artist demonstrated his own distinct style and innovative techniques; his drawings also allowed him to explore the great art of the past, the world around him, and to re-examine his own sculpture and paintings.
From 19th of June to 12th of September
The Ghost Dance exhibition brings together ELEVEN ARTISTS GRADUATED in 2020 from the Aix-en-Provence Higher Art School in the Gallery of the old cellar of Château La Coste. The works of this generation of artists echo a world from which physicality and corporeality seem to have suddenly evaporated following the global health crisis.
From 27th February to 6th March 2021
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.
From 22nd December to 15th March 2020
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.
From 26th February to 6th September 2020
Briser la Glace
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.
From 2nd February to 16th February 2020
Dark goes lightly
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 21st October to 18th December 2019
Drawings - last 31 years
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 23rd August to 21st 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 23rd August to 3rd November 2019
Works on Paper
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 11th August to 13th 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 June to 15th August 2019
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 8th June to 13th 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 1st to 31st July 2019 – Partnership with Festival d’Aix
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.
From 28th April to 19th 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 11th April to 16th 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 17th March to 22nd 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 24th March to 10th April 2019
L'Âme du Métal
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 25th November to 5th March
Matter is Light
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 3rd November 2018 to 21st January 2019
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 26th August to 11th 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 26th August to 1st November 2018
I and Them 08/18
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 26th August to 25th 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 2nd July to 15th August 2018
Maison Démontable, 1944
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 2nd June to 17th June 2018
The Marriage of New York and Athens
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 14th April to 15th June 2018
Tout ce que je fais est mémoire
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 3rd March to 21st 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 3rd February to 2nd April 2018
Mind the Gap
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 10th December 2018 to 25th 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 30th September 2017 to 12th January 2019
Des Corps de Pierre
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 10th September to 26th November 2017
Surrounded by you
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 3rd July to 23rd September 2017
The sea and the mirror
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 8th May to 3rd September 2017
Mountains and Seas
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 8th April to 17th June 2017
House of Air
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.
"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”