CURRENT EXHIBTIONS

Jean Prouvé

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).
Exhibition from the 25th of November to the 5th of March

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

Paul Mathieu

STILL MOTION

Paul Mathieu is a French designer, based in New York. He has had a studio in Aix en Provence 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 of the last ten years, created independently of each other as objects of sculpture or as part of collections. These pieces gave birth to a “mouvement immobile” where the visitor is invited to witness, be inspired, and be transported.

Exhibition from the 17th March to the 22nd of May 2019

Tadao Ando

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.

Exhibition from the 11th April to the 23rd of June 2019

Rieko Tamura

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.

April – June 2019 

Taizo Kuroda

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.

Exhibition from the 1st of June to the 11th of August 2019 

Michel van der Aa

Eight

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.

Exhibition forme the 1st to the 31st of July 2019
Experience on booking only, opening on spring
In partnership with Festival d’Aix 

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Working with the Galerie Enrico Navarra and fellow galleries, 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 such as  graphite, pen, acrylic, gouache, collage, or xerox… As Richard D. Marshall has noted « Drawing was an essential element in the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat. The artist made no hierarchical distinction between drawing and painting. »

Exhibition from the 10th of August to the 20th of October 2019

Yoshitomo Nara

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.

August – October 2019

    Jean-Michel Othoniel

    Île Singulière

    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.

    Exhibition from the 21st of August to the 20th of November  2019 

    PAST EXHIBITIONS

    Per Kirkeby

    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

    Exhibition from the 3rd of November to the 21st of January

    GUGGI

    BROKEN

    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.

    Exhibition from the 26th of August to the 11th of November 2018

    Cy Twombly

    PHOTOGRAPHS

    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.
    Exhibition from the 26th of August to the 1st of November

    Thomas Dozol

    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.

    Exhibition from the 26th of August to the 25th of October 2018

    Sophie Calle

    DEAD END

    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.

    Exhibition from the 2nd of July to the 15th of August 2018

    Jean Prouvé & Richard Rogers

    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.

    Exhibition from the 2nd of June to the 17th of June 2018

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    Tony Berlant

    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.

    Exhibition from the 14th of April to the 15th of June 2018

    Etel Adnan

    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.

    Exhibition from the 3rd of March to the 21st of May 2018

    Callum Innes

    IN POSITION

    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).

    Exhibition from the 3rd of February to the 2nd of April 2018

    JR

    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.

    Exhibition from the 10th of December 2018 to the  25th of February 2018

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    Jeppe Hein

    YOUR WAY

    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.

    Exhibition from the 30th of September 2017 to the 12th of January 2019

    Giuseppe Penone

    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 the 10th of  September to the 26th of  November 2017

    Tracey Emin

    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.

    Exhibition from the 3rd of July to the 23rd of  September 2017

    Hiroshi Sugimoto

    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.

    Exhibition from the 8th of May to the 3rd of  September 2017

    Ai WeiWei

    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 the 8th of  April to the 17th of June 2017