Lambert Collection, Avignon

An exceptional, heritage and contemporary site!


5 Rue Violette
84000 Avignon

+33 490 16 56 20


Founded on the historic donation of dealer and collector Yvon Lambert, the Collection Lambert, museum of contemporary art, reopened its doors to the public in July 2015 after having doubled its exhibition space. The hotels of Caumont and Montfaucon now host a selection of works from the permanent collection (Sol LeWitt, Douglas Gordon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Anselm Kiefer, Niele Toroni, Andres Serrano... whose works are presented alternately) and exhibitions temporary artists from the current art scene.



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Lambert Collection, Avignon



September to June

11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Monday
Saturday May 14 - Open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. As part of European Museum Night, the collection will be open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Exceptional opening on June 6, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
11 a.m. - 7 p.m., daily
Please note that the museum is closed on January 1, May 1 and December 25

-Last admission: 45 minutes before closing
-Evacuation of rooms: 10 minutes before closing
- Public holidays: the museum is closed on January 1, May 1 and December 25. It is open on all other public holidays (except Monday, the weekly closing day for the period from September to June)
-Entry and Exit: the entrance ticket is valid for the day
-Accessible to people with reduced mobility and strollers

Thematic of the place

Avignon City Pass, Musuems and monuments, Vaucluse Provence Pass

Public price
Plein : €10.00
Price with the pass
Plein : Free
Lambert Collection, Avignon

Exhibition - Welcome to the Desert of the Real

From date 20 February to date 04 September 2022

Through this sentence uttered at the beginning of the film Matrix[1], heavily influenced by Jean Baudrillard’s thought – “The simulacrum is true” –, Morpheus invites Neo to become aware of the reality of a world he had only detected so far the faked representation, created from scratch by the Matrix.

Twenty years after this film was released, when dissemination of information is currently about to implode under pressure from digital data invading out of control our daily life, the question of real, reality and their representation stands out as one of the major issues of our contemporary lives.

The world seems to appear only in the form of fierce news fighting through artificial, spectacular, or excluding narratives, providing the crowds they intend to conquer with diverted, distorted, and faked views of reality. Many artists from the turn of the century have put into perspective the tension between real, its spectacular or distorted representation and its transposition into imaginary events.

By pervading the devices and the narratives at work in the world of mass images (cinema, press, contemporary myths), by creating works whose multiple interpretations invite us to a critical distancing facing the representation of reality as it has been imposed on us or by focusing on the real in its rawest form, the artists’ works displayed in this exhibition invite us with undeniable poetry to question the nature of images we come across, to deconstruct the restrictive representation mechanisms in presence.

How we think about the world and—perhaps even more importantly—how we narrate it have a massive significance, therefore. A thing that happens and is not told ceases to exist and perishes. He who has and weaves the story is in charge. (Olga Tokarczuk, The Tender Narrator, 2020).

Artists :

Carlos Amorales, David Askevold, Joseph Beuys, Pierre Bismuth, Christian Boltanski, Slater Bradley, Marcel Broodthaers, David Claerbout, Angela Detanico et Rafael Lain, Claire Fontaine, Anna Gaskell, Kendell Geers, Nan Goldin, Douglas Gordon, Jenny Holzer, Jonathan Horowitz, Paul Johnston, Anselm Kiefer, Koo Jeong A, Delphine Kreuter, Barbara Kruger, David Lamelas, Richard Long, Hamid Maghraoui, Fiorenza Menini, Jonathan Monk, Mariko Mori, Owen Morrel, Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Adam Pendleton, Anri Sala, Jérôme Taub, Gavin Turk, Salla Tykkä

Collection Lambert, Avignon
5, Rue Violette
84000 Avignon

+33 490 16 56 21

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