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Marius Breuil, step by step

June 5 - December 31, 2022

Marius Breuil (Avignon, 1850 – Paradou (Alpilles), 1932)

Exhibition of a Provençal painter, draftsman and landscaper.


Marius Breuil, a modest man who never exhibits!

Landscape painter curious about artistic news, friend of Pierre Grivolas and Paul Saïn, Marius Breuil asserts his independence and refuses to participate in the “Fine Arts system”. His only exhibition in 1888 in Avignon was hailed as an event - he sold the 27 paintings exhibited. 

Imagined as a walk, this exhibition invites you to follow Marius Breuil step by step, from a motif taken outdoors in his studio. Its energetic touch, its sumptuous materials, express the mineral, austere and solar character of the Mediterranean nature of the arid plateaus punctuated with gnarled trees and limestone rocks around Avignon and the Alpilles.

Rhythmed by sets around the same theme or motif, light, earth, rocks, trees, "solitude" sketches, large drawings, studio compositions, seasons, youth, this The journey continues in the Museum of Decorative Arts where Landscapes are part of the collections from the 17th and 18th centuries...

An exhibition catalog is available for consultation and for sale at the museum reception.


In the living room with the chandelier

from 10/03 to 06/06 2022


"Should we eradicate ornament", as some moderns professed? 

Students from the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Nîmes install their creations born of a project at the museum around the question of ornament among the collections of Decorative Arts of the 17th and 18th centuries.

From reflections on the notions of decoration, adornment and ornament, they establish astonishing games around objects, shapes, motifs, languages, techniques, materials, and more broadly what the museum and his garden inspired them. 

Sumi Baek, Else Bedoux, Django, Louna Joseph (Nour), Kira Juan, Eva Khatchadourian, Seth Lazrak, Sarah Le Floch, Maridélys Leonet, France-Lan Lê Vu, Sijing Li, Max Madjar, Mareva Pereira, Anaïs Roubertou, Pierre-Antoine Vesperini Yuiaz 


from 10/03 to 22/05 2022




Artist's book Hélène Martin / Dominique-Pierre Limon

Set of engravings and paintings by D.-P. Limon on the Sorgue.


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We're leaving our reserve! Act 2


from 12/02 to 22/05

This is a new invitation to discover works from the reserves of the Vouland museum. Landscapes, genre scenes and portraits, linked to Provence and more particularly to Avignon and its School of Fine Arts, bring together artists from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Émile Loubon, Dominique Papety,  Eugène Lagier, Pierre Grivolas, Charles Vionnet, Claude Firmin, Clément Brun, René Seyssaud, Eugène Martel, Alfred Lesbros, Louis-Agricol Montagné, Auguste Chabaud, François Omer, André Rodet, Jean-Claude Imbert, Marcel Dumont, Jean-Marie Fage, Michel Steiner

As an extension of the first act in 2021, paintings and drawings linked to the Provence-Languedoc region dialogue with the decorative arts collection of the Vouland museum. This exhibition recalls the dual vocation of the museum, the Decorative Arts of the 17th and 18th centuries, mainly Parisian, and the arts of the Provence and Languedoc region. It highlights landscapes of the Vaucluse, alongside portraits and scenes of daily life.

The “Provençal” collection has been enriched year after year since the opening of the museum in 1982. This year, an ink by Marcel Dumont has joined the collection, after three oils by Jean-Marie Fage last year.

The first room relates watercolor landscapes by Michel Steiner, the Rhône plain and cherry blossoms, with portraits of Clément Brun, Achille Moreau, full length, archetype of the ceremonial portrait of the end of the 19th century. century, and an old comtadine, humble and discreet. Then there are views of Avignon by Auguste Chabaud and Clément Brun, and the Pont d'Avignon in stencil by Alfred Lesbros. Further on, a monumental bouquet of Sunflowers by René Seyssaud seems to dialogue with an astonishing Peach tree by Alfred Lesbros. Then, we pass other ceremonial portraits in the cafes of Revest-du-Bion.

If these artists of the 19th and 20th centuries rub shoulders in the museum today, it should be remembered that most are linked to the creative center of the School of Fine Arts in Avignon, and that generation after generation, from Pierre Grivolas to Michel Steiner, many of the exhibited artists were trained there, taught there or directed it. We can also remember that at the beginning of the 1950s, the young Jean-Marie Fage frequented the old Auguste Chabaud, who had received the teaching of Pierre Grivolas.


Marcel DumontALPILLES


from 09/10 to 31/12 2021


This exhibition celebrates the   centenary of the birth of the painter Marcel Dumont (1921-1998). Designed as a diptych, it unfolds in Avignon at the Vouland museum and in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence at the Alpilles museum.

From the Alpilles where he lived for nearly thirty years, Marcel Dumont "tracked the secret structure of the elements, stones and trees, veins and foliage, or else, patiently internalized landscapes, spaces in their purity of light. That is to say that , not stopping at the external aspect of things, he sought above all to capture the vital breaths that animate them, the internal thrusts with which they are inhabited."(Francois Cheng, 2001)

We leave our reserve
Temporary exhibition

from 18/06  to 26/09 2021

Émile Loubon, Dominique Papety, Pierre Grivolas, Charles Vionnet, Clément Brun, Eugène Martel, Louis-Agricol Montagné, François Omer, Jean-Claude Imbert, Jean-Marie Fage, Michel Steiner.

Paintings & drawings – Provence - 19th & 20th centuries

This summer, the museum is showing works from the 19th and 20th centuries from its reserves, which highlight the human figure. Portraits and genre scenes dialogue around three landscapes by Jean-Marie Fage which have just been added to the painting collection and a room devoted to the "albums" and paintings of Jean-Claude Imbert.


From the cafe in a village in Haute Provence to the interior of a silk mill in Vaucluse, from a view of Gordes to that of the interior of an Avignon farm, from a ceremonial portrait to a portrait more intimate, you will discover paintings and drawings related to Provence, and more particularly to Avignon and its surroundings.

"Jean-Marie Fage, I paint what I see"



extended until 06/06/2021 and renamed "We haven't seen everything yet!"

Exhibition "Jean-Marie Fage, I paint what I see"
extended until June 6, 2021 and renamed "We haven't seen everything yet!"

“Painting can be a manifestation of the happiness of living by translating an act of love between the painter and the world of shapes and colors that surrounds him. In fact, I try to love more and to understand in my own way the part received from the dawn of time that poets help us to approach by showing what the first glance does not see. "

Jean-Marie Fage

From his childhood on the banks of the Sorgue to the Luberon, where he has lived for more than forty years, Jean-Marie Fage consistently builds a work that invites silent contemplation.

Born in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in 1925, as a child, he lost an eye and nurtured an early sensitivity to the arts and poetry. As a young man, he met René Char, Auguste Chabaud and Georges Braque who confirmed his desire to become an artist. He moved to Paris in 1950, where alongside painting, he became an architect's collaborator, his second job for twenty-five years. In 1963, he returned to Vaucluse in search of light and "patterns". His research on space and color takes him from landscapes to workshops to contrasting compositions bordering on abstraction. In his last years, he returned to the outdoors and figuration by painting large compositions which took on a new dimension, symbolist.

The Vouland museum recycles, adapts and reinvents the Jean-Marie Fage exhibition, tracing the light open to the public only seven days before and nine after confinement at the Campredon art center in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
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Artists invited to the Vouland Museum
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Sculptures and photographs by contemporary artists interact with the permanent collections and the museum garden.
Guest artists: Geneviève Gleize, Raphaël Mognetti and Raphaël Thierry.
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On stage , last act?
Gran Teatro Cervantes, Tangier, 2016
Spinning , 2011, Steel
Quo vadis , 2020, Lath, plaster, metal
Geneviève Gleize, photographer
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Geneviève Gleize surveys, examines and photographs abandoned places. Factory, prison, home, business, theater. His gaze modestly captures the depth of time contained in the places and their materials. His photographs reveal traces of the activity and the passage of
men, his attention to light and its framing, the plastic qualities of the stigmata of abandonment. With Last Act? , Geneviève Gleize wanders in 2016 in the "Gran Teatro Cervantes" in Tangier, which has been abandoned for forty years. In 2018, she participated in the exhibition Le Temps Suspended at the Vouland Museum alongside Jean-Marie Fage, and was to be present this year in the thematic exhibition Au fil des eaux postponed to 2021.
In 2019, Geneviève Gleize won the Photo Brussels Festival 2019 with Dead Grocery .
Raphaël Mognetti, sculptor
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Raphaël Mognetti likes to bring metal, his favorite material, to life, playing with its technical constraints. His works, essentially figurative and graphic, are sometimes aerial and dreamlike, sometimes earthy and organic. His first sculptures were created in the former Aubanel printing press behind the Palais des Papes. In 1994, Raphaël Mognetti created his first works on an architectural and urban scale before leaving Avignon where he was born in 1972 for Braunschweig in Germany in 1996. He produced monumental sculptures, and joined the Center des Métiers du Métal in Hamburg where he stayed until 2000. After a detour through Croatia from 2002 to 2004, he returned to Provence, and set up his workshop near Avignon.
Sensitive to spatial and memory relationships, Raphaël Mognetti favors creations for places, events or people. He appreciates artistic encounters and collaborations with musicians, writers or visual artists. Poetry, and René Char, link the sculptor to the painter Jean-Marie Fage.
Raphaël Thierry, sculptor
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Raphaël Thierry presents his protean work under several identities. Painter, sculptor, performer, he probes reality and its representation, sign and abstraction, the materialization of the path of thought. In 2005-2006, he gave up his career as a graphic designer to devote himself to his work as a plastic artist, resident of the Villa Medicis, Académie de France in
Rome. Since then, he exhibits regularly, realizes performances and films,
alone or with four hands in tandem © ®. Following a gas explosion that devastated his Parisian workshop rue de Trévise in early 2019, he concentrated his activity in his other workshop located near Avignon. Quo vadis was to be presented in the thematic exhibition Au fil des eaux postponed to 2021. This sculpture recalls Raphaël Thierry's familiarity with the Sorgue near which he grew up, like Jean-Marie Fage. You can also discover the adventures of Superdog, children's books, and charcoals of Medesima ombra with Federico Nicolao at the shop.
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Eugène Martel and Jean-Claude Imbert

From February 15 to June 14, 2020

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During this hanging of a few months, discover the dialogue between two painters separated by half a century. Eugène Martel (1869-1947) and Jean-Claude Imbert (1919-1993) share a passion for painting, a visit to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Avignon and a love for Haute Provence. From now on, they come together in the collections of the Vouland museum and in the exhibition rooms where some thirty works are presented. You will be able to see scenes from everyday life, landscapes, portraits and self-portraits.


Jean-Claude Imbert exhibition, face to face

From June 26, 2019 to January 5, 2020


"I am what I paint"

The Vouland Museum reveals the unique and abundant work of the artist Jean-Claude Imbert (1919-1993) to celebrate the centenary of his birth.

This work combines carnal and spiritual, visible and invisible, light and shadow, Provence and storm, generosity and austerity.

Jean-Claude Imbert is a man in search of balance born under the sign of Libra, father of 8 children, prolific artist, charismatic teacher.

Over the days, he tirelessly plays with words, graphics, black, watercolor saturated in color. He models his oils in thick layers from which form and light emerge. What mysteries does this tormented matter contain?


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From February 21 to June 9: exhibition Yuan Chin-taa, Art is a game

Paintings, washes, prints, ceramics, paper installations

A naturalist, a humanist, Yuan Chin-taa looks with a smile on the living world and contemporary society. His works mix with freedom and humor man, nature, classical Chinese culture, modern Western art, political satire, social criticism, in an abundant and sensitive plastic language from which emanates great vitality.


The Vouland Museum has the privilege of welcoming this internationally renowned contemporary Taiwanese artist to create a playful, original and surprising dialogue with his Decorative Arts collection.

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YUAN CHIN-TAA exhibition 袁 金塔 Art is a game

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Time suspended

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Exhibition from July 3 to November 4, 2018

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Painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, installation

From the 19th century to today

Collection Musée Vouland - Private collections - Artist workshops

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Pierre Grivolas - Claude Firmin - Clément Brun - Eugène Martel - Luis Agricol Montagné - Francis Céra - Jean-Marie Fage - Michel Steiner - Camille Virot - Jean-Pierre Borezée - Hervé Nisic - Emmanuelle Carraud - Geneviève Gleize - Virginie Cadart Travadel - Hervé Jézéquel - Susanna Lehtinen and Silvia Cabezas-Pizarro collective - Gabriel Bonin

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Imagined as a breath outside of time, the suspended time continues the exhibition Walks in the Light of Vaucluse which brought together the graphic work of Michel Steiner and the poetry of Philippe Jaccottet, and offered a foray into the local landscapes of 19th and 20th centuries.

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Here, next to the “18th century house” punctuated by the gentle tinkling of the Goyer cartel (wall clock), the exhibition offers correspondences between works by artists of the Grivolas generation such as Firmin, Martel or Brun, and contemporary works. The visitor is invited to contemplation, to linger on the time in the work, on the time of creation, and on his own perception of time. Linear, elastic, discontinuous time? Time lived, daily, subjective, historical, geological, universal,…?

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The objects of the museum seem to escape time, life passes, we cross it ...

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Groups welcome by appointment (including outside opening hours)

Reservations on 04 90 86 03 79

Walks in the light of Vaucluse
from December 1, 2017 to May 13, 2018 Extension until June 3

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Light and poetry, the sensitive experience of a familiar world, free from the tumult of fashions and the weight of traditions.

Is it the picturesque which is worthy of being painted, to an engraver (by extension, which pleases, which charms or which strikes by its beauty, its color, its originality), or a particular attention to the light of the South, to life and the local landscapes, which characterize the Nouvelle Ecole d'Avignon, free from any academicism?

Around Michel Steiner, from the 19th century to the present day: Pierre and Antoine Grivolas, Henri Boyer, Charles Vionnet, Claude Firmin, Clément Brun, René Seyssaud, Eugène Martel, Alfred Lesbros, Louis Agricol Montagné, Auguste Chabaud, François Omer, Gabriel Breuil, Gustave Vidal, André Rodet, Jean-Claude Imbert, Jean-Marie Fage, Patrick Joanin, Gilbert Bottalico, Vincent Broquaire.

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Dusty light -

shimmering, streaming light.

Dry, drying light -

sparkling light.

Philippe Jaccottet

Hortus 2.0

from 02/06 to 01/10 2017

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A route exhibition dedicated to the theme of the Garden and its infinite wonders and metamorphoses. From the Louis Vouland museum to the Saint-Charles Chapel and the Angladon museum, around twenty installations and 12 artists who are interested in the abundance or vulnerability of nature and explore the potential of new media, will make material and material resonate. intangible, the sound and the olfactory, the visual and the tactile… The opportunity to confront the vision of these creators with the trace that this theme leaves in the imagination of all.

To accompany this journey, a performance by Vincent Broquaire will be presented at the Lambert Collection in September 2017, during Heritage Days.

Promoter and producer of the EDIS project (operational funds)

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Louis Vouland Museum / Agladon Museum - Jacques Doucet Collection / Saint-Charles Chapel / Lambert Collection


Hicham Berrada / Vincent Broquaire / France Cadet / Miguel Chevalier / Edmond Couchot & Michel Bret / Bertrand Gadenne / Laurent Pernot / Scénocosme / Antoine Schmitt / Momoko Sato

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from December 3, 2016 TO May 14, 2017

(museum closes in January and February)

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This hanging offers a new look at the works of Claude Firmin and Eugène Martel from the museum's collection thanks to loans from private collectors. It is extended by the Céra donation (2015) and the set projects of Chabaud.

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from 3 to 31 December 2016

Tuesday to Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Decorations imagined for the Vouland Museum by the pupils of the painters section in decor of the heritage of the School of Avignon.


Participatory project throughout the duration of the Christmas maze,

from November 27 to December 31

Tuesday to Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Not far from the 18th century and 1950 nativity scenes and the Ravisely by Titou, visitors are invited to leave their creations of delighted people in the museum's large office.

Victor Vasarely MultipliCITE

EXHIBITION from June 3 to October 2, 2016

Victor Vasarely MultipliCITE triptych exhibition, simultaneously at the Vasarely Foundation in Aix en Provence and at the Château de Gordes.

The Avignon section In movement presents 150 original works by Victor Vasarely (1906-1997), advertising graphic designer and plastic artist, from his training at the Budapest bauhaus in 1928-1929 to the 1980s. 17th and 18th century decorative arts collections and the plastic world of Vasarely.

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Enrichment of the collections

HANGING from March 4 to May 15, 2016

The Enrichment of the collections hanging is developed around portraits chosen from the Charles Roux - Del Drago collection, including three portraits of Charles Thomas (Eugène Lagier, Pierre Grivolas) and two portraits of Marie Louise Charles-Roux, née Arnavon (Dominique Papety, Emile Loubon).

These portraits sit alongside two works by Eugène Martel (donated by Juan-Mazel) and a series of Interior Scenes and Portraits (oils, pastels and drawings) by Claude Firmin which have entered the collection thanks to donations or by purchase.

A room is dedicated to Laure Céra's donation of a series of pastels by Francis Céra (1944-2015) who joined the collection of the Vouland Museum in December 2015 through the Friends of the Museum.

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Jean-Henri Fabre (1823-1915)

Art in nature

Observe - (Re) present - Transmit

from June 18 to September 6, 2015

Exhibition around 19 exceptional watercolors of mushrooms by Jean-Henri Fabre (private collection) in homage to the famous entomologist, Vauclusien, who died 100 years ago.

Insatiable curious and "inimitable observer", he studied the "vulgar mushrooms" of the region of the olive trees in winter when the insects were at rest. “I describe, I draw, I paint whatever comes to hand. (…) My collection has a certain value. If it lacks the artistic twist, at least it has the merit of accuracy. "

Entomological collections, herbaria and botanical plates echoing the mushrooms and manuscripts of Jean-Henri Fabre, "the '' Homer of insects '', precursor of modern ethologists, for whom life was" a serious thing that we do not throw at the first bush came ”.

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