Yves Brayer Museum – Hotel de Porcelet

Since 1991 the mansion houses Yves Brayer Museum. An outstanding collection of exceptional quality and rarity of one hundred or more works covering almost sixty years of the artist’s career is exhibited here.

The fully restored permanent collection are revisited in 2022 with the addition of six projects by contemporary artists alongside the works of Yves Brayer.

The museum exhibit an important retrospective of the works of Yves Brayer. Born in 1907, he was one of the most celebrated contemporary French painters of the 20th century. Although he was faithful to the figurative tradition, his ample métier was enriched by his personal vision.

His paintings proved to be very diverse, for besides his well-known landscapes, he also painted vast canvases, portraits and still lifes. A lover of Mediterranean landscapes, Yves Brayer sojourned in Marocco, Spain and Italy before settling down in the Camargue and in Provence.

This fine late 16th-century mansion has an original façade and elegant finely carved room decorated with 17th-century paintings.


Opening hours
April to September, open every day: 10.00 am to 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm to 6.30 pm
October, November, December, March open every day except Tuesday: 1.00 pm to 5.30 pm
Annual closure: January and February.

16th-century three-storey building with a staircase.

Laisser une trace

10 March to 13 November

What is the link between today’s artists and those of the past? This is one of the questions raised by the presentation of contemporary art in the museum’s collections.

Changing the framework in which artists bear witness to our time and their own time cannot be done by ignoring the past. This is why the confrontation with the painting of Yves Brayer is essential here. His journey, his curiosity and his love of the places he travelled through, are all things that remain and inspire contemporary artists.

Through his numerous journeys around the Mediterranean, he painted in Spain, Morocco, Italy, Provence and the Camargue, where architecture gives way to pure landscape.

These are the themes that the exhibition “Leaving a trace” proposes to explore.

Audrey Langlet Odatempo, Maliza Kiasuwa, Gabriel Boutros and Tomek Jarolim, Gouzelle Ishmatova, Abdullah Al Qandeel, and Michal Korman, working with ceramics, textiles, music and technology, photography, drawing and painting, all come together to echo the
photography, drawing and painting come together to echo the work of one of their predecessors.

Camille Claudel – Géniale Folie

Temporary exhibition

Camille Claudel – Genie und Wahnsinn

12 May – 13 November 2022

In 1881, Camille Claudel, a precocious 18-year-old genius, came to Paris to perfect her skills as a sculptress with Alfred Boucher and then Auguste Rodin.

The meeting with the latter established an “extraordinary” relationship as pupil, model and lover, proving to be a decisive turning point in the destiny of the young girl who was twenty years younger than her master.

From the exceptional nature of their relationship were born works steeped in symbolism and modernity. At the end of the 19th century, the exclusively masculine world of art criticism acknowledged the talent of “Rodin’s pupil”, a qualifier that the artist fought her whole life long, emphasising her status as a woman artist.

Today still, the public tends to reduce her life to her failed relationship with Rodin and her committal. But that would be to forget the modernity of an artist ahead of her times who opened the way to symbolist and autobiographical sculpture with, notably, key works such as La Valse, l’Implorante, Les Causeuses, etc. (The Waltz, The Implorer, The Gossips).

It is the struggle of a lifetime, in a century where not much space was left for the woman artist, that the exhibition at the Yves Brayer Museum proposes to revisit by presenting some thirty works on loan from collectors and French museums including the Camille Claudel Museum.

Fees

Adults: 8€ per person
Under 18 years: free
Groups: 4€ per person

On presentation of the Pass Baux-de-Provence : 4€

Practical information

Place François de Hérain
13520 Les Baux-de-Provence

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