We went yesterday to visit the Prison Saint Anne. This prison, within the walls of the city of Avignon, is just behind the Palais des Papes, and was built expressly to serve as a prison. It is one of France's oldest prisons and only closed in 2003. Nothing has been done to it since that time. At the moment, however, it houses a contemporary art collection donated to the French government by gallery owner Yvon Lambert. This collection, the Collection Lambert, is normally in a huge building, just down the road from where we are staying, but since that building is currently being renovated, the collection is being shown within the prison itself. The current exhibit is called The Disappearance of the Fireflies and it is awesome, for its art, and somewhat disturbing because of its location. (Sorry, I was mostly moved by the prison itself, overwhelmed by its possible stories, and haven't included much of the collection....you'll see what I mean by the photos...)
The collection is on display until the 25th of November, should you be in the area, and opens every day at 11.
The day was sunny and hot and it was good to get out and walk around. After leaving the Collection Lambert, that is, the prison, we went to the Musee Angladon. This collection is housed in an old private mansion pretty much in the centre of old Avignon. There are works here by Degas, Daumier, Manet, van Gogh, Cezanne, Modigliani, and many more. Here is a small sampling....
An example of an 18th century parlour, although I'm not sure if it was formerly in this particular mansion or not,
It was a busy day, going to two exhibits in one afternoon, but all in all, two pretty amazing collections of art.
Oh yes, and then there is my little humble offering for the day. A couple of sketchbook pages. Yes, I know, I shouldn't give up my day job....oh right, I did already...retired.....
Those sweet little crabapples are still going strong!! The bottom pic is what I see from the kitchen table as I am working on my computer. It'll be fun to look at this as time goes on....nice memories.
So that's it for today. I'll be back.
I have included a couple of links showing some information about the current Collection Lambert. I'm sure a Google search would turn up more.