Vaucluse Tourism Highlights

What’s on in our museums in 2022

Sebastião Salgado at the Palace of the Popes, Matisse at the Angladon art Foundation, Ceramics Art at the Villa Datris in l’Isle sur la Sorgue, Jolies Frimousses at the Musée du Cartonnage in Valréas… There’s still time to visit our 2022 exhibitions!

Amazônia, by Sebastião Salgado, at the Palace of the Popes

Amazônia, the beautiful exhibition by the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, is in Avignon until this fall, accompanied by a sound installation by electro musician Jean-Michel Jarre who used the sounds of the forest.

The 200 or so photographs and huge projections encounter a setting commensurate with the extraordinary nature of their subject, the Amazon forest, in the huge mineral space of the Great Chapel in the Papal Palace.

Here the photographer has sought to capture the incredible natural diversity and how the people who live there live. The long time he spent staying in their villages gave him the opportunity to photograph 10 ethnic groups. Taking his images from the river or from above reveals the labyrinth of the winding tributaries which feed the river, mountains, the skies heavy with water, and, more than anything, the extreme fragility of this ecosystem.


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Until 30 November 2022
at the Palace of the Popes

Contact for press: Laureline Lucas, Avignon Tourist Board
T. +33 (0)4 32 74 36 56

Matisse at the Angladon art Foundation, in Avignon

This wonderful private mansion, built in the shadow of the Ceccano (XIV) cardinal palace, houses the collection of the fashion designer and art lover Jacques Doucet, an emblematic figure of the roaring twenties whose eye immediately noticed the importance of the great artists of his time. Van Gogh, Manet, Monet, Picasso, Modigliani, Cézanne… a lost visitor will be surprised to find a good number of their paintings hung in this human-scale museum.

Each summer, a monographic exhibition rounds out the permanent collections.

This year, Le Désir de la Ligne (Desire of the Line) brings together works by Henri Matisse, another avant-garde figure of the Jacques Doucet years. “You must also look for the desire of the line, the point where it enters or dies”. This quote from the artist serves as the common thread for the exhibition which unites a hundred of so works on paper. Portraits, self-portraits, nudes, odalisques, dancers, cut-out gouaches… the exhibition shows us how drawing is still present and vital for this immense colourist.


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Until 9 October 2022

5 rue Laboureur, in Avignon
T +33 (0)4 90 82 29 03

Contact for press: Carina Istre
T. +33 (0)6 79 40 56 37

Ceramics Art at the Villa Datris, in L’Isle sur la Sorgue

From the past ten years, Villa Datris has been delighting us with its annual contemporary sculpture exhibitions, tirelessly exporing new themes, as exciting as they are joyous. Key to their success are the high quality of the exhibitions, free entry, a rich programme of activities, events and guided tours, and a charming riverbank setting in Isle sur la Sorgue.

In 2022, Villa Datris continues to explore ancestral knowledge revisited by contemporary design, echoing the exhibition dedicated to weaving, Tissage Tressage, in 2018, and this time takes an interest in clay and ceramics with Toucher Terre, l’Art Céramique (Touching Earth, Ceramic Art).

It is an art that is always unique, deeply universal, and that has come back to the spotlight due to the ecological preoccupations the planet has, and that artists have captured well. Around 80 artists in total can be seen, including Miquel Barceló, Jean Arp and Giuseppe Penone.


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Until 1st November 2022

7, avenue des Quatre Otages, Isle sur la Sorgue
T. +33 (0)4 90 95 23 70

Jolies Frimousses at the Musée du Cartonnage in Valréas

Who remembers that Valréas was the historical capital of French cardboard crafting from the middle of the 19th century to the 80s? As silkworm breeding became a flourishing activity in Provence, the need for packaging suited to the smooth and careful transportation of domestic silk moth eggs imported from Asia came about in the 1850s, as they needed to arrive at the destination alive. The so-called “air current » box, an ingenious round cardboard box with holes and small feet, was created by Ferdinand Revoul in Valréas. This invention marked the start of a local industry that crafted wonderful boxes for pharmaceutical products, jewellery, sweets and perfumes, making use of the abundance of poorly-paid women’s labour…

This is the history the Musée du Cartonnage et de l’Imprimerie has been telling for 30 years, in its wonderfully fitted out big spaces. The Jolies Frimousses (Pretty faces) exhibition showcases the art of crafting rice powder boxes, from the Belle Epoque to the 1950s, at a time when pale complexions marked belonging to the well-off. It is a wonderful look into Art Nouveau and Art Déco design, between industrial history and packaging invention.

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Until 30 September 2022

3 avenue Maréchal Foch, in Valréas
T. +33 (0)4 90 35 58 75