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Musée des Alpilles

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence | Ethnologie
€2.15 - €3.15
Museum of the Alpilles has for initial vocation the conservation, study and development of the historical and ethnographic heritage of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and its region, specifically this part of Provence that extends between the Rhône, the Durance and the Alpilles massif.

Walk in time and space, the permanent exhibition was designed to assist in understanding, and compliance with, existing, natural and human, the Alpilles region landscapes. It evokes various often unsuspected facets of his heritage: ancient fauna (fossils) and current (cicadas), exploitation of the subsoil (pits, pottery and tile factory), agricultural and commercial activities millennia (olivier, vines, cereals, sheep) and most recent (Thistle Teasel, seeds, vegetables), costumes and traditional festivals, bullfighting camarguais type.

And modest arts: artistic creation is one of the themes of this exhibition, theme introduced by the bust of Vincent van Gogh carved by Ossip Zadkine exhibited in the courtyard of the building.

The large presence of artists in the Alpilles region confirms in fact today a former creative vocation. Works by internationally renowned emerged here: Vincent van Gogh stayed in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence from May 1889 to May 1990, Albert Gleizes (which the museum dedicated in 1990 an exhibition and it has a series of engravings) lived from 1939 to his death in 1953. But nearby is also the sometimes remarkable work of discrete, anonymous creators or local notoriety, on which the Museum wished to draw the attention of its visitors: ex voto deposited in the 18th and 19th centuries in chapels, cannes and dispensers ornamented, santons in raw land factory Garcin Mistral, amazing illuminations of Augustin Gonfond, watercolours of félibre Marius Girard.

Many literary works are born from this maintenance of Provencal traditions movement called Félibrige created in the middle of the 19th century by the poet of Maillane Frédéric Mistral to which the Museum of the Alpilles also refers.
Two rooms are devoted to typography and print-making, expression of the new orientation of the institution in the works on paper and contemporary engraving:
-The cabinet of graphic and photographic arts where are exposed in bearing and lighting conditions adequate prints, drawings, photographs and other works on paper
-Typography and printmaking workshop equipped with the typography equipment donated by Maurice and Danièle Gros in 1997, provided a gravure press and a laboratory for the Organization of demonstrations by artists and workshops.

13:00 - 17:30

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Contact details

  • Name: Musée des Alpilles
  • Address: place Favier - 13210 - Saint-Rémy-de-Provence - France
  • Phone: (33) 04 90 92 68 24

Getting there

  • By train : gare d'Avignon (18 km)
  • By plane : aéroport de Marseille Provence

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