Patrice Chéreau, un musée imaginaire

An exhibition by the Collection Lambert in Avignon 

  • Exhibition
The 2015 archive
Patrice Chéreau, un musée imaginaire © Christophe Raynaud de Lage


“Nothing left him indifferent, neither the poets of his time nor the timeless ones, neither the classical painters nor the architects of the unexpected, neither pioneer filmmakers nor those who invented with him a new way to relate to the world. In this profusion, he knew how to find his own permanence, his own voice, and while he was endlessly inspired by those who came before him, he produced a body of work with no equal. (...) He liked things that burned so hot you could barely hold on to them, and yet he could also meditate in the shade of a melancholy tree, the inner struggle of creation replaced by a mixture of beatitude and sadness at having done his job.”
Excerpt from Chéreau by Olivier Py, catalogue of the exhibition. 

This inaugural exhibition is the first tribute to this giant of French theatre, opera, and cinema, who became a national icon after his death in October 2013. With the support of the IMEC (Institut Mémoires de l'édition contemporaire), which Patrice Chéreau entrusted with his personal archives, the Collection Lambert proposes a journey of discovery that combines notes, sketches, interviews with the artists, and works of art. Three aspects of Chéreau's protean body of work are treated in the exhibition and its catalogue, namely, the theatre, cinema, and the opera. Every room offers a summary of his obsessions and passions (his political engagement, the AIDS years, his relationship to the body and to love, his passion for classical and modern history, etc.).

With works by : Adel Abdessemed, Marina Abramović, Antonin Artaud, Francis Bacon, Peder Balke, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hans Bellmer, Christian Boltanski, A. Bourjos, Victor Brauner, Guillaume Bresson, Francesco Cairo, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Théodore Chassériau, Jeanne-Elisabeth Chaudet-Husson, Patrice Chéreau, François Clouet, Léon Cogniet, Alexandre Corréard, François-Xavier Courrèges, Jacques-Louis David, Édouard Bernard Debat-Ponsan, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Eugène Delacroix, Georges de La Tour, Jules-Élie Delaunay, Duane Michals, Jean Dubuffet, Marlene Dumas, Henri Fantin-Latour, Mariano Fortuny, Johann Heinrich Füssli, Cyprien Gaillard, Théodore Géricault, Alberto Giacometti, Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Douglas Gordon, George Grosz, Thomas Alexander Harrison, Hugo Hodiener, Candida Höfer, Edward Hopper, Roni Horn, Eugène Isabey, Erez Israeli, Louis Janmot,Anselm Kiefer, David Lamelas, Jérôme-Martin Langlois,Gustave Le Gray, O. Winston Link, René Magritte,Robert Mapplethorpe, Brice Marden, Henry Peach Robinson, Yan Pei-Ming, Pablo Picasso, William Quiller Orchardson, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Gerhard Richter, Henri Rivière, David Roberts, Georges Rouault, Rudolf Schlichter, Carlos Schwabe, Andres Serrano, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Thomas Struth, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Cy Twombly, Raoul Ubac, Vincent Van Gogh, Jacques Villeglé, Gabriel von Max, Mark Wallinger, Bob Wilson, Zoran Music

© Photo Nan Goldin, Clemens and Jens on the train to Paris, 1999, Cibachrome, Collection Lambert en Avignon.


Collection Lambert in Avignon 

Practical infos