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Hotel de Caumont in Aix Yves Klein Exhibition

The subject of the next exhibition at the Hotel Caumont, which starts in October, has been announced. The clue is in colour.

It is a new look at the work of the internationally famous French artist Yves Klein. He is best known for his love of an intense shade of blue, which was marketed as IKB, International Klein Bleu. He painted for eight (8) years and knew great success, but his life was sadly cut short in 1962 when he died aged just 34. Continue reading here for the original Aixcentric post.

Prepare for Your Visit

Hôtel de Caumont (website)
3 Rue Joseph Cabassol
13100 Aix-en-Provence
Open daily with seasonal changes in hours.
Purchase tickets online or at the entrance

Yves Klein intime
October 28, 2022 – March 26, 2023
60 canvases by this French artist who created International Klein Bleu

About Hôtel de Caumont

Construction of the regal dwelling began on April 4, 1715, on property previously owned by l’Eglise de St Jean de Malte. François Rolland de Réauville commissioned a residence appropriate to his ranking as the second president of la Cour des Comptes d’Aix-en-Provence. This address became known as Hôtel de Caumont.

Hôtel de Caumont built in a Baroque style had no equivalent in Aix-en-Provence. It was the largest private property, the only residence with a gala entranceway (mentioned above) and a Versailles-style private garden. Hôtel de Caumont pays homage to the legacy M. Réauville constructed, with his cursive initials “RR” found throughout the property and his family’s coat of arms on the facade.

On May 6, 2015, the Hôtel de Caumont became a public art centre and part of the Culturespaces portfolio. The inaugural exhibit was “Canaletto: Rome, London, Venice the Triumph of Light,” a first-time assembly of the artist’s work into a comprehensive show.

The doors to the Caumont Centre d’Art opened after an outlay of 26.6 million Euros (10 million for land acquisition and 12.6 million for construction) and an 18-month restoration project. Under the direction of Mireille Pellen (Achitecte du Patrimonie), the historical details in the refurbished rooms are impressive. Read more here.

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