Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre

Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre

Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre
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Just a few steps from the Cours Mirabeau, this art centre is a fully restored private mansion from the 18th century. Two major temporary exhibitions per year dedicated to great names in the history of art, as well as a diverse programme of events, makeCaumont a major cultural institution in Aix-en-Provence. The film shown continuously every day in the auditorium presents the artist's journey and his passion for Aix-en-Provence and its region. The visit of the private mansion immerses you in the refined atmosphere of this exceptional venue, from the cour d'honneur to the gardens, passing through the historic rooms. The carefully furnished and decorated rooms reveal daily life at the time of Pauline, marquise de Caumont, one of the most famous owners of the mansion in the 18th century. The private gardens of the mansion, fully refurbished in the spirit of the site, offer over 1000 m² of peaceful space decorated with fountains,flowerbeds bordered by boxwood, and large vases of flowers.
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  • caroline2
    Paris, France
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Exhibition
    Another very well designed exhibition ...this time about Max Ernst in this beautifully restored building. I particularly appreciated that photos are allowed throughout the exhibition. The staff was very attentive to the handicapped person in our party and made it easier for us. Also don’t miss the very good film about Cezanne before exiting. Worth mentioning the lovely garden and its excellent restaurant !!! .
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 14, 2023
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended
    We went specially to Aix to see the Max Ernst exhibition - which thanks to an excellent guide we very much appreciated. The garden restaurant is a truly enjoyable - and cool - oasis for dolce far niente after an intellectually challenging visit. A place which invites one to want to come back!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2023
  • Noelle
    Colorado
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pierre Bonnard in Beautiful Aix-en-Provence
    Aix-en-Provence is the most beautiful town in France and the elegant Caumont Hotel is a highlight. The Pierre Bonnard exhibit is fantastic in this beautiful setting. It is superior to the sterile settings of the Paris art museums. I recommend the audio guide because it really helped my family to understand his work, including the Japanese influences. The nude of his ill wife was my favorite. It’s so moving. I also loved the mother and child paintings. There are quite a few original Japanese prints that are quite extraordinary.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 5, 2024
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Suzanne Vidal
Sanary-sur-Mer, France662 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
The film about Cezanne’s life is a great way to start your time in Aix. My kids enjoyed this and it created interest in visiting Cezanne’s workshop and other sites related to him.

Stay for lunch. This is a lovely restaurant and the outdoor seating is in a beautiful garden.

There are ever changing exhibits here so between Cezanne and the featured collection you will spend a nice time here.
Written September 21, 2021
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Noelle
Colorado103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Aix-en-Provence is the most beautiful town in France and the elegant Caumont Hotel is a highlight. The Pierre Bonnard exhibit is fantastic in this beautiful setting. It is superior to the sterile settings of the Paris art museums. I recommend the audio guide because it really helped my family to understand his work, including the Japanese influences. The nude of his ill wife was my favorite. It’s so moving. I also loved the mother and child paintings. There are quite a few original Japanese prints that are quite extraordinary.
Written June 5, 2024
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Hartmut S
Lyon170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We went specially to Aix to see the Max Ernst exhibition - which thanks to an excellent guide we very much appreciated. The garden restaurant is a truly enjoyable - and cool - oasis for dolce far niente after an intellectually challenging visit. A place which invites one to want to come back!
Written October 2, 2023
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MarinaCanalejo
Ottawa, Canada16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Beautiful old mansion that makes you feel you are in a royal country castle. It has a beautifully decorated coffee and lunch room as well as an Art Gallery. The hotel is expensive but worth it for a day or two and the location is unique, only two blocks from the old city.
Written May 31, 2023
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caroline2
Paris, France454 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Another very well designed exhibition ...this time about Max Ernst in this beautifully restored building. I particularly appreciated that photos are allowed throughout the exhibition. The staff was very attentive to the handicapped person in our party and made it easier for us. Also don’t miss the very good film about Cezanne before exiting. Worth mentioning the lovely garden and its excellent restaurant !!!
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Written August 14, 2023
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Frank G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We had a lovely time looking at Joaquin Sorolla's paintings. They were beautifully presented and well arranged. However, especially during the covid crisis, it was quite crowded. With a reduced number of sold tickets I'd rate it 5/5.
Written August 13, 2020
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Dear sir, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at the Hotel de Caumont. We are very attached to the satisfaction of our visitors, and we are always paying close attention to your remarks. To ensure your visit as safe as possible, we have implemented some measures in conformity with the decree N° 2020-548 issued on 11 may 2020 : - On line booking is mandatory - Mask must be worn - Temperature taking at the entrance - Hydroalcoholic is made available - Safe and proper distance (1 meter), should be maintained - Masks are worn by our staff - Our desks are protected by plexiglass walls We take your comments into consideration and hope that your next visit will allow you to appreciate all the security measures in place at the Hôtel de Caumont.
Written August 14, 2020
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Bon2Go
Miami, FL68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
I can't say enough about this location or its charming restaurant. We had lunch in the garden on two occasions and each was superb. We also had tea inside on a rainy day and it was lovely. The building is spectacular and this was the best lunch of our trip.
Written January 25, 2023
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Piglet990
London, UK127 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
Beautiful house with an interesting history. It was really nice to see a slice of life from old Provence. There isn’t too much to see at the house, but what’s there is really lovely. Really enjoyed the little Cézanne film.
Written May 2, 2022
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Richjjohn
Munich, Germany233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The arts center itself is drop dead gorgeous and worth a visit. If you are near Aix-en-Provence this year please don’t miss the fantastic Guggenheim Exhibit. World class!
Written August 22, 2019
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JW
Ouilly-le-Vicomte, France56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
On holiday in Aix en Provence I went this week to the inaugural day of the Caumont Centre d'Art with my family. A fabulous experience !
First you enter through a very contemporary space with an incredible staircase. Then surprise ! you find yourself in the courtyard of a beautiful 18th century "hotel particulier" from Marie Antoinette's time period. Grand hall with an impressive classical staircase. To the right, four absolutely lovely period rooms in which you'll find Café Caumont servings salads and beautiful cakes, not great gastronomy but good value for money in such a beautiful setting. These rooms are entirely decorated with 18th century furniture and paintings but with a fresh and bright twist, like in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette film. One room is blue, another is pink, a third one is decorated in Chinese style with a beautiful wallpaper and the last one is a sort of violet Hall of Mirrors. Ancient style and modern colors create a charming and welcoming atmosphere, the cafe's rooms give access to a sweet terrace garden with a pond. You can have a coffee listening to the sound of trickling water in the sun, delicious! And a second garden is located below, you'd think it had always been there with its pond: "bassin à la française" surrounded by trees.
Unbelievable in the heart of Aix en Provence!
To the left of the hallway, you enter an incredible old wooden 18th century bookshop filled with beautiful objects and after a while you realize that you are in the art center shop and that some of these things are for sale!

After that you continue upstairs and there new surprise : an18th music salon with a harp, a piano... followed by Pauline's lovely bedroom who owned Caumont in the 18th century. Superbly decorated with her dress still on the bed and the vest left behind by her lover...

Then you enter temporary exhibition rooms that continue on another floor.
This summer it is Canaletto who painted both the Thames and the Venice canals. Very nice paintings lent by the Met, the Royal Collection, the Louvre ...magnificent skies, beautiful lights, incredibly detailed scenes.
There's even the reconstitution of a Venice canal with real water in one of the exhibition spaces.
In another building a private cinema shows Cezanne's life with his father, his wife and his son and his studios, in the Aix countryside.
The whole visit costs 11 euros and takes about half a day. Try to get a table outside on the terrace for lunch it will be the highlight of your stay in Aix.

Do not miss this new place if you are headed to the south of France.
Written May 10, 2015
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