Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre

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Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre

Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre
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Just a few steps from the Cours Mirabeau, a new Arts Centre is opening its doors in the Hotel de Caumont, 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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Suzanne Vidal
Aix-en-Provence, France584 contributions
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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Boynton Beach, FL5,380 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Wonderfully refurbished and completely restored mansion that once was the home of Pauline, the marquise de Caumont during the 18th century. The small garden in the rear of the home is an oasis of tranquility. Two rooms display furnishings and items of the time Pauline lived here.
At the time of my visit I was very fortunate to see an exhibition that focused on Japanese culture. Included was a collection of around 200 ukiyo-e prints from the great masters of Japan during the Edo era (included were works by Hokusai, Hiroshige and Utamaro).
Admission is a bit steep at 14.50 euros, but you get what you pay for.
Written February 4, 2020
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Prince George, Canada6,213 contributions
Jul 2019
Located within a short walk from the Cours Mirabeau, the Hotel de Caumont is a must-visit gallery while in Aix-en-Provence. Check the cafe if you have time. The gardens are beautiful. Paul Cezanne's work along with other impressionist art is on display.
Written February 10, 2020
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Frank G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands5 contributions
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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London, UK77 contributions
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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Munich, Germany241 contributions
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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Johanna W
New York City, NY46 contributions
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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Montreal400 contributions
As soon as we noticed advertisement for the Guggenheim art exhibition we purchased tickets from our hotel concierge. What an extraordinary art exhibition by masters of Impressionism, Cubism, Fauvism and masterpieces of abstract art (Kandinsky).
The art was beautifully displayed in the gorgeous building. The audio guide was worthwhile.
Stay for lunch if you can. The food and setting in the gardens are marvellous.
Written August 8, 2019
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Cezara A
Basel, Switzerland256 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
We enjoyed the exhibitions throughout our visit here. The art is impressive and outstanding. Though, the services and facilities can still be improved. Visiting in days when the outside temperature is well above 35 degrees, there are no facilities inside to buy cold water. Moreover, after ending our visit, we wanted to have some drinks and desserts outside on the terrace. A very rude member of the staff told us we can not have that, only lunch being allowed and it was around 3 PM already. This was like a ''kind invitation'' to leave. I find this completely disrespectful and rude, given that all visitors pay to visit the art centre and even if you want to have some drinks and desserts on the terrace, they are not for free. I was completely disappointed by this situation just after a memorable exhibition, because I had completely other expectations at this level.
Written August 19, 2018
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Good afternoon, We thank you for commenting your experience after visiting the Hotel de Caumont. We are sorry to learn that you have been disapointed by the approach and behaviour of our staff. It is very important to us to be informed about your experience. We have clear goals for continuing improvement. Be assured that you comment has been shared to our team. We willl take appropriate measures to ensure a service which meets your expectations. We hope to have the pleasure to greet you again at the Hotel de Caumont maybe for our next exhibition ; "Chagall du noir et blanc à la couleur" 1st of november 2018 - 24th of march 2019, Best regards.
Written August 24, 2018
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United States105 contributions
Jun 2017 • Solo
The Hotel de Caumont is, in a word, beautiful. Stately and elegant, restoration work on the building has been immaculate, with everything in sight done to the highest order. The interior rooms are as handsome as the exterior facade, from the entrance area to the Caumont's gift shop to its permanent rooms. I would add the extraordinary cafe to this, but I am saving that for a separate review. The exhibition galleries on the upper floors are more subdued so as not to take away from the artwork on current display.

The day I visited, works of Alfred Sisley were on display. Sisley, an impressionist painter, was British but spent most of his life in France, hanging with the likes of Monet and Renoir. If you favored the impressionists, you might have an appreciation for Sisley, but while I don't claim to be an expert, there are probably reasons that your average museum-goer would be much more familiar with Sisley's contemporaries. It was interesting, but I probably would look forward to the next exhibition once this has had its run through Oct 15.

The permanent rooms are wonderful, depicting life as it might have been for you in the 18th century, if you happened to have a load of cash in your pockets. The music room and the lady's boudoir are a bit over the top-decor wise (Chip and Joanna Gaines would likely not approve) but they do give you a snapshot of the good life back then. The Caumont's shop is divided into two large rooms with impressive ceiling heights and period decor. There are things on sale to suit every taste but even if you bought nothing here, just walking through the rooms would be a satisfying experience. Here's something else that you might want to consider. When you are through with your visit to the upstairs area galleries, go to the top of the spiral staircase in the middle of the mansion and take a photo looking down from the top. For lovers of architecture, this is not to be missed.

As I noted, the Cafe deserves its own separate review, so I will do that. Anyone who visits Aix without taking in the Caumont would be missing one of its arguably best...perhaps THE best...attraction.
Written July 5, 2017
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