After three years of restoration work, the Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles has opened its doors in a new home: the Hôtel Léautaud de Donines. A historic landmark, the 15th century mansion was transformed by the Fluor architectural agency with a contemporary addition inspired by the light that so captivated van Gogh. When he lived in Arles, the post-Impressionist artist was prolific, and the Fondation showcases these works while also creating a dialogue with contemporary art. The inaugural exhibition, called “Van Gogh Live!,” features works by Thomas Hirschhorn and Elizabeth Peyton.
For the entrance area of the museum, artistic director Bice Curiger commissioned contemporary artists Bertrand Lavier and Raphael Hefti to create permanent installations that pay homage to Vincent van Gogh. Lavier’s gate is a “hybrid sculpture” while Hefti’s courtyard installation “operates with the prismatic reflection of light when it meets glass.”
From the Fondation’s top floor terrace, visitors are privy to sigh-inducing views over the rooftops, the Rhône river, and the abbey of Montmajour, captured on canvas by van Gogh.
Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles, 35 rue du docteur Fanton?, 13200 Arles. Tel: +33 (0)4 90 93 08 08?. Open everyday from 11am to 7 pm?, open late on Thursday evenings until 9 pm. Full price admission is 9 €. www.fondation-vincentvangogh-arles.org