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The excellence of our services lies in our ability to offer you a unique and magical experience. That’s why the hospitality provided at the Maisons d'Arles exists in a variety of tailor-made offers, whether you are traveling alone, as a couple, as a family, among friends, or as a business group.

We listen to your desires, passions, and expectations as we compose your individualized itinerary, activities, and discoveries.

Our attentiveness

The discrete and attentive staff of Le Cloître guarantee the serenity of your stay. Ever mindful of your desires and needs, we make reservations for your transfers and for your outings to restaurants and exhibitions; we adapt our rooms for you, giving it a personal touch, and bring you things you’ve ordered. Our tailored advice and recommendations will allow you to discover the hidden treasures of the region and the best-kept secrets about the city of Arles.

Aerial view of the Parc des Ateliers © Hervé Hote

What’s on

Luma Arles

While waiting for the completion of this vast cultural, artistic, architectural, educational and environmental project, Luma Arles has already opened its doors with a program of exhibitions and cross-disciplinary projects presented in the recently rehabilitated venues of the Parc des Ateliers.

The Parc des Ateliers welcomes you every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This summer's programme:

- Video installations by Fischli Weiss and Peter Fischli
- Posters projects, It's Urgent!, curator : Hans Ulrich Obrist
- Le Réfectoire, rethought by Martino Gamper and Atelier Luma

More information: luma-arles.org

 

Aerial view of the Parc des Ateliers © Hervé Hote

Fondation Vincent van Gogh Exhibition

© Roberto Donetta with his suitcase of seeds in a courtyard near the Casa Rotonda in Casserio, 1900–1932/1993 Analog print on baryta paper, sepia toning with sodium sulfide, 40 × 30 cm Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Collection of the Canton of Ticino Courtesy of www.archiviodonetta.ch

Fondation Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh is a pivotal figure in the art of the 20th century. His oeuvre continues to influence artists and exert an unprecedented magnetism upon the public right up to the present. It was in Arles that Van Gogh produced – within the space of just 15 months between February 1988 and May 1888 – his finest masterpieces.
Inaugurated in April 2014, the Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles pays due homage to the work of Van Gogh while at the same time exploring his impact upon art today. This relationship with contemporary art was enshrined within the principles of the Fondation right from its conception.

The Complicity

From 27 June to 13 September 2020 the Fondation Vincent van Gogh presents “The Complicity”, an exhibition dedicated to the Swiss artist Roberto Donetta (1865–1932), whose works are being shown here for the first time in France in the form of an “encounter” with those of Natsuko Uchino, Rose Lowder and Cyprien Gaillard, as well as with Provençal ex-votos, punctuated with floral interventions by Marie Varenne and the presentation of the painting Square Saint-Pierre at Sunset (1887) by Vincent van Gogh.

The new exhibition at the Fondation Vincent van Gogh in Arles is synonymous with discovery, not to say a wealth of discoveries. The first of these undoubtedly has to do with the complicity, between subjects and photographer, that inhabits the highly poetic and surprising images by the neglected artist Roberto Donetta (1865–1932), a sympathetic chronicler of rural life in the Blenio Valley in Ticino. Like Van Gogh during his stay in Arles, Donetta maintains an intimate and precious relationship with his immediate environment.

Roberto Donetta captures what he sees, with a tenderness that equals the beauty of his compositions – whether families posing outdoors in front of a carefully staged domestic objects evoking a studio atmosphere, a table laid for a party in the open air, or female factory workers. These human beings, trades, construction sites, rituals and living portraits provide a visual transcript, sometimes tinged with an endearing humour, of daily life in Ticino. The Swiss artist is able to relay these voices with their social realities and the beauty of circumstance – that of the camera shot. His images of the past, devoid of heroism, open a window onto an ordinary way of life, camped close to nature and following the rhythm of necessary actions.

Roberto Donetta, born in 1865 in Biasca, was a seed salesman and practised photography on a self-taught basis. This passion, “too expensive for a hobby, too unlucrative for a job” (in the words of historian Antonio Mariotti), resulted in him leaving behind nearly 5,000 glass plates, which are today preserved in the Casa Rotonda, the house in which he lived and where he died. Very few of the plates are dated; others have been destroyed or are missing. It was not until the 1990s that Donetta’s photographs began to receive the attention they deserved and to be presented in public.

Two solo shows of his work were subsequently mounted in Switzerland, in 1993 and 2016 respectively. The exhibition presented at the Fondation is thus a first, as it offers an opportunity to see Donetta outside his native country. More than seventy photographs are brought together for this occasion, covering the main themes of his candid and immediate photography, which is directed at landscapes and human emotions.

This body of photographs is accompanied by works by other artists, starting with Vincent van Gogh. Square Saint-Pierre at Sunset (1887), the Fondation’s new annual loan from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, shows a corner of nature away from the hustle and bustle of the French capital. It is seen from Montmartre, where the artist was living prior to his arrival in Arles in February 1888.

This felicitous dialogue continues with the work of experimental videographer Rose Lowder (b. 1941, Peru), and the ceramic creations of Natsuko Uchino (b. 1983, Japan). Based not far from Arles, these two artists capture the natural world, seizing upon the land or flowers in order to craft them into sensual and cognitive allies via 16mm films or in installations mixing ceramics and living organisms. The experience thus created of the physical and tangible world is extended by the presence, inside the exhibition galleries, of bouquets picked and assembled by Marie Varenne, a florist who gathers wild and cultivated flowers, foliage and grasses in the Camargue, where she lives.

As a counterpoint, the excavator heads by Cyprien Gaillard (b. 1980, Paris) introduce forms issuing directly from construction sites, places where the earth is damaged and transformed. If Gaillard’s oeuvre has a specific relationship to landscape, it is because it also invokes –notably through its use of a semi-precious stone from Utah – Land Art, and in particular Spiral Jetty (1970) by Robert Smithson.

Nestled in one of the Fondation’s rooms, lastly, in an echo of our previous exhibition «… et labora», are a selection of unassuming paintings depicting accidents and their miraculous resolution. These Provençal ex-votos are the vehicles of a popular imagery that foregrounds pivotal moments in fragile lives regulated by rituals.

Exhibition curators: Bice Curiger and Julia Marchand The exhibition is taking place in partnership with the Fondazione Archivio Donetta, MASI (Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana), and Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur.


More information: http://www.fondation-vincentvangogh-arles.org/

© Roberto Donetta with his suitcase of seeds in a courtyard near the Casa Rotonda in Casserio, 1900–1932/1993 Analog print on baryta paper, sepia toning with sodium sulfide, 40 × 30 cm Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Collection of the Canton of Ticino Courtesy of www.archiviodonetta.ch

Experiences

Here are our best recommendations to fully enjoy your visit of Arles and the Camargue. Le Cloître staff will be delighted to provide you with some more personal advice!

Le Pont du Gard

Though principally known for its unusually large and well- preserved aqueduct, the Pont du Gard is also noted for its remarkable natural beauty.

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Alpilles Natural Regional Park (Parc Naturel Régional des Alpilles)

Lying between the Camargue and Luberon in western Provence, the Alpilles is the newest of France’s 49 natural parks and covers an area of marshland, forest, vineyards and olive groves backed by the limestone crags of the Luberon Mountains.

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Camargue Natural Regional Park (Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue)

The Camargue is a natural region located in the south of Arles, France, between the Mediterranean Sea and the two arms of the Rhône River delta.

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Camargue Beaches

Beauduc Beach & Piémanson Beach

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Le Palais des Papes

The Palais des Papes stands as the mighty symbol of the church’s influence throughout the western Christian world in the 14th century.

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L’Épicerie du Cloître

Located adjacent to the Cloître hotel, in the city center of Arles, L'Épicerie du Cloître is a charming spot where you can enjoy delicious tapas, both at the counter and on the terrace.

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La Chassagnette

Its star in the Michelin guide (2009) and its Gault et Millau d'Or (2010) did not make La Chassagnette forget where it came from.

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Le Réfectoire

Located in the Parc des Ateliers at Luma Arles, Le Réfectoire is a friendly, spacious and bright canteen.

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Luma Arles

While waiting for the completion of this vast cultural, artistic, architectural, educational and environmental project, Luma Arles has already opened its doors with a program of exhibitions and cross-disciplinary projects presented in the recently rehabilitated spaces of the Parc des Ateliers.

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Fondation Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh is a pivotal figure in the art of the 20th century. His oeuvre continues to influence artists and exert an unprecedented magnetism upon the public right up to the present. It was in Arles that Van Gogh produced – within the space of just 15 months between February 1988 and May 1888 – his finest masterpieces.

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L'Arlatan

From Antiquity to the present day, L’Arlatan has endured through many centuries.

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