Prestigious Château Sainte Roseline vineyard is hosting, for the fourteenth consecutive year, its great summer exhibition presenting sculptures by Bernard Pagès.
Prestigious summer exhibitions
If there is a not-to-be-missed exhibition during your trip in Provence, it is that of Château Sainte Roseline vineyard in the Var, which is presenting monumental sculptures by famous French artist Bernard Pagès. He succeeds Jim Dine, Robert Courtright, Bruno Romeda, Rotraut, César, William SweetLove, and many others. The artist’s works are exhibited for three months in the gardens, vineyards and sales cellar. Feel free to come and discover them leisurely in this magical place entirely dedicated to the art of living in all its forms with a major cultural dimension.
Pagès, artist assembler
Bernard Pagès was born in Cahors in 1940. He arrives in 1959 in Paris and attends the Atelier d’Art Sacré, place Furstenberg, where he initiates to sculpture. Since 1965, he works in the hinterland of Nice where he uses plaster, clay, wood, stone. He met Claude Viallat, Bernar Venet, Erik Dietman…
After participating in the Nouveaux Réalistes exhibition in Nice, he abandoned painting and traditional sculpture. Pagès then joined the 10 painters of Support-Surface movement; there, he is, with Grand, the second sculptor. But he left the movement in 1971 to work alone.
Giving a second life to materials
To achieve his sculptures, he uses abandoned materials and develops his Assemblages (assemblies) of bricks, wood, tile, stone, gravel, pipes, colored masonry, steel beams, ruffled metal sheets… He frees materials or unused machines of their daily current use and gives them a seond life by combining them in a surprisingly and sometimes incongruous way. This out-of-situation use of materials to do something else creates a discrepancy that turns instrumental into to art.
In 1983, the Pompidou Center offers Pagès a major exhibition and from there, he created monumental works. In the 90s, his sculptures evolve into oblique or apparently imbalance works. Over time, his work focuses on more colorful and baroque sculptures.
Château Sainte Roseline
Château Sainte Roseline is ideally located thirty minutes from the Bay of Saint-Tropez, the Cannes Croisette and the Gorges du Verdon. Château Sainte Roseline is a wine Cru Classé Vin de Provence. Pioneer of oenotourism in France, it is also a cultural gateway and an event venue.
Oenotourism is an harmonious marriage of wine, terroir, landscapes, culture, vineyards, history, heritage, men, know-being and know-how. Since 1997, Château Sainte Roseline boats a wine tourism qualified, structured, professional offer by cleverly marrying all these riches. This beautiful estate also offers plenty of space to accommodate business and social events: the Salle des Barriques (renovated in 2011), the Salle des Vendanges (renovated in 2013), the Caveau (renovated in 2011), the Tasting Room.
Chapelle Sainte Roseline
Located in the heart of the vineyard, the Sainte Roseline Chapel contains a variety of historical and architectural treasures related to the history of the region, of which, the Chapel is the flagship. A renowned place of worship and meditation and true work of art, it has been housing since 1329, the body of the venerated Saint Roseline, who is resting in liturgical vestments in a crystal reliquary. Great artists have celebrated her: Marc Chagall, with a remarkable mosaic The Angels Meal, Jean Bazaine and Raoul Ubac by their flamboyant windows, Diego Giacometti by a bronze bas-relief and lectern (Marguerite Maeght’s donation in 1976). An altarpiece, by the Brea school, represents Sainte Roseline, the Marquis and Marchioness of Villeneuve, his parents, in a nativity scene.
Sculptures by Bernard Pagès
Château Sainte Roseline.
From June 30 to September 30, 2014
Discover last year exhibition at Sainte Roseline: Bruno Romeda and Robert Courtright.
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