Located in the very center of Aix en Provence, just a few steps away from the fountain of the Quatre Dauphins (Four Dolphins), the Hôtel de Gallifet aims to become a major forum for discussion and artistic events for all art lovers. Convinced that ‘artists are more able than others to express the spirit of our time’, Nicolas Mazet threw open in 2010 the doors of his family-house in order to allow people to appreciate and comprehend the world around us with a fresh view.
Under the shade of hundred year-old trees, five spacious exhibition rooms offer visitors a selection of contemporary artists and talents. Art was always part of the Hôtel de Gallifet. Almost two centuries ago, while a young student at the neighboring Bourbon college, Paul Cézanne would linger over the flickering golden-hued stone of this beautiful eighteenth century building from which some say his future style was derived.
This innovative art center in the city of Aix en Provence encourages dialogue between contemporary art and artists in residence and depending on the season, offers outdoor concerts and a program of conferences exploring various themes linked to the world of art.
Simple light dining in the garden is available, you can also linger outside for an afternoon tea, or in the evening, sample the house rosé wine. An adjoining boutique offers a quiet reading area and a selection of artists’ creations as well as art books published by the Hôtel de Gallifet.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION :
- Self visit
- Open from 12 to 6 pm, thursday to saturday from october to may, and from june to september, tuesday to sundays.
- Duration : around 1h
Pets are forbidden.
- Adult : from 5€ low season, and 7€ from June to September
- Student : from 4€ low season, and 5€ from June to September
- Free for child under 13s
- Free with Aix en Provence City Pass