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Until the exhibition The Wisdom of Lianes opening, the Art centre is closed to the public. Re-opening: Saturday, 18 September

👉 discover the invitation card (FR) and the press kit (FR / EN available soon)

THE WISDOM OF LIANES, collective exhibition
19 September 2021 – 9 January 2022
Opening: Saturday, 18 September 2021
Curator: Dénètem Touam Bona

With Carlos Adaoudé • Jack Beng-Thi • Carole Chausset • Florans Féliks • Hawad • Véronique Kanor • Nicola Lo Calzo with Hugo Rousselin • Myriam Mihindou • Migline Paroumanou • Nicolas Pirus • Raharimanana • Sylvie Séma • Shivay La Multiple & Eddy Ekete • The School of Mutants (Hamedine Kane, Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro, Valérie Osouf, Boris Raux, Nathalie Muchamad) • Camille Varenne & Galadio Parfait Kaboré

Faced with the rise of online surveillance and current devastation, where can we escape to today?

Dénètem Touam Bona invites us to a “marronage” (the evasive skills of slaves), to create sanctuaries through the subversive use of bodies and places. Each invited artist offers a variation on the theme of ‘lyannaj’ (from the creole ‘lyan’): the system of cooperation and improvisation reawakening the memories and strengths for the recreation of the world of the African diaspora. The Wisdom of Lianes can only be ‘cosmo-poetical’: without a supporting tree trunk their escape route up to the sky is only made possible by depending on others, because they merge with others by intermingling with them. This is how, furtively, they weave extraordinary worlds.

Under the sponsorship of the Institut du Tout-Monde.

With the support of
the Ministry of Overseas Territories and the Ministry of Culture under the Overseas Arts and Cultural Exchange Fund (FEAC),
the Artists’ Foundation for the project of Camille Varenne,
the Slavery Memorial Foundation for Valérie Osouf’s project (The School of Mutants),
ENSA Limoges for the production residence of Migline Paroumanou,
the Foundation Livin’Tembé Association (Guyana),
the Association Praxitèle (La Réunion).

The art centre is also exhibiting on the radio! For each exhibition you can find three parts:

  • The mix – a selection of music relating to the themes of the exhibition, put together by the art centre team and the artist,
  • Sound bites – recorded during the exhibition,
  • A selection of books by the artist, which can be found in the art centre bookshop.

In partnership with Radio Vassivière.

Only in French language!


Life to Itself Isabelle Andriessen, Bianca Bondi, Dora Budor, Tiphaine Calmettes, Grégory Chatonsky, Rochelle Goldberg, Laure Vigna. Flora Katz, curator.
Group exhibition (13.06 – 05.09.2021)
some exhibition views (EN), invitation card (FR), press kit (EN) and booklet (FR)

The mix
Interviews: Isabelle Andriessen, Bianca Bondi, Dora Budor, Tiphaine Calmettes, Grégory Chatonsky, Rochelle Goldberg and Laure Vigna during the opening of the exhibition


Par le chant grondant des vibrations autour – Tiphaine Calmettes, solo exhibition (until May, 24. 2021)
press kit, invitation card, self-guided tour brochure (FR)

Présences silencieuses, a video experience to discover at home

Les livres #1 : Plaidoyer pour l’herboristerie – Thierry Thévenin

8 thematic sound bites by Tiphaine Calmettes and Antoine Mermet:

1. Dans le chant grondant des vibrations autour
2. Invisible
3. Natural light
4. Living objects
5. Production of objects
6. Usage and performance
7. Language
8. Ceremony

Talk: Tiphaine Calmettes describes its exhibition!


TIME FORMULA – Angelika Markul, solo exhibition (29.February – 30. October 2020)
press kit

Capsule sonore#1 (sound bite)
Capsule sonore#2 (sound bite)

The mix (duration: 2h)

Les livres #1 : Joseph Beuys – éditions Phaidon
Les livres #2 : La traversée du XXème siècle – Joseph Beuys, l’image et le souvenir – Jean-Philippe Antoine, éditeurs : mamco – Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Genève et les presses du réel – 2011
Les livres #3 : Le changement climatique expliqué à ma fille – Jean-Marc Jancovici, éditions Seuil
Les livres #4 : Vous avez un chien, Yona Friedman, Editions de l’éclat – 2004
Les livres #5 : Comment habiter la terre, Yona Friedman, éditions de l’éclat – 2016


Radio: let’s talk the artworks!

During Summer 2020 was held a family workshop of initiation to the radio around five works of the Wood of sculptures… Find these high-flying sound improvisations, and discover these works in an unusual way, on the website of Radio Vassivière!

Listen to these improvisations by young creators (FR)

In partnership with Radio Vassivière.  

63 outside and permanent works to discover on the island of 70 hectares

Free, explanatory note placed near each work. Map on sale (2€) at the bookstore and in the tourism offices in Auphelle or Eymoutiers.

Wednesdays and Sundays in July and August, guided tours of the Sculptures Wood and the exhibition from 4 pm to 5:30 pm. No booking. Fees: 8€ adult/ free for the – 12 years old. Meeting at the library-reception of the Art Center.

Find video explanations about the Vassivière Island through Vidéoguide Nouvelle-Aquitaine!


In partnership with the Fondation du Patrimoine and with the support of the Association of Friends of the International Centre for Art and Landscape, the Art Centre offers everyone to be an actor in the restoration of the Sculptures Wood on Vassivière island! 

Thanks to more than 70 contributors passionate about contemporary art and nature, inhabitants or lovers of this beautiful territory, a campaign of patronage launched in 2015 allowed the progressive harvest of more than 17,000 €: a big thank you for this generous help and these many supports!

The adventure continues…

The restoration of ‘Moulage’ by Roland Cognet (1993-94) as well as ‘Untitled’  by Bernard Calet (1990) are now complete. The one by Per Barclay – ‘Vannhus (Water House)’ (1995) – began in 2019 with the visit of the Norwegian artist at the Art Center (for our greatest pleasure!). Charred Wood and Green Moss’ by David Nash (1989) and ‘Seeds of Light’ by Erik Samakh (2002) will also soon experience a second life. For this, we always need your help and support!

Be a part of the history of Vassivière Island and contribute to passing on this beautiful heritage to future generations!

These works in the Sculptures Wood represent 30 years of commission and creation in the public space. Their restoration, made necessary by the wear and tear of time and with which the artists are associated, calls for significant financial means. The restoration of these works concerns us all and a contribution on your part, as modest as it is, participates in this extraordinary momentum for the conservation of contemporary heritage in Limousin.

Any donation is subject to tax provisions. In return for your financial commitment, the Art Centre will have the pleasure of systematically inviting you to the next exhibition openings and the inauguration of the renovated Sculptures Wood.

More information / Donate

An off track architectural and landscape trail available to view all year round!

For several years the art centre has looked beyond the island to try and breathe life into new explorations and new appropriate initiatives in order to provide, along with the inhabitants, a fresh viewpoint on the landscape and to find ways to portray art and society. After a series of artistic interventions (5 artists, 5 villages in 2014, 3 artists, 3 villages in 2016) and the exhibition-trail Transhumance in six villages in 2017, in 2018 the art centre initiated Vassivière Utopia, a programme of landscape and architectural commissions in situ in the public rural space. Designed as an off-track extension of the sculpture park, the trail expands each year with three creations in three new villages until 2020.

The projects:
Plat-form, by Atelier 1:1, 2018, in Eymoutiers (Haute-Vienne)
The Clearing, by Atelier Bivouac, 2018, in Saint-Martin-Château (Creuse)
Seeing the Water in the Lake, by éjo.coopérative, 2018, in Beaumont-du-Lac (Haute-Vienne)
The Warbler, by Bureau baroque, 2019, in Faux-la-Montagne (Creuse)
A Garden Into the Forest, by les espaces verts, 2019, in Masgrangeas (Royère-de-Vassivière, Creuse)
Moment 03, by GAMA+BIANCHIMAJER, 2019, at Quenouille (Peyrat-le-Château, Haute-Vienne)

Pierres, planches, ruisseaux, by L’Amicale mille feux and Nina Bonzom, 2020, in Lacelle (Corrèze),
Erosion, by Nina Chalot and Nicolas Bouisson (Forall Studio), 2020, in Saint-Amand-le-Petit (Haute-Vienne)
Trois petits patrimoines, by Atelier du sillon (Pauline Gillet+Nicolas Besse) and Philippe Deubel, 2020, in Nedde (Haute-Vienne)

More details about the projects

With the support of the sponsorship of the Caisse des Dépôts.

In addition to the production of works and exhibitions, the International Centre for Art and Landscape has, since 2012, organised a programme of ten artistic residencies each year in the castle on Vassivière island, refurbished by the architects Berger & Berger and Building/Building. The unique history of the Vassivière landscape, the resources that the art centre can offer in terms of art, architecture and landscape, and the high level of initiatives generated by local citizens associations from the Plateau de Millevaches, stimulates experimentation and thoughtful reflexion for creative projects inspired by an area far from urban centres, at the same time protected from and influenced by industrial uses.

Find also the Castle in a few videos:

The Castle
Artist residencies on Vassivière Island (French with English subtitles)


Call for residences ‘Art and Night Sky’: architect Louise MORIN and artist Jonas DELHAYE 
First time: from 19. July to 20. September 2021
Second time: from 6. December 2021 to 14. February 2022

A partnership with the Parc naturel régional de Millevaches en Limousin (PNR) as part of its application for the International Dark Sky Places (IDSP) Program.

Browse the call for residences (FR)



Vassivière /// Chalet Mauriac: crossed residence “Art & Environment”
The International Centre for Art and Landscape on Vassivière Island (87) and the Chalet Mauriac – writing residence in Saint-Symphorien (33) scheduled by ALCA offer together a call for residence for a creative and research project on the transformation of natural areas. Both invite an artist and a scientist (biologist, ethnologist, anthropologist, geographer…) to apply for a 8-week residence remunerated by a writing grant and across the two places.

Residence period:
from 5. to 30. October 2020 in Saint-Symphorien (33)
1. December 2020 to 30. January 2021 on Vassivière Island (87)

Following their period of residence between November 2020 and January 2021 at the Chalet Mauriac and the Castel on Vassivière Island, the artist JULIE ESCOFFIER and the scientist HELOISE THOUEMENT offer you a culinary experiment to do at home !

Discover the project and the recipe (only in French) : The taste of the forrest: recipe with lichen

Browse the call for residences

SUNDAY, 22. AUGUST 2021 – 9 pm

An invitation to discover today’s Iran through yesterday’s Persia which mixes life story and epic poetry. A show as part of the Festival Paroles de conteurs, in partnership with Contes en Creuse. 

Booking: online tickets on / +33 6 89 94 85 10

SUNDAY, 6 JUNE 2021 – 3 pm (duration: 1h15).
Gardens RDV:  transfer of knowledge Guided tour of the Sculptures Wood!
Discover a selection of open-air works with an Art Centre mediator.
Booking: +33 5 55 69 27 27. 5€/person. Free for the – 12 years old.

In addition, find a special selection ‘knowledge transfer’ at the bookshop. 


(Booking: + 33 5 55 69 27 27 –

Wednesday, 14. – 21. and 28. July 2021 – 10am
ROLL-ME IF YOU CAN – Guided tour and artistic experiment in the exhibition Life To Itself (13. June > 5. September 2021). Parent(s) + child(ren) from 3 years old. 5€/person.

The children dive into the living matter of the exhibition with a magnifying glass during and explore the clay in motion. 

Wednesday, 28. July 2021 – 10am
NATURE AND WEAVING – Exhibition guided tour and baskery initiation workshop. Parent(s) + child(ren) from 10 years old (8 people max.). 10€/person.

A baskery initiation tour after a ‘Life To Itself’ exhibition tour by Hélène JOLY – basket maker who collaborated in the work of Laure VIGNA in the exhibition. A direct and sensitive contact with the plant to transform the wicker into basketry, in the form of a windmill to be suspended.

Monday, 19. – Tuesday, 20. – Monday, 26. and Tuesday, 27. July 2021 – 10am
FOLD-ME IF YOU CAN – Exhibition guided tour and artistic experiment in the Sculptures Wood. Parent(s) + child(ren) from 3 years old. 5€/person.

Guided walk in the Sculptures Wood followed by a co-creation workshop of an aerial sculpture in the forest.

Thursday, 15. – 22. – and 29. July 2021 – 10am
AT THE DISCOVERY OF THE ART CENTRE ARCHITECTURE – Exhibition guided tour and activity booklet. Parent(s) + child(ren) from 8 years old. 4€/child – 5€/adult.

Discovery of Aldo Rossi’s architecture with a member of the Art Centre, and creativity awakening with an illustrated booklet and a multi coloured pencil.

Option for adult visitors to use the booklet with a children group independently (free date and time slot during exhibition-opening hours).

Thursday, 29. July – 10am
YOUNG ARCHITECTS – Building guided tour and artistic experiment. Parent(s) + child(ren) aged 6-12 ans years old. 6€/person.

What is architecture and how do we build? Introductory workshop about construction techniques by a guide from a local heritage association, and an introduction to Aldo Rossi’s architecture by a member of the Art Centre team (creativity awakening with an illustrated booklet and a multi coloured pencil). In partnership with the Pays d’art et d’histoire Monts et Barrages. Booking: + 33 5 55 69 57 60 (Pays d’art et d’histoire)


Radio: let’s talk the artworks!

During Summer 2020 was held a family workshop of initiation to the radio around five works of the Wood of sculptures… Find these high-flying sound improvisations, and discover these works in an unusual way, on the website of Radio Vassivière!

Listen to these improvisations by young creators (in French)

In partnership with Radio Vassivière.  

Prepare for your visit!

Find video explanations about the Vassivière Island through Vidéoguide Nouvelle-Aquitaine!


(Booking: + 33 5 55 69 27 27 –

Journée into the exhibition Life To Itself (13. June > 5. September 2021) – all audiences. 3€/person.
A guided tour of the exhibition followed by an experimental workshop exploring living and sculpted materials and discussions about the relationship between humankind and nature.

Let’s take a walk in the Wood! – all audiences. 3€/person.
Guided walk in the Sculptures Wood. Possibility of adding an off track guided tour in Eymoutiers (87) to discover Platform, one of the 9 landscape work oeuvres paysagères of the trail Vassivière Utopia.

Sailing in the Sculptures Wood – commented canoe trip in the Sculptures Wood – all audiences. 18€/person.
Canoe trail around Vassivière Island and discovery of selected artworks in the Sculptures Wood with a member of the Art Centre team and an entertainer of the Canoë Kayak Eymoutiers Club. Option for bus-boats for 15 children or 9 adults.


Tailor-made welcome
On-demand stays, tours, workshops for groups, young audiences or adults all year!
Information: +33 5 55 69 27 27 –


Change the World with Art!
Do you have an idea of order? An art desire?
Contact the Art Centre!

The Art Centre is an accredited mediator for the New Patrons Action for the Fondation de France. The new Patrons Action is a unique encounter between you and a contemporary artist! He would invent for you an original form to answer the problematic you have raised.

Contact us: – +33 5 55 69 27 27


Coming soon…