Life to Itself

13. June > 5. September 2021

Until June, 30: from TUESDAY to FRIDAY: 2 – 6 pm / WEEKENDS: 11 am – 1 pm and 2 – 6 pm

In July and August: every day, 11 am – 1 pm and 2 – 6 pm

Invited artists: Isabelle Andriessen, Bianca Bondi, Dora Budor, Tiphaines Calmettes, Grégory Chatonsky, Rochelle Goldberg, Laure Vigna
Curator: Flora Katz

Life To Itself is a group exhibition which evolves over time: the works which have been produced especially for this project are designed to change and transform themselves in reaction to the setting. Together they create a sensitive, spectral organism which comes to life as it interacts with the island and its inhabitants.

See invitation card, press kit and booklet (only in French)

With the support of the Mondriaan Fonds, the Canadian cultural Centre in Paris, the Henry Moore Foundation and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York.

The Laure Vigna’s project Symbioses or the Green Bead Bores Its Way up a Spiral Staircase Through the Water to Burst Against the Sheet of Glass was selected by the patronage commission of the Fondation des Artistes, which supported it.



Alexandra McIntosh, new Director of the Art Centre from June 21, 2021

press release


The taste of the forrest: recipe with lichen

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)


Vassivière island only seems to be a natural site. in 1952 the creation of a hydroelectric dam turned what was originally a hill into an island. it is now a place whose distinctive history makes it a remarkable imaginative and creative stimulus.

To round off the collection of sculptures that had been on the island since the 1980s, architects Aldo Rossi and Xavier Fabre created an art centre there in 1991. Since then many nationally and internationally known artists have shown their work at the Centre, whose scope was further extended in 2012 with the opening of an annexe to the Castle that now welcome resident artists (Berger & Berger and Building/Building architects). Since 2017 the Art Centre has been an active partner of the Fondation de France “New patrons Action” sponsorship artists.