ART & DESIGN

Photos: The French Collection: Art Dealer Yvon Lambert Opens Up His Home


After closing his eponymous gallery, Yvon Lambert donated a trove of contemporary art to his native France. Now that his collection has opened in Avignon, the legendary dealer grants Christopher Bagley a rare glimpse into his private world.

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Yvon Lambert, at Collection Lambert, in Avignon.

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Photographer: François Halard

An installation view of the inaugural exhibition, featuring Edouard Bernard Debat-Ponsan’s Une Porte du Louvre le Jour de la Saint-Barthélémy, 1880, and work by Roni Horn and Lawrence Weiner.

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Photographer: François Halard

The dining room, with a grid of Goldin’s photographs on the far wall.

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Photographer: François Halard

In the living room is an assemblage of Greek, Roman, and 19th-century sculpture parts.

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Photographer: François Halard

An antique sculpture of Christ is affixed to a dining room chair.

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Photographer: François Halard

The living room.

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Photographer: François Halard

Catholic reliquaries under bell jars.

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Photographer: François Halard

The living room mantelpiece, with works by Cy Twombly and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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Photographer: François Halard

A view into the living room.

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Photographer: François Halard

On the floor in a bedroom, a 19th-century painting by Léon Bonnat.

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Photographer: François Halard

A guest room in Lambert’s house—the vintage Fortuny textile above the bed was a gift from Nan Goldin.

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Photographer: François Halard

The gardens of Lambert’s house in Avignon.

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Photographer: François Halard

Looking skyward from the new atrium that connects the two 18th-century buildings that house the collection.

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Photographer: François Halard

A gallery in Collection Lambert, with Julian Schnabel’s Silencio, 1988, and works by Basquiat and Louis Jammes.

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Photographer: François Halard

Donkeys in Lambert’s garden.

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Photographer: François Halard

Lambert in his driveway.

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Photographer: François Halard

Vincent Ganivet’s sculpture Entrevous, 2010, in a courtyard at Collection Lambert.

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Photographer: François Halard

A statue of Mercury in Lambert’s garden.

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At the Collection (in foreground, from left), a Donald Judd sculpture; Richard Serra’s Untitled (Equal and Diagonally Opposite Corners), 1990; and Diogo Pimentão’s Embrace (Figure), 2012.

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