The Villa Datris Foundation

Featuring more than 200 works by established and emerging artists, the Villa Datris Foundation Collection explores the wealth of contemporary sculpture through its variety of materials and techniques.

Created in the framework of the Villa Datris exhibitions, the works acquired reflect the desire to build an eclectic collection, adapted to public preferences and destined to be presented in a specially-dedicated space, the Espace Monte-Cristo.

The Villa Datris Foundation Collection is also exhibited elsewhere as part of loans to diverse institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Decorative Arts, the Carmignac Foundation, Lille 3000 and many others.

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Vue de l’exposition Extrudia au Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, mars 2022
Anita Molinero, Floraison pour Nollopa, 2017, Poubelles rouges en PVC
Collection Fondation Villa Datris, © Adagp, Paris, 2023 © Espace Monte-Cristo

The Collection’s news

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Le Poulpe by Sébastien Gouju, at the Schneider Foundation 
Aqua Terra exhibition, until September 22, 2024

The Fondation François Schneider presents Aqua Terra, a showcase for contemporary ceramics through the sculptural work of 32 ceramic artists. The exhibition offers an opportunity to plunge into a world both tangible and fantastic. Structured in six parts, it unveils different universes linked to the aquatic world, transporting visitors from the sunny beach to the marine horizon, from the polar regions to the depths of the ocean. The artists have explored all manifestations of water, from the beauty of icebergs floating in the oceans to underwater life with its colorful corals and marine animals.

You'll discover Sébastien Gouju's bright, vibrant Le Pouple, which slithers across a blue glass-tiled shelf with all its tentacles. This fragment of domestic space, reshaped by an unbridled fantasy, arouses mixed feelings, between the connivance of a wink and concern at the uncontrolled, untimely animation of a decor that is usually so polished.

Sébastien Gouju, Le Poulpe, 2017
Glazed earthenware
Villa Datris Foundation Collection 
© Steeve Constante

Polaris centre d’art - Istres, Forum des Carmes - Place Patricia Tranchand

Loan request

Please fill out the form below, addressed to Pauline Ruiz, Head of the Villa Datris Foundation Collection.

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