Cloud Cities / Air-Port-City 4 Modules Metal, 2010-2011
Tomás Saraceno
Cloud Cities / Air-Port-City 4 Modules Metal, 2010-2011
Aluminum, mirror glass, steel, dibond, iron, steel rope
H 139 x 268 x 155 inches
Narcissus Garden, 1966-2011
Yayoi Kusama
Narcissus Garden, 1966-2011
1 600 stainless steel spheres
Variable dimensions, each sphere diam. 11 inches
Signal éolien, 2006
Takis
Signal éolien, 2006
Iron, steel
H 162.6 x 197 inches approx.
1-2-3 Tower, 1993
Sol LeWitt
1-2-3 Tower, 1993
Concrete blocks
H 96 x 48 x 48 inches
Pomme de New York, 2006
Claude Lalanne
Pomme de New York, 2006
Bronze
H 97.6 x 85.4 x 88.6 inches
Edition of 8 ex
128 squares and their demonstration, 2015
Claudia Comte
128 squares and their demonstration, 2015
Cinder blocks wall, paint
H 118.1 x 236.2 inches
Dynamo, 2010
Atelier Van Lieshout
Dynamo, 2010
Fiberglass, wood, mattress, sheets
H 59 x 65 x 110 inches
Transformation Instable, 1963-1971
Francisco Sobrino
Transformation Instable, 1963-1971
Mirror polished steel
H 236 x 71 x71 inches
Fontaine aux Nanas
Niki de Saint Phalle
Fontaine aux Nanas
Painted polyester, electric system
H 21.7 x 88.6 x 88.6 inches
Edition of 3 ex
Sculpture or Pavilion?, 2015
Dan Graham
Sculpture or Pavilion?, 2015
Stainless steel frame, glass
90.5 x 135 x 135 inches
Chromosaturation pour une allée publique, 1965-2012
Carlos Cruz-Diez
Chromosaturation pour une allée publique, 1965-2012
Plexiglas, aluminium
H 96 x 288 x 192 inches
Black Clown Carousel, 2009
Carsten Höller
Black Clown Carousel, 2009
Steel, synthetic leather, fiberglass, light bulbs, electric motor
H 126 x diam. 196.8 inches
A Giant Leap of Faith, 2006
Subodh Gupta
A Giant Leap of Faith, 2006
Stainless steel
H 275.6 x 70.9 x 70.9 inches
Edition of 3 ex
The Domaine du Muy
The Domaine du Muy
The Domaine du Muy
The Domaine du Muy

Presentation

For nearly 30 years, Jean-Gabriel Mitterrand has given pride of place to sculpture in his gallery in the Marais in Paris, just as he has in numerous exhibitions of monumental works of art in public and private spaces throughout the world.

In 2014, Mitterrand and his son Edward dreamed of creating an outdoor sculpture exhibition space. One year later, the Domaine du Muy opened with an art trail of some forty works by contemporary artists from a host of different generations, movements, and schools of practice.  

Situated between Monaco, Marseille, and Aix-en-Provence, near St-Tropez and Nice, the Domaine du Muy is nestled between the Maures and Esterel Massifs. The Esterel’s Mediterranean forest of cork oaks and pines stretches out over several hundred hectares. With its secluded valley, pools, and wild spaces, the Domaine du Muy sets the works in a space of exceptional natural beauty for their presentation each year in the summer.

The Domaine du Muy lives and evolves through the regular renewal or continuity of its works and projects, some created by resident artists (Claudia Comte, Roman Signer).


Associated talents

Louis Benech

Louis Benech, (whose projects include the Water Theatre grove at Versailles with Jean-Michel Othoniel, and the Tuileries Garden) is known for his love of plants, art, and the interaction of the two. He has set about a new challenge at the Domaine du Muy: entirely restructuring the sparsely planted surroundings of the Domaine's house.

The landscape gardener has structurally remodelled the nearby land to better integrate the building with its environment. In order to work toward the shared desire to "seat" the house in its surroundings, he recommended the lengthening of the two terraces while allowing the very same wildlife which can be found in a wild state in the surrounding forest – including lavender, lupins, heather bushes, strawberry trees, cork oaks and white oaks – to come all the way up to the house, rather than trying to domesticate this natural setting.

Simon Lamunière

Jean-Gabriel and Edward Mitterand have invited Simon Lamunière to be the Domaine du Muy's first curator. With approximately ten years' experience gleaned at Art/Unlimited, the section of Art Basel devoted to atypical and monumental projects, he has developed a wealth of expertise when it comes to creating sculpture trails and structuring spaces. Moreover, his work on the architecture and public spaces at the heart of the Neon Parallax project in Geneva make him a doubly suitable candidate.

A lover of nature, Simon Lamunière's objective at the Domaine du Muy is to choose works which radically interact with the Park's raw natural surroundings and jaggedly undulating reliefs.

India Mahdavi

French architect and designer India Mahdavi has entirely restructured a faux Provençal-style house; the choice to conserve it was guided by the intention to keep the focus as much as possible on the sculpture park.

For this first phase of renovation, India Mahdavi adapted the villa with one initial, simple and bold aesthetic gesture: that of painting the façade in a silver that, like the leaves of an olive tree, glistens in the midday sun and reflects the colours of the building's environment. The second move was to remove the artificial hill on which the house had been built and to create a "seat" which allowed the space of the house to roll out from west to east with the addition of two terraces connected by a moucharaby. The house now sits on top of an exhibition space that is completely opened up to the Park.