Welcome, I’m Sandrine ROUSSEAU, Artistic manager of Vallauris Institute of Arts (V.I.A.)
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V.I.A., located in downtown Vallauris is an association, which aims to promote the development of contemporary creation in all its forms yet specialized in ceramics. V.I.A. hosts artists from around the world in a well-suited environment conductive to creativity.
Located in the heart of the city, the former studio of one of the greatest ceramists in Vallauris, “Roger Capron”, has been completely renovated and offers a working space of 100m2 and a gallery of 80m2for exhibitions.
Ideally located on the French Riviera between Cannes and Antibes, Vallauris Golfe-Juan combines the charms of a village of ceramic tradition with the appeal of a sea resort of sandy beaches. Let us show you the sea and tradition, a discovery awaits you with every outing.
In the heart of Vallauris, the castle-museum, an outstanding example of Renaissance architecture, boasts the Picasso National Museum “War and Peace” in the Romanesque chapel, a monumental work created in 1952. It also houses the Magnelli Museum and the Ceramics Museum where a wealth of interesting ceramic collections are shown.
A Renaissance staircase will lead you to the rooms dedicated to the works of the Italian painter Alberto Magnelli.
Leaving the castle and before plunging into the narrow streets of the old Vallauris, do not miss the bronze statue “Man with a Sheep”, one of the rare sculptures of Picasso installed in a public square.
When talking about Vallauris, you have to evoke Picasso, its most famous ambassador. The master attracted by the local craftsmen’s know-how moved to the city of potters in 1948 and dedicated himself to ceramics. The popularity of the painter in turn brought in a crowd of visitors, famous people gathered here, artists settled down to learn in turn about ceramics, so contributing to the revival of this activity.
Today still, artists and craftsmen work side by side and Vallauris enjoys the label “Town of arts and crafts”.
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> Picasso and Vallauris, please visit this page