The Coolest Local Galleries in Aix-en-Provence, France

The colourful French city of Aix-en-Provence is a great place to discover cool art
The colourful French city of Aix-en-Provence is a great place to discover cool art | © Celli07 / Alamy Stock Photo
Shyla Watson

While art museums have a strict “no touch” policy, galleries are cool places that allow you to not only see and discover art, but to also take it home with you if you wish. Read our list to discover the coolest local galleries in Aix-en-Provence in southern France.

1. Le Pavillon Vendome

Art Gallery

This exquisite estate was once the love nest of a French duke. As the centuries went on, the city opened his home and its garden to the public so that locals could appreciate all of its beauty and splendour. While Le Pavillon Vendome may not have pieces available for purchase, the regal manor is filled with extraordinary paintings, sculptures and more. Take a guided tour to learn everything about the home and its history, as well as about each beautiful piece of artwork that it contains. Once you’re done inside, step out and enjoy the fresh air in the lovely garden. There are benches, fountains and even a rose garden.

2. Caumont Centre d’Art

Art Gallery, Building, Museum

Adjacent to the famous Cours Mirabeau is the 18th-century Hôtel de Caumont. The aristocratic residence has since been restored and transformed into the Caumont Centre d’Art, and this cultural centre houses many historic pieces of art, including paintings, drawings, sculptures and more. The house itself is quite the sight to see, as it maintains much of its beautiful architectural design. The Caumont Centre d’Art may be a popular spot for tourists to visit once during their trip to Aix; however, locals are there all week. The front of the gallery opens into a large city square, while the back houses a quaint garden complete with tables and chairs. You’ll find that many residents of the city stop there to enjoy their coffee, a good book or a pleasant conversation with a friend.

3. Carré d’Artistes

Art Gallery

Most everyday folk want an opportunity to become more cultured and engage with art in a sophisticated manner. However, many galleries can be exclusive, elite and unaffordable for novice collectors. Carré d’Artistes, however, makes contemporary art more accessible. Step into the Aix gallery and be welcomed with warmth by people who are genuinely passionate about art and want to help you become part of the art community. Be on the lookout for multiple locations, as well as an online gallery that makes it convenient to search for exactly what you want. Peruse by artist or price, or look for a particular style, including abstract, pop art, street art and more.

4. Espace 361

Art Gallery

Located in the heart of Aix, Espace 361 is a contemporary gallery and workshop space for the artist community. The space hosts rotating exhibitions each month, displaying varying mediums of modern art, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, jewellery, furniture and more. Guests of the gallery are free to shop about for an eye-catching piece and to learn about the artists and their work. However, Espace 361 strives to bring the community together and hosts numerous workshops throughout the year, for novices and advanced artists, as well as children. In addition to the many workshops, Espace 361 hosts events such as concerts, lectures, theatre shows, live performances and more. This all-encompassing gallery is well worth a visit.

5. Franck Marcelin

Art Gallery

Take a trip away from Europe and explore ancient tribes and civilizations when you visit Franck Marcelin. The gallery celebrates Oceanic art, featuring works from Melanesia and Polynesia. The pieces range in style and medium but include tapestries, sculptures, paintings, figurines, jewellery, pottery and more. By looking at the works, people are given the opportunity to learn more about the ancient and modern histories, as well as the culture, of such interesting far-away societies. Stand out from the crowd by buying one of these incredible works of art for your home.

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