The beauty and climate of Saint-Tropez, one of the most popular resorts in the south of France, are a magnet for sun worshippers and the rich and famous. But with its Mediterranean light and the colours of Provence, Saint-Tropez has also attracted many an artist to settle here, giving rise to an art scene with many exhibition spaces, studios and museums. These are ten of the best contemporary art galleries in Saint-Tropez.
Galerie Des Lices
Covering a total surface area of 160 square metres, Galerie Des Lices is the largest gallery in Saint-Tropez, and one of six scattered across Italy and Switzerland displaying works of some of today’s greatest modern artists. Any art lover seeking to expand her collection will be spoilt for choice between a sculpture by Armand or Cesar, audacious photography by Philippe Shangti or even a work by the contemporary maestro Damien Hirst. One of the past exhibitions at the Saint-Tropez Des Lices includes the sculptures, paintings and ceramics by internationally renowned artist Stefan Szczesny who lives and works in Saint-Tropez. A popular local figure, Szczesny uses the gallery as his base for managing his works through his enterprise the Szczesny Factory.
Galerie Des Lices, 42 Boulevard Louis Blanc, Saint-Tropez, France, +33 4 94 97 87 19
Jean-Pierre Botella (aka jpb) loves seeking out new appealing talent from the contemporary art world. He is drawn towards art in all its forms including painting, sculpture and furniture. One particular sculptor who caught jpb’s eye is industrial welder turned sculptor, Patrice Racois, whose monumental metal sculptures are on permanent display in the gallery’s own sculpture garden. Inside, it is well worth seeking out some of the uniquely designed furniture pieces by Marseille-based Rolland Mellan or the contemporary take on wildlife by Brazilian-born sculptor Mozart Guerra. The jpbArt gallery is tucked away in the backstreets of Saint-Tropez not far from the Citadelle.
jpbART, 2 Boulevard d’Aumale, Saint-Tropez, France, +33 6 11 81 70 19
Galerie Henri Sié
The artist Henri Sié has lived in Saint-Tropez since the 1970s and opened his two-storey gallery in 1987. The blue turquoise façade is hard to miss among the boutiques of the cobbled streets winding in and out of Saint-Tropez’s centre. Similarly, Henri Sié’s paintings are bursting with the colour and light of the Mediterranean and Provence. His vast collection is mainly based on the theme of Saint-Tropez and the surrounding area, showcasing landscapes, beauty spots and buildings. Apart from exhibiting his work at home in Saint-Tropez, Henri Sié’s paintings are also on show in Japan, the USA and Germany.
Galerie Henri Sié, 8 Rue du Clocher, Saint-Tropez, France, +33 4 94 97 09 64
Two Be Chic
Anyone seeking to rent a luxury villa in Saint-Tropez will be pleasantly surprised by one particular real estate agency, Villa Prestige & Services, which as well as finding its customers a heavenly place to stay, offers them a place to linger and take in some beautiful works of art. A relatively new gallery created by a duo of art-loving sisters, Two Be Chic opened in 2013 with an exhibition of photographs by Jean-Louis Macault and is ready with an ongoing agenda comprising works of artists both from the region and from the international contemporary art scene. In Summer 2014 the gallery is hosting more creative photography by José Cappitata and Beijing-based Wang Lang, as well as the mosaic portraits of Swedish-born, Paris-based Fabian Edelstam.
Two Be Chic, 5 bis rue Joseph Quaranta, Saint-Tropez, France, +33 4 94 97 30 78
Galerie deï Barri
The Galerie deï Barri is perched up in the hills of Saint-Tropez in the village of Gassin on a delightful square overlooking the Mediterranean. Visitors have been climbing up to the gallery since 1969, not only to enjoy the beautiful panoramic views but also to get a taste of – and perhaps buy – some fine figurative artworks by established or emerging artists from across Europe and the USA. The gallery features the works of 15 artists ranging from ink drawings by Yvonne Cattier to watercolours by Jörn Konrad, acrylic paintings by Andrew Painter and steel sculptures by Dennis Thies. Galerie deï Barri welcomes its visitors from March to October.
Galerie deï Barri, Place deï Barri, Gassin, France, +33 4 94 56 13 52
Galerie Francis Chapus
Before being drawn to Saint Tropez, Francis Chapus led a busy life as an architect traveling across Africa, Greece and Italy, all of which were to become a source of inspiration for his paintings that are now on show in his gallery situated in the heights of Grimaud, right at the foot of the castle. His work evokes the sacred work of the architect, zooming in on buildings and playing with volume. To meet the artist, you should visit the gallery during the summer months as each winter he heads to the artists’ quarter of Venice to resource his inspiration.
Galerie Francis Chapus, 16 Rue de Clastre, Grimaud, France, +33 4 94 54 27 05
Galerie Daniel Besseiche
After starting out in the art world at the early age of 22, today Daniel Besseiche boasts seven contemporary art galleries across France, Belgium, Switzerland and China. His impressive catalogue features masterpieces by the giants of the contemporary art including Picasso, Miro, Vasarely or Dufy. The Saint-Tropez branch is one of his seasonal galleries, aiming to make art available to people on the go. In the winter, skiers can appreciate his collections at the Courchevel resort in France and in the summer sun-seekers have a choice between Brittany (Dinard) and the Mediterranean (Saint-Tropez). Open in the cool of the evening until 11 p.m., art aficionados can first soak up the sun, then take a walk to the harbour where the Daniel Besseiche gallery awaits with some of the finest art by living artists.
Galerie Daniel Besseiche, Rue du Cepoun San Martin, Saint-Tropez, France, +33 4 94 56 01 01
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