Côte D’Azur Culture Map: Galerie Agnes Sandahl

This intimate gallery in Vallauris showcases the work of local contemporary artists with international reputations – offering a rewarding escape from the French Riviera’s mid-day sun. In addition to temporary exhibitions by visiting artists, the gallery hosts a permanent collection of pieces by Pierre Boncompain, Charlotte Cornaton and Jean Duranel, among others. Laurent Van Hoegaerden, General Manager at l’Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, is a fan.

“I really love this contemporary art gallery, which was created in a former pottery workshop. It has retained all the elements that gave the place its soul, including the famous oven where Picasso fired his works,” Laurent explains.

The gallery is located in the heart of the old potter’s quarter in Vallauris. This area was a bustling centre of innovation in ceramic art in the 1950s and ‘60s, and Pablo Picasso was a famous contributor to the scene. He learned and mastered ceramics in Vallauris, creating pieces in the 19th century kiln — the last of its kind — found at Galerie Agnes Sandahl.

To honour the town’s strong pottery heritage, a section of the gallery is devoted to tableware. Gallery owner Agnes Sandahl is herself a ceramics artist and creates collections for private events, royal families and Michelin-starred chefs. Her stunning hand-made works are on display in the ‘art de la table’ section. The French fine art tradition thrives in colour, shape and image at Galerie Agnes Sandahl.

Galerie Agnes Sandahl
65 Bis avenue Georges Clemenceau
06220 Vallauris
0033 4 93 64 65 71 
Open daily from 10.00am to 1.00pm and 3.00pm to 7.00pm

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