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Art Hotel: Modern Sculptures at Terre Blanche in Provence

A huge version of Jaume Plensa's Nomade sits in Port Vauban in Antibes... Check out this smaller version at Terre Blanche in #Provence! #modernart #sculpture #France

One of the toughest decisions when traveling is how much time to spend relaxing and how much time to spend sightseeing. Cramming in too many activities can leave you without a real appreciation of the destination, but seeing too little can leave you unsatisfied. As someone who typically errs on the side of doing too much, I was thrilled that Terre Blanche Hotel in Provence brings the museum to the guests! Thanks to their world class art collection, I could spend plenty of time at the luxurious pool and still experience incredible contemporary art – magnifique!

Perhaps my favorite piece was by Jaume Plensa (see above). He has a giant version of this sculpture in Port Vauban Antibes, where we had just come from, so we were especially excited to see a smaller version of Nomade in front of the Terre Blanche Proshop. A very special experience to examine this man made of letters up close!

Provence just got even more colorful with this sculpture by Jim Dean.

Provence just got even more colorful with this sculpture by Jim Dean.

Provence is known for being a colorful place, but Jim Dine’s Pop Art sculpture on the Private Lawn near the pool takes that even further. This multicolor statue manages to stand out while perfectly working within its surroundings.

A statue in Jean Dubuffet’s signature black-and-white style greets visitors at the Terre Blanche reception. #modernart #hotel #provence #luxury

A statue in Jean Dubuffet’s signature black-and-white style greets visitors at the Terre Blanche reception.

A statue in Jean Dubuffet’s signature black-and-white style greets visitors at reception. One of France’s top modern artists of the 20th century, his work is at major museums around the world including the MoMA in NYC and the Louisiana in Denmark.

Pierre Arman's violins sculpture strike the right cord in the Terre Blanche lobby. #sculpture #modernart #provence

Pierre Arman’s violins sculpture strike the right cord in the Terre Blanche lobby.

The Terre Blanche collection boasts three sculptures by Pierre Arman, who was born and studied art in nearby Nice. Although I didn’t know the artist’s name, I immediately recognized his violin sculpture in the lobby because I had seen a similar piece at the Picasso Museum in Antibes.

Tony Cragg's sculpture at Terre Blanche Hotel feels like it's moving, but it's perfectly still. #contemporaryart

Tony Cragg’s sculpture at Terre Blanche Hotel feels like it’s moving, but it’s perfectly still.

There are four striking sculptures by British artist Tony Cragg. He worked as a lab tech at the Natural Rubber Producers Research Association before he attended art school, and you feel his scientific understanding of the materials when you look at his sculptures. They feel very organic and like you can feel the motion, although of course they are completely still.

Doesn't Mario Ceroli’s sculpture make you want to dive right into the pool at Terre Blanche? #provence #art

Doesn’t Mario Ceroli’s sculpture make you want to dive right into the pool at Terre Blanche?

Even going to Terre Blanche’s gorgeous pool is an artistic experience, as you gaze upon Mario Ceroli’s sculpture of what looks like a woman diving into the water. This Italian sculptor won the sculpture prize at the 1966 Venice Biennale.

Bernar Venet’s “Lignes Indeterminees” at Terre Blanche makes me think of Shakespeare’s famous phrase “shuffled off this mortal coil” from Hamlet’s soliloquy. #provence #art #sculpture

Bernar Venet’s “Lignes Indeterminees” at Terre Blanche makes me think of Shakespeare’s famous phrase “shuffled off this mortal coil” from Hamlet’s soliloquy.

Every time I passed by Bernar Venet’s “Lignes Indeterminees,” I thought of Shakespeare’s famous phrase “shuffled off this mortal coil” from Hamlet’s soliloquy. What does it make you think of?

By the way, Terre Blanche also has an extensive painting collection, including colorful work by Mimmo Paladino, William Quinn and Casar Radetzky, Herbet Brandl, Stefan Wehmeier. But I was most taken by the sculptures, especially how they worked with the Provence landscape.

Comped but Never Compromised: I received a complimentary stay at Terre Blanche but I am free to write whatever I want.

6 Responses to Art Hotel: Modern Sculptures at Terre Blanche in Provence

  1. Val-This Way To Paradise November 27, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    What an awesome hotel!! Beautiful art…I like the piece by Jim Dean!
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  2. Bethaney - Flashpacker Family
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    November 30, 2013 at 2:26 am #

    What a great idea to dot them around the gardens of a hotel like that.
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  3. Theodora November 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    It’s lovely to see sculpture as it was supposed to be — illuminating a place that people enjoy.
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  4. Mary @ Green Global Travel
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    December 9, 2013 at 1:43 am #

    I love Tony Cragg’s sculpture that appears as if it is undulating. Very cool!
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  5. Meagan February 24, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

    I always enjoy looking at art. I love the sculpture diving into the pool.
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  6. Brenda March 2, 2015 at 4:31 pm #

    Mario Ceroli’s sculpture is my favorite. It does make me want to jump right in the pool! What a beautiful hotel, I will definitely think of Terre Blanche next time I visit Provence!
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