Inhabiting the world, in this world inhabiting a place, in this place inhabiting rooms ... The quarantine which we experienced for 2 months, leads us to reflect individually and collectively on the place we occupy on the planet, and the way we invest our homes. As a cultural institution, the Fondation d’entreprise Martell is, more than ever, a focal point.
More than ever, dear visitors, this place is dedicated to you.
Where the dialogue between our 300-year-old heritage and contemporary creation, excellence and curiosity, local roots and international influences already exist, the Foundation is pursuing its vocation to nourish your sensibility in order to share our capacity for collective empathy over the long term.
Our proposal is to invite you to discover exhibitions that will seem familiar, unusual, experiential.
Already, when the Foundation was prefigured, the artist Vincent Lamouroux built Par nature (2016), a terra incognita to explore, in the form of an entirely white island; then the architects SelgasCano created the Pavillon Martell (2017), an unusual architecture to live in, like a forest to get lost in. More recently, the artists Adrien M & Claire B proposed L'ombre de la vapeur (2018), an immersive space-time for contemplation, play and exploratory meditation. These three exhibitions produced by the Foundation were already rethinking the way we live in the world. The Care programme developed since 2018 extends this generous approach through yoga sessions, a local producers’ market, conferences on societal and environmental issues...
The notion of a "home", in its dual dimension of intimate refuge and welcoming others, is at the heart of the exhibition that you will discover from June 25th at the Fondation d’entreprise Martell. Its title Places to be is evocative: there is no one place, or one single space to be in this world. You will wander through a succession of spaces designed by different designers and artists, free to present their own vision of a new way of living in the kitchen, bedroom, living room, veranda... The 11 rooms of Places to be are as many invitations to meet each other.
In order to guarantee your safety as soon as they reopen, we are implementing all the sanitary precautions within our spaces: the gauge and circulation will be notably secured by ensuring barrier measures and physical distancing. We kindly ask you to wear a mask before your visit.
The Fondation d’entreprise Martell is the creative ecosystem where arts and culture, exhibitions and residencies, traditional know-how and digital explorations, visual creations and living practices, permanent works and unifying events are mixed. A central touristic and cultural destination in New Aquitaine and unique in Europe, its innovative programming is accessible to all audiences curious to share new and forward-looking experiences.
Open from 25/06/2020to31/12/2020