The Fondation des Treilles collection is regularly presented to the public through exhibitions.
Anne Gruner Schlumberger’s collection includes creations by famous painters such as Jean Dubuffet, Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst and Victor Brauner, whom she has known personally and with whom there have been bonds of friendship. Her taste for art was not limited to painting, but extended to engraving, notably that of her great friend Roger Vieillard, and sculpture, in particular the works of François-Xavier Lalanne and Henri Laurens. Other artists, such as Roberto Matta, Hans Arp or Vassilakis Takis, also enrich this extraordinary collection.
Exhibition of the 12 female laureates of the Photography Prize
Exhibition of the 12 Photography Prize female winners’ works, La Criée Theater, Marseilles.
As part of a season dedicated to showcasing women artists, Macha Makeïeff, director of the theater, invited the Fondation des Treilles to present the photographs of the twelve talented female winners of the photography prize: Anaïs Boudot, Claire Chevrier, Laurie Dall’Ava, Morgane Denzler, Patrizia Di Fiore, Véronique Ellena, Evangelia Kranioti, Manuela Marques, Safaa Mazirh, Corinne Mercadier, Wiktoria Wojciechowska, Sophie Zenon.
From the other side of the dream
Exhibition of the collection, from June 26 to November 1, 2020, at the Bemberg Foundation, Hôtel d’Assézat in Toulouse.
“Through this exhibition at the crossroads of art and dreams, the works that are presented tie together a number of collisions with the collections patiently assembled by Mr. Bemberg. We will therefore see for the first time within the Foundation African sculptures or surrealist works converse with the impressionists or the bronzes of the Italian Renaissance. In this journey among the painters and sculptors of dreams, the visitor will be able to discover and understand the choices of an extraordinary woman, guided above all by her taste and by unique artistic encounters, not to say meetings “. (Philippe Cros, director of the Bemberg Foundation).
Looks on the Mediterranean
Exhibition of 3 Photography Prize winners’ works : Anaïs Boudot, Patrizia Di Fiore and Evangelia Kranioti, from December 14, 2019 to January 19, 2020, at the Draguignan media library (Var, Provence).
Résidence 1+2 & invité.e.s (Residency 1+2 & guests)
Exhibition of 3 Photography Prize winners’ works: Anaïs Boudot, Claire Chevrier, Laurie Dall’Ava, from October 17 to November 18, 2019, at the “Quai des Arts” in Cugnaux, near Toulouse.
From Brauner to Giacometti and from Léger to Matta. Masterpieces of the Fondation des Treilles.
Exhibition of the collection from November 24, 2018 to February 24, 2019, at the Art Centre “La Malmaison”, la Croisette, Cannes.
“An experienced and discreet patron, Anne Gruner Schlumberger is at the origin of the remarkable collection that she patiently created with artists who have become friends, listening only to her instinct and her particular liking for some of them, such as Victor Brauner or Max Ernst … It is fascinating to note how certain patrons, who go into action to make widely known the works they have elected with enthusiasm and sincerity, let shine an intimate part of their personality. Their choices are always guided by intense encounters with artists, far from any speculation. Just for the sake of art. “. (extract from the article by Michèle Nakache, La Strada n° 303 12/25 November 2018).
Walking around the Mediterranean
Exhibition of 3 Photography Prize winners’ works : Andrea & Magda, Pablo Guidali and Raed Bawayah, from November 7 to 30, 2018, at the Draguignan media library (Var, Provence).
Quel Lustucru (Max Ernst) – Artist’s books from the Fondation des Treilles
Exhibition of artist’s books from November 16, 2018 to January 20, 2019 at the Museums Gallery in Toulon.
A 1903 reading : Théo Van Rysselberghe
Exhibition of the documentary collections from December 5 to 30, 2017, organized by Jean-Pierre Prévost, at the Draguignan media library (Var, Provence).
“A Reading” is the title of this famous group picture, painted by Théo Van Rysselberghe in 1903, and which represents Henri-Edmond Cross, Félix Fénéon, Henri Ghéon, André Gide, Félix Le Dantec, Maurice Maeterlinck, Francis Vielé-Griffin, gathered around their friend Émile Verhaeren, who is reading them a poem. The painting is exhibited at the Ghent Museum in Belgium, which is the owner of it. The exhibition and the accompanying book are devoted to the genesis of this artwork, the opportunity to draw a brief portrait of each of the protagonists who appear on the canvas, and that of the painter who had the idea of bringing them together: to tell in what circumstances they met, what are the friendly ties between them, what artistic and literary concerns animated them at that time. To illustrate these relationships, the correspondence and books presented around all the characters in the painting come from the documentary collections of the Fondation des Treilles, which owns several paintings by Théo Van Rysselberghe.
The Animal illustration – A heritage look
Youth fund exhibition from November 30, 2016 to January 7, 2017, at the Draguignan media library (Var, Provence).
The illustration of animals has always had an important place in children’s literature. Many illustrators, using different techniques, have trained themselves to this exercise. This exhibition made it possible to take a contemporary look at yesterday’s illustrations and to introduce the public to the publishing houses which edit or reissue certain titles. Its originality lies in the loan of wooden animals from the youth fund of the Fondation des Treilles and manufactured by the artisanal cooperative Les jouets du Queyras (toys made in the Queyras region, in the Alps).
Hidden Treasures of a library – The Fondation des Treilles artist’s books
Exhibition of the collection from March 7 to June 1, 2014, at the Art Gallery of the General Council of Bouches du Rhône in Aix en Provence. Edition of a catalog.
The exhibition presented nearly one hundred works from the Fondation des Treilles, bibliophile works as well as drawings and sculptures by the same creators. Some of the artist’s books collected by Anne Gruner Schlumberger were shown for the first time. At the heart of this subjective collection, the illustrated books joined the paintings and sculptures with which the founder was surrounded. This sentimental museum recreated in Aix en Provence allowed the visitor to meet at the heart of her personal library, the main founders of modern art, often inspired by Provence, where they have sometimes settled. So on the pages, poets and plastic artists meet : Jean Arp, Fermin Aguayo, Georges Braque, Fernand Dubuis, Fernand Léger, Max Ernst, Henri Laurens, Pablo Picasso, sculptors Lalanne, Takis or Zadkine, illustrating texts and poems from Aragon, Saint John Perse, Paul Éluard, René Char … but also texts by Buffon or Lucien de Samosate … (extract from the exhibition catalog).
“The Miserere” by Georges Rouault
Exhibition from September 5 to November 17, 2013, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Gaillac (Tarn, south of France).
Georges Rouault (1871-1958) devoted a large part of his work and his time to this illustrated edition, sparing no effort, combining his qualities as a painter and an engraver. It is this long-term work that gave birth to the first of his masterpieces, the Miserere, according to King David’s psalm. The aquatint technique, where the whole range of blacks, lit by the brilliant whites of the large sheets of paper, magnify the compassion of the artist confronted with the mystery of religion, and perfectly translate the depth of his sufferings and hopes. This exceptional set was on loan from the Foundation, which carefully preserves the n°5 copy, printed on large Montval vergé sheets with Ambroise Vollard watermark.
A reinvented collection
Exhibition of the collection from June 15 to October 13, 2013, l’Isle-Adam Art and History Museum (Val d’Oise, near Paris).
During this exhibition, about sixty works (drawings, engravings, paintings, sculptures, earthenware) were presented. An unprecedented journey that highlighted major artists of the 20th century, including Max Ernst (1891-1976), Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), Victor Brauner (1903-1966), Henri Laurens (1885-1954), Joseph Sima (1891-1971), and allowed the public to discover their universe and their approach.
Von Arp bis Picasso (From Arp to Picasso)
Exhibition of the collection from April 30 to August 21, 2013, at the Kunstmuseum Pablo Picasso in Münster, Germany. Edition of a catalog.
The exhibition presented 126 works from Anne Gruner Schlumberger’s collection. Among the works on display the visitors could admire masterpieces of classical modernism, sculptures, paintings, graphic art books that she gathered at the Fondation des Treilles. In addition to works from Hans Arp, Hans Bellmer, Jean Dubuffet, Henri Laurens, Fernand Léger and Pablo Picasso, there was the surrealist art of Max Ernst and Victor Brauner, which are centerpieces of her collection. “The works of the Fondation des Treilles are presented at the Picasso Museum in Germany for the first time,” said Professor Markus Müller, museum director and exhibition curator (extract from the exhibition catalog).
An intimate collection
Exhibition of the collection from January 17 to April 17, 2013, at the Fernet-Branca Foundation in Saint-Louis, near Basel, in Alsace. Edition of a catalog.
The Fernet Branca Foundation hosts prestigious private collections. The exhibition presented mainly works of African art and modern art from the Treilles collection.
A special collection
Exhibition of the collection from June 2 to October 2, 2011, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Nîmes. Edition of a catalog.
“A collection is never completely the result of chance, we often distinguish an intention which, even if it does not manifest itself from the very first acquisitions, reveals its contours, fluctuating over the opportunities to purchase works, meetings with artists … When we consider this set, we feel it very far from a financial investment strategy. No desire to follow a movement, a school, a current, no uniformity of color or style formats. Even less desire to take into account origins, some artists being Parisian but others coming from Germany, Romania, Spain, Greece, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland … However, a common thread emerges among the paintings collected. We can distinguish some permanent features : the tendency to choose non figurative artworks, a taste for surrealism, an attraction for the contrasts between very small or large formats, very confidential works, some in soft tones and others explosives of colors, matter, energy … We can only notice the importance of a very personal, very sensitive choice … but also of obvious passions which lead to constitute a particular collection, made of friendship testimonies. ” (Pascal Trarieux, heritage curator of the Nîmes Museum of Fine Arts).
Collection of passions, passion for collections
Exhibition of the collection from November 7, 2009 to January 17, 2010, at the Château de Tours. Edition of a catalog.
Anne Gruner had chosen her friend Dominique Bozo to establish the inventory of her collection. Together they had imagined traveling from museum to museum, thus perpetuating the role of Anne Gruner at Les Treilles. “How to make the successive generations understand the presence of artists? Is there a more beautiful succession than this gift of themselves? Than this living chain of art? This is how a collection begins. I no longer have to earn a living. I just have to welcome artists. It is up to them to animate the place. As long as they accept to give their personality to the Foundation, it will live as a living chain of art. ” (Anne Gruner Schlumberger, extract from a conversation with Dominique Bozo, director of the National Museum of Modern Art, published in Les Treilles, “a conservatory of living thought”).
Drawings and sculptures, the graphic art collection
Exhibition of the Graphic Art collection from September 1 to October 22, 2009, in the Neuflize OBC bank in Paris. Edition of a catalog.
Forty works by Anne Gruner’s favorite artists were presented there, along with sculptures by Max Ernst and Yassilakis Takis. These drawings, watercolors and engravings were made for the most part in the first half of the twentieth century by very diverse creators from the Paris school. They are indicative of the eclectic taste of this subjective collection, made up of favorites, outside of fashions. Several of these artists, Victor Brauner, Joseph Sima, Max Ernst, Yassilakis Takis, Roger Vieillard … invited in residence at the Fondation des Treilles, befriended Anne Gruner, who lived surrounded by their paintings. They were still little known when she took an interest in them. In the salons of the Neuflize OBC bank, these rare works have found the intimate setting that suits their small format, and were discovered for the first time by the Parisian visitors (extract from the exhibition catalog).
Collection of passions, passion for collections
Exhibition of the collection from July 12 to September 28, 2008, at the Centre for Economic and Cultural Meetings in Dinan. Edition of a catalog.
The exhibition was structured around four themes: myths and beliefs, man, nature, object.
Collection of passions, passion for collections
Exhibition of the collection from June 13 to September 16, 2007 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Ixelles, Brussels, and from March 2 to May 30, 2007 at the Galleria Gruppo Credito Valtellines in Milano (Italy). Edition of a catalog.
“A collection is a research that the collector has imposed on himself. The paintings gathered and exhibited here are not a collection but the consequences of chance. You will discover them with astonishment and surprise. The titles were given by the artists who were all friends of mine. It was Max Ernst, it was Brauner, it was Giacometti, that I met in New York, who expressed his solitude that was greater than the skyscrapers … It was Takis the extraordinary ! Who got to be known by his artwork’s dimensions and movement … It was also Fernandez the obscure, the shy, always in a makeshift facility … It was Victor Brauner, the mysterious. He always had a painting under his arm in exchange for money to treat his sick wife … All these artist friends had a reason to express themselves : they came to exchange their art to find friendship and a human warmth in the affection that was given to them. ” (Anne Gruner-Schlumberger, extract from the exhibition catalog, quotation published in Les Treilles, “a conservatory of living thought”).
Through a patron’s eyes
Exhibition of the collection from December 2, 2005 to April 9, 2006, at the Cantini Museum in Marseilles. Edition of a catalog.
“Along with the presentation of its collections or retrospectives of 20th century artists, the Cantini museum also exhibits exceptional collections brought together by amateurs, thus paying tribute to its first patron: Jules Cantini. This museum hosted the collection of the Foundation des Treilles, presented to the public for the first time. ” (extract from the opening speech of Jean-Claude Gaudin, Mayor of Marseille).