This multimedia tour takes you to Vassivière island’s sculpture forest, around the art centre and castle and the research and creation residences, to discover the landscape, architecture and contemporary works of art.
With its lighthouse tower and great gallery, the art centre is a remarkable architectural creation with a « 20th Century Heritage » label. In this video, French architect Xavier Fabre how the building was conceived, with Italian architect Aldo Rossi (1931-1997).
Some sculptures are inspired by the history of Vassivière. That is the case for this piece by Bernard Calet. It evokes the villages that were swallowed up by the lake when the dam was built. Christian Cotte, who lived in Vassivière at the time, shares his memories with us here.
Before it became an island, Vassivière was a village. It was transformed in the 19th century and became an incredibly modern farming estate, by a unique person, Louis Léonard Vassivière. You’ll hear his story here.