In the rooms of the exhibition Edition limitée. Vollard, Petiet et l’estampe de maîtres that the Petit Palais dedicates to the publishing ventures of two major art dealers of the twentieth century – the visionary Ambroise Vollard and his spiritual successor, Henri Marie Petiet – Yvon Lambert presents his own background as a publisher.
Just like Vollard before him, Yvon Lambert continued, after the closure of his gallery, to devote his time entirely to his passion for the publication of bibliophile books in limited editions. While his predecessor had chosen Pierre Bonnard, Pablo Picasso, or Georges Rouault to illustrate his publications, Lambert works with Anselm Kiefer, Giuseppe Penone, Adel Abdessemed, and many other renowned artists. Since 1992, his books have also been established as references among art lovers and collectors, writing a new page in the history of art publishing.
Yvon Lambert is a major gallerist in France. After launching his career in his hometown of Vence, he opened his second gallery in Paris in the 1960s. From 1972 onwards, he exhibited the pioneers of American conceptual art, minimalism and land art, as well as European artists. Yvon Lambert also pursued an intense publishing activity alongside his gallery work. He created the series Word for Word and then published other books such as Limites Critiques with Daniel Buren, Six Geometric Figures… with Sol LeWitt, or 10 Works with Lawrence Weiner. In 1990, he started his bibliophile collection of books, in limited editions: ‘A dream emanating from my leisure time’, which now has twenty-nine books in its catalogue. In 2000, he inaugurated the Lambert Collection in Avignon, generously offering the State some 650 major artworks from his personal collection. In 2014, he closed his art gallery to focus entirely on his bookshop and publishing activities, and maintains his collaborations with renowned or emerging artists. In October 2017, with his daughter Ève, Yvon Lambert inaugurated a new 200 m2 space in the Marais neighbourhood in Paris, open to talks, readings, book signings, and exhibitions.
Photo: Rebekka Deubner, Courtesy Mutina for Art
Christophe Leribault is the director of the Petit Palais – musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris where he has initiated a policy of openness towards the contemporary scene in association with FIAC. We can also cite the major annual guests of the museum: Kehinde Wiley (2016), Andrès Serrano (2017), Valérie Jouve (2018), Yan-Pei Ming (2019), and Laurence Aëgerter (2020). A graduate of the École du Patrimoine, Christophe Leribault published his thesis at the Sorbonne on eighteenth-century painter Jean-François de Troy. A former scholarship winner from the J.-Paul Getty Museum and resident at the Villa Medici – Académie de France in Rome, he was also the Focillon Fellow at Yale University. After working as a curator of the paintings and drawings of the Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris, he joined the Louvre, as deputy director of the Département des Arts Graphiques, and, at the same time, director of the Musée Delacroix, before becoming the head of the Petit Palais in December 2012. He has curated or co-curated over thirty exhibitions including, at the Musée Carnavalet: Au temps de Marcel Proust (2001), at the Louvre: Gabriel de Saint-Aubin (2007), L’Antiquité rêvée (2010) and Eugène Isabey (2012); at the Musée Delacroix: Delacroix et la Photographie (2008–2009), Delacroix/Othoniel/Creten, des fleurs en hiver (2012) or, at the Petit Palais : Paris 1900, la ville spectacle (2014), Carl Larsson (2014), Le Baroque des Lumières (2017), Paris romantique (2019)… Finally, in 2020 he was the co-artistic director of the most recent edition of Nuit Blanche.
Photo crédit: Pierre Antoine
Clara Roca is an archivist-palaeographer, a graduate of the Ecole nationale des chartes (2016) and a heritage curator, a graduate of the Institut national du patrimoine (2019). She is now in charge of the collection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century graphic arts, books and photographs at the Petit Palais. She is the curator of the exhibition Laurence Aëgerter, Ici mieux qu’en face [Laurence Aëgerter: Better Here Than There], presented since last October in the museum’s permanent collections, as well as Edition limitée. Vollard, Petiet et l’estampe de maîtres [Limited Edition: Vollard, Petiet and Master Printmakers] which will soon open to the public.