Museums: Château La Coste
There are just a few things that are on my must do list when traveling; eating at some cool restaurants, visiting farmers and antique markets, and hitting a couple of museums. I find museum architecture quite interesting and how they interact with the surrounding environs. Urban museums have a different energy than those that sit on acreage featuring landscape art and outdoor sculpture gardens. I am partial to both, but when I find myself in a city on a rainy travel day, a museum is usually the perfect way to spend the day.
Château La Coste
2750 Route De La Cride, 13610 Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France
"Château La Coste is a vineyard where Wine, Art & Architecture live in harmony. Artists and architects were invited to visit the Domain and discover the beauty of Provence. In turn, they were encouraged to choose a place in the landscape that spoke directly to them and were given the freedom to create a work that would live there. Château La Coste will continue to evolve as new projects and installations are developed."
One of my favorite architects, Tadao Ando designed the entrance and the Art Centre at Château La Coste. The Centre includes galleries, a shop, restaurants, and event spaces.
Work up an appetite by spending two hours to meander the property. On the diverse landscape of wooded hilltops and valleys, alongside olive groves and vineyards, the marvelous installations of contemporary art are dotted along your path. You will find works from Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Frank Gehry, Paul Matisse, Larry Neufeld, Tom Shannon, Lee Ufan, Ai Weiwei, and more inspiring masters.
Dining at Château La Coste is an art experience in itself, whether you dine on the al fresco terrace (where I had the most exquisite ratatouille), or within the Ando Art Center overlooking the man-made pond, or Argentina's famous live-fire chef Francis Mallmann's restaurant, you will delight in the fresh, seasonal and local products featured on the menus.