Edition 2018

Matthieu Ricard & Simón Vélez


A hybrid initiative combining photography, architecture, and music, Contemplation will come alive at the Rencontres d’Arles, with the goal of making art a gateway towards certain fundamental values of our time: serenity, altruism, responsibility to living things... Contemplation is an exhibition of the photographs of the renowned philosopher Matthieu Ricard: a composition of forty exclusive works, in black and white and in large format, printed on Awagami paper, produced using a Japanese technique 1,400 years old. Bearing witness to fifty years of a life dedicated to spirituality, particularly those spent in the Himalayas, these images are presented at Arles in an extraordinary setting specially designed for the occasion: a bamboo pavilion conceived by Colombia based team of architects Simón Vélez and Stefana Simic. Renowned particularly for his participation in the 2016 Venice Biennale, Simón Vélez designed for Contemplation a unique and monumental structure of 1,000 m2 on the banks of the Rhône, facing the Old City of Arles. This “place of serenity,” inviting contemplation and inner peace, becomes a corridor, a bridge, between the arts and the commitment of Matthieu Ricard.

Main sponsor: VINCI Construction France.
Project co-produced by Les Rencontres d’Arles and the Fonds de dotation Contemplation.
In collaboration with Luma Foundation, the International Piano Festival of La Roque d'Anthéron, the City of Arles and SNCF.
And with technical support of JC Decaux, Marfret, FTPA AVOCATS, Myamo and Enlaps.
Publication: Contemplation, Fonds de dotation Contemplation.

Prints by Tirages Exposition - Pix in the City, Auray.

The exhibition is part of MP 2018, Quel Amour!

  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture