Palace of the Popes in Avignon

The Gothic Papal Palace of the southern French city of Avignon conveys its historical significance. Exhibitions and events bring culture to life.

In Avignon stellt der brasilianische Fotograf Sebastião Salgado seine Fotos zum Thema Amazonia im Palast der Päpste aus / © Foto: Georg Berg
The Papal Palace of Avignon is a World Heritage Site / © Photo: Georg Berg

The palace is regularly used for exhibitions due to its size, architectural qualities and the atmosphere it conveys. In the summer of 2022, Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado will exhibit his documentary on the Brazilian rainforest. Titled Amazônia, he shows the threatened nature and the people. Lélia Wanick Salgado, the photographer’s partner, turns the Great Chapel of the Papal Palace into an almost impenetrable thicket in which she arranges more than 200 of his images very densely.

In Avignon stellt der brasilianische Fotograf Sebastião Salgado seine Fotos zum Thema Amazonia im Palast der Päpste aus / © Foto: Georg Berg
In Avignon, Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado exhibits his photos on the theme of Amazônia in the Palace of the Popes / © Photo: Georg Berg

Jean-Michel Jarre’s sound composition enriches the exhibition experience. It is a good idea to show the beauty but also the threat of distant ecosystems in the historical place that served as a refuge for the popes in an insecure Rome in the 14th century.

Added to this is the exhibition technology that restores the Papal Palace from digital art. Visitors can borrow a Histopad tablet on which they can see each room and also the exhibition space in its presumed original state.

Mit dem Histopad lässt sich der Papstpalast von Avignon in seiem mutmaßlichen Urzustand betrachten / © Foto: Georg Berg
With the Histopad, the Papal Palace of Avignon can be viewed in its presumed original state / © Photo: Georg Berg

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The research trip was partly supported by the local tourist office

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