At La Coste, the engagement with knowledge and education is more than just a nod to the exhibits. It’s an ongoing mission to bring art to the people.
‘Education is very important for any cultural project,’ says Daniel. ‘We welcome thousands of school groups every year, as well as organising workshops and conferences. In some ways such work arrives naturally, but we’re very happy to develop this element of La Coste.
‘We also continue to evolve. Our exhibition programme has long been an ambition, and offers a different, turning dimension to the property. The Jean-Michel Wilmotte gallery and the new Renzo Piano space are fantastic venues to show exhibitions; and we have projects in the works by the great Oscar Niemeyer, and Richard Rogers. The new spaces will extend our project further, offering different types of spaces throughout the property to discover contemporary art.’
Special it may be but La Coste isn’t an anomaly. In Napa Valley, The Donum Estate and The Hess Collection have long maintained art collections. In Europe, the Castello di Ama in Siena, Italy, has worked with the likes of Michelangelo Pistoletto, Anish Kapoor and Hiroshi Sugimoto; and Château Peyrassol in Provence has specially commissioned work by Gavin Turk, and pieces by Antony Gormley and Lee Ufan, as well as works by French twentieth-century sculptors.
In a time when, either through expectation or choice, we are often splitting ourselves – at least mentally – between multiple locations via our digital devices, it’s rare to be encouraged to connect so profoundly with our immediate surroundings. Château La Coste and its contemporaries engage their visitor’s every sense, balancing the acts of distracting and captivating with a shared, characteristic, generosity of spirit.