The island of Vassivière is the great postmodern sculpture of the Centre international d'art et du paysage, crafted and projected to create a new territory devoted to contemporary art. Seen from the sky, the island evokes some of the seventies' sculptures and more accurately Robert Smithson's projects, the leading historical figure of the Land Art.
The sculptures park, freely accessible all year long, welcomes international artists conceiving permanent of temporary works, monumental or discreet. At the start of the Art center in the 80's and the 90's the artists were invited to produce in situ works. Andy Goldsworthy, Marylène Negro, Michelangelo Pistoletto among others, intervened on the island, being inspired by the place and history, to create landmark sculptures.
Later, came projects with environmental scope and reasoning, with Gilles Clément for instance working toward a landscape plan for the Vassivière territory whose goals are the keeping and preservation of the surrounding landscape.
The integration in the sculptures park of new works by Adel Abdessemed, Marco Boggio Sella, Ilya and Emila Kabakov, Olivier Mosset or Michael Sailstorfer is creating a new dynamic in the park that is now hosting about fifty works.
Currently, the Centre international d'art et du paysage is working with Yona Friedman, Koo Jeong-A and Yutaka Sone on new large scale projects dealing with the landscape.
Philippe Rahm – Esquisse architecturale et paysagère des équipements et aménagements de Vassivière dans le cadre d’un développement durable
Le nouveau terroir, les nouveaux bourgs
Habiter l’eau, l’air et la terre
Gilles Clément – Charte paysagère du pays de Vassivière : boire l’eau du lac
La charte paysagère
Un parc en devenir