Centenaire villa Noailles

from 1 January to 31 December 2023

A century of History and stories

A century ago, Charles and Marie-Laure de Noailles received as a wedding present an extensive land nestled on the heights of the city of Hyères. A hundred years ago, the Viscount Charles de Noailles commissioned young architect Robert Mallet-Stevens for the plans “for a small, interesting house to live in”.

The year 2023 will mark the centenary of the villa Noailles, but also the 50 years of the sale of the property to the city of Hyères and the 20 years of the creation of the contemporary arts centre, that has since been labelled of national interest.

The history of the villa Noailles, called Clos Saint-Bernard by its owners, was made during a prolific era of discoveries and major changes. A significant programme launched from March 30th, 2023 on will pay tribute to the historical heritage of the villa Noailles and to its illustrious owners. An opportunity to discover and rediscover an unusual and unclassifiable holiday
home where Charles and Marie-Laure de Noailles entertained friends, artists, and intellectuals from all walks and where a piece of the cultural history of the 20th century was written.

The huge collection of the Noailles both demonstrates their commitment to support all disciplines and reflects the eclecticism of the art scene of the first half of the last century.
For 20 years, it is with this same will that the arts center continue in its own way the actions initiated by the Viscount and the Viscountess de Noailles.

A place of experimentation for established artists and of revelation for tomorrow’s talents, a century later, the history of the villa Noailles continues to be written.

The centenary events pay tribute to this beautiful artistic history.

Éléa Legangneux scientific curatorship and historical research

  1. Correspondence, Charles de Noailles to Robert Mallet-Stevens, April 29th, 1925.

  2. March 30th, 1973 – Charles de Noailles signed the sale of the property to the city of Hyères with Mayor Mario Bénard. January 1970, death of Marie-Laure de Noailles. The Viscount decided to sell “the house of Marie-Laure”. It was acquired by the city in 1973 and soon after registered in the supplementary inventory of Historical Monuments.

  3. March 30th, 2003 – the arts centre was inaugurated by Minister Jean-Jacques Aillagon thirty years to the day after the sale of the villa Noailles to the city.

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