Contemporary art installation : "Le Fil Perdu"
from June 15 to September 19, 2021
The idea of commissioning a work from a contemporary artist on this subject was born from a joint reflection with A-L. Chamboissier, curator of the exhibition. The latter invited a dozen artists to live in several places in Touraine following a creative residency. The theme "Living in a place" takes on its full meaning in a period when everyone is reviewing their lifestyles and the spaces that surround them. In Champchevrier, Diego Movilla was thus able to re-examine the places and take a unique look at the collections. However, it is a collection of exceptional tapestries - described as dazzling by great connoisseurs - which is kept at the Château de Champchevrier and which testifies the importance of tapestries in the 16th and 17th centuries decoration. The subject of the tapestries was therefore imposed by the almost abstract modernity of certain motifs, and by the very variety of Loves of the Gods which would include other subjects treated by Vouet. From the "lost thread" hypothesis springs the temptation to "complete" the series.
In order not to fall into a form of anecdotal illustration, the artist offered to work very freely with his tools, mainly painting and drawing. It is a kind of imaginary investigation, with conclusion in large format, but in a certain way "damaged", pixelated halfway between high and low definition, blurred by the passage of time, and described with the codes of the 21st century.
Free with the Château entrance ticket.
Outdoor photographic exhibition "The fabulous journey of the gate of honor"
from June 15 to September 19, 2021
An imaginary and poetic journey to re-enchant visitors.
In the beginning, it was only a dream ... That of restoring the beautiful gate of honor of the Château de Champchevrier. This gate marks the boundary between the public and the private, the outside world and that of dreams, history, and the castle itself where so many lives have been lived. It has become the symbol of the castle itself.
Now more than ever, after confinement, we need poetry, re-enchantment, escape. Therefore through the magic wand of photographer Gustaf Hamilton, the gate of honor escaped, and leads the good life by traveling to the four corners of the world: as evidenced by the postcards XL format like those sent by the dwarf of Amélie Poulain, from the famous film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
From dream to reality: the gate is currently undergoing a restoration campaign. Thanks to the generosity of patrons, the gate of honor really knows a fabulous fate, beyond the trip!
So now it’s up to you to surprise us! This photographic exhibition invites you to take our gate on a journey to the destination of your dreams. How to participate?
- Send us a photo (without character) of your vacation where you would like to carry our grid of honor,
- Regularly, we will select a photo and we will upload our grid to it,
- Like the gate, you will be honored: we will mention you by making a post on our social networks,
- At the end of the exhibition, election of the most beautiful visual and the winner will receive a poster print;
Exhibition produced with the support of ADX Groupe, Crédit Agricole Touraine Poitou and the Centre Val de Loire region;
Free for visitors with a Castle entrance ticket.
Wine tasting event "7 wines, 7 châteaux"
On Fridays June 18, July 23, August 20, Sept 10, Oct 29 and Nov 12 at 6.30 p.m.
What about a wine tasting by a winemaker from the area in a unique setting ?
The tasting will take place in the old vaults of the Château de Champchevrier, which are not normally open to the public. You will also be served a cocktail of local specialties.
Price: 22 € per person
To be booked in advance exclusively at the Touraine Nature Tourist Office Ph: +33 (0)188.8.131.52.22 (Langeais) or +33 (0)184.108.40.206.39 (Bourgueil).
Candlelit theatrical visits : “On s’agite au château!”
On Thursdays July 15, 22 and 29, August 5, 12 and 19 at 8:30 p.m.
Come for the candlelit theatrical visit and enjoy the magic of summer evenings at Champchevrier with your family !
The scenario: Summer 1912. The Castle is agitated on the occasion of the last preparations for the costume ball given by the Baron and the Baroness of Champchevrier in honor of the "Desobligeante" their mail car of the XVIIIth century which will then make its last outing.
But both the Baron and the Baroness's jewelry are nowhere to be found… Can the ball take place?
The intention: from the true story of a ball given by the ancestors of the owners the scenario is constructed like an ESCAPE GAME in 18th century way. Will the ball take place ? Young and old spectators will find out while discovering at the same time the castle of Champchevrier. Humor and enchantment guaranteed.
A refreshment is served at the end of the performance (rosé and apple juice).
New in 2021: possibility to picnic before the visit in the castle park (from 7:30 p.m.).
Prices: Full price 11 € - Reduced price 7-16 years 9 €
Family rate (2 adults + 2 children) 35 €
Private Tour of Champchevrier Castle
On Sunday June 13, 2021. Booking in advance is compulsory.
Come and participate in an exclusive visit of the Château de Champchevrier exclusively done by its owners!
You will have a preview of the exhibition The Lost Thread with the presence of artist Diego Movilla.
The exterior of the Castle will be accessible for free visit.
Visit in collaboration with J'aime le Val de Loire.
Price: € 9.50 per person
Outdoor show " Promenons-nous dans les fables”
Let us take a walk in the fables, by La Compagnie d'Ulysse
On Sunday June 27, 2021 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Many of us have learned "The Raven and Fox" or "The Hare and Turtle" at some point ! To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of the famous Jean de La Fontaine, the Château de Champchevrier offers you a surprising and mysterious experience in which children play a part. “Promenons-nous dans les fables” is an open-air theatrical event for the whole family (from 4 years old).
A snack will be offered to children with all kinds of cookies and candies in animal shapes! And as a bonus that day, a visit to the Château de Champchevrier on the theme of "Jean de la Fontaine's animals"!
Two performances of the show "Promenons-nous dans les Fables"
Show prices + afternoon tea: Adult: € 12 - Child: € 8 - Free under 5 years old.
Prices for visit + show + afternoon tea: Adult: € 14 - Child: € 11 - Free under 5 years old