As in the palaces of yesteryear, the art has been harmonized with the place. It naturally finds its place in spaces that have remained untouched or have lost their original decorations: the ceiling of a vaulted room, a majestic staircase, the skylight of an Italian-style living room?
The artists chosen by Numa Hambursin were inspired by what has been the soul of the building over the centuries, its symbolic functions, its historical decorations, to draw the material for masterful works, which are at one with the architecture of the building.
In the entrance hall with its neo-classical columns, the American artist Jim Dine, the last representative of the pop art generation, used the ancestral know-how of the Sèvres factory to welcome visitors with a mosaic fresco bursting with color, a contemporary variation of the coffered ceiling technique, and a veritable manifesto that sums up his entire career as an artist.
Under the vault of the majestic staircase, it is the universe of the young plastic artist Marlène Mocquet that unfolds into a Garden of Eden populated by joyful ceramic creatures.
On the ceiling of the former wedding hall, the history of the building and of the city take shape through the hands of Jan Fabre, with a series of coats of arms made of beetle elytra.
The vaulted rooms that open onto the Place de la Canourgue house painted decorations and 17th century plasterworks, rediscovered during the rehabilitation of the building. They were restored over many months by the Atelier de Ricou. Abdelkader Benchamma completed these decorations with a fresco in Indian ink evoking alchemy.
In the boudoir on the second floor of the Hotel Richer de Belleval, Olympe Racana-Weiler has become a prophetess. Her colors are spread from the walls to the ceilin. The Oracle she delivers here is, as always, mysterious and enigmatic. One must read in it the memory of the stories lived between these walls during the many lives of the building.