Arles to unveil two new visitor attractions

Arles is already a well-known French river cruise destination, with many coming to the city on Rhône river cruises.

Now, those visitors and the many more travellers who are expected in 2014 will be able to explore two new attractions that are set to be unveiled there later this year.

Vincent Van Gogh Foundation

The first visitor attraction that is set to be unveiled in Arles this year is the Vincent Van Gogh Foundation exhibition.

The exhibition will be on display to the public at the recently renovated Léautaud Donines, which is a fifteenth century mansion.

The display will feature ten paintings from Van Gogh - loaned out to Arles by the Amsterdam Museum - as well as paintings by Monet, Pissarro, Courbet and Monticelli.

The main draw will be Van Gogh’s exhibition, however, as the display also promises to take visitors through the famous painter’s many personal trials and tribulations.

Parc des Ateliers

US-Canadian architect Frank Gehry will in April this year lay down the foundations of the planned 57-metre high crumpled aluminium tower in the Parc des Ateliers.

The Parc des Ateliers is expected to be opened at the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015 and is set to be an epicentre for artists and architects from across the world. The park will be located in Arles’ city centre and will therefore no doubt be a popular attraction with visitors to the city.

The main aim of the project will be to act as a bridge between the city’s industrial heritage and the UNESCO-protected historical core of Arles.

Work on the park has been going on for the past few years and the Arles council are expecting most of the site to be finished and opened to the public later this year.

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