The Donjon of Vez:
where the Middle Ages become Contemporary Art.

The Donjon of Vez, an important landmark of the history of the Valois region, land of the kings of France. A monument which became a saga, with characters such as king Philippe-Auguste, Joan of Arc or Alexandre Dumas. A thousand years of art and architecture: from stone sculpted in the Middle Ages to the daring alloy of contemporary art. Stone, wood and holograms enable you to travel through centuries in just one hour of guided visit.

In the tradition of the architectural and ornamental programs of castles, Francis Briest brings together the greatest artists to adorn the rooms of the Donjon: Jacques Garcia for the library, Sol LeWitt for the frescoes in the dining room, Daniel Buren for the glass roofs of the chapel. . The courtyards and gardens were handed over to the care of Pascal Cribier and Jean-Pierre Raynaud.

These contemporary designers and their patron are continuing the work of their predecessors. Among Fremiet’s recumbent statues, or beneath the framework designed by Gustave Eiffel, they are following in Louis of Orléans’ footsteps, making Vez not a site collecting works of Art, but a site which became a work of art.

The chosen direction for the valorisation of the creations of Bourdelle, Picasso, César, does not reflect a will to make styles and eras coexist, but the enlightened desire to set the location in a History of Arts momentum.

One hour and a half from Paris, and only 30 minutes for Charles de Gaulle Airport, it is located between the Imperial Palace in Compiègne, the castle of Pierrefonds, the beautiful towns of Crépy-en-Valois and Chantilly.

The Donjon de Vez will reopen in early May 2020

Given the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, the Donjon de Vez will only reopen in early May 2020.

Group visits are possible all year long by reservation. To book a group visit, please contact us.



Lalanne exhibition prolongation and new opening days for October

5 September 2019
The François-Xavier Lalanne exhibition, which was inaugurated on May 18 and was planned to last until September 30, will be prolonged until the end of October. Internationally-acclaimed artist François-Xavier Lalanne is first and foremost known for his …

Rencontres Musicales de Vez – the Donjon de Vez will be closed on June 29

11 June 2019
The third edition of the Rencontres Musicales de Vez will take place on Saturday 29 June 2019. On this date, the Donjon de Vez will be exceptionally closed for the day. An impressive panel of internationally-known artists will perform: ARIELLE DOMBASLE …

The Donjon de Vez’s café has opened

7 June 2019
Enjoy a hot or cold drink, or some ice cream in an enchanting and exceptional setting! Located within the castle’s walls, the Donjon de Vez’s café is now open to the public and offers cold and warm beverages as well as ice creams, to be enjoyed along w …