The Rural Museum of Popular Arts Laduz
The Folk Arts Museum of Laduz is the work of a lifetime, by a whole family: the Humberts. It was in 1962 that Raymond and Jacqueline Humbert come to live in the countryside…
The Birth of the Museum
“… We opened the door of ancient craftsmen workshops. Carpenters, shoemakers, blacksmiths, wheelwrights, saddlers… closed, abandoned. Moved, we then proceeded to gather all this memory disappearing into indifference” says Jacqueline Humbert. After three years in Rome at the Villa Medici, in 1962, that Raymond and Jacqueline Humbert come to live in the countryside Laduz (Yonne) in Burgundy.
Artists and passionate collectors, they accumulate a multitude of folk art pieces, works, tools, documents, real favorites for simple and beautiful things.
One spring day in 1977, Raymond Humbert says to his three children:
I do a museum and you will help me. Not just any museum! I hate traditionalists museums. —Raymond Humbert
After the construction and renovation of buildings, the first part of the museum will open at Easter in 1986. The task is immense, other buildings will be built. Until his death in 1990, Humbert Raymond will continue to seek and collect objects, witnesses of the rural heritage. Today, Jacqueline watches over the common work.
What is a Folk Art Museum if the reflection on the past, diversity is not an opening on the present and the future? —Raymond Humbert
This video (in French) is also visible here: Interview with Raymond Humbert by Bernard Pivot, Apostrophes show, Nov. 13, 1987.
Since 1986, the Museum of Folk Arts in Laduz works with a cultural society: Les Amis du Musée, The Friends of the Museum. Many members support it.
The Museum today
As desired by Raymond Humbert, the museum has become in Laduz a memory space, for preservation and transmission of an often overlooked rural heritage. Find your roots! An adventure like the Museum of Folk Arts in Laduz, Burgundy worth pursuing. It is made up a formidable collection of 100,000 objects, treasures on Rural Heritage, on Crafts and Everyday Life.
With its workshops “wooden toys”, the Laduz Museum is an entertainment & creation space, for children who wish to express their imagination with materials from nature.
The museum is a nice place in the heart of Burgundy, the break in the garden facilitates travel in time to reflect not only on the past but on the future too, and it’s an pportunity to drink in the shade.
Knowledge of the past is meaningful only if it allows a real know to continue. – Raymond Humbert
Every summer until 2009, Jacqueline Humbert realizes contemporary art exhibitions around the textile, paper, plant … they are restarted under the leadership of talented designers.
Then, from 2010 to 2012, three exhibitions were devoted to the works of Raymond Humbert.
And from 2013, each summer, new exhibitions of contemporary artists animate the museum space and resonate with its collections.
Books, catalogs are published regularly. It can be purchased at the gift shop.