About Les Yeux Du Monde

Founded in 1995 by brilliant art historian, the late Lyn Bolen Warren, Les Yeux du Monde (“The Eyes of the World”) is a destination for the best in modern and contemporary art.

Located on a mountaintop just fifteen minutes from downtown Charlottesville, LYDM occupies a corten steel and glass block contemporary structure designed by celebrated architect W.G. Clark with spectacular views of Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The gallery rotates exhibitions by important regional, national and international contemporary artists, along with modern masters. This includes mounting a biannual Picasso print show in conjunction with the Lydia Csato Gasman Archives for Picasso and Modernist Studies, a non-profit research organization co-founded by Warren.

For those interested in compelling contemporary art, award-winning modern architecture and breathtaking views of Charlottesville, LYDM is not to be missed.

Our Founder, Lyn Bolen Warren

Over the course of her 30-year career, Lyn Bolen Warren transformed the cultural landscape of Charlottesville, Virginia, and the larger Mid-Atlantic by creating a vibrant context for the exhibition, promotion and appreciation of high-caliber modern and contemporary art. Warren’s impeccable credentials and generous, open spirit fostered her extraordinary ability to communicate, in the most meaningful ways, her belief in visual art as a vital, beneficial aspect of human experience.

Warren earned her Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Virginia in 1994. The syncretic and original nature of her dissertation research on the role and meaning of dance choreography in modernism led to her appointment at UVA’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, and to a widely-admired show that she curated on dance in modern art for UVA’s art museum. This was followed by her powerful and internationally acclaimed art exhibition “Hindsight Fore-site: Art for the Millennium” (2000), which juxtaposed provocative contemporary works with important historic sites throughout Virginia and included the publication of a major book of essays.

As the Director of Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, Lyn championed both established and emerging artists, and curated beautiful and compelling shows that united artists and viewers in an exciting exchange of ideas that reverberated throughout the greater cultural community. Begun on the walls of her mountaintop home, the gallery migrated to multiple different locations in downtown Charlottesville before returning to its original location on the mountaintop, this time into the structure she built in collaboration with W. G. Clark.

Warren’s graduate school advisor and mentor, the legendary Picasso scholar, Lydia Gasman, taught that modern art should be understood as a quest for a new form of the sacred that has relevance in our contemporary lives. As an art historian and gallerist, Warren promoted that idea by exhibiting and writing about art that could have a transformational impact on both viewers and culture.

Warren also viewed modern and contemporary art as a way to understand the time in which we live. Her profound knowledge of both contemporary and historical art enabled her to ground artworks in the framework of the cultural traditions that shaped them, even while presenting new artistic developments reflecting ongoing social change. Warren recognized the history of art as a lens on the history of the world — if we understand it, we understand ourselves — and how to make the future possibly better.

The main gallery space of LYDM

LYDM Looking Forward

Today, Les Yeux du Monde is carried forward by Lyn Bolen Warren’s daughter, Hagan Tampellini. Mounting a new exhibition every other month, the gallery continues to show work by important established and emerging contemporary artists, along with modern masters. LYDM maintains the integrity of its founder’s vision by showing visually exciting and meaningful art with an emphasis on art historical significance.

To learn more about the gallery building and the architect who designed it to go to the “Our Space” page.