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The exhibition not to be missed at the Priory of Salagon

Labeled Ethnopol, Museum of France and remarkable garden, Salagon is a unique place located in Mane in the heart of Haute-Provence and Luberon, near Forcalquier.

Salagon is both a listed monument, a museum of rural ethnology and ethnobotanical gardens that evoke the relationship between human societies and plants. The 12th century Romanesque church, made up of red stained glass windows by Aurélie Nemours, hosts art exhibitions every year. Ethnological exhibitions are held regularly to enhance the museum’s collection and evoke both historical and contemporary themes.

This year the olive tree is honored through various events. Salagon, a must-see place in the department, is part of this dynamic since the museum has been presenting a new exhibition since May 25, which is entirely dedicated to it.

“The olive tree, our tree” does not look like a classic exhibition around the olive tree or the olive, which would insist exclusively on the techniques of oil production. This exhibition focuses on the tree in its anthropological dimension by highlighting the richness of the cultural heritage associated with it.

The exhibition "The olive tree, our tree"

The exhibition shows the multiple dimensions and issues of heritage linked to the olive tree and the links between the olive tree and Mediterranean societies. These singular links are rooted in very ancient imaginations and symbolic dimensions, but which also permeate our time. Also, the exhibition reveals the affective part that connects us to this tree.


These relationships between humans and this mythical tree are evoked through the enthusiasm it arouses in our societies.


From May 25, 2023 to December 15, 2024
Address: Salagon, museum and gardens 04300 Mane


The olive tree has indeed become an ornamental tree as well as a food tree. Its diffusion in the world, outside its original home, is a remarkable fact that shows that olive oil has established itself as a globalized consumer product. Today, olive trees are grown in China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil, California…


Nevertheless, the exhibition also reveals the issues and challenges that concern the olive tree today, faced with the ecological crisis and the challenges of globalization. Intensive olive growing or the new diseases that have spread with the increase in trade are discussed, as well as the ways in which professionals and actors in the territories are mobilizing and reinventing their practices.




From May 25, 2023 to December 15, 2024
Address: Salagon, museum and gardens 04300 Mane

In the form of portraits, the exhibition gives a voice to the women and men who are involved in olive growing today, whether in the Alpes de Haute-Provence or in other countries around the Mediterranean. Similarly, a material library illustrates the sometimes very original innovations that are invented today (sometimes reinvented) in medicine, crafts, decoration, cleaning products and culinary products from leaves, pomace from olives, olive oil… You could say that the olive tree is everything!

Throughout the exhibition, the testimonies of professional or amateur olive growers, researchers or specialists are found through audio devices (listening terminals).
Olfactory installations allow visitors to experience different smells of olive oil as well as a perfume made from olive oils. Films, photographs, collectibles and art installations make up the exhibition route.


This is based on three main principles: storytelling, popular science and sensory mediation.


Cette exposition est conçue dans le cadre du projet européen Olive4ALL, en partenariat avec Avignon Université avec la collaboration de l’université de Thessalie, en Grèce, et l’université de Leiria, au Portugal. Avec le soutien de Maison Bremond 1830