Fernand Léger Museum (Musée National Fernand Léger), Biot : at the foot of the charming village of Biot, this museum allows an overview of Leger's creative line of thought, whose work, inspired by modern way of life and our industrial civilization, spans over the first half of the 20th century and blends Cubism, Abstraction, Mechanical Aesthetics, Figurative Art, Cinema,…
Musée National Picasso. War and Peace, Vaullauris : focuses on Picasso's prolific work of ceramics (skillfully metamorphosed crockery and earthenware utensils) but also linoleum engravings and paintings. Thousands of artefacts created in Picasso's ceramic studio in Vallauris with his well-known iconography: fauns, nymphs, bullfighting scenes,… Picasso chose the 12th century Chapel of Vaullauris Castle to exhibit his two monumental paintings composing War and Peace.
Musée Bonnard, le Cannet : Bonnard's "intensity of the present moment" in a large overview of his work focused on the period between 1922 and 1947, during which he regularly stayed in le Cannet. Apart from being a great colorist, this collection witnesses Bonnard's main creative principle : 'transpose one's very first emotion into an image'.
Musée Cocteau, Menton : the museum features 250 Cocteau's works of art (drawings, photos and movie extracts) which is inspired by the Orpheus' Testament (Testament d'Orphée) shows the plurality of Cocteau's interests (painting, writing, cinema and photography) and the mythical figures that made an impact on his life and works.
Collection Lambert, Avignon : housed in a 18th century de Caumont mansion, the private collection of Yvon Lambert, gallery owner and collector, is the only place in France where one can admire so many master-pieces (of Minimal Art, Conceptual Art, Land Art, Video Art and Photography): Cy Twombly, Donald Judd, Daniel Buren, Christian Boltanski, Dennis Oppenheim, Anselm Kiefer, Miquel Barcelo, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Douglas Gordon, Bertrand Lavier…
Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence : exceptional collections: "De Cézanne à Giacometti" (Mondrian, Picasso, de Staël, Léger, Balthus, Morandi, Klee, Tal Coat…) and "Collection Planque" (some of the most important masterpieces of the 20th century: Renoir, Picasso, Van Gogh, Bonnard, Braque, Dufy, Klee, de Staël, Dubuffet,…) but also a remarquable colection of 16th to 19th French, Italian and Flemish painting (Rembrandt, Rubens, Ingres, Rigaud, the Nain Brothers,…)
Vasarely Fondation, Aix-en-Provence: 44 monumental artworks by the founder of Op Art. Unique in the art history of the 20th century, spanning from abstraction to kinetic art, Victor Vasarely stands out in the contemporary art for having created a new art movement: Optic Art.
Fondation Hartung-Bergman, Antibes : amidst a hundred-year-old olive grove, a remarkable architectural complex (the plans of which were drawn up by Hartung himself) composed of a villa, the studios of two artists and outbuildings. Over 16 000 original works (paintings, drawings, engravings, lithographs and photos) representing all the creative periods of Hans Hartung and Anna-Eva Bergman.
This list is not exhaustive. I shall gladly assist you with any other art discoveries of your choice.
Provence and the French Riviera also reveal themselves through their artistic heritage, fully expressed in numerous museums. Whether you are an art amateur or a high-brow art connoisseur, you will be enchanted by the artistic and cultural treasures of Provence and the French Riviera. Benefit from detailed and eye-opening explanations during art walking tours with Your Guide Boba.