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Art and the Cote d’Azur – Our Guide to Art Galleries on the French Riviera

Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins on the French Riviera

As we at Bruce International know all so well, The French Riviera is famed for its postcard-perfect beaches, crystal waters and luxurious restaurants. However, the sea front isn’t the only place where you can catch stunning views. Once you have soaked up the gorgeous, Cote d’Azur sun, why not step inside one of the area’s many incredible galleries and museums. Take a look at our personal favourites:

Musee d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice

Nice’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (also known as MAMAC) opened nearly 30 years ago, hosting over 213 exhibitions. Today, visitors can marvel at the works of Niki de Saint Phalle, Albert Chubac and Yves Klein – whose magnificent creations are showcased on the roof terrace.  For €6 per person, an English-speaking tour guide will nurture your knowledge of the beautiful pieces on display.

Musee d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice

Centre d’art La Malmaison, Cannes

Found on Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes’ La Malmaison was converted into a gallery in 1983. Renovated in 1993, the galley has dedicated itself to modern and contemporary art for the past 18 years. Twice a year, the charming La Malmaison hosts two major exhibitions, previously honouring the likes of Matisse and Picasso. In the summer months, these colourful exhibitions fill the Malmaison gardens.

Musée Picasso, Antibes

Chateau Grimaldi, the seaside home of the Grimaldi family, has since become Musée Picasso, having briefly housed the famous, French artist in the mid-1940s. When his stay came to an end, he left 23 paintings; naturally, the gallery was world’s first museum dedicated to Pablo Picasso and is currently home to 245 of his iconic pieces.

Musée Picasso in Antibes, Cote d'Azur

Musee d’Art Classique de Mougins

Musee d’Art Classique de Mougins sits in the old, French village of Mougins and is home to the world’s largest private collection of ancient arms and armour. Established by British collector, Christian Levett, the museum is relatively new to the Cote d’Azur, having opened in 2011. Its large and varied collection focuses on the way in which history has influenced modern art. Browse incredible sculptures, beautiful paintings and intricate mosaics created by a range of different artists.

Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins on the French Riviera

Fondation Maeght, St-Paul-de-Vence

Modern art museum, Fondation Maeght, is nestled on Colline des Gardettes and overlooks Saint-Paul de Vence. The museum was established by husband and wife, Aimé and Marguerite Maeght in 1964 and contains one of Europe’s biggest 20th-century art collections, attracting around 200,000 visitors every year.

French Riviera's Fondation Maeght, St-Paul-de-Vence

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Art and the Cote d’Azur – Our Guide to Art Galleries on the French Riviera

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