Nice and the French Riviera

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The French Riviera (or Côte d’Azur as the French actually call it) is the name of an area which roughly extends from Menton, near the Italian border, to an unspecified point between Saint Tropez and Toulon, anyway east of Marseille. Yet, to precisely define it geographically is not really important. Nice, Mougins, Saint Paul, Vence, Antibes, Monaco….the French Riviera has always been a special place for creative people coming from around the world; a land where Mediterranean colors, light, landscape, and art intertwine since the days in which Isadora Duncan, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Picasso, Chagall, and Matisse chose this piece of southern France coastline as their home .
Such enduring relationship between artists and territory is perfectly expressed by the museums, cultural centers, and exhibition galleries we can enjoy today in this extraordinary land. (Banner image by Tim Gage)

museums in Nice and the French Riviera

Château de Vallauris – Musée Picasso

Château de Vallauris – Musée Picasso

Vallauris - Place de la Libération
closed on: Tuesday
The Château de Vallauris - musée Picasso in the French Riviera houses three small museums and includes a chapel decorated by Picasso.
Fondation Maeght – Saint Paul de Vence

Fondation Maeght – Saint Paul de Vence

Saint-Paul-de-Vence - chemin des Gardettes, 623
closed on: none
The Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul de Vence is a famous art museum with a collection of works also by Braque, Calder, Chagall, Giacometti, Léger and Miró
Jean Cocteau Museum – Menton

Jean Cocteau Museum – Menton

Menton - 2, quai de Monléon
closed on: Tuesdays, January 1, May 1, November 1, and December 25
The Musée Cocteau in Menton, France, is a museum dedicated to French artist and writer Jean Cocteau, housed in an iconic building designed by Rudy Ricciotti
MAMAC The Modern and Contemporary Art Museum of Nice

MAMAC The Modern and Contemporary Art Museum of Nice

Nice - Place Yves Klein
closed on: Mondays
The MAMAC (Musée d'Art moderne et d'Art contemporain) is a museum of modern and contemporary art in the heart of Nice, one of the largest in Southern France
Musée de la Photographie | Mougins

Musée de la Photographie | Mougins

Mougins - Porte Sarrazine
closed on: Monday
The Musée de la Photographie in Mougins is a museum dedicated to photography located in a medieval walled village near Cannes and Nice, where Picasso lived
Musée Matisse – Nice

Musée Matisse – Nice

Nice - Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez ,164
closed on: Tuesday
The Musée Matisse in Nice is a great destination for all art enthusiasts both for the collection of masterpieces by Henri Matisse and its beautiful location
Musée National Fernand Léger | Biot

Musée National Fernand Léger | Biot

Biot - Chemin du Val de Pome
closed on: Tuesday
The Musée Léger in Biot, located in the French Riviera near Nice, is an art museum that has the largest collection in the world of works by Fernand Léger
Musée National Marc Chagall

Musée National Marc Chagall

Nice - Avenue du Docteur Ménard
closed on: Tuesday
The Chagall museum in Nice is a museum dedicated to the work of Marc Chagall, with a notable painting collection, unique artworks and a gorgeous garden
Musée Picasso | Antibes

Musée Picasso | Antibes

Antibes - Place Mariejol
closed on: Monday
The Musée Picasso in Antibes is a museum dedicated to the work of Pablo Picasso with collection includes more than 200 pieces realised by the Spanish artist
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

Monaco - Av. St-Martin
closed on: open all days
Opened to the public in 1910, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco (and aquarium) is one the oldest and most visited Marine Science museums in Europe

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Vallauris: ceramic art and the spirit of Picasso

Vallauris: ceramic art and the spirit of Picasso

The Chateau of Vallauris, in the French Riviera, houses the Magnelli / Ceramic Art museums together with the painting cycle “War and Peace” by Pablo Picasso

Nice | The total artwork of Marc Chagall

Nice | The total artwork of Marc Chagall

The Musée National Chagall, located on the Cimiez hill near the center of Nice, is a museum dedicated to the art, life and paintings of Marc Chagall

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St-Paul de Vence | “This is not a museum” at the Fondation Maeght

St-Paul de Vence | “This is not a museum” at the Fondation Maeght

The Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul de Vence presents the intriguing exhibition “This is not a museum. When the visual arts interact with dance, poetry, music"

Modern art in the French Riviera – an itinerary

Modern art in the French Riviera – an itinerary

An tinerary which connects seven art museums in the Nice French Riviera, at a short distance from one another, dedicated to Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, Leger

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