Fondation Maeght – Saint-Paul de Vence
The Maeght Foundation is a modern art museum located in Saint-Paul de Vence, a small village of the French Riviera not far from Nice.
The Foundation is an exceptional example of the integration of art, architecture, and Mediterranean landscape.
Completed in 1964, the iconic building of the museum, designed by Catalan architect Josep Lluís Sert, houses the collection of Marguerite and Aimé Maeght, which comprises artworks by modern and contemporary masters such as Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Alberto Giacometti, Fernand Léger, Joan Miró, Valerio Adami, Ellsworth Kelly, and Antoni Tàpies, to name a few.
The complete collection is rarely displayed, since a part of the museum’s galleries is often used for major monographic and thematic exhibitions.
The garden encircling the main building is an open-air art gallery in itself, where Mediterranean trees coexist with sculptures by Giacometti and Miró, mosaics by Chagall and Braque, and many other sculptural pieces. The “Labyrinth” by Miró is of a particular importance; it comprises about 140 sculptures the Spanish artist created for the Aimé and Marguerite Maeght between 1961 and 1981.
An additional reason to leave the crowded French Riviera coastline and come to the Maeght Foundation is the possibility to visit the medieval villages of Vence and Saint-Paul nearby, and take a journey to the locations in the inland Provence where some of the most important artists of the 20th century, such as Picasso and Chagall, lived and worked.
The garden of the Maeght Foundation with the sculpture “Les Renforts” by Alexander Calder (1963). Photo Paula Soler-Moya
One of the monumental sculptures of the “Labyrinth” set that Joan Miró created for the Maeght Foundation. Photo Piet Theisohn
Cover Image, the courtyard of the Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul de Vence with a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti. Photo Dvdbramhall
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