Musée de la Photographie | Mougins
The Musée de la Photographie André Villers is a museum of photography located in the village of Mougins, south-eastern France.
Founded in 1986, the museum, entitled to French photographer André Villers (1930 – 2016), is accommodated in an old house in the historical center of Mougins, a beautiful medieval village on the outskirts of Cannes, on the French Riviera.
Mougins is also known as the place where Pablo Picasso lived from 1961 until his death in 1973, residing in a villa known as Notre Dame de Vie.
A personal friend of Picasso, Villers portrayed – along with many celebrated artists of the 20th century – the last twelve years of Picasso in a number of famous black-and-white pictures, which form collectively an exceptional depiction of the everyday life and artistic work of the great Spanish artist in his maturity.
The permanent exhibition of the Musée de la Photographie is divided into two parts.
The most important part features a small, yet very interesting, collection of photographs of Picasso shot by Villers and other famous photographers of the 20th century – including Lucien Clergue, Denise Colomb, Robert Doisneau, David Douglas Duncan, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Sanford Roth, and Edward Quinn. This exhibition is located on the first floor and in the staircase of the museum, arranged in an unpretentious, almost domestic way.
On the ground floor, a second part of the permanent exhibition presents a collection of historical cameras – including the medium-format Rolleiflex 3.5 frequently used by Villers – and photo accessories, as well as old photographic shots depicting Mougins in the 20th century.
The museum also includes a small book and gift shop. Entrance is free.
Musée de la Photographie, Mougins, the exhibition of pictures of Picasso in the staircaise; photo by Vinnie Bezoomny
Picasso and Villers at the Villa California in Cannes, 1955, photo © André Villers, courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery
Picasso while making the “La guerre e la paix” painting cycle in Vallauris, 1953; photo © André Villers, courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery
André Villers with his Rolleiflex 3.5 series camera
Cover image: exterior of the Musée de la Photographie in Mougins; photo Susan Smith
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