Picasso Museum, Antibes
Provence-Alpes-Cote Azur, France
The Musée Picasso in Antibes, southern France, is a small museum dedicated to the work of Pablo Picasso, who lived in the French Riviera for a large part of his life.
The Picasso Museum is housed in the Grimaldi Castle, a medieval fortress on the Antibes waterfront, and certainly benefits from such an outstanding location.
The collection of the museum includes over 200 works by Picasso, including drawings, ceramics, etchings, carpets, and six paintings. Some of those artworks were donated to the town of Antibes by Picasso himself, who installed his atelier on the upper level of the castle for about six months in 1946. The permanent exhibition dedicated to Picasso also includes a number of historical photographs depicting the Spanish artist at work in Antibes.
Along with presenting pieces by Picasso, the museum also accommodates a small permanent exhibition of works by other major modern artists, such as Arman, Balthus, Pol Bury, Alexander Calder, Eduardo Chillida, Nicolas de Staël, Max Ernst, Yves Klein, Amedeo Modigliani, and Francis Picabia, among others.
The building of the museum includes a boutique/bookshop, a small garden, and a cafe with a panoramic terrace overlooking the Mediterranean sea.
The Musée Picasso Antibes is accessible to physically-impaired people.
The Grimaldi Castle / Picasso Museum in Antibes. Photo Merkwurdigliebe
Pablo Picasso, La Joie de Vivre, 1946, oil on canvas. Musée Picasso, Antibes
Ceramics by Picasso in the permanent exhibition of the museum. Photo Giovani Racca
The terrace of the Picasso Museum with a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti. Photo David van der Mark
Cover image: the Grimaldi Castle / Picasso Museum in Antibes. Photo by Giovani Racca
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