Art in the Cote d'Azur: Maeght Foundation
Inaugurated on 28 July 1964 by André Malraux, the Foundation was born from the friendship of Aimé Maeght, art dealer and gallery owner in Paris, with the great names of modern art including Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Fernand Leger, Georges Braque, Alberto Giacometti, Marc Chagall and Eduardo Chillida. Read more here.
If you love art or even if you just have an interest in art and architecture, treat yourself with a visit to the Maeght Foundation (Fondation Maeght). The friendship mentioned above makes the collection at the foundation completely logical, with works by all those artists on permanent view.
From the website, “The Maeght Foundation owns one of the largest collections of paintings, sculptures and graphic works of the twentieth century in Europe (Balthus, Bonnard, Braque, Calder, Chagall, Chillida, Giacometti, Léger, Miró, Ubac, Tal-Coat...) and contemporary artists (Adami, Arroyo, Calzolari, Del Re, Dietman, Garouste, Hyber, Kelly, Mitchell, Monory, Pincemin, Sui Jianguo, Takis, Tàpies, Tatah, Visch...)”
You’ll recognize the architecture by architect Josep Lluís Sert who is also responsible for the Miró museum on Montjuic (Sert was a friend of Miró) among many other significant buildings. The design of the building is less about being a museum and more about being an art collection - it is completely that. You don’t really separate the building from the art when you visit. They work seamlessly together supporting each other through volume, solid, void and open space.
The Maeght Foundation is located in Saint-Paul de Vence, a medieval village near Cannes and Nice, France. The village dates back to the 1400s and oozes history as you walk along its narrow streets and walk in and out of the small shops that line the road going up the hill. Artisans are plentiful in Saint-Paul, and you can find some great glass, pottery, jewelry and other mediums.
You can easily get to Saint-Paul from the Maeght Foundation via a footpath through the woods - you’ll have a few steep bits and it’s definitely “off roading” by foot. Nothing strenuous, but if you’re wearing heels, not so easy. See what we mean here: