Lycee Massena de Nice
loved this painted harpsichord in the Palais Lascaris, Nice, France
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice, France has several works of Yves Klein.
wiki says: “was a French artist considered an important figure in post-war European art. He is the leading member of the French artistic movement of Nouveau réalisme founded in 1960 by the art critic Pierre Restany. Klein was a pioneer in the development of Performance art, and is seen as an inspiration to and as a forerunner of Minimal art, as well as Pop art.”
these two paintings are part of the Anthropométries series… take a look at how the paintings were created…
other artist from the same museum: Niki de Saint Phalle
Matisse Museum and Chagall Museum… Nice day 3
…then one evening, while checking where are these two museum located, my friend spotted Palais Lascaris in the old town of Nice. And I usually look for the Contemporary Art Museum when I visit a new city…and there is a pretty cool one in Nice - Museum of modern and contemporary Art.
First thing – I really appreciate that museums usually work on Sundays. Second – these museums are free entrance, except the Chagall one.
We started our mid January Sunday with a French breakfast in a cute cafe on the main street in Nice (in fact, not that many were open at around 9 am on a Sunday)… delicious croissants. (omg, I didn’t take any photo of the breakfast :)) )
Matisse Museum and Chagall Museum are situated in a residential area – a hill called Cimiez.
While going up the hill, by bus, we understood that it is a rich people’s hill… :) Matisse museum is kind of part of a more touristic complex (with a nice park where many people were walking with their dogs, jogging, having a warm drink on a small terrace - we did too :) )…
This is the building of the museums
You are not allowed to take pictures inside the museum, but their collection is mostly Matisse’s drawings (and it is so weird that I googled “Matisse drawings” and haven’t found anything from what I (remember seeing) saw there)… info from the website “The museum’s collection now has 68 paintings and cut-outs, 236 drawings, 218 engravings, 57 sculptures, 14 illustrated books and also 95 photographs, 187 objects that belonged to the painter that complement prints, tapestries, ceramics, stained glass and various documents.”
There is this pretty huge lovely thing (source of the picture: www.wanderingcarol.com)
(Fleurs et fruits, 1952/1953, Gouache decoupee 410 x 870 cm)
Generally, i love cut-outs… bought 2 postcards with these ones (source in the image info)
(my first thought was – it would be amazing to have a carpet with this print… in my future house :)) )
and here is a brochure in English – On the French Riviera – retracing Matisse’s footsteps - interesting and useful info inside.
Around the museum there are some Gallo-Roman ruins
The Franciscan monastery with its Italianate gardens
The view from the gardens…
And with some zoom in – the sea!
There were many cars parked just in front of the monastery… and I was – this is bad style, to have a parking in front of a monastery…
but then we got inside and saw that it was full of people. Duuuh, Sunday…
thus monasteries/churches also have to have an infrastructure, to be visitor(or how is one that attends the church called?)-friendly.
the Hotel Regina where Matisse used to reside is just outside the park
then we went down the hill by foot, looking at the nice house, having the sun shining on us…
again colorful elements on the houses, that i love
got to the Chagall Museum. Entrance – 8,5 euros, it’s a bit cheaper for under 26. Pictures were allowed.
The collections is composed basically from 3 series –
38 gouaches, Sans Titre, pour Cirque
Just beautiful and psychedelic
And the stained glass
And the painted piano <3
Another series is – The Biblical Message
love this element
Again, more photos in this ALBUM
And the Cantique des Cantiques series
Oh, and this outdoor wall
I am very happy we visited these two museums and been to that region…
and a house outside the museum, just by the bust stop
the other museums in a different post :)