The city of Nice has a lot of places to see and to visit.
Let us guide you…
The city of Nice with the museum and the artwork
Nice is a city of art and culture. Enjoy a walk through the city, from urban artworks to museum via the architecture of Nice. You will discover urban artworks, museum, the architectural richness of the building of the Cimiez hill and one of the church or Baroque palace of the center of the city.
Artworks can be find everywhere in the city of Nice. The urban landscape is invaded by touch of art here and there. For example, 216 contemporary artworks can be seen along the parcours of the tramway line.
The city of Nice is also a place of art museum such as the MAMAC (Modern Art and Contemporary Art Museum), the Beaux-Arts Museum of Nice with artworks of Jules Chéret and Duffy, the Matisse Museum, the Chagall Museum or the Museum of naive art…
It is an opportunity to see all the museum and artworks spread all around the city.
The Modern Art and Contemporary Art Museum (MAMAC)
The Modern Art and Contemporary Art Museum, called the MAMAC, is a museum dedicated to modern art and contemporary art opened since the 21th of june, 1990 in Nice.
Located near the Place Garibaldi, it has been designed by the architects Yves Bayard and Henri Vidal. It has the shape of a tetrapod arc straddling on the Paillon.
Artworks from Yves Klein, Niki de Saint Phalle or a collection of the school of Nice and so much more can be seen.
Enter on the heart of modern and contemporary art…
Marc Chagall Museum and Matisse Museum
Visit the Marc Chagall Museum and the Matisse Museum in the city of Nice.
In the middle of a luxurious garden, enter the Marc Chagall Museum dedicated to the biblic artworks of the artist.
This is the architect André Hermant (1908-1978), ex co-worker of Auguste Perret and of Le Corbusier and member of the UAM (Union des Artistes Modernes) or Union of modern artists and supporter of an architecture were the fonction determine the form who was chosen for the construction of the museum.
The museum has a serie of 17 paintings illustrating the biblic message. Then, numerous artwork of the artist have completed this serie. As a consequence, the museum has one of the most important collection of artworks of Marc Chagall.
The Matisse Museum want to present the artist evolution, his progress and his research in color and graphism. It has many artworks such as almost all the sculpted artworks.
Thanks to many donations, the museum has now many artworks of the artist. So, this is Matisse himself who has given for the first time on october 1953. He has given a painting : Nature morte aux grenades, 1947, four drawings of the Thèmes et Variations, 1941-1942 serie, one gouache painting : La Danseuse créole, 1950 and finally two silkscreen printing : Océanie, la mer and Océanie, le ciel, 1947. Then, other donations have permit to gather artworks we can now admire in the Matisse Museum of Nice.
The Beaux-Arts Museum of Nice
The Beaux-Arts museum of Nice propose permanent and temporary collections.
Baron Vitta has given artworks of Jules Chéret that you can admire on the hallway and in the gallery.
In the courtyard of the museum, artworks of the Belle Époque are exposed and lead us to the ancient winter garden. Here, under the high glass roof of the garden, we can see sculptures from the XIX and XX centuries by Baptiste Carpeaux or Michel de Tarnowsky and other such as the Nymphe by Henri-Louis Cordier.
Concerts are produced in the palace and so you can see the Erard piano (1900-1902) given by Baronne Vitta and decorated by Albert Besnard and Alexandre Charpentier. It has been restaured in 2006 for the musicians pleasure.
The Naive Art Museum
The museum propose a journey into the Naive art from the XVIII century to nowadays.
The museum in located in the Château Sainte Hélène and invite each visitor to an inner and imaginary voyage. Artists such as Bauchant, Bombois, Vivin, Séraphine, Rabuzin, Ivan et Josip Généralic or Rousseau and so on are exposed.
The Château Sainte Hélène is the former house of the perfumer François Coty and so we can enjoy a walk on the garden through the rare essences used for perfume. There is also huge sculptures by Frédéric Lanovsky spread all around the property.
The Ben studio : Laboratoire X16
You will also have the possibility to visit the studio of the artist Ben Vautier. It will be the opportunity to see the day to day life of an artist and to discover or re discover the artworks of Ben.
So, the LABORATOIRE X16, ex Atelier Cesar, give the possibility to talk with the artist, to have debates and to see the exposed artworks. Ben has declared “This space will be a place of paintings and space to debate on the creation in Nice and in the world. There will also be a wall where an artist will exposed each 15 days.”
The place Masséna and the figures of Jaume Plensa light up on night to give an artistic atmosphere to the place…
The seven characters of « Conversation à Nice » (“Talk in Nice”) by the catalan artist Jaume Plensa, are at the top of steel mast reaching ten meters. They represent the seven continents and “a metaphor on the relationship between the different communities which are part of the society” the artist says. Lightened from inside with cinetic light, the seven artworks go through different colors, establishing a talk between the characters it selves and the walker.
The positioning of the artworks follows the tramway line. So, it offers a new interpretation for the moving traveler who can observe the characters as landmarks: “Such as lighthouses on the coast, the characters seem to stay by our side, to protect us from above. Without disturbing the emptiness of the place, they invite us to look up and to rediscover the sky of the city as well” Jaume Plensa add.
Finally, have a walk on the charming old city of Nice
You can also enjoy a walk in the city and the old city of Nice as you pleased and go for a stroll from a museum or an artwork to another… In Nice, Art is spread all around the city.
See the Cours Saleya and its provençal market… The old city of Nice is more than the historical district of the city. With its red and yellow facades, you will also smell the perfume of spices and dishes from the market on the cours Saleya when it is time to eat.
We can also bring you see and discover the art studio of the artist Ben.