The Maeght Fondation art museum

The Maeght Fondation art museum

The Maeght Fondation art museum is located near the famous village of St. Paul de Vence, only 25 km away from Nice, and welcomes more than 100,000 visitors each year in a unique architectural building designed by Josep Lluis Sert.

The World Famous Art Museum - Fondation Maeght - seen from the garden
The World Famous Art Museum – Fondation Maeght – ©cityxee.com

The Maeght Fondation art museum is a world-class art museum – where you can experience Miró, Chagall, Tal Coat and many more artists

The Maeght Fondation art museum has one of Europe’s largest collections of paintings, sculptures and modern art with over 13,000 artifacts.

Modern art in all its forms is displayed here. Painters and sculptors collaborated with the Catalan architect in creating works directly integrated into the building and the nature around it.

The Giacometti inspired courtyard, the Miro maze with sculptures and ceramics, murals and mosaics by Chagall and Pierre Tal Coat, the basin and George Braque’s stained glass window in the chapel, Pol Burys fountain.

Fondation Maeght combines indoor and outdoor spaces with a sculpture garden, courtyards, terraces, exhibition rooms, chapel, library and bookstore and a cozy café.

Maeght Fondation is created by visionary art lovers

The museum was created by Marguerite and Aimé Maeght in 1964. They were very visionary and art dealers who, among other things, were friends with a number of the most significant artists of the 20th century; Joan Miró, Fernand Léger, Georges Braque, Marc Chagall and others.

Marc Chagall painting on the wall in Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul de Vence

Their inspiration they got, among other things, from their travels to the United States in the 50s and not least by The Guggenheim Foundation.

Fondation Maeght is a private institution and thus does not receive funding from the public sector. It operates solely on the basis of entrance fees and donations from private individuals.

End the visit with café Fondation

Fondation Maeght is a “must see” and it is recommended to end the visit with a small meal in the cozy café Fondation, which is located right at the end, overlooking the impressive garden.

Gallery from Fondation Maeght:

Monday – Sunday:
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM (July – August)
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (rest of the year)
Last admission 30 minutes before closing time

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Churches & chapels

The Collegial Church

The 17th century marked the golden age of the church in Saint-Paul de Vence. Here, in 1666 the church was raised to the rank of Collegial Church by the bishop Antoine Godeau of Vence

Churches & chapels

The Cemetery of Saint-Paul de Vence

One of the most visited cemeteries on the Côte d’Azur – here rests several celebrities – including Chagall & Maeght

Museums

Célestin Freinet school

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Churches & chapels

The Folon chapel – The White Penitents

Experience the admirable Folon Chapel, a design work of Jean-Michel Folon and learn more about an artist who had strong ties to Saint-Paul de Vence for over thirty years.

Fountains

Grand Fontaine 1850

La Grande Fontaine was built in 1850 in the Provencal style and has inspired many painters and photographers over time.

Squares & Promenades

Pétanque at Place de Gaulle

Learn to play pétanque at perhaps the world’s most famous pétanque court at Place de Gaulle. The local tourist office can provide an educational lesson.

Hiking

Walk along the western rampart

“Henri Layet discovery walk” – this is a wonderful little walk on a recently created path that runs along the western side of the city.

Food & Wine

La Colombe d’Or

This is one of the world’s most famous restaurants, visited by the most famous people in the world.

Art

Lucky the Horse by Rémi Pesce

The artist, Rémi Pesce, used 3,000 horseshoes to create the statue, each representing Saint-Paul’s approx. 3,000 inhabitants

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The Museum of Vence

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Cathedral Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité

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Gombrowicz Museum

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Chapel Pénitents Blancs

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Rosary Chapel by Matisse

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