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Arts & Museums
Art deco enthusiasts will feel right at home here, thanks to Alain Braunstein, whose remarkably good taste pervades his collection. Extreme care is taken in preparing the window displays which always depict the kind of apartment you'd love to visit or even move in to! Exceptional pieces come in on a regular basis, for instance from Lalique, making this quite possibly the best art deco collection in Nice.
Come and experience modern art outdoors! Close to the famous Place Masséna and set in the beautiful surroundings of the Albert I Garden, towers Bernard Venet's huge arc. It stands over several tens of meters high and seems almost to touch the sky. Despite its gigantic proportions, the structure has an amazing feeling of lightness about it. This contemporary work of art has had no trouble winning the hearts of the people of Nice and has become a modern symbol of the neighborhood.
A must-visit while walking down the Promenade des Anglais, the Musee d'Art et d'Histoire Massena is housed in a historic 19th century building, a wonderful example of the architecture of La Belle Epoque. The beautiful landscaped gardens created by Edouard Andre are open to the public and feature several interesting botanical specimens, perfect to stroll around. With over twenty rooms dedicated to the art and history of the city spanning over 200 years, the collection is extensive featuring art work, furniture, decorative items and the collection on Napolean is particularly fascinating. Explore a fruitful and interesting time in the city's history, the Belle Epoque as you tour the Musee d'Art et d'Histoire Massena. Guided tours are available with prior booking. To reserve tickets, please give them a call.
The exhibition has taken up residence in the former Thtre de l'Artistique, left vacant for many years, which has a superb, spacious interior. Russian photography was shown at the inaugural exhibition, featuring landscapes, the people of the Caucasus and other regions in traditional dress, scenes of everyday life, images of historical events and so forth. The temporary exhibitions have a variety of themes: reportage, artistic, and contemporary themes, among others. Admission to the gallery is free.
Although set apart a little from its fellow galleries in the city, this one benefits from being close to both the city centre and Place Masséna, and exhibits a selection of prints and lithographs by contemporary artists as well known as Mouly, Buffet, Hilaire and Hasegawa. Prices can be very tempting, especially when this small exhibition space has a sale on. This not only makes exploring the two floors really worthwhile but is also a great time to indulge in a little artistic license with your budget!
Just a stone's throw from the sea, this municipal gallery gives all kinds of French and foreign artists the chance to express themselves through their brilliant art works. In fact, the curator of the five municipal galleries located along the seaside and in the old quarter chooses which artist or event to present from the numerous propositions received. All kinds of artwork are exhibited, but preference is given to contemporary art. Each exhibition lasts from one to three months. The admission to this gallery is free.
Jean-Louis Martinetti, one of the city's finest photographers, is given pride of place in this small gallery tucked away in the old town. Works on display include simple photographs of Nice and its surroundings as well as some unconventional shots like the seafront in stormy weather or cats captured unaware in a cul-de-sac. Photographs on display are changed regularly and the gallery offers some great gift ideas in the form of framed colour posters and diaries. Film developing service available.
This gallery exhibits the delicate watercolour-like oil paintings of Frédérique Monge. Brought to life in pastel shades, her depictions of fruits, vegetables and flowers bring you closer to nature. The gallery lies on a narrow, shady alley, typical of the winding back streets of Vieux-Nice and not far from Place Rossetti and the Cathédrale Ste Réparate.
In a small, little-frequented street, which runs alongside the famous Lycée Masséna (of which Apollinaire, and more recently, J.M.G. Le Clézio are former pupils), Colette and Jean-Pierre Soardi have established a much talked-about gallery which makes rue Désiré-Niel a bit better known. The temporary exhibitions by contemporary artists and their framing workshop co-exist in perfect harmony. An atmosphere of well-being emanates from this place and it's a real pleasure to linger in front of each piece of work. The gallery area is of generous dimensions, which give even greater intensity to its art.
Embark on a discovery of Haïtian arts and crafts in this small old-town gallery. The paintings are alive with color and simple, bright motifs, and mirrors decorated with tiny black metal crabs and turtles that seem to be trying to catch each other. The gallery is graced by a meter-high indented metal sculpture, styled in the shape of a tree. All individually hand-made, each item on display is a unique treasure.
Visit Jean-Claude Leclaire's studio-gallery and you embark on a journey. Upon entering this gallery, the first things that grab your attention are the floor and the walls: these have all been made to look as if covered with earth. J.C. Leclaire's favourite subjects are Vieux-Nice, its narrow streets (which he accentuates using very elongated formats cutting across each another, like sunbeams blocked by an obstacle) and North Africa. His portraits are startlingly good and everything is tempered with modernity. This is Perhaps one of Nice's very best artists.
Tucked away in a narrow street, the richly colored and decorated facade of this palace is flanked by old red and ocher buildings typical of Nice's old quarter. The interior is in sumptuous baroque style, the vaulted ceilings are decorated with frescoes above huge sweeping staircases. There are also 12th century furnishings, Flemish tapestries, a recreation of an 18th century pharmacy (and a gift shop).