Pablo Picasso spent several months in the Chateau Grimaldi, where he created numerous works. The unusual techniques and media that he used (marine paint, asbestos cement, plywood etc.) may be indicative of post-war shortages but they are first and foremost an example of the artist's enormous propensity for experimentation with new materials. The images painted here all express the joy of living in a country that has regained its freedom. La joie de vivre - 1946 These pictures, painted in colors reminiscent of a new Antiquity, also bear witness to the affection of a much-loved woman, the loyal friendship of a small circle of acquaintances, and the quality of the light in a region much-favored in this respect. Fauna, centaurs and other mythical creatures all reinforce the legend of a Garden of Eden with, at its centre, a woman in the form of a flower, an embodiment of grace, harmony and love of life.
The terrace outside the Musåe Picasso displays an outstanding permanent collection of sculptures by Germaine Richier in which human drama is expressed in the tumultuous or peaceful forms of a natural environment with decidedly Mediterranean features. Other artists are also represented here. Miro created an imaginary figure of mythical inspiration and dedicated it to the Mediterranean. Bernard Pagñs built a column inspired directly by the chåteau's architectural style and building materials. Anne and Patrick Poirier, like Picasso, took the theme of ancient mythology as their source of inspiration. On the top floor of the museum, in what was once Picasso's studio, are the works of Nicolas de StaÁl, a reminder of the artist's stay in Antibes from September 1954 to March 1955.
The works are steeped in the anguish and pain of a man overcome by the solitude which would finally kill him. These paintings and drawings were created only a few dozen yards from the place in which they are exhibited today. The sea, the gulls, and the boats are the objects that the artist, in his ceaseless quest, took as representations of his anguish or hopes. Few towns are as well-preserved as the traditional capital of Provence: elegant Aix-en-Provence, birthplace of the Impressionist Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) and novelist Émile Zola (1840-1902). Its thriving market, vibrant café life, and world-class music festival make it, along with Arles and Avignon, one of the towns in Provence that shouldn't be missed. The celebrated, graceful, lively avenue cours Mirabeau is the town's nerve center. It divides Old Aix in half, with narrow medieval streets to the north and 18th-century mansions to the south.
The modern art collection, which was begun in 1951 by Dor de la Souchñre, was based on a number of outstanding donations from artists whose works had been exhibited in the Museum and on several equally exceptional purchases made over the years by Antibes Town Council. Artists from several major 20th-century artistic trends are represented, among them Gleizes, Ernst, Magnelli, Picabia, Hartung, Atlan, Balthus, Brassa, Music, Tapies, Klein, Hains, Arman, Cåsar, Spoerri, Raysse, Viallat, Dezeuze, Pagñs, Buraglio and Pincemin. The Musåe Picasso has recently received an exceptional set of works by Hans Hartung and his wife, Anna-Eva Berman. This donation and the works placed here on deposit by the Hans Hartung and Anna-Eva Bergman Foundation give an overview of the works of both artists and provide an opportunity to admire their respective development over several decades.
Location : CHATEAU GRIMALDI
06600 ANTIBES JUAN-LES-PINS
Tel :04 92 90 54 20 Fax :04 92 90 54 21
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from June 1st to September 30th
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from October 1st to May 3th.
Closed Mondays and public holidays
Amission fee: €6
Student Concession: €2,75
Free entrance for visitors under 18
Tel: (+33) (0)4 92 90 54 20