In St Paul de Vence, up a steep hill lies the Fondation
Maeght. A unique museum dedicated to art, founded by Marguerite and Aime Maeght
to present modern and contemporary art in all its forms. Painters and sculptors
collaborated closely in the building of the Foundation with Catalan architect
Lluis Sert by integrating their works into the building and gardens: the
Giacometti courtyard, the Miró labyrinth filled with sculptures and ceramics,
mural mosaics by Chagall and Tal-Coat, a pool and stained glass window by
Braque, a Bury fountain.
Designated as being of public interest, the Maeght
Foundation is autonomous. It is not linked to the National Museum
Administration and receives no funding from the State. The entrance fee is high, but it was
well worth it.
They currently have a ‘Miro and his Garden’ exhibition.
Being a huge fan of Miro, this certainly was as good as the permanent
exhibition at the Fondation Miro in Barcelona. What I love about Miro was his
absolute creativity in all mediums. Besides painting, he was brilliant with
ceramics, sculptors and even tapestries, and Fondation Maeght had all
My favourite room had about 12 oil paintings (painted in the
late 60’s -70’s), using his recognizable strong colours of black, red, blue,
green and yellow. The way he used
black lines both thin and thick to outline the subject is almost childlike. I
think strategically the foundation hadn’t placed chairs in the middle of this
room, as I’m certain people would have sat for ages looking at the paintings in
this particular room.
If you are a fan of Modern Art, then this Fondation is definitely
Miro Exhibition dates: 26 June – 8 November 2009