The Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght is France’s most important private art foundation and among the world’s leading cultural institutions. It was created by Aimé and Marguerite Maeght, a visionary couple of publishers and art dealers, who represented and were friends with some of the most important artists of the 20th century including Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti and many others.
The Maeght Foundation was inaugurated on July 26, 1964 by Charles de Gaulle’s legendary Culture Minister André Malraux, who was a close friend of the Maeghts. The Foundation was France’s very first private art institution and was modeled after American institutions such as the Guggenheim Foundation, the Barnes Collection or Phillips Collection, which the Maeghts visited during their frequent trips to the United States in the 1950s.
Located near the famous village of Saint-Paul de Vence, 25 km from Nice, the Fondation Maeght receives more than 100,000 visitors every year in a unique architectural complex designed by Josep Lluís Sert, showcasing modern and contemporary art in all its diversity. Painters and sculptors worked in collaboration with the Catalan architect to create a place where art, nature and architecture blend in perfect harmony.
A Sculpture-Filled Courtyard Garden
The Foundation’s highlights include the Giacometti courtyard (featuring an exceptional ensemble of sculptures by the Swiss artist), the Miró labyrinth (a whimsical sculpture garden by the Catalan artist) as well as the monumental mural mosaics by Marc Chagall and Pierre Tal Coat. Water features include a pool designed by Georges Braque as well as a mechanical fountain designed by Pol Bury.
Visitors can also enjoy the sculpture garden, with a rotating selection of works by Miro, Takis and Arp, amongst many others. Two rooftop terraces with spectacular views, exhibition galleries hosting temporary exhibition as well as selected works from the permanent collection are also available to explore. There is even an art library and a gift and book shop to find yourself a souvenir.
A Vast Gallery to Explore
The Fondation Maeght also has one of the largest collections of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper of modern and contemporary art in Europe with more than 13,000 works. A tightly curated selection of works from the permanent collection is on view at all time in the exhibition galleries. Artworks from the collection are also regularly included in temporary exhibitions either at the Foundation and or in other institutions around the world.
There are also exhibitions of contemporary artists (Yan Pei-Ming, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Gérard Garouste, etc).
Since its opening in 1964, the Fondation Maeght has organised more than 140 international exhibitions, including major themed exhibitions, monographic exhibitions exploring the work of the great masters of modern art (Matisse, Giacometti, Dubuffet, etc.) as well as exhibitions shining the spotlight on contemporary artists, from the likes of Jacques Monory to Gérard Garouste and many more.
A Little History…
Created in 1966 by Marguerite Maeght, the Société des Amis gathers the Foundation’s supporters and provides financial support to the Foundation across a wide range of projects. Since 1982, Aime and Marguerite’s son Adrien Maeght has been President of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, which includes elected members as well as representatives of the French government.
A private institution, the Fondation Maeght does not receive any public subsidies and depends entirely on admission fees and private donations. Individual and corporate donations are tax-deductible and contribute to the preservation and restoration of its architectural and artistic heritage as well as well as the development of an inclusive and engaging cultural program.
You can support the Fondation Maeght by joining the Société des Amis: www.amis-fondation-maeght.com