Presentation of the event Nice 2013. A Summer for Matisse

On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of its Musée Matisse, the City of Nice presents, for the first time, eight simultaneous exhibitions in homage to Henri Matisse and his work. The general curatorship of this cultural event entitled Nice 2013. A Summer for Matisse has been entrusted to Jean-Jacques Aillagon.

Eight exhibitions throughout the whole town

From the heights of Cimiez to the Promenade des Anglais, via the Old Town of Nice, eight exhibitions, simultaneously presented in eight city museums, will invite visitors to embark on an original journeywhich will take them from the Musée Matisse, to the Musée d’archéologie, the Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image, the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, the Palais Lascaris, the Galerie des Ponchettes, the Villa Masséna and the Musée des Beaux-Arts. The City of Nice is the second city in France, after Paris, for the number of visitors to its municipal museums, with nearly 700,000 in 2012, and it wished to pay homage at this level to the figure, work and legacy of this painter who loved the capital of the French Riviera, while at the same time displaying the diversity of its museums.

Matisse and Nice

At the beginning of September 1905, the art critic Félix Fénéon gave Matisse, who was from the Nord department, born in Cateau-Cambrésis, a train ticket which enabled him to discover Cannes, Nice, Monaco and Menton. Twelve years later, in December 1917, Matisse returned to Nice. He took up residence in a little room in the Hôtel Beau-Rivage. The painter’s encounter with Nice was a real revelation. Throughout the almost forty years he spent in Nice and its region, until his death on 3 November 1954, the artist honoured the Côte d’Azur with unwavering fidelity and passion. He found there the inspiration which led to numerous masterpieces.

A prestigious cultural event

The exhibitions of Nice 2013, A Summer for Matisse have benefited from loans from the most prestigious of French and foreign museums: Centre Pompidou, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Mobilier national, Château de Versailles, Musée d’Orsay, Musée national Gustave Moreau, Museum of Modern Art in New York, National Gallery of Art in Washington, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum… Added to these are numerous loans from Musées de France, particularly those in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur Region, as well as from private collections. More than 700 works in total will therefore be on display to the public.

The event in figures

• The first homage to Matisse on this scale in his adopted home town on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Musée Matisse.
Eight exhibitions in eight city museums for an original experience which showcases the City of Nice.
• More than 700 works presented to the public.
• The presentation to the Musée Matisse of the monumental work La Piscine after the work by Matisse.

The eight exhibitions

At the Musée Matisse, “Matisse. Music at work”
At the Musée d’Archéologie, Cimiez site, “On swimming pools”
At the Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image (TPI), “Women, muses and models (Encounters between the collection of Amedeo M. Turello and the work of Matisse)”
At the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (MAMAC), “Hello Mr Matisse! Encounters(s)”
At the Palais Lascaris, “Matisse. The Jazz years”
At the Galerie des Ponchettes, “Matisse in posters”
At the Musée Masséna, “Palm trees, palms and palmettes”
At the Musée des Beaux-Arts Jules-Chéret, “Gustave Moreau, Matisse’s Master”

Curatorship of the exhibitions

• Jean-Jacques Aillagon, Former Minister, General Curator of Nice 2013. A Summer for Matisse, assisted by Guillaume Picon
• Olivier-Henri Sambucchi, Chief Curator, Deputy Director of the City of Nice for Culture
• Marie-Thérèse Pulvénis de Seligny, Chief Curator of the Musée Matisse for the exhibition “Matisse. Music at work”
• Bertrand Roussel, Deputy Director of the Muséé d’archéologie, for the exhibition “On swimming pools”
• Marie-France Bouhours, Director of the Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image, for the exhibition “Women, muses and models. Encounters between the collection of Amedeo M. Turello and the work of Matisse”
• Gilbert Perlein, Chief Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, assisted by Rébecca François, for the exhibition “Hello Mr Matisse! Encounter(s)”
• Sylvie Lecat, Curator of the Palais Lascaris, in collaboration with Daniel Soutif, art critic, specialist in the history of jazz, for the exhibition “Matisse. The Jazz years”
• Emmanuel Bérard for the exhibition “Matisse in posters”
• Jean-Jacques Aillagon, assisted by Guillaume Picon, and Louis Mézin, Chief Curator of the Musée Masséna, assisted by Jean-Pierre Barbero, for the exhibition “Palm trees, palms and palmettes”
• Anne Stilz, Curator of the Musée des beaux-arts and Marie-Cécile Forest, Chief Curator of the Musée National Gustave Moreau, assisted by Anne Caron, for the exhibition “Gustave Moreau, Matisse’s Master”

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