The Marguerite and Aimé Maeght Foundation is a private foundation located near the village of Saint-Paul de Vence, 25 km from Nice entirely conceived and financed by Marguerite and Aimé Maeght to present modern and contemporary art in all its forms. Open all year, the Maeght Foundation welcomes 200,000 visitors a year in a unique, architectural complex designed to present modern and contemporary art in all its forms.
Inaugurated on 28 July 1964 by André Malraux, the Foundation was born from the friendship of Aimé Maeght, art dealer and gallery owner in Paris, with the great names of modern art including Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Fernand Leger, Georges Braque, Alberto Giacometti, Marc Chagall and Eduardo Chillida.
Painters and sculptors have collaborated with the Catalan architect by creating works integrated into the building and in nature: the Giacometti courtyard, one of the world’s most famous “in-situ” works, the Miró labyrinth filled with sculptures and ceramics, the mural mosaics of Chagall and Tal Coat, Braque's pool and stained glass window, the Bury fountain. The complex blends interior and exterior space with the sculpture garden, courtyards, terraces and patios, showrooms, chapel, library and bookstore.
The Maeght Foundation owns one of the largest collections of paintings, sculptures and graphic works of the twentieth century in Europe (Balthus, Bonnard, Braque, Calder, Chagall, Chillida, Giacometti, Léger, Miró, Ubac, Tal-Coat...) and contemporary artists (Adami, Arroyo, Calzolari, Caro, Del Re, Dietman, Garouste, Hyber, Kelly, Mitchell, Monory, Pincemin, Sui Jianguo, Takis, Tàpies, Tatah, Visch...).
It organizes thematic exhibitions such as retrospectives (Giacometti in 2010, Chillida in 2011, Gasiorowski in 2012), or exhibitions of today’s creators (Erik Dietman in 2011, Fabrice Hyber in 2012, Gloria Friedmann and Djamel Tatah in 2013, Jörg Immendorff and Gérard Garouste in 2015).
The Maeght Foundation is dedicated to art from our era. During the temporary exhibitions, only a part of the permanent collection is on display. Many exhibitions are also organized every year in museums in France and abroad based on the Foundation’s collections.
A recognized public service, it is intended to receive, acquire, restore, preserve and exhibit artworks to the public and give artists the opportunity to meet and work together.
Today the Maeght family continues and maintains this spirit. Adrien Maeght chairs the Board of Directors of the Foundation that brings together personalities, representatives of state and national museums and members of the Maeght family. Olivier Kaeppelin is the director. In 2014, the Maeght Foundation celebrated its fiftieth anniversary.