The art and architecture of Josep Lluís Sert - 5 April – 9 June 2014


In 2014, the Maeght Foundation invites all art lovers to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary. The major spring exhibition will be devoted to the architecture of Josep Lluís Sert, influenced by a lifetime of dialogue with the greatest artists of his time.

"We chose to pay tribute to this innovative architect who was a great creator and to his perceptive ideas notably by introducing his work for art or the artists, beginning, of course, by the Fondation Maeght," says Olivier Kaeppelin, its director.

"In doing so, we will vividly recall the story of this extraordinary project. With the help of plans, models, films and archival footage, visitors will have a better understanding of the size of the process, its boldness and generosity. Its creation mobilized some of the greatest artists and writers of the 1960s. It is surprising today how each visitor makes this fascinating story his own. My conviction, shared with Adrien Maeght who experienced its construction, is that Sert’s architecture has much to do with it: bright, open, timeless. It is a haven of peace and life for the artists and their works. Here, between heaven and nature, art lovers find something unique. In this exhibition, we seek to reveal the secrets of this very unique alchemy, both architectural and artistic, which accounts for the success of the Maeght Foundation for 50 years."

The exhibition presents Josep Lluís Sert's architecture in its relationship with art and the artists. Models, drawings, plans, photographs and films, sometimes made by Josep Lluís Sert himself, provide a new look at the birth of this masterpiece of architecture of the twentieth century; the Maeght Foundation, from the foundations of the project to its completion and extension projects.


The exhibition will also present other major architectural achievements that have art, its expression and its diffusion as objectives. These include The Pavilion of the Spanish Republic for the International Exhibition of 1937 in Paris, Joan Miró’s studio in Palma de Mallorca, Georges Braque’s home-studio project and Marc Chagall’s house project, Zao Wou-Ki Punta Martinet (Ibiza) home-studio, Besançon School of Fine Arts, The Miró Foundation in Barcelona.


Paintings and sculptures, excerpts from letters with Aimé Maeght and documents illustrate the intensity of Sert’s ties with the artists Jean Bazaine Pierre Bonnard, Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, Eduardo Chillida, Alberto Giacometti, Julio González, Vassily Kandinsky, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Pablo Palazuelo, Pierre Tal Coat, Raoul Ubac, Bram Van Velde ... and Le Corbusier.


Please note: a documentary film directed and written by Pablo Bujosa Rodríguez to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Sert’s death, 15 March 2013, will give an overview of the Spanish architect and present the great achievements of his career.


A roundtable discussion, "Josep Lluís Sert, the commitment to the work", will be held for this exhibition on 10 April, 2014 at the Fondation Maeght under the direction of Jean-Lucien Bonillo, architect and historian, professor at the National School of Architecture of Marseille. Talks by Jean-Lucien Bonillo, Jaume Freixa, Josep Maria Rovira, Elias Torres and Marc Barani (not confirmed).



The exhibition is under the artistic and scientific guidance of architect Jaume Freixa, a professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Jaume Freixa worked almost twelve years alongside Sert. Today he is a specialist of his work, a writer, curator and President of the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona.




2014: the Maeght Foundation celebrates its 50th year

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In 2014, the Maeght Foundation invites all art lovers to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary with three important events. Between modern heritage and contemporary adventure, the spring exhibition will be devoted to the architecture of Josep Lluís Sert and the genesis of the Foundation. A new reading of the great works that have marked and built this living history will be offered in the summer and the autumn exhibition will be dedicated to artistic events, visual arts dialogues, dance, music and writing.


"It is with the present and the future that, along with Adrien Maeght, we want to tell this story, because the ambitions of the great creators cannot just be satisfied with the past. In this architecture of light, it is the spirit that we celebrate, the spirit of this place, intense as it is timeless, at the service of art and thought, "says Olivier Kaeppelin.

5 April – 9 June 2014
«Thanks to Sert, art has already entered into a real phase » *
The first event will be dedicated to the genesis and birth of the Maeght Foundation. The exhibition will be largely devoted to the architecture of Josep Lluís Sert but will vividly discuss, in a broader sense, the history of this extraordinary project whose realization mobilized so many great artists and writers of the 1960s, all while continuing to fascinate the visitor still to this day.

28 June – 11 November 2014
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« Yes my dear Joan, we will create a unique work in the world » **
Many among them have claimed that Aimé Maeght, along with the Foundation, allowed them to fulfill a dream: many visitors, in turn, say they discovered art here. This shared dream is the heart of the summer exhibition devoted to the masterpieces that have marked the history of the Foundation. From Pierre Bonnard to Bernard Moninot to Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti and Pierre Soulages, Miquel Barceló and Simon Hantaï, François Rouan, Jacques Monory, Eduardo Arroyo… some one hundred works will recall this journey.

29 November – March 2015
Paintings for art in all its forms : music, dance, visual arts and writing at the Maeght Foundation*
«This is not a museum » ***
The third event will be devoted to the performing arts offering exhibitions of different themes where the works of artists will meet music, dance or poetry. Keep in mind that free jazz prodigy Albert Ayler, Terry Riley, La Monte Young, Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Merce Cunningham, Michel Portal and Mstislav Rostropovic, sometimes prefaced by poets like Francis Ponge, all gave legendary performances here. We must remember also that Pierre Reverdy made the Maeght Foundation his sole heir and that poets and philosophers have succeeded here with their writings or their tales.



For its fiftieth anniversary, seven institutions from the South-East to the Great West pay tribute to the Marguerite and Aimé Maeght Foundation




 * The dates and titles are temporary and may change.

 *Aimé Maeght to Joan Miró, correspondence, August 29, 1959.

** "(...) a unique work in the world that will remain in time and in minds, as evidence of our civilization that through wars, social and scientific upheavals have left humanity one of the purest spiritual and artistic messages of all time, these are the stories I want reveal to the generations that follow us, and to show our grandchildren, that in our materialistic age the spirit remained present and very effective thanks to men like you. » Aimé Maeght to Joan Miró, correspondence, August 29, 1959

***" Here something is being tried that has never been tried before: to create, instinctively and by love, the universe in which modern art can find both its place and this back-world which was formerly called the supernatural. «André Malraux inaugurating the Maeght Foundation, July 28 1964.


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July-September: 10 am - 7 pm
The ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time.
The Maeght Foundation will closed at 4 p.m on December 24th and 31st.
"Café F" is open for lunch or snack. Opening hours according to the season.
Information 04 93 32 45 96. 

Entrance fees

Adults:  €15
Groups (more than 10 people), students and under 18 years old :  €10
Children under 10:  free
Filming and photography:  €5
Between two temporary exhibitions, some rooms can be closed to the public. The fee is reduced accordingly.

How to find us

By car A8 motorway:
From Cannes: exit n° 47 Villeneuve-Loubet, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Vence.
From Nice or Italie : exit n° 48 Cagnes-sur-Mer, Vence.
Follow signs to La Colle-sur- Loup / Vence. The Maeght Foundation is before the village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence.
By bus:
From Nice: bus n° 400 (Nice-Vence by Saint-Paul).
Stop Maeght Foundation.
Airport : Nice Côte d’Azur
Train station : Cagnes sur Mer
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