The spirit of a collection: donations

The spirit of a collection: donations

From 1 December 2018 to 16 June 2019

The Maeght Foundation is hosting a new exhibition of selected works from its own collection. Curated by art critic Henri-François Debailleux, the event will run from 1 December 2018 to 16 June 2019. The Foundation has amassed a wealth of exquisite works over the years, first and foremost thanks to donations by Marguerite and Aimé Maeght and subsequently to gifts from artists, friends, family members, collectors and supporters of the Foundation. It is this very mind-set of generosity and caring that will be spot-lit, until the spring, at the Maeght Foundation, in an exhibition that casts into fresh relief both the diversity and the depth of one of Europe's biggest collections of paintings, sculptures, graphic designs, and modern and contemporary drawings.


"Collecting art is a frame of mind, a lifestyle. Each collection offers a reflection of the person or people behind it, like a mirror. In theory, no two collections are alike. A museum's collection, for example, is intended to bear witness to an aspect of art history – or even to anticipate that history. It will necessarily be quite different to a private collection, which is less extensive, less logical, without doubt more instinctive, more linked to the tastes and passions of its owner(s). A foundation's collection is different again. As the fruit of an approach that is both private and public, it bears the stamp of the individuals who created it whilst, over time, becoming enriched with new acquisitions and myriad donations. This is obviously the case of the Maeght Foundation. The oldest foundation in France was inaugurated in 1964 by its founders, Marguerite and Aimé Maeght, and their family of artists (Braque, Miró, Giacometti, etc.) The collection has constantly grown since then, to the point of now totalling over ten thousand references, including several hundred donations over the past ten or so years. Most come from a close circle of friends, family, former directors, collectors, and the Société des Amis de la Fondation, who all generously share their passion with the Foundation's many visitors. Because the works hail from very different sources they constitute, by nature, a very heterogeneous ensemble; yet trends, links and interactions can be identified. Variety is the driving force of the collection; diversity the beat of its heart."

Henri-François Debailleux, Curator


A stroll through the exhibition reacquaints the viewer with works by major 20th-century artists including Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Eduardo Chillida, Fernand Léger and Joan Miró, and the works of more contemporary artists, too. Each piece is a symbol of the Maeght Foundation's 50-year history… and its friendships. This new selection also unveils works that have entered into the collection within the past ten years and have either never been hung, or featured in temporary exhibitions. Donors include:

  • Adrien Maeght (Gérard Gasiorowski, 2013) and Isabelle Maeght (Simone Gori, 2012)
  • the Société des Amis de la Fondation Maeght (donation of 90 works of art in 2009, purchase of one piece by Philippe Perrin in 2011, and a subscription for a piece by Jörg Immendorff in 2016)
  • artists Pier Paolo Calzolari (2008), Jacques Monory (2009), Gérard Fromanger (2010), Djamel Tatah (2013), Marco Del Re (2014), Gérard Garouste (2015), Wolfgang Gäfgen (2016), Louis Cane (2016), Anne Tréal-Bresson (2016), Eduardo Arroyo (2017), Ra’anan Lévy (2018), Lee Bae (2018)
  • art lovers and collectors Michel Angel (Alekos Fassianos, 2009), Barry Joule (Atelier Francis Bacon, 2014), Christian Scheffel (Sui Jianguo, 2016), Oda Jaune (Jörg Immendorff, 2016), Michel Enrici (Gérard Gasiorowski, 2017), Catherine Prévert (Max Ernst, 2018), Anne Marchand (Gina Pane, 2018), Bernard Massini (Ronan Barrot, Louis Cane, Denis Castellas, Daniel Clarke, Vincent Corpet, Sylvie Fajfrowska, Julie Faure-Brac, Axel Pahlavi, Stéphane Pencréac’h, Assan Smati, Djamel Tatah, 2018).

125 works and over 80 artists on show: Valerio ADAMI, Jean-Michel ALBEROLA, Pierre ALECHINSKY, Pat ANDREA, ARMAN, Eduardo ARROYO, BALTHUS, Miquel BARCELÓ, Ronan BARROT, Jean BAZAINE, Anna-Eva BERGMAN, Georges BRAQUE, Alexander CALDER, Pier Paolo CALZOLARI, Louis CANE, Marc CHAGALL, Eduardo CHILLIDA, Daniel CLARKE, Vincent CORPET, Jean CORTOT, Jean DEGOTTEX, Nicolas DE STAËL, Marco DEL RE, Pierre DMITRIENKO, Eugène DODEIGNE, Francesc DOMINGO I SEGURA, Jean DUBUFFET, Max ERNST, ERRÓ, Sylvie FAJFROWSKA, Alekos FASSIANOS, Pierre FAUCHER, François FIEDLER, Jean-Michel FOLON, Sam FRANCIS, Lars FREDRIKSON, Gérard FROMANGER, Wolfgang GÄFGEN, Gérard GAROUSTE, Gérard GASIOROWSKI, Alberto GIACOMETTI, Julio GONZÀLEZ, Simone GORI, Juan GRIS, Simon HANTAÏ, Hans HARTUNG, Jörg IMMENDORFF, Wassily KANDINSKY, Ellsworth KELLY, Joël KERMARREC, Ladislas KIJNO, Konrad KLAPHECK, Peter KLASEN, Louis LE BROCQUY, LEE Bae, Fernand LÉGER, Ra’anan LEVY, LIU Shangying, Anne MADDEN, Henri MATISSE, Jean-Michel MEURICE, Joan MIRÓ, Bernard MONINOT, Jacques MONORY, OH Sufan, Denis OPPENHEIM, Gina PANE, Philippe PERRIN, Ernest PIGNON-ERNEST, Paul REBEYROLLE, Antonio RECALCATI, Germaine RICHIER, François ROUAN, Pierre SOULAGES, Saül STEINBERG, SUI Jianguo, Sam SZAFRAN, Pierre TAL-COAT, Antoni TÀPIES, Djamel TATAH, Hervé TÉLÉMAQUE, Anne TRÉAL-BRESSON, Raoul UBAC, Bram VAN VELDE, Claude VIALLAT, Jan VOSS.