The Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght is a world-class cultural institution. It is a reflection of the friendships that Aimé Maeght, art dealer and gallery owner in Paris, and his wife, Marguerite, enjoyed with artists Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Fernand Léger, Georges Braque, Alberto Giacometti and Marc Chagall, to name but these. Inaugurated on 28 July 1964 by André Malraux, it is a private foundation that stands near the village of Saint-Paul de Vence, just 25 km from Nice.
The Maeght Foundation is housed in a unique architectural complex, designed by Josep Lluis Sert to showcase modern and contemporary art in all its forms. Painters and sculptors joined forces with the Catalan architect, creating works of art to be incorporated into the building and its grounds: the Giacometti courtyard, the Miró labyrinth peopled with sculptures and ceramics, mural mosaics by Chagall and Tal Coat, Braque's pool and stained glass window, the Bury fountain. Indoor and outdoor spaces intertwine: the sculpture garden, courtyards, terraces and patios, exhibition rooms, the chapel, the library and the bookshop.
The Maeght Foundation is graced with one of the biggest collections of modern and contemporary art in Europe; it features paintings, sculptures, drawings and graphic designs. As well as organising major themed exhibitions, retrospectives and exhibitions showcasing contemporary artists. Every year, however, the Foundation's other collections fuel exhibitions held both within the Maeght Foundation, and beyond its walls in museums throughout France and abroad.
As a recognized public service, the Maeght Foundation receives, acquires, restores and preserves artworks, and exhibits them to the public. The Foundation's Board of Directors includes key figures, government representatives and members of the Maeght family. Adrien Maeght is Chairman of the Board.