The Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght is now one of the major international cultural institutions. Inaugurated on 28 July 1964 by André Malraux. The foundation was born of the friendship of Aimé Maeght and his wife Marguerite, the main publishers and art dealers of post-war Europe, with some of the most important artists of the 20th century such as Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Fernand Léger, Georges Braque, Alberto Giacometti, Marc Chagall and many others. A visionary couple, they organised legendary exhibitions such as the first surrealist exhibition in 1947 centred on André Breton and Marcel Duchamp in their Parisian gallery. The first private foundation dedicated to art in France, the Fondation Maeght is inspired by American models, such as the Guggenheim Foundation or the Barnes and Phillips collections, which the Maeght discovered during their travels in the United States in the 1950s.
Located near the famous village of Saint-Paul de Vence, 25 km from Nice, the Fondation Maeght attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year in a unique architectural complex, designed by Josep Lluís Sert, to showcase modern and contemporary art in all its forms. Painters and sculptors collaborated with the Catalan architect in creating works that were incorporated into the building and nature: the Giacometti courtyard, the Miró labyrinth populated by sculptures and ceramics, Chagall and Tal Coat wall mosaics, the Braque basin and stained glass, and Bury's fountain. The property combines interior and exterior spaces with the sculpture garden, courtyards, terraces and patios, exhibition rooms, chapel, library and bookshop.
The Fondation Maeght also has one of the largest collections of paintings, sculptures, drawings and graphic works of modern and contemporary art in Europe with more than 13,000 items. Many exhibitions are organised each year from its collections at the Fondation Maeght and in museums in France and abroad. Since its opening in 1964, the Fondation Maeght has organised more than 140 international exhibitions: major thematic exhibitions (Living Art in the United States, André Malraux and the imaginary museum, Art in motion, The Nude in the 20th century, Russia and the Avant-Gardes, The Adventures of Truth,...), monographic exhibitions (Kandinsky, Chagall, Calder, Matisse, de Staël, Bonnard, Giacometti, Miró, Braque, Dubuffet,...) or more contemporary artists' exhibitions in recent years (Yan Pei-Ming, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Takis, Jacques Monory, Gérard Garouste, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Eduardo Arroyo, Lee Bae).
As the Fondation Maeght does not receive any public subsidies for its operation, it operates on its own resources, mainly through entrance fees. Recognised as a public utility, it can also receive donations, legacies and patronages that enable it to conserve, restore and enrich its architectural heritage, its collection and develop its cultural activities. The contribution of donors, financial or skills sponsorship, and the support of its Société des Amis are therefore essential to the Foundation's influence and development. Since 1982, Adrien Maeght, son of the Maeght couple, has chaired the Foundation's Board of Directors, which brings together leading figures, representatives of the State and members of the Maeght family.
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