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Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
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Owner description: This museum houses a large collection of French and American artwork from the 1960s to the present.
Reviewed 26 April 2014

This museum is free for the public to visit and is located centrally (not far from "la promenade du paillon"). What I found exceptional was the building itself which is luminous, modern and very friendly as a structure housing modern art. The works that are outdoors are great for pictures as is the collection indoors. It's a really fun place for kids to discover and a one-hour visit should suffice. The multiple vistas looking down on Nice from every direction are sensational for photos too. However this upper level requires quite a bit of stair-climbing and is not wheelchair accessible unfortunately.

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Reviewed 9 April 2014 via mobile

You can't argue with free art galleries... But this one was excellent. Well curated, plenty of space in the galleries - a great way to spend a couple of hours.

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Reviewed 11 March 2014

What a fab collection of modern art, inspiring, thought-provoking, some works that make you laugh, others leave you puzzled.

The superb architecture with its strong engineering components, leads you through the various exhibits, always delightfully displayed and well lit, while the building allows occasional views out over the city from unusual corners. This gives a taster of stunning vistas over Nice that await you on the rooftop!

My favorite artworks were the sculptures by Niki de Sainte Phalle, including the Loch Ness Monster just outside the building.

I highly recommend visiting this museum, admission was free and it was the highlight of my trip to Nice.

3  Thank Woolif
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

I knew already that I do not particularly like modern art, and a visit here has confirmed that. I did find a few items I liked but the great majority of the displayed art is way beyond me.

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Reviewed 4 January 2014

When I read the other glowing reports about this museum on Tripadvisor I wonder if I am living in a parallel universe. The works on display are representative of the flailing around that art has been doing since the advent of the camera brought representational art into question. If your soul is nourished by the sight of half crushed burnt out car wrecks - there are two examples - then God have mercy on that soul. There is a nod to Duchamp with a urinal complete with dried urine, painted to look as though it is cracked.

The building itself looks as though it might house a nuclear reactor. It consists of windowless cubes in grey marble - so at variance with the predominantly green, yellow and ochre Nice buildings - set on either side of a busy four lane highway, joined by glass and steel walkways, the steelwork looking like gigantic eyes. This arrogant and monstrous edifice which so dominates its locality is an affront to the generally colourful and often elegant architecture of Nice. The contrast between this and the Musee Chagall by A Hermant which is gracious and self effacing and so perfectly sets off the beautiful Chagall paintings could not be greater. It is perhaps the worst building I have seen, next to the Tricorn Centre in Portsmouth which, thankfully has been knocked down. Modern architecture does not have to be like this as the Frank Gehry Guggenheim at Bilbao and the miraculous Millau Viaduct amply demonstrate.

On a more utilitarian level does it work as a building? The answer is yes and no. The entrance is via a long and steep stairway off the street. Lifts for the disabled have been tucked out of sight round a corner. The lighting is gloomy and the white marble steps look rather dirty. Inside there are more stairs and the occasional escalator which have rather low ceilings adding to the prevailing gloom not helped by a surly desk clerk. The display galleries are entirely in white and mostly well lit, though the signage is in small type and not very helpful. Perhaps the best aspect is the view over the bustling town of Nice.

The fact entrance is free in no way added to my appreciation.

3  Thank JohanSebastian
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