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“Excellent museum!”
Review of Fondation Maeght

Fondation Maeght
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Full-day Private St Paul de Vence, Vence, and Fondation Maeght Tour from Nice
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Private St Paul de Vence, Vence, and Fondation Maeght Tour from Monaco
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

This museum, which is in walking distance from the town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence is really a hidden gem. The collection of art is amazing, and the setting with the fantastic garden featuring works of art by many important artists, as well as the buildings itself make it a wonderful experience. Do go here!

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Maps can misguide you to a rather long walk, but there is enough parking space just at the entrance. There is additional fee for photography but it's worth paying those 5 EUR even if you do not plan taking pictures of all the art objects exhibited.
Because most of the sculptures were carefully planned for certain places in the garden they fit perfectly. Shadow of the huge pine trees makes interesting light effects on the objects and at the same time makes the visit more comfortable in hot summer days.
Being an architect I can probably appreciate the whole setting more than an average visitor but being accompanied by my mother (with no professional interest) I can say she was happy to have visited too. I guess a visitor has to have some pre-reading (http://www.fondation-maeght.com/ shoul do) done to know what to expect.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Calm and serene on a June morning. Free parking steps from the entrance. They were installing a new exhibit and reduced the entry fee to 10€. Watching them install the new works was a bonus. The collection of modern sculpture is well spaced in an outdoor setting. As moving an experience as can be imagined. The architecture of the buildings contributes greatly to the overall experience. Only quibble might be the price of 17€ for four coffees.

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Wew were disappointed with this visit. The staff were not helpful and there were no supports for visitors who did not speak French and you have to pay to take photographs. The setting is lovely and the walk from the car park is delightful but we did not feel welcomed and could not wait to leave. You have to like modern art very much to overcome this.

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Reviewed 27 June 2014

I thought the 15 Euro entry fee was a bit steep, but alarm bells really went off when the ticket vendor asked me did I want to spend an additional 5 Euros for the privilege of taking photos. What a racket.

Perhaps it the private nature of the Fondation which makes its collection as expensive as the Louvre or the Dorsay in Paris. Perhaps it doesn't attract an public funding.

In any case, prospective visitors be warned. The works on display are the second and third tier works of the big name artists on the marquee. Some are sketches and studies are so slight that it is hard to image the artist ever intending that they see the light of day.

Much is made of the galley complex itself; a good deal of the exhibits are architectural drawings and models, as well a photographs of artists, builders and patrons back slapping each other at cocktail parties in celebration of their mutually inspired genius.

Without doubt -- the building makes excellent use of a beautiful location, but a Corbusier-like masterpiece, it is not. No... I'm afraid it is a fairly average example of the softer style of 70's Brutilism, when architects were in raptures over the use of pre-cast concrete slabs. If that's your kind of thing, you won't be disappointed.

My problem with the Maeght was that only days before I had visited the Massena Museum in Nice and the Citadel in Villefranche-sur-mer, both of which are stunning edifices offering large collections of significant and major works (admittedly by less famous names). Admission free.



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