For those looking for that sweet blissful summer escape (or even those looking to make the most of Europe before #brexit actually becomes a reality), we’ve put together a handy travel guide the South of France’s must-see art stops.
Starting in the Rhône Delta – surrounded by the peaks of the Alpilles, and the salt marshes of the Camargue – we have Arles. Not only does Arles have some of the best-preserved Roman remains in France; it is also the future home of the LUMA Foundation in Arles. LUMA Arles is due to open in 2018, and aims to be an interdisplinary center of art that focuses on exhibitions, research, archiving and education. Each summer in the run up to the building’s completion the foundation will be hosting an annual summer artistic programme. This summer the L.A. Dance Project will be in residence, alongside it’s founder Benjamin Millepied.
LADP Arles. Images courtesy of LADP.
A popular and historical port, Marseille’s contemporary arts scene is thriving. Exhibition spaces including La Friche, Galerie Anna-Tschopp, Galerie Gourvennec Ogor and Seize Galerie are dotted throughout the city, complimented by the Fondation Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC) and the Musée d’art contemporain (MAC).
Taking place over the last weekend of August, La Friche is hosting “Art-O-Rama” – celebrating it’s 10th edition, Art-O-Rama will be presenting 21 international contemporary art galleries, many of whom will be exhibiting at the fair for the first time. Alongside this, Art-O-Rama has invited a non-profit organisation (The Green Parrot, Barcelona) to showcase at the fair.
Travelling up the Riviera, past the plush palatial hotels in Cannes and along towards Nice, we get to the Musée d’art moderne et d’art contemporain (MAMAC), a museum hosting exhibitions that cover a vast selection of 20th and 21st Century art, including works by Sol Lewitt and Robert Longo. Continuing through Nice, the the Musée Matisse and the Musée national message biblique Marc Chagall are worth visiting too.
Top: The Musée D’art Moderne Et D’art Contemporain
Bottom: The Marguerite and Aimé Maeght Foundation
A cultural trip to the South of France would not quite be the same without a visit to at least one chapel. To make things a bit easier, we’ve listed a few of our favourites from the Southern Alps & Riviera region: Picasso’s La Guerre et la Paix in the Musée National Picasso (place de la Liberation, Cannes), Matisse’s Chapelle du Rosaire (466 av. Henri Matisse, Vence), and Cocteau’s Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Jérusalem (av. Nicolai, La Tour de Mare, Frejus & Roquebrune-sur-Argens).
Last but by no means least, if you are in the area make sure you go to see the amazing 9 metre high, 17 metre long and 9 metre wide Mastaba sculpture by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, at the Fondation Maeght!