The Matisse Museum

2 August 2021

The Matisse Museum in Nice is dedicated to the French artist Henri Matisse.

Fascinated by the ‘Nice Light’, Henri Matisse installed his studio in 1931 in the prestigious Hotel Regina in Cimiez. In love with Nice, he writes ‘When I realized that every morning I would see this light again, I could not believe my happiness. I decided not to leave Nice and I stayed there almost all my life’ and indeed resided there until his death in 1954.

Inaugurated in 1963, the Matisse museum is in the Villa des Arenes, a 17th-century Genoese-style building. The museum enjoys a privileged location because it is located on the charming hill of Cimiez, next to a Gallo Roman archaeological site and a Franciscan monastery. It overlooks a Mediterranean garden rich in olive trees and maritime pines.

Classified as ‘Musée de France’, the Matisse museum covers a total area of 2800 m², including 1200 m² of exhibition space. He collected one of the largest collections of his works in the world and allows us to retrace his artistic journey and developments.

The collection of the Matisse Museum consists of 31 paintings, 57 sculptures, 454 drawings and engravings, and numerous collages by Henri Matisse, as well as various objects belonging to the French artist. Most of the works that make up the collection were donated to the city of Nice by Matisse himself and his heirs.

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