RivieraBuzz: Possibly Nice’s most popular meeting point. And with a statue like that (the Greek god Apollo), possibly Nice’s biggest talking point too!
May ♍: After long years of exile, the statue of Apollo found his original throne on the fountain on Place Masséna
RivieraBuzz: The main theatre in Nice, plenty of great spectacles and shows for all the family. Support your local arts! Read more.
Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée: Take part in our Rose & Rosé evening on August 15, 2013 at 19:30 with a buffet dinner and enjoy fireworks and live music on our terrace overlooking the Bay of Angels. Reservation: +33 4 92 14 77 19 Read more.
Julia Sh: Entrance is €6, until 26 years is free. Beautiful terrace.. And 14 original paintings. Lovely
Elizabeth: I was blown away by Chagall’s artworks. If you’re a lover of art you HAVE to see this. Read my blog post about it: http://elizabethjoss.com/2013/03/30/marc-chagall-national-museum-in-nice-france/
Jarrod Brown: Beautiful art deco touches on the facade take you back to the hotel’s glamorous history and my ocean view room had the perfect balcony seats to enjoy soaking in the morning sun. *****
Richard Page: Restaurant is excellent. Service is exemplary. Food is the best. Vegetables that are so tender, sweet and fresh they melt in your mouth. Angus beef was soooo tender. Awesome meal!
The Ecole de Nice has infiltrated other domains as well: The restaurant L’Ecole de Nice is Michelin-starred chef Keisuke Matsushima’s little bistro on rue de la Buffa, with affordable yet avant-garde cuisine, a French-Japanese DJ, and the walls dedicated to the art and history of its namesake artistic movement.
DHR.com: This theatre is home to one of the biggest stages for performances in Nice. Established in 1992, this has since become a well-known venue for many performances of art, dance, theatre, culture, etc.
The museum has 11 of his paintings from the final period of his life as well as works by his friends Pierre Bonnard and Raoul Dufy.
In the north of France, the Matisse Museum at Le Cateau-Cambrésis is a real find. Henri Matisse, who was born in the town, chose works to donate to the museum. Afterwards, enjoy a visit to one of…MORE Nice’s amazing little bistros.
RivieraBuzz: Nice’s premier concert venue for both indoor and outdoor performances. Some of the biggest names in the entertainment world regularly appear here. Read more.
The Château Grimaldi which Picasso used as a studio in 1946, stands on ramparts overlooking the sea. In the distance, you see the mega yachts of the mega-rich while the sea breaks against the rocks below. The windows give a pearly light to the wonderful collection of Picasso’s ceramics and the drawings, paintings, and prints that fill the small stone-walled rooms.
Lotterliebe: Free entrance. Nice collection of new realism, pop art and other modern stuff. Crazy sculptures are also interesting for people who find art boring.
DHR.com: Big artists continue to play here, and with its 52,000 capacity (one of Nice’s largest concert venues), you’re sure that this is world-class indeed. Go here if you fancy a night of great music.
Afterwards, visit La Buvette du Jardin, open from April to the end of October, in the garden of the museum is a good bet, with great salads, savory tarts, sandwiches, and patisseries.
The momentum continues at the Villa Arson, a national institute of contemporary art that churns out more provocative free-thinking artists every year. They have a gallery and a monthly conference and film series open to the public.
Inside the collections consists of over 450 works, from sketches to paintings, sculptures to mosaics. Arranged strictly chronological, it shows Léger’s progression from Impressionist to Cubism and his extraordinary later works with their geometric, robot-like style.
Nice was a force in the modern art movement in the ’60’s and ’70’s, attracting conceptual artists from all over Europe and calling itself L’Ecole de Nice, or the School of Nice. Influencing and intersecting New Realism, Fluxus and Supports-Surfaces, the major players included Sosno, Cesar, Arman, Yves Klein, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Bernar Venet, George Brecht, and Ben.
Inside the house, the furniture and personal objects are left as they were when Renoir lived here. When you step into the atelier, the feeling of the artist’s presence is so great that you expect to see him at his easel.
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Io As Soon: One of my best concert in my teenage hood. Good space to dance and good selection of artist
FR2DAY: With markets on throughout the week, this is a great place to visit. Plenty of great restaurants and cafés to just sit in and people watch. Best to get to the markets early in the morning.
Io As Soon: Superbe sight between parc and sea. A lot a good concerts is organized there, previously, it was the Jazz Festival. Love it
RivieraBuzz: The recently renovated museum gives an insight into the latter years of the artist’s life on the French Riviera. Well worth the €6 admission. Read more.
Tickets: 10€ for adults, or 20€ for a 7-day municipal museum card good for 14 museums and galleries in Nice. Free for children under 18, students of any age with student ID, locals with the blue Pass Musee, or with the French Riviera Pass. Click here for more info on the various museum passes.
May ♍: This is the Center of Nice and what a happening place! Has everything you want in a city square, and more. Charming fountains, sculptures, museums, shops, bars and restaurants. Always busy though
FR2DAY: Modern art lovers, get yourself along to MAMAC in Nice. Look out for permanent collections featuring works by Niki de Saint Phalle and Ben Vautier. Plenty to see and do here of an afternoon. Read more.
Eug K: The art is quite specific – mostly Matisse’s admirers would appreciate. Traveling by bus, make sure you are not late, which means well before 18:00. You’ll struggle to catch the bus after that.
Theater of Photography and Image, and on the seaside of Old Nice, tram stop Nice Etoile, 27 rue Dubouchage, the street on the south of the Nice Etoile shopping center. Open 10am-6pm, closed Monday Espace Ferrero, just off Cours Saleya in the Old Nice, tram stop Opera or Cathedrale, open 10am-6pm, closed Tuesday Galerie des Ponchettes, on the seaside of Old Nice, tram stop Opera, open 10am-6pm, closed Monday Galerie de la Marine, also on the seaside of Old Nice, tram stop Opera or Cathedrale, open 10am-6pm, closed Monday
Nilay K: A great place to see in Place Massena. Should take a photo, eat a pizza at Attimi near by and walk through Place Massena and the streets of old town.
Lufthansa: The variety of different museums consolidates Nice reputation as an art metropolis. The entrance into the city’s museums is free! Get to know more about Nice in our Travel Report! Read more.
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And if you really want to stay with the theme, check-in to one of The Windsor Art Hotel. Since 1989, the owners have given chosen Ecole de Nice artists carte blanche to transform one room a year into an ouvre d’art, sometimes with very surprising results. The choice of lobby art is the first clue that this 3-star establishment is not like the others, but check-in to one of their Artist Rooms and you will have no doubt.
Mitch Danforth: Interesting art on walls, great bagels with interesting sauces available (barbecue, red pesto, green pesto, etc), respectful english-speaking service
Your 10€ MAMAC ticket is also good for admission to several smaller modern art galleries within 48 hours:
DHR.com: Go to this baroque aristocratic residence which is identified with the La Lascaris-Vintimille family to see beautiful detailed ornaments, panels, and impressive decorations.
FR2DAY: A fine example of Baroque architecture, built in the mid 17th century. Now classified as a Historical Monument, it was restored in 1963 and converted into a museum. Read more.
Walk: The giant arched white marble covered museum is just off Place Garibaldi, so it’s just minutes from the Old town or the Port. A stroll up the Promenade du Paillon gardens ends at the giant white marble National Theatre of Nice and MAMAC.
By tramway: get off at the Garibaldi stop, and cut through Place Garibaldi to your right. By bus: Take bus 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 14, 16, 27, 38, 81 and get off at the Promenade des Arts stop. Take bus 4, 7, 17 and get off at the Klein/Defly stop.
By car: There’s 1 hour free parking at the Promenade des Arts public parking lot, but if you go into the 2nd hour, you have to pay for the first hour too. Better to park in the Palais des Expositions ParcAzur Park and Ride lot, where you can leave the car for the whole day for the price of a round-trip tram ticket.
The Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Art (MAMAC) is dedicated to the history of the European and American avant-garde movement from the beginning of the 1960’s to the present day.
Hours: 10am to 6pm; closed Mondays, May 1, Easter Sunday, Christmas and Jan. 1.
New York Habitat: Located in Renoir’s last house, this museum offers an interesting display of his work throughout the property! Take a walk in the awesome garden and feel like in one of Renoir’s paintings!
DHR.com: This is dedicated to the French artist Henry Matisse. Aside from his works, you’ll also find art by Auguste Herbin and Geneviève Claisse. Also don’t miss the Henri Cartier-Bresson collection.
Arbre d’eau: The best place for see the citizen from Nice, and appreciate the beautiful mix of traditional buildings colors and the new city’s contemporary rural orientation. (Pure art ! )
‘Eric V. Lyka: Absolutely worth a visit! A wonderful location in Cimiez, a district of Nice.It’s a awesome art gallery.A very diverse artwork of Matisse in the house where he lived some years at the end of his live!
David: Number of interesting cocktail creations at the hotel bar. Live music in the evening. Friendly staff.
Book way in advance, particularly in the summer, for a memorable experience at La Colombe d’Or. This was where all the artists living in the south of France gathered, and today it has a pretty distinguished list of guests. You sit in a dining…MORE room surrounded by priceless works of art, or on the shady terrace.
Sandra Grieden: An eccentric, animal loving hotel heiress, an eclectic art collection and Promenade des Anglais landmark. Just walk in as if you belong or have a drink in the bar.
This art movement is still shaping Nice, as witnessed by Sosno’s Tete Carree, the giant square-head-shaped building just down the street from the MAMAC, that houses the administration of the public library. This marvel of architectural engineering is best seen from Boulevard Barla/Carabacel, and the locals either love it or absolutely hate it. Other Ecole de Nice influenced public sculptures include Max Cartier’s giant stone man at the entrance to the Nice airport, Venet’s epic steel woosh just off Place Massena and his latest, a 30-meter tall set of 9 rusty steel bars on the Promenade des Anglais. Even the art installed along the new tramway has its influences here.
Mohamed Alrais: Tasty bagels, good coffees, and amazing triple chocolate muffin. The staff was friendly.
Gabi Bulumac: This mythical palace is like a museum 😱 🖼 Without any doubt the landmark of Nice 👌
New York Habitat: This open-air concert hall in the very center of Nice, just by the beach, always has a really cool line-up! Take your tickets and enjoy music and the warm weather of the south at the same time!
Guided Tours: Guided tours are available for 6€ per person on Wednesdays at 3:00pm and the tour guide speaks English.
Alternatively, make your way to the covered marketplace just behind the museum and eat in one of the little cafés with the locals.
This is an exception to the other museums here; it is the collection of Aime and Marguerite Maeght, renowned Cannes art dealers who also made friends with artists like Chagall and Matisse. So the collection is a mix, but it is among the best small museums in the world. If you’re lucky enough to be staying at the delightful fortified village of St-Paul-de-Vence, it’s just a few minutes away.
DHR.com: This national museum is home to the many religions and spiritual works by Russian-French artist Marc Chagall. This is home to his 17 works if biblical messages.
DHR.com: The Musee d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain is home to some of the best modern art collections from Europe and America. Don’t miss the breathtaking mural by Sol LeWitt.
Jennifer Cherone: Must see. Outdoor market with produce, flowers, goods like olives, oils, soaps, lavender, local art .. It’s so amazing it’s almost overwhelming.
RivieraBuzz: The most popular marketplace in Vieux Nice, with different markets on during the week. Boasting a vast selection of cafés, bars, and restaurants, where you can just sit, relax and take it all in!
It’s beautifully laid out, surrounded by leafy gardens, with light flooding inside, to illuminate works like the slender figures of Alberto Giacometti, the colorful paintings of Chagall, pastoral scenes from Bonnard who lived in Provence for the last 22 years of his life, and works from Joan Miro, Calder and international contemporary artists.
In Haut-de-Cagnes, just above the main part of Cagnes-sur-Mer, this is one of the most peaceful and low key museums in the area. At Renoir’s house, now the museum, You’re greeted by the sound of birdsong among the olive, orange and lemon trees that shade the garden where his great bronze sculpture, Venus Victrix stands. Renoir came to the south of France when he began to suffer from arthritis and lived here from 1903 until his death in 1919.
The work of Henri Matisse (1860-1954) glows with the colors of the Mediterranean sea and inspires with the sheer joie de vivre of his paintings. He came to Nice in 1916 and settled in leafy Cimiez in the hills above Nice for the rest of his life, living at the nearby Regina building at 71 bd de Cimiez.
Nice Tourisme: Le Théâtre National de Nice est le 1er Centre Dramatique de France par sa fréquentation. Construit en 1989, le TNN, octogone de marbre clair, se compose de 3 salles différentes. Read more.
Afterwards, visit the Les Vieux Murs. Right on the ramparts and a couple of minutes walk from the Picasso Museum, with a terrace, seasonal menu and good reputation.
In 1966, Marc Chagall gave 17 large canvases from his Biblical Messages series which included 5 versions of The Song of Songs to form the heart of the museum. The second gift in 1972 brought all the preparatory sketches, so you see the complete work from conception to finish. More items were added, making this the largest collection of his work and an absolute must for Chagall fans. Afterwards, visit a local bistro for coffee and a snack.
RivieraBuzz: Such a popular place for gigs, even Ibiza is moving here this August (2013)! Best to get there early, as the venue fills up pretty quickly. Read more.
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FR2DAY: One of Nice’s best gig venues. Blues, reggae, rock, pop – they have it all. Check out their website for upcoming concerts (see more info below) Read more.
Afterward, try Josy-Jo’s, The attractive restaurant simply decorated with stone walls and terrace, known for grills and Provençal dishes.
Just south-east of the charming hilltop village of Biot, the museum is set in a somber, imposing building designed by the Russian architect, Andrei Svetchine in 1960. Specially built to house a huge collection of works by Fernand Léger, the first thing you see is the enormous ceramic mosaic that decorates the eastern façade.
The museum itself is housed in a magnificent 17th-century Genoese villa, painted in the ochre shades of Sienna. You walk through the rooms seeing how his work evolved from his early more studied and relatively somber art through the influence of Cézanne, his work as a founder of Fauvism to the wonderful ‘cut-outs’ which he made after he became bedridden later in his life. There are sculptures, photographs of the artist and sketches and models for his Chapelle du Rosaire in nearby Vence.
The museum also has some surprising and stunning works by Nicolas de Stael from the last two years of his brief life, plus paintings by Max Ernst, Fernand Léger, and Juan Mirò.
Io As Soon: It s not placed in a good part of the city but this concert hall is great. The best concert of Patrice has been there