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The major summer exhibitions for 2022 on the Côte d'Azur!

What major exhibitions can be seen on the Côte d’Azur for summer 2022? We’ve prepared a list of the essentials not to miss… There’s something for everyone!


📍Lympia cultural centre in Nice
📆 From 6 May to 18 September 2022

An exhibition of posters of the Côte d’Azur from the 19th century to date: the opportunity to (re)discover the Côte d’Azur through the eyes of poster artists like Eric Garence.

This exhibition is an invitation from Dominique Durandy to take a journey through the “most beautiful countryside in the world”. You get there by train, car or plane. Once there, you enjoy a favourable climate and spectacular landscapes.

Once there, you discover a land of sun, culture and sport. This highly colourful trip comes to a close in the 21st century, in an encounter with Éric Garence, who reveals his vision of the Côte d’Azur.

Guided tours of the exhibition and various workshops will be organized free of charge by the Lympia Cultural Centre.


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📍 Grimaldi Forum Monaco in Monaco
📆 From 9 July to 28 August 2022

This summer on the Côte d’Azur, Christian Louboutin is exhibiting his greatest creations at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco.

Christian Louboutin, The Exhibition[ist], Chapter II, will give the public a new perspective following the first exhibition at the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris in 2020.

The set design being prepared for Monacowill encompass 2,000 m² and unveil previously unseen works tied to the designer’s Monegasque inspirations as well as new collaborations, including a unique project being developed with British plastic artist Allen Jones.

Far from a classic retrospective, the exhibition path was designed as a joyful odyssey through three decades of abundant creativity infused with curiosity for all cultures and arts.


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📍 11 museums in Nice
📆 From 9 June to 30 April 2023

The museums in Nice are presenting 11 exhibitions during the Biennale des Arts de Nice on the theme of flowers.

After A Summer for Matisse (2013), Promenade des Anglais (2015), School(S) of Nice (2017) and The Cinema Odyssey (2019), this fifth edition will celebrate the deeply ingrained, almost mythical link between the town of Nice, the Mediterranean’s green town, and flowers.

The Biennale des Arts is a cultural rendezvous that fits fully into the nice season. Once again this year, it will illustrate the exceptional cultural and artistic vitality of Nice, which hopes to become the European Capital of Culture in 2028.

The 11 exhibitions will be on offer up to the end of the year. Each of the main museums has tackled this theme within the logic of its main vocation:

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📍 Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes
📆 From 14 July to 21 August 2022


The Pop-up Cinema Museum has set up in Cannes, the town of cinema.

Head for the Palais des Festivals to discover the history of cinema through a themed exhibition and events.

This exhibition covers the hundred or so roles played by Louis de Funès, whose biggest hits are regularly watched and rewatched in France and throughout the world, and who is now famous among five generations of viewers.

It shows and interprets the sources of inspiration and the comic energy of Louis de Funès, particularly through his burlesque genius for observation that led him to top the box office for 50 years.

This exhibition is an invitation to discover every facet of the actor through the collation of almost 300 works.

Among them, we find Corniaud’s car, Rabbi Jacob’s suit… and also photographs, paintings, drawings, sculptures, period documents and film clips that make you want to rewatch all these great classics.


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📍 Villa Kérylos in Beaulieu-sur-Mer
📆 From 19 May to 18 September 2022


Villa Kérylos is hosting the works of Antoine Pierini, artist and master glassmaker.

The monument and the artist share sources common to the Mediterranean, as well as the fierce desire to free themselves from time. Through Antoine Pierini’s works in glass, the light in the Villa takes on unusual colourful forms. Loyal to the spirit of its location, this exhibition brings Antiquity to life in the here and now, without ever betraying it or copying it, but by reinventing it.

Through this exhibition, discover the use of glass and its techniques, and plunge into the sunny world of the artist inspired by antique art and philosophy.

Visual, audible, and full of history, literature and philosophy, this exhibition promises to be a true aesthetic splendour.


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📍 Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence
📆 From 2 July to 20 November 2022


The Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence is offering an exhibition based on abstraction, organized in conjunction with the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art. It is therefore exhibiting some 120 works from the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art (Geneva) and proposes a riveting immersion in abstraction from the 1950s to the 1980s.

The works of Hans Hartung, Martin Barré, Simon Hantaï and Pierre Soulages trace the evolution of non-figurative art over four decades. In a thematic and chronological layout, the exhibition invites the viewer to discover lyrical and gestural abstraction by Georges Mathieu, abstract expressionism by Sam Francis and Joan Mitchell, geometric abstraction by Victor Vasarely, kinetic works by Alexander Calder and Jean Tinguely, through to the rethinking of painting by the Supports/Surfaces group. The 1980s ushered in an era of revitalized abstract art, building on the hectic experimentation of earlier years.


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📍 Musée International de la Parfumerie (MIP) [International Perfume Museum] in Grasse
📆 From 20 May to 5 March 2023


The International Perfume Museum in Grasse offers a collective exhibition dedicated to the links between perfume and modern art.

These crossover artistic views constitute an up-to-date testimony of the current world of scent in Grasse, the historic cradle of perfumery know-how.

Olfaction has become a preferential medium for a generation of artists who don’t hesitate to collaborate with perfume industry professionals and scientists. In fact, olfaction offers possibilities for innovative modern creation.

The plant elements used as raw materials in perfume making inspire poetry in ephemeral and even aerial art installations. Other artists evoke the sensuality and fluidity of perfume through creations made in glass.

Laboratory glass, alembics and raw materials feed their imagination.


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📍 Musée Picasso in Antibes
📆 From 11 June to 25 September 2022


The Catalan sculptor and engraver Jaume Plensa exhibits his works at the Picasso Museum in Antibes. The father of the immense sculpture, “Nomade”, which dominates the port of Vauban, is returning to Antibes, this time with drawings. The “Jaume Plensa – The Light Keeps Vigil” exhibition brings together ninety works created between 1982 and 2022. This is the first retrospective of the artist’s drawings in a museum.

It was designed for the tenth anniversary of the permanent installation of the monumental Nomade sculpture on the Bastion Saint-Jaume terrace, commissioned from the artist by Musée Picasso in Antibes in 2010.

Jaume Plensa is a modern Spanish sculptor, born in Barcelona in 1955. He became famous in the start of the 1980s for simple large shapes in cast iron, his work then developed towards sculptural installations using light, sound and language.


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📍 Bonnard Museum in Le Cannet
📆 From 6 July to 6 November 2022


The Bonnard Museum plunges back into childhood… the charming and questioning world of the Nabis and Bonnard.

Several famous names are on the agenda with Pierre Bonnard: Maurice Denis, Aristide Maillol, Paul Ranson, Ker-Xavier Roussel, Félix Vallotton, and Édouard Vuillard in particular.

These great artists have, each in their own way, drawn touching portraits of children, alone or within their own family, or in the heart of their pictorial spaces.

The “Dream Childhoods, Bonnard, The Nabis and children” exhibition is built around 4 sections: Street scenes and promenades, Public & private gardens, Family scenes – between games and educations, and Illustrations, Tales and Photographs, which come to shed a relevant light on the multiple vision they had of children.


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📍 The Carmignac Foundation on the island of Porquerolles
📆 From 30 April to 16 October 2022


This year, Villa Carmignacis hosting an exhibition inspired by the Greek hero who sailed for ten years to return home after the Trojan War (The Iliad). Ulysses mistakenly landed on the shores of Porquerolles. There, he fought and struck down the Alycastre, the monster sent by Poseidon and sculpted by the artist Miquel Barceló at the entrance of the Villa Carmignac. On this Mediterranean island where the light, sea, trees and caves are the same as in Homer’s time, gods and myths are still alive. The Odyssey continues to accompany us and to help us live, like some more contemporary works of art, which sometimes light our way. Continuing on from previous exhibitions that had us enter a subterranean or underwater world, Ulysses’ Dream once again invites you to slip under the surface.


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📍 The Louis de Funès Museum in Saint-Raphaël
📆 From 25 June to 31 May 2023


The Louis de Funès Museum will devote its second temporary exhibition to French gastronomy. Organized around the immersive tour of the Tricatel Factory and Mr Septime’s table, the “Gastronomy: Louis de Funès made a meal of it!” exhibition is a homage to the films of Louis de Funès that were based around our culinary art. Louis de Funès’ appetite for cinema (140 films in a career spanning nearly 40 years) is proportional to his love of good French cuisine. Louis de Funès made it his speciality; it afforded him protean roles in which he delighted us. The actor has us revisit the perfect menu for a true French restaurant, with its classics, created from great traditions and good dishes, punctuated by gourmet messages and as involved as always!

The committed position of this exhibition was to create a powerful scenography with the reproduction of the Tricatel factory from L’Aile ou la cuisse [Wing or thigh] and the famous table of Mr Septime in Le Grand Restaurant [The Big Restaurant]. The Gastronomic route through the museum will reveal the famous recipes that marked the filmography of Louis de Funès.


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📍 Musée Magnelli, Ceramics Museum in Vallauris
📆 From 25 June to 19 September 2022


Plunge into the world of Ben at the Musée Magnelli ceramics museum in Vallauris.

Known above all for his painting works, calligraphical writings-aphorisms, through this exhibition BEN will reveal to the public the close link he has with ceramics, especially through “ready-made” and original creations. The backbone of the exhibition if to show that ceramics is a subject open to creation.

The “I’m not Picasso / It’s not all cut and dried” exhibitionwill take place in the Eden Hall, a former cinema transformed in 2004 into a temporary exhibition space for the museum. Beyond the material, the artist wished to reappropriate this space so as to develop his creations there. This exhibition will also be the opportunity for a collaboration with the plastic artist Monique Thibaudin, who lives and works in Vallauris.


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