The French Riviera Sights

Musée Picasso

  • Pl. Mariejol Map It
  • Antibes

Published 06/25/2015

Fodor's Review

Rising high over the water, this museum is set in the stunning medieval Château Grimaldi. As rulers of Monaco, the Grimaldi family lived here until the revolution; this fine old castle, however, was little more than a monument until its curator offered use of its chambers to Picasso in 1946, when that extraordinary genius was enjoying a period of intense creative energy. The result was a bounty of exhilarating paintings, ceramics, and lithographs inspired by the sea and by Greek mythology—all very Mediterranean. The château, which became the museum in 1966, houses some 245 works by the artist, as well as pieces by Miró, Calder, and Léger; the first floor displays more than 100 paintings by Russian-born artist Nicholas de Staël. Even those who are not great Picasso fans should enjoy his vast paintings on wood, canvas, paper, and walls, alive with nymphs, fauns, and centaurs.

Sight Information

Address:

Château Grimaldi, Pl. Mariejol, Antibes, 06600, France

Map It

Phone:

/04–22–10–60–10

Sight Details:

  • €6
  • June 16–Sept. 15, Tues.–Sun. 10–6; Sept. 16–June 15, Tues.–Sun. 10–noon and 2–6

Published 06/25/2015

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