– Picasso Museum Antibes –
In 1966, Antibes’ Chateau Grimaldi became home to the world’s first Picasso Museum. Picasso was a regular summer holiday-maker to Juan les Pins and Cap d’Antibes from 1920 to the outbreak of war. He created paintings of many of the villas in which he stayed. Beach scenes also gave the artist inspiration for many works.
In 1946, Picasso, who was by then living in Golfe Juan, set up his studio in the Chateau Grimaldi. He worked there for three months, creating many works, sketches and paintings, including Les Clés d’Antibes (The Keys of Antibes), which covers an entire wall in the Chateau.
When the artist moved back to Paris, he left 23 paintings and 44 sketches in the Chateau’s custody. The Museum’s collection has been enriched through the years with ceramics created in 1947 and 1948 at the Madoura workshop in Vallauris and various donations and purchases including a series of pieces donated by Jacqueline Picasso in 1991.
Works by Nicolas de Staël, also displayed at the Museum, bear testimony to his time in Antibes from September 1954 to March 1955 – when he tragically committed suicide.
In 2001, a donation by the Hans Hartung and Anna-Eva Bergman Foundation created two new galleries on the ground floor of the museum. A permanent exhibition retraces the creative output of each of these artists over several decades.
The terrace of the Picasso Museum is also home to a permanent collection of sculptures by Germaine Richier. Other artists represented in the Chateau are: Joan Miró, Bernard Pagès, Anne and Patrick Poirier.
Chateau Grimaldi was extensively renovated between 2006 and 2008.
10:00 – 13:00 ; 14:00 – 18:00
June 15th – September 15th :
10:00 – 18:00
(closed Mondays, January 1st, May 1st , November 1st, December 25th)