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Big changes are afoot east of Avenue Jean Médecin. The Promenade du Paillon is being extended, the Acropolis and the Nice National Theatre are being torn down and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC) will be given a dramatic facelift. (TBH, it needed it) The museum will be closed for four years to complete the basement to rooftop renovation.

The result will be  new exhibition areas, a redesigned entrance as part of the extension of the Promenade du Paillon (to be completed in 2025),  and a roof much more open to the public. The structure will expand by 400 m², will be brighter and more open, and  also greener. The idea is to make the place inviting enough for a stroll. Place Yves Klein will be transformed with large windows that will highlight the MAMAC. “It will no longer be a kind of balcony with cars passing underneath,” explains Mayor Christian Estrosi. It should be exciting. 

And what will happen to the museum’s art collection?

Mid-June 2024 , go to the Fernand-Léger museum in Biot, for the exhibition “Fernand Léger and the new realisms”. Around sixty works from the Nice MAMAC collection will be showcased there.

Mid-October 2024 , head towards the Matisse Museum, “for an unprecedented face to face between Henri Matisse and Yves Klein. Two of the greatest artistic signatures of Nice will finally dialogue. The majestic Stabile-Mobile (1970) by Alexander Calder , a monumental abstract work in steel 8 meters high and more than 7 meters wide, has already taken up residence on the north square of the Villa des Arènes.

At the end of April 2024 , Niki de Saint-Phalle will be featured at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri — while Americans have been particularly fond of the Nice-Côte d’Azur destination in recent years. “More than 80 works from the Riviera collection will be loaned”.

See more about art museums on the French Riviera 

and museums in Nice


One Reply to “MAMAC Closing!”

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    The Fernand Léger museum is a wonderful place, so I expect that to be a particularly good excuse to visit it. Looks like it will from June to November.

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