What? : Modern and contemporary art exhibitions
When? : Summer 2022
How Much? : Museums

Provocative, militant, ecological or flowery; the artistic exhibitions in the Nice region this summer will be rich and varied. An opportunity to (re)discover eight emblematic cultural places for a moment that is both recreational and timeless.

The most discussed / Hockney-Matisse : un paradis retrouvé

As part of the Biennale des Arts Nice the Matisse Museum in Nice presents an unprecedented dialogue between David Hockney and Henri Matisse. The exhibition opens with a recent series called Fresh Flowers – paintings recently made on an Ipad in Normandy – the artist of which has reserved the first for us at the Matisse Museum. Curator Claudine Grammont has imagined a tour of the museum’s collections guided by the work of David Hockney. Resonances are created between the worlds of the two artists, in particular the sensitive continuity between the space of the studio and its objects, and also between the landscapes of Nice, Tahiti or Los Angeles. Thus the Côte d’Azur joins California through the themes of the swimming pool, the window and the lush garden.

What? Paintings

When? From 9th June to 18th September 2022.

Where? Musée Matisse / 164, avenue des Arènes de Cimiez 06000 Nice

How much? €10. 

Questions ? Here.


The most nature / Fleurs! 

This exhibition by artist Nick Knight brings together an exceptional selection of works from the Roses from my Garden series, which began seven years ago. The artist’s roses are imbued with an utterly melancholy beauty, reminiscent of Dutch and Flemish still lifes of the 17th and 18th centuries. For each image Nick Knight picks roses from his garden, then photographs them using his iPhone and retouches them. A resolutely intimate exhibition.

What? Floral images.

When? From 11th June 2022 to 25th September 2022.

Where? Musée de la photographie, 1 Place Pierre Gautier, 06300 Nice.

How much? €5.

Questions?  Here.


The most pop / Ville Songe 

This summer Flora Moscovici and her abstract painting are taking over the roof terrace of MAMAC. Her colourful work – Ville Songe – comes into dialogue with the urban landscape of Nice. Scalable, the vitaminized wall sections of the young visual artist are subject to the variations of the sky and the sun. A moving and resolutely poetic creation.

What? Outdoor paintings.

When? From 14th May to 31th December 2022.

Where? MAMAC, Place Yves Klein, 06000 Nice.

How much? €20. 

Des questions ? C’est par ICI.


The most fashionable / Christian Louboutin : L‘exhibitionniste

The famous designer of red-soled pumps invades the Grimaldi Forum from July 9th to August 22nd. The retrospective – already presented in 2020 at the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris – will mix unique models and iconic pieces. A joyful odyssey enriched with Monegasque inspirations and new artistic collaborations (David Lynch, Blanca Li or Allen Jones…).

What? Iconic footwear.

When? From 9th July 2022 to 28th August 2022.

Where? Espace Ravel du Grimaldi Forum Monaco 10, avenue Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco.

How much? €6. 

Questions? Here.


The most arty / Au cœur de l’abstraction 

On the heights of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, in the heart of the Maeght Foundation, a most amazing exhibition is being prepared. From July 2nd until November 20th the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art offers an immersion into the bubbling creation of the years 1945 to 1980. On the program; the lyrical abstractions of Georges Mathieu, Hans Hartung, Pierre Soulages, the abstract expressionism of Sam Francis and Joan Mitchell, the minimal painting of Martin Barré, the geometric variations of Victor Vasarely and the kinetic sculpture of Jean Tinguely.

What? Abstract art.

When? From 2nd July to 20th November 2022.

Where? Fondation Maeght, 623, Chemin des Gardettes, 06570 Saint-Paul de Vence.

How much? €16. 

Questions? Here.


The most historic / En rêvant la Méditerranée 

This summer master glassmaker Antoine Pierini is reinventing the antique amphora. His inspiration? Ancient Greece and the peaceful Mediterranean of Albert Camus. There follows a permanent exchange between the vast residence and the contemporary artist – the works evoking the history of the millennial art of glass. Visual, auditory, steeped in history and philosophy, “En rêvant la Méditerranée” promises to be an exceptional exhibition, imbued with fragility.

What? Antique art.

When? From 24th May to 18th September.

Where? Villa Kérylos, impasse Gustave Eiffel, 06310 Beaulieu-sur-Mer.

How much? €11.50. Free for under 26 ans.

Questions? Here.


The most collaborative / Power Flower

Intoxicating, feminist, political, ecological… In the Grande Halle at 109 the flowers blossom in all their forms. More than forty artists summon here the symbolic aspects of flowers; from the metamorphosis to the evolution of the living, from power to fragility, seizing contemporary societal and environmental subjects.

What? Floral images.

When? From 17th June to 3rd September 2022.

Where? Le 109, 89 Rte de Turin, 06300 Nice.

How much? Free.

Questions? Here.


The most engaged / Hóspede, Carla Filipe 

Ebullient and political, the “host” exhibition is a real immersion into the heart of the creative process of the Portuguese artist Carla Filipe. Drawings and collages based on text, spatial interventions, and memories of individual and collective narrations brighten up the Villa Arson. A striking and colourful portrait of our society, not to be missed under any circumstances!

What? Drawings, paintings and collages.

When? From 22nd May to 28th August 2022.

Where? Villa Arson, 20 Av. Stephen Liegeard 06100 Nice. 

How much? Free. 

Questions? Here.


By Louise Ballongue / Photos: Fondation Maeght, Musée de la photographie, Flora Moscovici (MAMAC), Brunos Lopes, Tranzit Display, Le 109, Grimaldi Forum Monaco, Villa Kérylos, Musée Matisse