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"Raoul DUFY draws the south" in MOUGINS

Je me réjouis à l’idée de retrouver Leisa Paoli, Directrice du Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins . Une nouvelle exposition se tiendra du 23 mars 2019 au 14 juillet 2019 consacrée à  « Raoul DUFY dessine le Sud ».

Ce « petit » musée par la taille se situe à l’entrée du vieux village de MOUGINS. Entre deux célèbres restaurants gastronomiques du chef Denis FETISSON  « l’Amandier » et « La Place de Mougins » , ce musée a été fondé en 2011 par Monsieur Christian LEVETT. 

The exhibition space is spread over 3 levels. And the monthly lectures take place in the crypt in the basement. The atmosphere of these lectures is almost religious, as we are surrounded by sarcophagi and various objects from Carter's Egyptian discoveries. 

The MACM's reputation among major art institutions and the general public continues to grow. And rightly so, if visitor ratings on social networks such as Tripadvisor are anything to go by.

The private Mougins Museum of Classical Art (MACM)

This unique concept combines objects of Egyptian, Greek and Roman origin. All the major periods are represented. Artistic themes are repeated from Antiquity to the present day. Only the artists' interpretations change.

We are immersed in a long period of art history. The objects chosen by the founder help to put into perspective how ancient art continues to influence our times.

The museum, which resembles a contemporary cabinet of curiosities, offers a vast panorama covering 2,500 years of art history. 

In particular, a collection of ancient coins, which can be admired on the same plane with a sliding magnifying glass, brings to life the faces of all the Roman emperors with astonishing precision.

Next to the largest collection of Greek armor and helmets in the world, the works of WHAROL or HIRST bring us back to our time in a dizzying historical leap.

Christian LEVETT, a collector of art from Antiquity to the present day

Qu’est ce qu’un « philanthrope » aujourd’hui ? « amour de l’humanité et désintéressement » répond google !

A British collector and investment manager with a passion for history and art, the museum's founder negotiated to exhibit his private collection in the heart of the village of MOUGINS.

Raoul DUFY (Le Havre 1877- Forcalquier 1953) and the South of France

Artiste majeur de la première moitié du XXème siècle, Raoul Dufy rejoint son ami Othon Friez dès 1900 aux Beaux Beaux Arts de Paris. Les artistes impressionnistes et fauves influencent son travail « faite de poésie et de joie »,

Fanny Guillon-Laffaille, commissaire de l’exposition, précisait dans un article paru dans ART en 2003: « Ce qui fait le prix d’une aquarelle de Dufy, c’est la vivacité des couleurs ».

Outre le dessin et la peinture, il ne cesse d’explorer d’autres domaines. La céramique, tissus, gravure ainsi que la décoration et la musique ne cessent de l’intéresser. Ces oeuvres sont régulièrement exposées dans les grandes institutions française dont la dernière manifestation était organisée au musée Cocteau à MENTON sous le titre « Les couleurs du bonheur ».

According to the Artprice website, his value remains stable. What's more, its reputation is growing internationally. With over 10,500 public sales, collectors can rely on solid sources of information. In 1952, he won the Grand Prix International de peinture at the 26th Venice Biennale.

According to the website, several watercolors are sold at public auction. At SOTHEBY'S and CHRISTIES , hammer prices sometimes exceed €350,000.

For me, it's an opportunity to reconnect with the spirit of the painters who freed themselves from the formats imposed by the Académie and the Salons. Every month, we meet up with the Friends of the Museum for a friendly drink.

Join us at the next Riviera Fine-art event listed on the home page or read the previous article on the Nahmad Collection .

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