“La joie de vivre”, one of Picasso’s major works of art. A sigh of happiness: the happiness found here in Antibes! On one side, the Château Grimaldi, turned into the Picasso museum, where he happily painted; on the other side, below the building, the Mediterranean sea, divinely represented in his works. To visit without compromise! The town, with a strong reputation for art and music, attracts a great number of jazz fans. Not forgetting the beauty of the beaches and its prestigious heritage. The Picasso museum is hosting over 150 works of art by Picasso from 28 March to 21 June 2009.
Picasso, 1945-1949: The period of renewal
To see and to do
- The Picasso Museum: the museum occupies renovated buildings since July 2008. It houses a unique collection of works (paintings, drawings and ceramics) that Picasso created during his stay in Antibes.
Part of the museum is also devoted to the works of Nicolas de Staël and a collection of modern art from 20th-century artists: Arman, Klein, Magnelli, Picabia, etc.
- A walk in Cap d’Antibes: the sea, luxurious villas, big hotels, lush vegetation, etc.: Cap d’Antibes, dominated by the Garoupe lighthouse, is an invitation to reverie and strolling with the sun on one’s face.
- The Safranier district: tall houses, narrow, cobbled streets, the smell of spices… this is the district of Safranier, the emblematic Provençal district where traditional festivities take place.
- Juan-les-Pins: internationally known thanks in particular to its jazz festival, this seaside resort is a paradise for swimmers during the day and night-owls in the evening.
- Marineland: the biggest sea park in Europe. Don’t miss: the killer whale pool, the dolphin and seal show, the shark tunnel, the stingray pool, the jellyfish odyssey, the tropical aquariums and reefs, etc.
- The Hans Hartung Bergman foundation: a leader in lyrical abstraction, Hans Hartung came to live in Antibes in 1972, where he built a house and studios. With his wife, Anna-Eva Bergman, also an artist, he experienced a period of intense activity until his death. This residence is now home to the Hartung foundation, one of the biggest artists’ foundations in the world in terms of its wealth and quality of its works.
- Jazz in Juan: at the heart of the Pinède Gould, the longest-running European jazz festival takes place each summer. Resolutely modern, open to the most creative forms of music, “Jazz à Juan” welcomes the biggest jazz artists and musicians. In 2010 it will celebrate its fiftieth birthday.
11 Place de Gaulle - 06600 Antibes Juan-les-Pins
T: 0033 497 23 11 11