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Fernand Léger National Museum

Musée Fernand LegerMusée National Fernand LégerMusée National Fernand LégerMusée National Fernand LégerMusée National Fernand Léger
316 chemin du Val de Pôme
06410 Biot
Tél. : 04 92 91 50 30
Fax : 04 92 91 50 31
E-mail : regie.biot@rmn.fr
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Bringing together a unique collection of paintings, ceramics and drawings, the collection of the National Museum of Fernand Leger allows everyone to discover this major artist from his vanguard influences to his major cubist colourful compositions of the fifties.
His shaped contrasts and vibrant colors translate the rhythm of the machine, the poetry of the objects and the beauty of the modern city.
At the foot of the village of Biot, in a Mediterranean park, the museum offers to the visitors a rich program of exhibitions, cultural activities (educational workshops, screenings, conferences etc..) as well as audio-guides in 7 languages. The bar of the garden, opens May to October and offers a nice place to relax after the visit.
 

The museum in a few dates

 
1955, Fernand Léger in Biot
Few months before his death in 1955, Fernand Leger buys a villa, the farmhouse St. Andrew, at the foot of the village of Biot in a horticulture field. The artist then moved to the Riviera to manage the ceramics industry.
It is here that Nadia Léger, his widow, and George Bauquier, his close associate, decided to create a museum to honor him and promote the knowledge of his work. The founders gathered theirs funds and coordinate the whole project of building, designed by the architect André Svetchine. The project is designed by the landscape architect Henri Fisch. The project includes the building of a huge mosaic, originally planned by Leger for decorating the Hanover Stadium, but he never managed to realize it. The architect uses the dimensions of the project to calculate the proportions of this building, totally dedicated to the monumental work.
 
"The museum became the National Museum and such as the terms of the donation, the founders remain the directors for life."
 
1960, the creation of the museum
On the evening of May 13, 1960, an exceptional event happened at the inauguration of the Fernand Leger Museum in Biot. More than five thousand guests flocked to the opening of the first monographic museum in the region.
Under the patronage of Picasso, Braque and Chagall, the launch brings celebrities from the world literature and art, movie stars and politicians. The Fernand Léger museum hallmarks the cultural landscape of the time.
Not far from Biot, other projects on the great figures of modern art are realized soon after: in Saint Paul, Fondation Maeght in Nice in 1964 and the Musée Marc Chagall in 1969.
 
1969, State’s donation
In 1969, the founders donate to the French State Building the land and a rich collection of over three hundred pieces. André Malraux, Minister of State for Cultural Affairs received the donation during an official event at the Festival Palace in Cannes. The museum became the National museum under the terms of the donation, the founders remain directors for life.
 
1987-1990, extension of the building
In 1987, the museum is being expanded of which the design and the construction are overgone by the Ministry of Culture to the architect Bernard Schoebel. A double wing comes to extend the exhibition space. Georges Bauquier order to Heidi Melano monumental mosaics to decorate the east and west sides of the building. Those mosaics are inspired  from Fernand Léger’s master pieces:The Milan Triennale (made in 1951) and decoration of the University of Caracas (made in 1954).
 
2004-2008, the spaces are modernized
Renovations were begun in 2004. The Architect, Marc Barani is responsible for the work to restructure the exhibition spaces and improved the public reception. The furniture is given to Eric Benqué and the refurbishment of the garden landscape was given to Philippe Deliau. This new design allows a better presentation of the permanent collection. The visitor goes through the entire life of Fernand Leger. 
 
Open every day, except on tuesday, on December 25th, January 1st and May 1st
from 10am to 6pm (may - october)
from 10am to 5pm (november - april)
Visits and workshops are offered to children, families and schools throughout the year.

School holidays: series of workshops related to exhibitions temporary, but what a circus! Chagall and Léger in the land of circles in action

Christmas holidays: Monday 19/26 December 21/28 December Wednesday, Thursday December 22/29,Friday 23/30 December, Monday, January 2, 2012, 10am-noon and 2pm-4pm : But what circus! Chagall and Léger in the land of circles in action

February holidays: Monday, February 27 / March 5, 29 february/7march Wednesday, Thursday 1 / 8 March,Friday 2 / 9 March, 10h-12h and 14h-16h: But what a circus! Chagall and Léger in the land of circles in action(until March 5th)

Easter holiday: Monday 23 / 30 April, Wednesday, April 25 / May 2, Thursday, April 26 / May 3, Friday, April 27 / May 4, 10am-noon and 2pm-4pm : introduction to the work of Fernand Léger through plastic practice.

Open to the whole family. Reservations required 04 92 91 50 26.
A Sunday at the Museum: reading and moovies
Throughout the year, spend a Sunday at the museum to discover a series of lectures and screenings of films on themes dear to Fernand Léger. Conferences introduction to modern art.
 
Thursday at 7pm
Through this regular appointment, the National Museum Fernand Leger wants to offer its visitors an overview of the main currents of modern art. These conferences are accessible to all can become familiar with the great names of twentieth century and analyze the major works of each movement.
 
Please find enclosed the program of lectures and film screenings:
 
 Marcel Duchamp, The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even or The Large Glass, 1915-1923
Thursday, January 26, 2012. 7pm
Elisabeth Pacoud-Rème
This complex work, preserved in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, meets at the crossroads of multiple references, the random clustering of mechanical elements, humor and even taking into account the passage of time in a context with erotic connotations. She became a key work of modernity in the eyes of many critics.
 
Sunday, February 5, 2012. 3pm
Taking the axis because of the "circle work", this program of short films features movies that are experimenting with forms moving through various techniques.
Kiriki, Japanese acrobats of Segundo de Chomon / France / 1907 / 3 min
Kreise Oskar Fischinger / 1933 / 2 min
Kaleidoscope of Len Lye / New Zealand / 1935 / 4 min
Happy Circus by Jiri Trnka / Czechoslovakia / 1951 / 12 min
Circle II Doris Chase / United States / 1974 / 8 min
The circus of John Rabaté / France / 1986 / 6 min
The circus conference Marc Caro / France / 1989 / 4 min
Cosmic Alchemy by Larry Jordan / 2010 / 16 mm / color / sound / 23 '23
 
Composition 2, 1922 by Piet Mondrian
Thursday, February 9 2012.7pm
Maurice Fréchuret
The work entitled Composition 2, 1922 by Piet Mondrian, preserved in the collections of the Solomon R.Guggenheim New York, is a reflection of a thought plastic copy in which the Dutch artist has gradually placed all his work. The orthogonality of the forms, the choice of only primary colors is the result of a reflection on the art that goes far beyond the scope of pure aesthetics to achieve a real and new world view.
 
Sunday, March 4, 2012. 3pm
Yoyo
Pierre Etaix / France / 1964 / 1:20
Claudine Auger, Pierre Etaix, Philippe Dionnet
Ruined by the crisis of 1929, a millionaire finds his childhood sweetheart, a horsewoman, and her young son Yoyo ... They go on the road presenting a traveling circus ... "This is the best Max Linder, the best Charlot, as well as a work of profound originality, rigor, a funny, unusual tenderness ..." André Lafargue, Le Parisien, 1965
 
Barnes Dance, 1930-33 by Henri Matisse
Monday, March 15 2012.7pm
Diana Gay
Both monumental and minimum Dance was commissioned by the doctor and collector Albert C. Barnes for mural decoration of the main hall of its foundation in Merion (Pa.). It reflects the ability of Matisse to go beyond the easel and integrate architectural space in a binding obliged, in this case, to make several versions. Source of technical innovations, this exceptional project was already the subject of its first major order for home decorative Russian S. Shchukin in 1909-1910.
 
The keys to Mona Lisa, 1930 by Fernand Léger
Monday, April 12 2012.7pm
Diana Gay
Belonging to the collection of the Musee National Fernand Léger, the Mona Lisa key to the result of a long search for the artist who closes the series of objects in space. In a similar vein of research surreal contrasts of meaning, colors and shapes undermine the iconic character of the famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci materialize and the credo of the artist: to create an art of his time, accessible and all participants on equal terms with the dynamism of modern aesthetics.
 
Saturday, May 12, 2012. 9pm - open-air museum on the plaza
Treasure Island
Raoul Ruiz / France, Great Britain, USA / 1986 / 1:55 / Votsf
With Melvil Poupaud, Anna Karina, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Martin Landau, Sheila ...
Imagine a world where everything is where everything is Thurs risk, competition, and random simulation.Imagine that in such a world, children's books have become sacred texts. "The whole story is immortal saying all films by Raoul Ruiz. Hence many delights and pleasures too, and of terror "Serge Daney
 
Saturday, June 23, 2012. 10pm - outdoor
Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania
Jonas Mekas / 1971-1972 / 16 mm / color / sound / 1:22 / vostf
"The biggest film to date of the poet and filmmaker Jonas Mekas, this highly personal film dating from 1971 on his first trip to Semeniskiai, Lithuania, the village where he grew up, after an absence of 25 years ..." Jonathan Rosenbaum
 
Sunday, September 2, 2012. 3pm
Three short films, worked with the question of memory, its transmission, violence tearing the country of birth.
The Accomplices by Nora Martirosyan / 2009 / France / 0:39
A trip to Portugal Primetens Stone / 2000 / France / 0:13
Border Laura Waddington / 2004 / France-UK / 0:27
 
Sunday, October 7, 2012. 3pm
Tempo di viaggio
Andrei Tarkovsky and Tonino Guerra / Italy / 1983 / 1:12 / vostf
Recognition in the film Nostalgia, the writer and screenwriter Tonino Guerra leads Andrei Tarkovsky among the traditional beauty of Italy. (...) This trip is an opportunity for the two men begin a reflection on the role of the artist ... After shooting Nostalghia, Tarkovsky not return to Russia, this film is also the first time in exileTarkovsky.
 
Free admission
Prices subject to change
 
Permanent collection: € 5.50
Reduced price: € 4
Groups: € 5 (from 10 persons)
Free for children under 26 (EU) and the first Sunday of the month
 
The rates are increased by € 1 to € 2 during temporary exhibition:
For the duration of the exhibition But what circus! Light circles in the country in action
(December 3, 2011 to March 5, 2012): € 6.50, reduced € 5, € 6 groups (from 10)

Par l'autoroute, sortie Villeneuve-Loubet RN7, puis direction Antibes, à 2km prendre direction Biot (suivre les flèches)

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