Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Nice

One of the best things about the Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain in Nice is its architecture.

Visitors flock to the rooftop walkway, which affords a wonderful 360° vista of the city. Note that it would be very difficult to access with a stroller or wheelchair.

Here are just a couple of the photos I took while on the rooftop.

Yves Klein is a favourite son of Nice, and a good part of the display space is devoted to his work. But my eye was taken with this "shaped canvas" by Tom Wesselmann, who had a major show at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Montreal a couple of years ago.

Tom Wesselmann, Still Life #56, 1967 - 69
oil on canvas

Robert Rauschenberg is one of my favourite modern artists.

Robert Rauschenberg, "Ruby Goose (spread)",
tableau-collage, 1979
I like the way he used found materials, including textiles, pushing the limit as to what constituted "acceptable" media in fine art.
detail from "Ruby Goose (spread)"
Note the use of printed, commercial cotton,
an acrylic ruler and a well-worn glove
French artist Niki de Saint Phalle is given a lot of exhibition space as well. As with Yves Klein, there is much biographical information on display, along with many photos of the artist at work and with family and friends.

Niki de Saint Phalle, Fountain aux Quatre Nanas,
1974-91, polyester, paint
And what would any collection of modern art be without an Andy Warhol or two?

Andy Warhol, Dollar Sign, 1981
acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
The MAMAC was an interesting destination for an art enthusiast in Nice, but the building itself, with its welcoming entrance and its generous spaces and lighting, was as much an attraction for me as the art on display.

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