Exhibitions to See in 2023 on the French Riviera and Monaco

Museums, Foundations, exhibition venues announce their program for 2023. Among the flagship exhibitions, the Chagall Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary and Monet will flood the Grimaldi Forum Monaco with light.

Jean Widmer exhibition
Concrete on a daily basis
From January 14 to April 09, 2023
Concrete Art Space

The eac is devoting its first highlight of the 2023 exhibition to one of the emblematic figures of graphic design in France.
Jean Widmer (1929, Switzerland), is a Swiss graphic designer, designer of numerous visual identity programs. Arriving in France in the 1950s, he became an emblematic figure in graphic design. In 1972, the motorway companies commissioned Jean Widmer to produce cultural signage for the motorways in the south of France to break the monotony of car journeys while arousing the motorist’s curiosity for the natural space, the artistic heritage, architectural and urban of the regions crossed. This set recently returned to the collections of the Cnap will be presented at the eac. in an exhibition that will retrace the key achievements of this immense designer. Less well-known, his pictorial and sculptural practices will also be shown within the framework of this project, establishing a natural link with the aesthetics of concrete art in Zurich.

Chagall and me!
Exhibition on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Chagall Museum
From January 28, 2023 to January 8, 2024
Marc Chagall National Museum
Avenue du Doctor Menard – 06000 Nice

In 2023, we will celebrate fifty years since the creation of the Marc Chagall National Museum. Inaugurated by the artist on his birthday, July 7, 1973, the museum or rather the house that Chagall wanted to house the cycle of the Biblical Message still bears today a powerful universal message: “Since my early youth, I was captivated by the Bible. It has always seemed to me and still seems to me to be the greatest source of poetry of all time. […] The world is for me like a great desert in which my soul prowls like a torch, I made these paintings in unison with this distant dream. I wanted to leave them in this House so that men try to find there a certain peace, a certain spirituality, a religiosity, a meaning of life. Marc Chagall, inauguration speech of the Marc Chagall National Museum, 1973
The exhibition Chagall and me! invites 12 personalities of today (artists, writers, dancers, musicians…) to share their contemporary reading of these paintings. This Chagall and I! will reveal many surprises and will be accompanied by a rich program that will culminate on July 7, 2023, the anniversary of Marc Chagall and the museum.

The art of the portrait, feature for feature
Exhibition of 60 portraits of personalities and anonymous people by Paul Lebrun
From February 15 to 22, 2023
Le Rouret

Grace Kelly, Charles Aznavour, Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Hallyday, Patrick Fiori, Ray Charles, Pierre Richard, Romy Schneider… Celebrities or anonymous, Paul Lebrun, artist from Bar-sur-Loup, is renowned for his drawing and painting portraits.
He has already drawn more than a thousand, many of them from life.
A know-how that art lovers will be able to admire at Le Rouret, during the exhibition “L’art du portrait, trait pour trait” which will take place at the Coin des Artistes – Maison du Terroir (9 route d’Opio).
Paul Lebrun will exhibit 60 portraits there (personalities, jazz musicians, great navigators, actors, singers, etc.) in watercolor, charcoal, red chalk and wash.

“Cross Portraits” by Sacha Goldberger
Thirty-eight portraits made in 2021 and 2022
From February 22 to March 22, 2023
Outdoors on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice

“Crossed portraits” is the crazy idea of ​​a unique series of photos from the mind of Sacha Goldberger, which transforms personalities from cinema, song, theater or literature into figures emblematic of the culture, real or fictitious, current or historical.
Sacha Goldberger was able to produce a gallery of sometimes moving, often funny portraits which are all tributes in images to artistic diversity and the mix of cultures.
Thus Mathieu Chedid transforms into Charlot, Guillaume Gallienne into Molière, Zaz into Marlène Dietrich, Kev Adams into Mona Lisa, Caroline Vigneaux into Wonder Woman, Olivia Ruiz into Barbarella, Mathilda May into Colette, Bartabas into Don Quixote, Johan Sfar into Barbe Bleue , Renaud Capuçon as Buster Keaton, Irène Frain as Princess Leia, Alexandre Jardin as Dracula….

The Mysterious Marthe Solange
From March 11, 2023
Bonnard Museum
16 Boulevard Sadi Carnot, 06110 Le Cannet

The Bonnard Museum is hosting the first major exhibition in France of the works of the muse and wife of Pierre Bonnard, who chose pastel as his medium of prediction. In 1893, Pierre Bonnard met Maria Boursin (1869-1942) who would become his main model and then his wife. The young woman introduces herself to him as Marthe de Méligny and claims to descend from a family of the Italian aristocracy. She is actually a saleswoman in an artificial flower business and comes from a modest family in Berry. She will reveal, constrained and forced, her true identity, only in 1925, on the occasion of her marriage with the painter. The first name Marthe will remain with her and, having learned to paint, she will exhibit in the 1920s under the name of Marthe Solange.

The Inner Island
Curator: Jean-Marie Gallais
From April 29 to November 5, 2023
Villa Carmignac – Porquerolles island

Putting the insular situation of the Carmignac Foundation in Porquerolles into abyss, the exhibition L’îleintérieur, imagined by Jean-Marie Gallais, explores an essential driving force of creation, as powerful as it is common: the distancing of reality to reveal a interiority. If contemporary art has never been so political and in touch with the world, a whole section of creation, painting in particular, seems to detach itself from it to offer dizzying dives into interior worlds and folds. What does this deviation from reality mean today? More than 80 works by around fifty artists, from public and private collections, from the Carmignac collection but also from productions draw the dotted outlines of an inner island whose gaps each visitor will fill in their own way. From Peter Doig to Anna-Eva Bergman, from Ali Cherri to Auguste Rodin, the exhibition proposes to confront visitors with these floating worlds outside known geographies and temporalities.

Riopelle Exhibition
Opening July 1, 2023
Maeght Foundation
623 chemin des Gardettes, 06570 Saint-Paul de Vence

The Maeght Foundation is currently closed for structural work as part of its extension project. It will reopen its doors on July 1, 2023, in its current configuration, to present its major summer exhibition dedicated to Quebec artist Jean-Paul Riopelle. The new exhibition spaces will open in 2024 on the occasion of its 60th anniversary.
Discover the extension projects:

Monet In Full Light
From July 8 to September 3, 2023
Every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
h – Late night Thursdays until 10 p.m.
Grimaldi forum – Monaco
10, avenue Princess Grace Monaco 98000

Curator: Marianne Mathieu, former director of the Musée Marmottan Monet (Paris).
Price: €9 Presale price until June 30
Free for children under 18 but they will have to collect a ticket from the Grimaldi Forum
The great summer exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum is devoted to Monet, the father of Impressionism. An exceptional exhibition, as part of the celebration of the 140th anniversary of Claude Monet’s first stopover in the Principality of Monaco, which will present more than 100 paintings thanks to loans from numerous international institutions and will take a new look at the master’s work.
Illustration: Claude Monet – Villas at Bordighera, 1884 (detail) – Oil on canvas, 61 x 74 cm – Claude Monet – Sammlung Hasso Plattner

Henri-Edmond Cross, in the light of the Var
” the most beautiful country in the world “
From July 11 to November 14, 2023
Annonciade Museum
2 Place Georges Grammont
83990 Saint Tropez

Like his friends Georges Seurat and Paul Signac, Cross is one of the main actors of Neo-Impressionism and his role is essential in the history of the liberation of color. He adopted the technique of tonal division in 1891 and remained faithful to it until his death in 1910, when he was considered one of the fathers of modernity.
Born in Douai, he participated in the founding of the Salon des Indépendants in Paris, before leaving the capital in 1891 to settle permanently in the Var, in Cabasson, then in Saint-Clair near Le Lavandou. A choice that made him a pioneer, with more and more artists leaving the North to live on the shores of the Mediterranean at the turn of the century. It was indeed on the advice of Cross that Signac discovered Saint-Tropez in 1892. Both would therefore encourage many painters such as Théo Van Rysselberghe or Henri Matisse to pay homage to the Var landscape.
Because the work of Cross is therefore essentially devoted to the celebration of the colors and the light of the landscapes of the Var. “For three days, the Mistral has been blowing like a storm under an implacably blue sky. {…} The light is of an adorable quality. I still believe that this country is the most beautiful in the world. he wrote in 1906 to his friend and biographer Lucie Cousturier.
The exhibition brings together around fifty painted works, which will show the progression of Cross’s art, from the first neo-impressionist landscapes painted in 1891-1892 to works bursting with color and sensuality, where the theme of the nude is associated with that of abundant Mediterranean vegetation.
Illustration: Henri-Edmond Cross, Provençal Landscape, 1898, Wallraf Richartz Museum, Köln © Rheinisches Bildarchiv, Rolf Zimmermann

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Exhibitions to See in 2023 on the French Riviera and Monaco – 2023