Inspiring Travel — Fondation Maeght

France's first independent art foundation, including Georges Braque, Joan Miró and Alberto Giacometti. 

For those travelling to the European summer, we recommend visiting Fondation Maeght — an artistic utopia that had been on our bucket list for some time...

Some of the art world's leading figures of the 20th-century, including Georges Braque, Joan Miró and Alberto Giacometti, came together to create this cultural institution, which hosts an exquisite modern art collection inside an architecturally significant building and garden.

La Fondation Maeght was established by Aimé and Marguerite Maeght, a visionary couple who were publishers and art dealers, and who represented and were friends with some of the most important artists of the era, including Braque, Miró and Giacometti, as well as Alexander Calder.

When we visited, the gallery was exhibiting works from Canadian painter and sculptor from Quebec Jean-Paul Riopelle. The retrospective included scrapbooks, large scale paintings, photographs, and even furniture.
The courtyard features an exceptional group of plaster sculptures by Alberto Giacometti made between 1959 and 1960.

The foundation's permanent collection, placed in the outdoor sculpture garden, includes a rotating selection of works by Calder, Takis, Miró, Jean Arp and others, plus two architecturally-definitive rooftop terraces with spectacular views, a consecrated chapel, an art library and a bookshop.

Fondation Maeght
623 Chemin des Gardettes
Saint-Paul de Vence, France.

The sculpture garden, named The Miró Labyrinth.
Photographs by Yasmine Ganley.
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