Musee d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain - MAMAC, Nice

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    Musee d'Art Moderne at d'Art Contemporain

    by vivalasteph Written Nov 14, 2003

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    MAMAC is a wonderful modern art museum, just a block from Place Garibaldi. They have recently benefitted from a donation of over two hundred works directly from the artist Niki de Saint-Phalle. Her collection includes sculptures, paintings, and lots of photographs and letters of her time with Yves Tanguy. Her playful work has found a perfect setting on the French Riviera.

    The permanent collection contains some of the most influential artists of the second half of the twentieth century, including Yves Klein, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and local favorite Ben.

    The building itself is worth a visit. Small enough to take in everything in an hour or two, and walk up to the roof terrace for a spectacular view of the city. There are ramps and walkways, leading you around the rooftop, with a garden on one side.

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    by NSEW Updated Apr 20, 2005

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    on the rooftop

    i dig modern art and this museum houses a variety of great stuff. a few andy warhol's, robert indiana's, ben vautier, yves klein, and one keith haring!!!!

    they also have a few pieces on the roof of the museum and you can walk the full circle of the museum rooftop allowing for FANTASTIC photos! my time on the roof was the best. no one was out there. i could just relax and take in the extraordinary views and the happenings in the arts courtyard.

    oh and handy tip: it's closed on monday.

    free entrance on 1st and 3rd sunday of every month.

    4 euros regular. 2.50 student.

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    View from the top of Mamac (museum of modern art)

    by Elainehead Updated Mar 3, 2012

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    I'm not a big fan of museums and I wasn't impressed by Mamac, however the entrance is free and besides all the art stuff, they also offer clean and free toilets, but also free luggage storage. Apart all that stuff, you have a great view from their roof top.

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    Don't miss the Modern Art Museum

    by Beausoleil Written Aug 11, 2013

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    One of the things we love about France is the proliferation of modern art. They aren't content to sit on their laurels and enjoy their already-famous works; they delight in displaying new artists in every possible venue. The ones that become icons of the modern movement go into the modern art museums and the one in Nice is particularly well stocked and well displayed.

    There is also the lovely roof garden if you need a break from modern art. And outside there is another garden leading down to the administrative offices. There are art works in this garden and no charge to walk there.

    Some of the exhibits are interactive so it's great fun for the younger members of your family even if you are not a huge fan of modern art. We've thoroughly enjoyed our visits there and the views from the windows and the roof-top garden are stunning.

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    Gardens in unusual places . . . with view!

    by Beausoleil Written Jun 23, 2005

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    If you visit the Nice Museum of Modern Art, take the time to visit the roof garden. Gardens do not need to be at ground level to be interesting. The roof garden not only is a lovely garden, it has fabulous views in every direction. On a clear day you can see the surrounding mountains, the lovely bay and all of Nice spread out below you.

    On a windy day . . . hold on to your hat!!

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    Modern art mayhem at MAMAC

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Feb 26, 2014

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    Musee D'Art Moderne et D'Art Contemporain or MAMAC is Nice's version of Tate Modern and every bit as full of modern art mayhem and madness. Featuring work from the 1960's and '70's to the present time, it highlights and looks at the connections between New European realism and American Pop Art. This is what it says on the official blurb but in truth this is the kind of art that speaks for itself and you can enjoy it without necessarily knowing a lot about it. Apart from looking out for the work of Niki de Saint Phalle and Yves Klein, l just wandered through the exhibits and enjoyed them at face value without worrying too much about context or significance.

    The building itself is quite an architectural exhibit to start with and from the bustling plaza at entrance level to the very top roof terrace, it's a fun and vibrant space. Ground and first floor are usually given over to current exhibitions with the permanent collection on the top two floors. When we visited in October the current exhibition was a sort of homage to Matisse and featured work by other artists which referenced some of the artist's most famous paintings.

    The permanent collection is now online and you can visit it on MAMAC's website. For me the highlight was definitely the whole room full of Niki de Saint Phalle's monumental feminist sculptures. Seeing Yves Klein's work - and especially some of the more unusual exploits with his models - was fascinating also but every room and every floor just got better and better. If you like modern art you'll be in heaven here and even if you're not such a fan, you'll love the glorious views of Nice from the different vantage points throughout the building, culminating in the magnificent roof terraces.

    Entry to MAMAC is free and it's open every day except Mondays from 10.00 to 18.00. Photography is allowed as long as you don't use flash and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. IMO, a great way to spend an afternoon in a stimulating and culturally enriching environment with the added bonus of panoramic views of Nice unfolding on all sides.

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    by tyler-durden Updated Aug 1, 2003
    Nice modern art museum

    Musee d'Art Moderne is the modern art museum in Nice. When I was there a temporary exhibit of giant jackrabbit bronze scuptures was on display. I'll have to look up the artist. I'll have to look up the artist. The side of the museum facing the Acropolis Theater which has some communist and modern sculptures and a big garden area.

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