Nice 2015

  • Promenade(s) des Anglais


Nice's headline summer art event comprises 14 exhibitions that explore the seafront, its nature, its history, and its symbols that have inspired so many painters.


Following the 2013 success of Un été pour Matisse, which mobilised Nice's municipal museums around that painter of life's delectations, Jean-Jacques Aillagon returned this season to curate the exhibition Nice 2015, Promenade(s) des Anglais, intended to bolster Nice's candidature (backed by the former minister for communication and culture) for UNESCO World Heritage listing as a winter tourism capital. Before developing into the summer holiday destination we know today, Nice initially welcomed winter influxes of British and Russian aristocrats along with a myriad of writers, painters and musicians. This time, in addition to exhibitions in the municipal museums, three national museums are also taking part. Artworks created specially include Martin Parr's photographs at the Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image and cinematographic portraits by Marie Losier and Catherine Libert at Villa Arson. We suggest five other exhibitions to visit.


Galerie des Ponchettes
A natural history
Below the seafront avenue lies a long ribbon of grey pebbles. Gouged from the mountains then rubbed smooth by the sea-bound streams and rivers, these pebbles recount our region's geological history, but they speak to us too of human history from prehistoric times to the present day.


Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
The Prom’ for studio
For artists the shore is a fantastic playground, an open-air studio in which paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, audio creations etc. gestate. In this theatre of impermanent action and installation, down the years we find Yves Klein, Arman, Bernar Venet, Ben, Noël Dolla, and now a new generation challenging the Riviera's image of superficiality.


Museum of Fine Arts
Raoul Dufy, the Promenade as subject
Raoul Dufy used his stays in Nice to tirelessly explore the representation of the sea and to express in oils, gouaches, watercolours and drawings his inimitable vision of the city and its architecture, the bay with its light and colours. In decorative-art terms he was also one of the main proponents of the Côte d’Azur style.


Cimiez Archaeological Museum
Twenty centuries through Niçois territory
This region has always been a means of transit between Italy and Spain – the Romans built their Via Iulia Augusta along protohistoric routes. The travelling continued through medieval to modern times that have seen the construction of three corniche roads and the arrival of the railway, destin­ed to play a major role in Nice's


National Sport Museum
A world of fashion
As a theatre of leisure but competition too, Nice experienced the flirting, engagement and now passionate affair between sport and fashion. A story told through artworks, clothes and objects dating from the Roaring Twenties with Coco Chanel and René Lacoste through the post-war textiles revolution to sportswear and haute couture's casual chic.


By Tanja Stojanov