It’s not a private home but it has all the attributes. A building non-too big, winding gardens, rooms of generous proportions without being excessive, it’s all too easy to imagine oneself sipping a lemonade in a hammock under the umbrella pines or lunching among friends overlooking the pristine landscape.
This small paradise between the French Alpes and the Mediterranean, not far from Nice and right next to the historic town Saint Paul de Vence, enveloped in bold architecture – as conceived by Josep Lluís Sert – is the Foundation Maeght.
A cultural and artistic hotspot, it was founded by Aimé and Marguerite Maeght to present modern and contemporary art in all its splendor.
Much like the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, the atmosphere is warm and intimate as you wander past beautiful paintings and sculptures, inside and out with a labyrinth of Miró, a mosaic by Chagall or a fountain by Bury.
This harmony between the galleries, the building’s exterior and the sculpture garden makes for such a pleasant experience that could only be achieved through the strictest collaboration between architect, artists and owners.
So if you’re passing through the Côte d’Azur, as is the case with the Peggy Guggenheim if you decided on Venice this summer, it’s a must. If you’re a regular to the region, the spectacular temporary exhibitions – Eduardo Arroyo at the moment – are a reason to return. Story of not forgetting museums during your time in the sun!