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Musée d'art moderne et d'art contemporain

Coordinates: 43°42′05″N 7°16′43″E / 43.7014°N 7.2785°E / 43.7014; 7.2785
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Musée d'art moderne et d'art contemporain
Musée d'art moderne et d'art contemporain is located in Nice
Musée d'art moderne et d'art contemporain
Location within Nice
Established21 June 1990 (1990-06-21)
LocationPlace Yves Klein - 06364 Nice cedex 4 FRANCE
Coordinates43°42′05″N 7°16′43″E / 43.7014°N 7.2785°E / 43.7014; 7.2785
TypeArt museum
Visitors135714 per year (2012)

The MAMAC is closed as of Jan 2024 for four years of renovations. [1]

The Musée d'art moderne et d'art contemporain (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art), also known as MAMAC, is a museum dedicated to modern art and contemporary art. It opened on 21 June 1990, in Nice, France.[2]

In 2010, the museum welcomed 162,951 visitors, making it the second most frequently visited single site in Nice.[3]


The Museum is located near the Place Garibaldi. It was designed by two architects, Yves Bayard and Henri Vidal, and is shaped as a tetrapod arch straddling the course of the Paillon. The monumentality of the project developed to cross the Paillon allows connection through a terrace, called the Promenade des Arts, from the Museum to the Theater. With its square plan, the architecture of the building is inspired by neo-classicism rules. The available area is approximately 4,500 m2, distributed over ten showrooms. The facades are covered with smooth white Carrara marble. The entrance and the shop are located at the level of the esplanade Niki de Saint Phalle, which overlooks the Place Yves Klein. The gallery spaces are devoted to temporary exhibitions on the first floor, and the permanent collections are on the second and third floors. The entrance is free and opens daily from 10.00 am to 6:00 pm, except on Mondays and some holidays.[4]


The collections present an overview of the artistic creations considered as avant-garde, from the late 1950s to today, which belong to different movements:[5][6]

Donations and deposits[edit]

Since the opening, Yves Klein has a room which displays approximately twenty of his works, several of them belonging to the permanent collection of the museum.

In October 2001, Niki de Saint Phalle bequeathed a large part of her collection to the city of Nice for the museum. The donation consists of 170 works including 63 paintings and sculptures, 18 prints, 40 lithographs, serigraphs, and 54 many original documents.[7]

In 2004, artist Albert Chubac gave a hundred works to the Museum.[8]

In 2010, the collector Khalil Nahoul offered 94 art pieces (paintings, drawings, prints).[9]

Temporary exhibitions[edit]

Since the opening of the Museum on June 21, 1990, over 213 exhibitions have been presented.

  • 3 exhibitions are actually running (May 2013)
  • 8 exhibitions were shown at the Galerie des Ponchettes
  • 34 exhibitions were shown in the display cabinet
  • 89 exhibitions were shown at the Museum's Galery
  • 79 exhibitions were shown in the Museum


  • Musée d'art moderne et d'art contemporain, Éditions des Arts graphiques, Nice, 1997 (ISBN 2901412785)


  1. ^ https://monacolife.net/nices-mamac-closes-for-four-years-of-extensive-renovations/
  2. ^ "Musée d'art moderne et d'art contemporain".
  3. ^ "Église russe : on n'entre plus... pour l'instant".
  4. ^ "Infos / Tourisme Nice >> Culture Nice >> Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain" (in French). cote.azur.fr. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Musée d'Art moderne et d'Art contemporain de Nice" (in French). evene.fr. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Accueil / Culture / Musées et expositions / M.A.M.A.C" (in French). Nice Côte d'Azur. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  7. ^ Nice Matin (in French). Nice: Nice-Matin Group. 12 October 2001. {{cite journal}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Nice Matin (in French). Nice: Nice-Matin Group. 28 January 2004. {{cite journal}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "#MAMAC , Nice's Modern Art and Contemporary Art Museum. [VIDEO-PHOTO GALLERY]". ItalyRivierAlps. 2015-06-19. Retrieved 2023-05-04.

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