Fernand Léger Museum

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Fernand Léger Museum
Musée national Fernand Léger
façade of the museum, with coloured mosaic
Established1960
LocationBiot, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Coordinates43°37′20″N 7°06′46″E / 43.6222°N 7.1129°E / 43.6222; 7.1129Coordinates: 43°37′20″N 7°06′46″E / 43.6222°N 7.1129°E / 43.6222; 7.1129
Typeart museum
Collection sizepaintings, designs, ceramics, bronzes and tapestries of Fernand Léger.
Websiteen.musees-nationaux-alpesmaritimes.fr/fleger
Sculpture in the gardens of the museum

The Fernand Léger Museum, French: Musée national Fernand Léger, is a French national museum in Biot, Alpes-Maritimes, in south-eastern France. It is dedicated to the work of the twentieth-century artist Fernand Léger. Although originally privately owned, it is now a state museum entitled to style itself Musée de France.

History[edit]

In 1955, Fernand Léger bought a villa in Biot, called Mas Saint-Andre, and died soon afterwards.[1] The museum was built on the property after the death of the artist in 1955 by Nadia Léger and Georges Bauquier [fr], to designs by the architect Andreï Svetchine; an earlier design by Paul Nelson had been rejected. Construction began in 1957, and the museum opened in 1960.[2] The gardens were designed by Henri Fish and contain sculptures based on Léger's work.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leger Museum in Biot. Facts. Visits". Paris Digest. 2018. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  2. ^ Un musée, un artiste: Le bâtiment (in French). Biot: Musée national Fernand Léger. Archived 25 November 2006.
  3. ^ Un musée, un artiste: Le jardin (in French). Biot: Musée national Fernand Léger. Archived 25 November 2006.