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Conceived during the artist's lifetime and inaugurated in 1973, this national museum presents the largest public collection of the painter Marc Chagall (1887-1985). The permanent collection presents works inspired by certain episodes of the Bible(Genesis, Exodus, Song of Songs) which the painter considered to be the greatest source of poetry of all time.

The museum's collection originated with the donation of the Biblical Message in 1966, supplemented by the collection given by Marc Chagall and his wife Valentina Brodsky in 1972, adding all the preparatory work and many other works (gouaches, engravings, sculptures, lithographs, ceramics, mosaics, etc.). It is a unique set (nearly 900 works today) where technical virtuosity, colorful inventions and universal message of peace are combined that Chagall wished to transmit to future visitors of his museum. Located in Cimiez, the museum is surrounded by a Mediterranean garden, designed by landscape architect Henri Fisch, in a harmony of greens, whites and blues. Its open and luminous architecture was designed by André Hermant, in collaboration with Chagall himself, who wished to build a "house" to house his painted cycle of the Biblical Message. The artist also offered monumental works: the stained glass window of The Creation of the World, which bathes the concert hall in its blue light, and the mosaic of the Prophet Elijah , which is reflected in the museum's outdoor pool.

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Quality Tourism. Open all year round. Every day except Tuesday, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. Open, from November to April, from 10am to 5pm. From May to October, from 10am to 6pm. Free of charge until 26 years old. Outside the exhibition: 10€ (reduced 8€). Groups (10 pers.): 6,50 €. Supplement of 2 € during temporary exhibitions. Visioguides in LSF and audioguides. Guided tour (duration 1h. Charge). Restaurant. Store. Animations.

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➥ MARC CHAGALL. THE PASSER OF LIGHT

From 2021-09-10 to 2022-01-18

"For me, a stained glass window represents the transparent partition between my heart and the heart of the world. Stained glass is exhilarating, it needs gravity, passion. It must live through the perceived light." Marc Chagall.

In this exhibition conceived in partnership with the Centre Pompidou-Metz, the exhibition Marc Chagall, stained glass and its techniques. A transcendent exhibition between spirituality and light.

More info on : https://musees-nationaux-alpesmaritimes.fr/chagall/agenda/evenement/marc-chagall-le-passeur-de-lumiere

Individual and group tours

The Marc Chagall National Museum offers guided tours for adults. These tours offer an opportunity to discover the permanent collection of the Biblical Message as well as the temporary exhibitions.

Individual tours are available in French, English and Italian, and
group tours are available in French, English, Italian, German, Russian and Polish
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More info on : https://musees-nationaux-alpesmaritimes.fr/chagall/ma-visite
Visiteurs devant les œuvres de Marc Chagall, Salle du Message Biblique. - ©© Photo : Nice, musées nationaux du XXè siècle des Alpes-Maritimes / Gilles Ehrentrant © ADAGP, Pari
Visiteurs devant les œuvres de Marc Chagall, Salle du Message Biblique.
©© Photo : Nice, musées nationaux du XXè siècle des Alpes-Maritimes / Gilles Ehrentrant © ADAGP, Pari

Visits - Creative workshops for young people and families

Enjoy a great family time at the Marc Chagall National Museum.

Designed by our guide-lecturers for children aged 4 and over, these tours provide an insight into the work and life of Marc Chagall through educational content based on colour.

To find out more, visit our website.

More info on : https://musees-nationaux-alpesmaritimes.fr/chagall/visites-individuelles-et-visites-creatives
Visite créative devant Noé et l'arc-en-ciel, Marc Chagall, 1961-1966, au musée national Marc Chagall, à Nice. - ©Photo : DR / © Musées nationaux du XXe s des Alpes-Maritimes
Visite créative devant Noé et l'arc-en-ciel, Marc Chagall, 1961-1966, au musée national Marc Chagall, à Nice.
©Photo : DR / © Musées nationaux du XXe s des Alpes-Maritimes

LABELLED REMARKABLE ARCHITECTURE OF THE 20TH CENTURY

"I would also like this place to display works of art and documents of high spirituality from all peoples, and to hear their music and poetry guided by the heart. It was with this desire that Marc Chagall, at the age of 80, donated a large number of works to the State in 1966 and 1972, with the support of André Malraux, with a view to building a museum.


The architect André Hermant (1908-1978) was chosen to carry out this project. He graduated from the École spéciale d'architecture in 1933, was a former collaborator of Auguste Perret and Le Corbusier, and was a member of the UAM (Union of Modern Artists). In the 1950s, he was one of the first architects to work on redefining the architecture of museums in France. In Nice, true to his convictions, he proposed a sober and functional building: a great rigour seemed necessary to him in order to meet the museographic constraints, while keeping the discretion necessary to a good development of the works.

Built in the Cimiez district, on a vast plot of land donated by the city of Nice, the building was inaugurated in 1973.

More info on : https://musees-nationaux-alpesmaritimes.fr/chagall/actualite/musee-chagall-labellise-architecture-remarquable-du-xxe-siecle
Bâtiment et terrasse du musée national Marc Chagall, Nice - ©© Photo : Gilles Ehrentrant © ADAGP, Paris, 2021.
Bâtiment et terrasse du musée national Marc Chagall, Nice
©© Photo : Gilles Ehrentrant © ADAGP, Paris, 2021.

The Marc Chagall National Museum: from mosaics to stained glass

In 1971, Marc Chagall designed a mosaic for his future museum, to be discovered along the way.It was placed on one of the outside walls of the Biblical Message room and is reflected in a pool.

Chagall chose a biblical subject for his mosaic. An Old Testament figure occupies the centre of the workthe centre of the work: it is the prophet Elijah, taken up to heaven in a chariot of fire. Elijah enters the celestial universe: he is surrounded by theconstellations that make up the zodiac. Around him, in a concentric circle, are representations of animals, human figuresof animals, human figures or objects associated with each of the twelve signs of the zodiac. In ancient times, thesein antiquity, these motifs were found alongside the chariot of the Sun, Helios. By mixing biblical and ancient references, Chagall delivers acosmic vision of the universe, bathed in Mediterranean light.

The stained glass windows in the museum's auditorium are dedicated to the theme of the Creation of the World. They were created by Marc Chagall andby the master glass artist Charles Marcq (1923-2006).Inspired by Genesis, Chagall stretches the story of the first seven days of the world before the visitor's eyes.


Marc Chagall, en collaboration avec Charles Marq, La Création du Monde, vitrail, 1971-1972. Vue de l'auditorium du musée national Marc Chagall, Nice - ©Musées nationaux du XXe siècle des Alpes-Maritimes / Gilles Ehrentrant © ADAGP, Paris, 2021.
Marc Chagall, en collaboration avec Charles Marq, La Création du Monde, vitrail, 1971-1972. Vue de l'auditorium du musée national Marc Chagall, Nice
©Musées nationaux du XXe siècle des Alpes-Maritimes / Gilles Ehrentrant © ADAGP, Paris, 2021.
Mosaïque de Marc Chagall, - ©Musées nationaux du XXe siècle des Alpes-Maritimes / Gilles Ehrentrant © ADAGP, Paris, 2021.
Mosaïque de Marc Chagall,
©Musées nationaux du XXe siècle des Alpes-Maritimes / Gilles Ehrentrant © ADAGP, Paris, 2021.

Owner's Message MARC CHAGALL NATIONAL MUSEUM

In 1969, the Minister of Culture, André Malraux, decided to build a museum to preserve the Biblical Message cycle, its preparatory works and many other works after they had been donated to the State by Marc Chagall and his wife.


Chagall followed the project with interest andin 1973 the artist was present at the inauguration of the national museum Message Biblique Marc Chagall, together with André Malraux and the Minister of Culture at the time, Maurice Druon.

Until his death in 1985, Marc Chagall accompanied the first years of the institution's life. He was present at the opening of exhibitions and, thanks to his friendly relations, launched a prestigious concert policy.

After Chagall's death, the museum benefited from the deposit of a large part of the dation (a procedure that allows the payment of inheritance rights in works of art. The Chagall dation included more than 300 works). New acquisitions gradually enriched the collections and, thanks to the support of the painter's heirs, the museum became a fully-fledged monographic museum, testifying to both the spirituality of the artist's work and its inclusion in the artistic trends of the 20th century.


Timetable MARC CHAGALL NATIONAL MUSEUM

Monday 10:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 17:00
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 17:00

Members' reviews on MARC CHAGALL NATIONAL MUSEUM

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Manej
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Visited in march 2020
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Musée absolument superbe. Très belle exposition sur Chagall et la mythologie grecque. A voir absolument.
glnice
4/5
Visited in february 2017
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Magnifique musée ave oeuvres maîtresse de Marc Chagall. Bâtiment magnifique, collections permanentes superbes et il y a de très belles expositions temporaires, notamment celle consacrée actuellement à Henri Olivier
fute_75144
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Visited in april 2016
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Le musée Chagall à Nice permet de découvrir cet artiste atypique. Ouvert en 1973, ce musée comprend un auditorium avec de magnifiques vitraux sur le thème de la création du monde, conçus par Chagall lui-même. Un bel endroit à découvrir. Des concerts y sont régulièrement organisés.
aude-marie
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Très intéressant même pour ceux qui ne sont pas passionnés par l’art comme moi. Je ne connaissais pas ce peintre avant et ca a été une vrai découverte : peintures lumineuses et colorées, un vrai régal pour les yeux !
laure557
4/5
Un musée dédié aux oeuvres de Chagall , pas seulement des peintures, également des vitraux et une grande mosaïque ! Il y aura forcément une oeuvre qui va vous émouvoir ou vous étonner et vous voudrez vous en souvenir. Nous nous sommes même laissés tenter par un petit souvenir acheté à la boutique du musée.
De passage à Nice c'est un beau musée à visiter absolument.

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