Picasso Museum in Antibes

The Musee Picasso is in the seaside Chateau Grimaldi in the old town of Antibes.

In 1946 Picasso spent a joyous year in Antibes using the 2nd floor of this magnificent chateau as his workshop, and at the end of that year gave several important works to the city, including 44 drawings and 23 paintings, among them some of his most famous.

How to get there:  From Nice, you can take the 200 bus for 1.50€ which will take an hour, or take the train for 4.60€ which will take 30 minutes.  The Picasso Museum is in the Old Town on the seaside.

Hours: Summer (June 15-Sept. 15) 10am-6pm, plus open late on Tuesdays and Fridays in July and August until 8pm.  Winter Hours: 10am-noon then 2pm-6pm. Closed Mondays; plus Jan. 1, May 1, Nov. 1, and Christmas.

Tickets: 6€ for adults, but reduced to 3€ for seniors over 65, students and teachers with institution ID.  Free for children under 18, and handicapped persons.

Free Days:  Twice a year there are entire free weeks: The first full week in November (the Tuesday through Sunday) and the first full week in February (Tuesday through Sunday).

PICASSO WAR AND PEACE MUSEUM

While you’re in the area, why not go have another Picasso experience and go see the Picasso War and Peace Museum in Vallauris, displaying two monumental works.

Picasso lived in Vallauris for 7 years, between 1948-55. Vallauris is known for its pottery and this became Picasso’s ceramic period, working at the ceramic workshop Madoura (where he met Jacqueline Roque who would become his 2nd and last wife). In the summer of ’52 he took over the Formas, an old perfume factory that as his studio and spent the entire summer shut away working on two monumental paintings, War and Peace, specifically to display in this little chapel.

How to get there:  From Antibes, just take the local bus to Vallauris (ask at the tourist office) for 1.50€ which will take 15 minutes, or take the train to the next stop and get off at Golf Juan.  The Picasso Museum of War and Peace is at the Place de la Liberation.

Hours: Summer (July through August) 10am-7pm 7 days a week. Winter Hours: 10am-noon then 2pm-5pm, closed Tuesdays in winter; plus Jan. 1, May 1, and Christmas.

Tickets: 2€, but reduced to 3€ for seniors over 65, students and teachers with institution ID.  Free for children under 19, and young adults under 26 that reside in the European Union.    You can also tour the Madoura ceramic workshop, tickets are sold at the same ticket booth.

Free Days:  First Sunday of each month.

Click here for an article from the Nice-Matin (albeit in French) on Picasso’s long and rather twisted history with the Cote d’Azur.  Check out this blog post on the Picasso Affairthe scandal revolving around a retired electrician and his suitcase full of previously unknown Picassos.

Photo credits: Musee Picasso by Ecce Art, licenced under creative commons

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