The Musée de Vence / Fondation Emile Hugues is one of the must-see venues for cultural escapades on the Côte d’Azur, and is one of the most important venues for modern and contemporary art in Vence.
The museum develops an annual program of exhibitions of national scope presenting the greatest names in 20th century painting. Located on the ramparts of the Cité Historique, the Musée de Vence / Fondation Emile Hugues offers bright exhibition spaces in the heart of the city.
Built in the 17th century and adjoining the 12th century watchtower, it was for a long time the residence of the Lords of Villeneuve.
The fresco in the watchtower served as a basis for the search for the colours of the picture rails during its restoration by the architect Jean François Bodin (to whom we owe the restoration of the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and the Matisse Museum in Nice).
A range of cultural activities accompanies these exhibition programmes and invites the public to discover and explore the paths of artistic creation:
. Meetings with artists and critics.
. Educational workshops that focus on the eye, artistic awakening, experimentation and active practice, on-site consultation of a selection of video documents, interviews with artists.
A specialized bookstore offers a selection of books, posters, maps and objects related to the Museum’s current events.
This action is built thanks to the support of the Ministry of Culture, the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs, the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur Regional Council, the Alpes-Maritimes Departmental Council and the town of Vence.