"Raoul DUFY draws the south" in MOUGINS.

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I am looking forward to meeting Leisa Paoli, Director of the Mougins Museum of Classical Art at the opening of the exhibition from 23 March 2019 to 14 July 2019 devoted to "Raoul DUFY draws the South".

This "small" museum by size, nestled at the entrance to the old village of MOUGINS, between the famous gastronomic restaurants of chefs Denis FETISSON "l'Amandier" and "La Place de Mougins" and Nicolas DECHERCHIS for "Le Paloma", was founded in 2011 by Mr Christian LEVETT, a collector.

Between the exhibitions on the first level and the conferences organized in the crypt, the MACM's reputation among major art institutions and the public is growing, and rightly so if we are to believe the ratings of visitors on social networks such as Tripadvisor in particular.

An original museum of Classical art

Everything I like about this unique concept is based on the combination of Egyptian, Greek and Roman objects with an extension on neoclassical, modern and contemporary styles. The objects chosen allow us to better put into perspective how ancient art has influenced our times.

This museum, which looks like a contemporary curiosity cabinet, offers a vast panorama of 2,500 years of history.

Notably, a collection of antique coins, which we can admire on the same plane with a sliding magnifying glass, brings to life with surprising precision the faces of all the Roman Emperors.

Then next to the world's largest collection of Greek armour and helmets, the works of WHAROL or HIRST take us back to our time in a dizzying historical leap.

Christian LEVETT, a "philanthropist" in the 21st century

What's a "philanthropist" today? "Love of humanity and selflessness" googles!

A British collector and investment manager with a passion for history and art, he had to make a name for himself to exhibit his private collection in the heart of the village of MOUGINS.

Today, we can thank him for his tenacity because few people allow the public to access this sharing of our common culture.

Raoul DUFY (Le Havre 1877- Forcalquier 1953)

A major artist of the first half of the 20th century, Raoul Dufy joined his friend Othon Friez in 1900 at the Beaux Beaux Arts in Paris. Impressionist and fauvist artists will definitely influence his work "made of poetry and joy", according to the site of the artist's friends.

Fanny Guillon-Laffaille, curator of the exhibition, said in an article published in ART in 2003: "What makes the price of a Dufy watercolour is the vivacity of the colours".

In addition to drawing and painting, he continues to explore the fields of ceramics, fabrics, engraving as well as decoration and music. These works are regularly exhibited in major French institutions, the last event of which was held at the Cocteau Museum in MENTON under the title "The Colours of Happiness".

According to the Artprice website, its rating remains stable and its international reputation remains high, with more than 10,500 public sales. The 26th Venice Biennale enabled it to win the International Grand Prix for painting in 1952.

According to the site, several watercolours are proposed in the next sales at SOTHEBY'S and CHRISTIES as well as in galleries. Hammer prices sometimes exceed 350 000 €.


For me, it will be an opportunity to reconnect with the definitively free spirit of the painters who freed themselves from the formats imposed by the Academy and the Salons and to meet again with the group of Friends of the Museum, passionate about Art.

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