During his years in Paris, artist Joan Miro developed close ties with Marguerite et Aimé Maeght, art supporters, traders and founders of the Fondation Maeght in St Paul de Vence in southern France.
Aimé Maeght helped Miro when the artist arrived in Paris after the
tumult of the second World War. Miro remained
grateful to the Maeght family for their early trust and helping hand. He donated artwork to the Maeght galeries and dealt almost exclusively
with Aimé Maeght in the trade.
As a result of this tight connection, the Maeght fondation's gardens are filled with Miro's playful sculptures, ceramics, and fountains in Miro's "Labyrinth" creation: there you'll find his fundamental egg (1963), the smiling wall lizard, a ceramic wall, sun dials.
But from June 27 to November 8, 2009, Miro does more than adorn the Fondation Maeght's gardens. During the "Miro dans son jardin" expo, Miro shines all over the open art museum in Saint-Paul de Vence. Over 250 of Miro's creations dot the lively museum's gardens and interior spaces from expo rooms to library. Many of Miro creations' now on display have never before been seen by the general public.
If you're on the French Riviera and curious about Miro and his art, don't miss it.
Half a kilometer from St Paul-de-Vence.
By train, the nearest train station is Cagnes sur Mer then bus to Saint Paul.
By bus from Nice: bus number 400 to Vence by Saint Paul.
Highway: from Nice exit number 48, from Cannes exit number 47 Villeneuve Loubet/Cagnes sur Mer then follow the signs to Saint Paul
The Maeght Foundation is open from:
October 1st – June 30th : 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
July 1st – September 30th: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
"Miro dans son jardin" takes place until November 8, 2009.