Musée International d’Art Naïf in Nice

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The Musée International d’Art Naïf Anatole Jakovsky in Nice, MIAN, is located at Château Sainte-Hélène, Avenue de Fabron. It presents the history of naive painting, from the 18th century to the present day. Its park is also worth surveying for the giant sculptures by Frédéric Lanovsky, but also for its herbarium.

Exterior of MIAN Anatole Jakovsky in Nice

The architectural style is Belle Epoque.
The museum is surrounded by a large park containing rare tree species. For the Museum’s 40th anniversary in 2022, the park registers new plantings and a herbarium. This herbarium is made up of flowers represented in the paintings featured in the MIAN’s works. The theme of La Biennale des Arts de Nice 2022 was therefore flowers.


Outdoors, the château’s gardens also feature works of art, the giant, highly colorful sculptures by Frédéric Lanovsky. Since summer 2009, artist Frédéric Lanovsky has been presenting his large, but somewhat strange, human sculptures. They bring cheerfulness thanks to their colors, and there’s also a hint of mischief… As you stroll through the park, you’ll discover them. And if you fall under their spell, you can always buy one, as they’re for sale.

Interior MIAN Anatole Jakovsky in Nice

The MIAN Anatole Jakovsky in Nice traces the history of naive painting from the eighteenth century to the present.
Included are paintings, sculptures, drawings and posters by Rimbert, Lefranc, Rabuzin, Ivan and Josip Généralic, Lackovic, O’Brady, Haddelsey, Ligabue, Vivancos and others.
Among the best known are works by Henri Rousseau,better known as Douanier Rousseau, Séraphine de Senlis, Grandma Moses, Antonio Ligabue, Ferdinand Desnos, etc.

The Collections

Note that in addition to the donation from Anatole and Renée Jakovsky, the city of Nice has since purchased some of the paintings.
In addition, the Centre Pompidou also lends works by Bombois, Bauchant, Vivin, Séraphine de Senlis… with the aim of enriching the collection of the Musée International d’Art Naïf Anatole Jakovsky in Nice
The Jean-Dominique Jacquemond donation, in 2015, is not to be outdone, as it enriches the Museum, with works by Gaston Chaissac, Anselme Boix-Vives, Barbiero, Forestier and Michel Macréau…

An exhibition saw the light of day in 2017, Pièces à Conviction.

Naïve art

Why then, naive?

Naïve art, quite simply because it’s spontaneous, far removed from academic codes. Through their works, artists invite the viewer on an imaginary journey. It’s the artist who defines perspectives and dimensions, without any rules. The colors are bright and the details precise. In some works, we also note a certain innocence, we also notice a note of humor on the part of the artist.

Musée International d’Art Naïf à Nice, exhibitions

Past exhibitions

EchO: exhibition from June 26 to October 25, 2021.
#enlargeyourlife: exhibition from July 17 to November 9, 2020.
#roseestlavie!… from November 22, 2019 to April 20, 2020.

The anniversary exhibition: from March 5 to December 31, 2022.
Biennale des arts de Nice 2022, Les Fleurs du Mâle: from June 11 to December 12, 2022.

Exhibition in progress

We’re all crazy until May 6, 2024
500 m2 just for Benjamin Vautier, aka BEN, and that’s for one year.

History of the Musée d’Art Naïf in Nice

Around 1860, banker Jean Honoré Gastaud bought the estate at the foot of Fabron hill in Nice. After the banker went bankrupt and the estate was divided up, it was François Blanc, founder and director of the Monaco casino, who bought the property, which was to become the Musée International d’Art Naïf in Nice.
It was also the former residence of parfumer François Coty, from 1922 to 1973. He named it Château Sainte-Hélène.

François Coty was a French perfumer and industrialist, founder of the Coty perfume company, but also a publisher, politician, press owner, art collector, mayor, etc.
After his divorce, it was his ex-wife Yvonne Lebaron who refurbished the house. In 1930, she asked Nice architect H. Malgaud to make changes to the building, including removing the decorations created by architect Aaron Messiah.
On April 6, 1973, Château Sainte-Hélène was sold by the daughter of François Coty to the city of Nice.
The Musée International d’Art Naïf Anatole Jakovsky is born thanks to the donation of around 600 works by Anatole and Renée Jakovsky in 1982.

Then inaugurated on March 5, 1982 as the Musée International d’Art Naïf Anatole Jakovsky in Nice.
For its 40th anniversary, it is undergoing embellishment work to welcome a fine program in 2022.

Useful information Musée International d’Art Naïf

Musée International d’Art Naïf Anatole Jakovsky à Nice
Château Sainte-Hélène
23 Avenue de Fabron
06200 Nice, France

Access Bus : 34 with stop : Deux Cyprès

January 2 to June 22 inclusive: opens at 11 am and closes at 6 pm
June 23 to October 15 inclusive: opens at 10 am and closes at 6 pm
October 16 to December 31 inclusive: opens at 11 am and closes at 6 pm
Closes: Tuesdays all day and on the following public holidays: 01/01, Easter, 01/05, 25/12,

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