The art of serenity


Entering the spacious grounds of Le Musée de la Fondation Maeght in St. Paul de Vence, you'd never believe you were minutes away from the French Riviera. This is a wonderful museum overseen by a private European foundation. It was inaugurated by French culture minister André Malraux in 1964 and designed expressly for the artists whose works inhabit its grounds and interior -- artists including Miró, Chagall, Giacometti and Braque. As you wander among the Miró sculptures outside or in the Giacometti courtyard or in the simple, uncluttered interiors, or as you contemplate the pool designed by Braque, you're overcome by a sense of serenity that encourages you to slow down and take time to appreciate the art. The museum also hosts exhibitions of major artists, and is currently featuring Spanish sculptor Eduardo Chillida. Along with the Matisse and Chagall museums in Nice, this is a must-see if you're anywhere close (or even if you're not).

by Alex M