Cramped within the walls of its 1964 building, the private institution has launched an extension project which should make it almost double in volume for its 60e anniversary.
The sculpture garden and the galleries with the most modern art in Saint-Paul-de-Vence (Alpes-Maritimes) have closed their doors until the return of fine weather. A few pickaxe blows now echo through the usually silent halls of the Marguerite and Aimé Maeght Foundationclose to the more than 13,000 contemporary works in its collection, its Chagallhis bonnard and his Giacometti. Work has started. They will increase, over the next two years, the setting of a few new volumes.
“Two additional exhibition halls will open to accommodate the permanent collection throughout the year”, the foundation said in a statement on Friday. The cost of the project has been estimated at 4.5 million euros by the private institution, an amount in which the State will participate, up to 1.5 million. Entrusted to the firm of architect Silvio d’Ascia, the extension will add a space of 500 m2 to building designed by Josep Lluis Sert and inaugurated in 1964 in the presence by André Malraux.
This additional space will essentially consist of two rooms, each with a large bay window, which will be added along one side of the foundation. To this will also be added 80 m2 additional freed up by the reconversion of already existing space. A deployment capable of almost doubling the capacity of the establishment, constantly required to shine with ingenuity to fit its wonders by the thousand into the narrow hovel of its 850 m2.
Influx of visitors and revenue
A breath of space that will certainly not be refused, both for the management of the foundation and for visitors, according to Isabelle Maeght, administrator of the premises. “People were sometimes disappointed not to see enough. We are so short of space!”she confided on Saturday in the pages ofToday in France. The set will not be delivered for the next reopening of the foundation, in July, but for the following one, in the summer of 2024. The date will then correspond to the 60e anniversary of the Maeght Foundation.
“What a joy to have new spacesrejoiced, in anticipation, the president of the Adrien Maeght foundation in a press release. As soon as it opened, my parents planned to add showrooms. This extension will make it possible to exhibit the wealth of the Foundation’s collection that we could not present. It will also make it possible to diversify the economic model of the cultural site which, with its more than 120,000 visitors per year, constitutes a major center of attraction for the department.
Screenings, concerts, and other study days will thus come to lend a hand to the receipts garnered by the masterpieces of Kandinsky, Fernand Leger, Miro. The management of the foundation nevertheless wants to be reassuring: supporting and diversifying does not mean eclipsing. Art above all! Despite the work, the existing galleries will host an exhibition in July devoted to Quebecers Jean-Paul Riopelle. Then, the following summer, it will be the big game with a historical demonstration dedicated to Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard. The Maeght Foundation sees the future in a big way.