Current exhibition

image de l'expo

1 9 6 8 / 0 0 5 , 1 9 6 8
Bleu de méthylène sur toile libre
230 x 1420 cm
coll. galerie Ceysson & Bénétière

Claude Viallat, guest artist

10 OCT. 2018 – JAN. 2019

The course of the collections dedicates a room to a "guest", an artist, a writer, a historian, a critic, a publisher in connection with Matisse.
In the autumn, the Matisse museum presents Claude Viallat's works, among which the big Methylene blue on free painting (coll. gallery Ceysson and Bénétière) and three works lent by the MAMAC, as well as a set of illustrated books.

The museum

façade du Musée Matisse à Nice

Musée Matisse, Nice
Photo : A Vol d'Oiseau / Droits réservés

Pratical Informations

164, avenue des Arènes de Cimiez 06000 Nice.

Tel: (+33) (0)4 93 81 08 08
Fax: (+33) (0)4 93 53 00 22

Opening time:
Museum open daily except on Tuesdays
From 10 am to 5 pm from November 1st to April 30th
From 10 am to 6 pm from May 2nd to October 31st

Ticket office closes 30 minutes before
Closed on January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st and December 25th

Inaugurated in 1963 on the second floor of the Villa des Arènes, situated within the archeological site in Cimiez, the Musée Matisse holds the artist’s and his heirs’ gifts to the City of Nice.

In 1989, the Archeological Museum, which shared the same building, moved out to its own dedicated building to launch a remodeling of the Museum. Architect Jean-François Bodin rethought the interior spaces of the old Genovese villa and conceived the expansion that accommodated a vast foyer, an auditorium and a bookshop. The new building was inaugurated in 1993. An educational workshop was added in 2002, a Cabinet des dessins in 2003.

Classified as “Musée de France,” the Musée Matisse covers a total surface of 2,800 m2, of which 1,200 m2 of exhibition spaces spans the villa and the expansion. In 2013, the ceramic La Piscine, a gift from Claude and Barbara Duthuit, was installed in a dedicated room, on the entrance level. In 2017, a renovation campaign commenced. It began with a recasting of the visitors’ itinerary, the remodeling of the entrance space and the installation of educational devices.

The Musée Matisse is part of a vast patrimonial complex of the Cimiez site that includes the Roman arenas and ruins, a garden with hundred-years old olive trees, as well as the Cimiez monastery.

A Singular Collection

Musée Matisse - Nice

164, Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez
06000 Nice
Tel: (+33) (0)4 93 81 08 08 (public)
Tel: (+33) (0)4 93 53 40 53 (conservation)
Fax: (+33) (0)4 93 53 00 22

Bus : 15, 17, 20, 25
«Arènes / Musée» Stop.

picto ticket Tarifs picto groupe Visites picto peinture Ateliers

Opening time

Opening time:
Museum open daily except on Tuesdays
From 10 am to 5 pm from November 1st to April 30th
From 10 am to 6 pm from May 2nd to October 31st

Ticket office closes 30 minutes before
Closed on January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st and December 25th


10:00 – 14:00 / 15:00 – 18:00
Level 1


11 :00 – 13 :00 / 14 :00 – 17 :00 from Monday to Thursday, on appointment
Information :

Plan vigipirate

Access :

  • Backpacks, suitcases and overnight bags are forbidden in the museum
  • A visual check of handbags can be practised by a security guard


By foot 4 entrances to the Parc des Arènes:

  • avenue des Arènes de Cimiez
  • boulevard de Cimiez
  • avenue du Monastère
  • place du Monastère.

Individuals and groups entrance : Level -2 by the large stairs of the modern part of the museum

The whole museum is accessible to the persons with reduced mobility (levels 0, 1, -1, -2).
Access: entrance in the Parc des arènes by the gate at 164 avenue des arènes or the gate on boulevard de Cimiez, then entrance to the museum by the South courtyard of the red Villa, besides the archeological site.

Free Spot Wifi

  • Audioguide of the collection
  • Audioguide of the exhibition Matisse et Picasso, la comédie du modèle
  • A game for children « Matisse et Picasso »
  • A quizz for adults « Are you Matisse or Picasso ?
Jeune fille en blanc, fond rouge

Henri Matisse
Jeune fille en blanc, fond rouge, hiver 1946
Huile sur toile
Dation Pierre Matisse en 1991
Musée national d’art moderne / Centre de création industrielle, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Dépôt au musée des Beaux-arts de Lyon, 1993
© Succession H. Matisse
Photo : © RMN-Grand Palais / René-Gabriel Ojéda / Thierry Le Mage

Peintre à la palette et au chevalet

Pablo Picasso
Peintre à la palette et au chevalet, 1928
Huile sur toile
Musée national Picasso-Paris
Dation en 1979
© Succession Picasso, 2018
Photo : © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Adrien Didierjean

Logo Picasso Méditerranée 2017-2019
Logo Musée Picasso

Matisse et Picasso, la comédie du modèle

June 23rd – September 29th 2018

> Course of the exhibition (EN)

Curator : Claudine Grammont, director of Matisse museum

This exhibition is part of the Picasso-Méditerranée programme, an initiative of the Musée national Picasso-Paris and produced with the support of the Musée national Picasso-Paris.

Matisse et Picasso, la comédie du modèle is an exhibition included in the Picasso-Méditerranée programme, international cultural manifestation, on the initiative of the Musée national Picasso-Paris.

This exhibition, Matisse et Picasso, la comédie du modèle, has received the prestigious ‘National Exhibition of Interest’ label for 2018, awarded by the Minister of Culture, Françoise Nyssen. Created by the Ministry of Culture, this label showcases and supports important and/or outstanding exhibitions organized by museums in France. It rewards an innovative museum offer and a previously unexplored theme, as well as the exhibition’s scenography and educational events and activities, thereby providing a wide public with the keys to new readings or interpretations of the material and artworks on display.

The exhibition at the Musée Matisse in Nice is part of the Picasso-Méditerranée international cultural programme whose aim is to strengthen the links between institutions on all sides of the Mediterranean. For this occasion, the Museum benefits from the exceptional loan of forty artworks from the Musée national Picasso-Paris, along with one hundred and twenty prestigious loans of artworks by both Matisse and Picasso, coming from public institutions and private collections.

These two giants of twentieth-century art have not been presented together since 2002 as part of the Matisse-Picasso exhibition that travelled to London, New York and Paris. The Musée Matisse was eager to return to the extraordinary dialogue that exists between these two artists. Moreover, it was in Nice and its surroundings, in places like Vallauris and Vence that the two men regularly rubbed shoulders from the 1940s onwards, both finding their inspiration in this Mediterranean setting.

Stemming from the notion of the «comedy of the model» referred to by Aragon in Henri Matisse, a novel, the Musée Matisse seeks to re-examine what was probably one of the most successful examples of mutual artistic rivalry and inspiration in the twentieth century. Between dialogue and competitiveness, the relationship between Matisse and Picasso was the subject of a permanent exchange. Subtle but captivating resonances exist in the work of both artists, which should be examined in light of the relationship enjoyed between each painter and his model: one of the main driving forces of the reflection carried out by both artists on the question of the representation of the body and the creative act.

The exhibition is structured around four thematic sections, presenting in addition to the Museum’s collection, one hundred and fifty odd paintings, sculptures and graphic works by Matisse and Picasso. A photographic section compares the two artists at work in their respective studios, highlighting the differences and similarities between them. The exhibition is complemented by a presentation of archival documents: letters, exhibition catalogues, reviews and films, illustrating the history of their relationship.

The exhibition Matisse et Picasso, la comédie du modèle is accompanied by an illustrated 160-page catalogue, featuring contributions by Claudine Grammont, Emmanuel Pernoud and Colline Zellal, and is published by Éditions Lienart, Paris

Scenography: Scéno
Graphic design: Camargo et Saluces

Download the file (PDF in french)