Nice 2017
Logo exposition Ecoles(s) de Nice
Exhibitions 23 June~15 october


Following the success of the Nice 2013. A Summer for Matisse et Nice 2015. Promenade(S) des Anglais events, the City of Nice has devised a summer programme consisting of four exhibitions under the umbrella title Nice 2017. École(S) de Nice for the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the symbolic founding of the École de Nice and the 40th anniversary of the inaugural exhibition « À propos de Nice » [About Nice] held at the Centre Pompidou when the modern art museum first opened its doors in 1977.

The programme will bring together artworks—paintings, sculptures, installations, collages, photographs, archive documents and more—from museum and municipal collections combined with exceptional loans arranged with private collectors and over a hundred of some of the most prestigious museums and institutions in France and all over Europe.
Furthermore, the MAMAC has partnered up with the Centre Pompidou and the Centre National des Arts Plastiques for its exhibition.

The four exhibitions

About Nice : 1947-1977

An exhibition celebrating 40 years of the Centre Pompidou

Lead curator :
Hélène Guenin, assisted by Rébecca François

Associate curators :
Géraldine Gourbe and Florence Ostende

Number of exhibits:
almost 400 artworks and documents

This exhibition at the MAMAC is a speculative exploration of the phenomenon of emulation that took hold in Nice for nearly 30 years, from 1947—the year of the symbolic founding of the École de Nice. In addition to an historic chronology, the show will present a constellation of artistic gestures and practices that emerged in this region and shine a light on iconic places and important events that set the course of this creative endeavour. This exhibition is accompanied by a programme of educational events, mostly at Villa Arson.

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Nice in the School of History

Lead curator:
Jean-Jacques Aillagon, assisted by Aymeric Jeudy

Number of exhibits:
over 200 artworks

This exhibition is a chance to explore moments in history that propelled Nice onto the world stage. Quite some ground is covered, spanning the period from the ‘invention of fire’ at the Terra Amata archaeological site some 400,000 years ago to the ‘invention of tourism’ in the mid-18th century, passing through the Roman conquest, barbaric invasions and the Truce of Nice in 1538. All in all, a gallery through time that promises visitors a surprising history and geography lesson on Nice.

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The Surface of the East Coast.
From Nice to New York

Lead curator:
Marie Maertens

Number of exhibits:
about 90 pieces

Supports/Surfaces versus the young New York scene.
A new cultural venue in the city, Le 109 presents this exhibition: a dialogue between historic members of the Supports/Surfaces movement and the young New York scene, re-examining the themes of construction and reconstruction the art movement explored in the late 1960s.

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Noël Dolla. Spatial restructurings

Lead curators:
Hélène Guenin and Elodie Antoine

Number of exhibits:
about thirty artworks and documents

In autumn 1969, Noël Dalla began working on a series of pieces on a landscape-scale in the countryside outside Nice. The exhibition explores these installations through documents and photographs and also features an on-site installation. Noël Dolla taught at Villa Arson between 1974 and 2011.

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