Musee National Fernand-Leger

Musee National Fernand-Leger

Musee National Fernand-Leger
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Philippa M
17 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
We caught the train from Nice then walked all the way to the Museum. There was nowhere in the area for refreshments and the Museum cafe was closed. We were told that two rooms would be closed and were charged a reduced fee of 6 € although the sign on the entrance said that the reduced charge was 4€. We were given no indication of which rooms would be closed and when. We were halfway through the room downstairs and were told abruptly that it would be closed, presumably for staff lunch. We were able to look around one of the upstairs rooms without being kicked out but the other room was also closed until 2:30pm. At this point, we decided to leave, thinking we would have to walk all the way back to the station. Fortunately we were given a ride to the bus stop and then got a bus back to the station. I wouldn’t recommend this Museum to anyone wanting to visit in February and only go there if you have a car. We did enjoy the paintings we were able to see but the trip was spoilt by the attitude of the Museum staff.
Written February 23, 2023
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Foodange
Manchester, UK3,898 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Wonderful right from first sight of spectacular mosaic on the outside wall of the building.
A purpose built museum displaying hundreds of pieces of art and ceramics, very easy to find your way round.
Easy parking right outside and welcoming staff too.
Written January 11, 2022
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Marco_Polo499
Milan, Italy272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
It is the most important collection of Léger’s works in the world, which includes many of his masterpieces. Fernand Léger is one of the most notable painters of the 20th century. He excelled in many areas (figurative painting, futurism, cubism) and his style has such a strong personality that even a simple amateur can recognize his works at a glance. He often stayed in Biot, and finally he bought a plot of ground in the outskirts of the village with a view to build a country house; but right after he died (1955). His widower decided to create a Museum on this plot of ground, and five years later the Museum was inaugurated. Then, in 1968 the museum was donated to the French State, along with several hundred works of the artist; it is now a National Museum.

The ground floor of the Museum is reserved to temporary exhibitions and educational activities, whereas the first floor hosts the permanent exhibition. The permanent exhibition may vary from to time, since the museum is rotating the available paintings, and may also include works borrowed from other museums in the framework of specific cultural programmes. At the time of my visit (November 2017) there were about 50 paintings of Léger on display, along with 10 sculptures of various artists (Alexander Calder, Jean Arp and Henry Laurens). The permanent collection includes works produced by Léger throughout his life; their quality is superb, and many of them are outstanding masterworks. The display is pleasant, there is plenty of daylight in the rooms and the paintings can be viewed in optimal conditions. Thorough information is posted in the various rooms, concerning the activities of Léger, his relations with the art movements of his time and the contents of his paintings. Information is always given in French, English and Italian. It is allowed to take pictures. All in all, it is an excellent museum, interesting, well designed and visitor-friendly.

Also the premises are worth the attention of the visitor. The exterior of the building is covered by 400 square metres of mosaics based on drawings that Léger had prepared for decorating the Hannover stadium, a project that didn’t go through. Three immense stained glass windows give light to the entrance and to the staircases; they are decorated with remarkable abstract paintings. The museum is surrounded by its own gardens, where 5 big sculptures, in bronze or mosaic, are installed; they were made after the death of Léger, following his original drawings. During my previous visit of 2012, the garden also contained some dozens of sculptures of various artists, but they have now been removed: possibly they could be reinstalled again in the future. The gardens are a perfect place for taking a meditative and relaxing rest after visiting the museum (if weather permits).

Biot is an ancient and picturesque village perched on a hill, about 5 kilometres away from Antibes. The Museum is in the outskirts of the village; it is surrounded by an unspoiled environment and overlooks the Mediterranean sea. The Museum is open from 10:00 to 18:00 (to 17:00 in winter), except on Tuesday, and admission is 7.50 €. Infrastructures include restrooms, a small bookshop at the ticket office (with a wide choice of books about Lèger), enough seats in the rooms, benches in the pleasant garden; there is full accessibility. The museum is about 1 kilometre off the “Route Nationale 7” and the “Route Bord de Mer” (in this area the two roads run next to each other); there is free parking. From Antibes the Museum can also be reached by city bus #10, which runs every 30-40 minutes on the weekdays and once per hour on Sunday: it stops about 300 metres off the Museum (stop “Fernand Léger”). The visit to the Museum can be profitably combined with a visit to Biot (an ancient village perched on a hill) and with a visit to the Biot glass-factory, which is located about 1 kilometre away from the museum; this comprehensive tour will probably take half a day, but it is very pleasant and educational.
Written November 24, 2017
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Gar1952
London, UK48 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
They decided to close 60 mins early despite a group booking made 5 months ago, confirmed 1 month ago. We were given 15 mins. They coudn't care less. They don't deserve visitors. Or jobs.
Written December 25, 2014
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Alain620
London, UK2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Couples
My wife and I visited the museum on 4 July, having previously visited many years ago. We were really disappointed to see that only about 30 of Fernand Leger's works were on display, out of 348 works left to the museum! The rest of the space was taken up with a very avant-garde show of "exiles" by a variety of artists.
Written July 25, 2012
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Dezso60
Targu Mures, Romania8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
A large collection of Ferdinand Leger works in a perfect environment, with a great temporary exhibition "Vis-à-Vis. Fernand Léger et ses amies".
Written September 4, 2019
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Traveller Kate 8
Copenhagen, Denmark274 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
We enjoyed this museum, although there were fewer works by Leger on display than we had expected. (Perhaps 50 pieces?) The museum building itself, with its gorgeous mosaic murals, was the highlight of the day, and we enjoyed a picnic in the museum garden, which had a lovely view over the hills.

Unfortunately, we got some bad advice which suggested that we take the bus there from the Biot train station. Don't do this unless you are absolutely broke: the bus stop is difficult to find, the buses run infrequently, and the "F Leger" stop was not listed on the timetable. We chatted with several locals who were not familiar with the museum.

Finally we gave up and took an Uber, which cost us EUR7, not much more than bus fare for two. I would recommend this alternate approach.
Written December 31, 2018
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Linda2011ism
Monte Di Procida, Italy62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
This museum can be found on the way up to the village of Biot.The number 10 bus stops quite nearby.(Stop Fernand-Lèger) From here it's a 10 min walk.It's worth taking the audio guide.There are some very good details given about the paintings and the artist's life.
Written August 1, 2018
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Aieeuo
Switzerland36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Recommending a visit to discovering the works of Fernand Leger, and his friends and influencers through the years. Impressive.
Written June 15, 2018
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cberg1303
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
This most exceptional museum on the work of Léger is actually worth the journey. The exterior is decorated with huge mosaics by Léger. They give the building its character. Very convincing collection. You really will get an overview on Léger's work.
Written April 18, 2017
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