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Musee National Marc Chagall
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Nice Art Tour: Chagall Museum, Matisse Museum and the Villa Ephrussi de...
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This museum has a large collection of works by Marc Chagall, the famous Russian-born painter and designer.
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“Best time in Nice”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

It was raining a lot that day.We had no alternative.But it prooved to be one of the best museums we had ever visited. Very friendly for the kids too.

Visited January 2014
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“Excellent collection of Chagall's biblical work”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

The museum was specially designed to house Chagall's "Biblical Message" paintings and is well worth a visit. The paintings depict scenes from the Old Testament (Genesis and the Song of Sings in particular) and are outstanding examples of Chagall's work. They share his characteristic use of colour and are "peopled" by his usual crew of angels, flying brides, horses and birds. There is a helpful free audio guide and a film (which we didn't have time for) in the auditorium, where you can also see some Chagall stained glass windows. The paintings are great but the museum is a bit light on the facilities we have come to expect (no café!).

Visited December 2013
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“Incredible exhibits!”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

We took the hop on hop off bus to the Musee and discovered a mecca for Chagall-o-philes. Some truly stunning examples on dislay, including a huge mosaic, and a film showing in an adjoining theatre. A must-see for any fan of the man himself. Refreshments available in the grounds - `sans gluten` options available too.

Visited October 2013
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“Disappointingly limited range of paintings”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

Chagall attracted me as a student because he was so different from both Renaissance Art and the normal gamut of modern artists. At 64, I now wonder what I saw in him, especially judging by thiss limited selection of later works (the dreamy coloured vortices of prancing animals, recumbent bodies and Old Testament luminaries.

The museum has changed its name from the Chagall Bible Message museum to the National Chagall Museum, presumably to attract more tourists; but the contents are largely the series of big Biblical themes he painted in the 1960s. Very few early works, which are far more impressive, are in the museum, which is therefore not representative of the artist as its new name suggests.

The museum is badly lit and apart from an opening chronology there is no explanatory material other than the names of the paintings. You have to rely on the audio guide, which we did not get. A half-hour film shown in the theatre and purporting to be about Chagall was a tedious 1970s documentary by French TV about the opening of the museum and the Bible series, complete with surprisingly platitudinous comments by an equally bored Chagall. And some of the rooms smelled strongly of the drains.

The curators need to get their act together and refresh the contents and presentation of this dull museum.

Visited January 2014
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“A triumphant blend of art and architecture”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

The Musee Chagall is surrounded by beautiful gardens, which also house a convenient bar/restaurant.

From the outside the building is understated but inside it is magical proving to be the best possible setting for the Chagall paintings and stained glass. This building never dominates the space in the way the Guggenheim at Bilbao does but gracefully complements the art which is shown to full advantage.

The Chagall works are colourful and accessible but it pays to have some knowledge of the Jewish religion and culture. We did not use the audio guides but this seemed not to matter.

If you are in Nice this should not be missed.

Visited January 2014
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