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Le Musée d'art

Inaugurated in 1888, the Musée d'art de Toulon stands out by the sculptured set decorating its facade.

Artists such as sculptor Puget and painter Fragonard, writers like Mirabeau or Vauvenargues as well as the coat of arms of the city, are represented on the building which was completely rehabilitated in 2008-2009.

Certified "Museum of France", the Musée d'art has a remarkable collection of ancient and modern, contemporary, photographic and Asian Art pieces. Certain rooms of the XVIIth century Italian School, the series of portraits of the XVIIIth and XIXth centuries French School, as well as the XIXth century French landscape school appear among the major themes of the collection. From the 70s, a collection of contemporary art was introduced at the instigation of curator Marie-Claude Beaud.

Rich in more than a thousand works, the collection of contemporary art contains representative sets of various great movements, like the American Conceptual art (Weimar), the New Realists (Dufrêne), German "Nouveaux Fauves" (Zimmer), the Land art (Oppenheim), the BMTP (Buren, Mosset, Parmentier and Toroni, group of painters in the mid-1960s). The photographic collection of the Art Museum, born in 1977, includes more than 400 pieces, produced by photographers such as Cartier-Bresson, Boubat, Doisneau, Freund or Lartigue. As for the collection dedicated to Asian arts, it results from gifts made by sailors' families and displays acquisitions brought back from China, Mongolia, Japan and India for a tiny part. This collection gave rise to the Asian Arts Museum, settled at Villa Jules Verne in Le Mourillon district since 2001.

 

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Musée d'Art

Free entrance Tuesdays to Sundays - from noon to 6 pm