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Léger and the New Realists

Exposition Léger et les Nouveaux Réalismes runs from June 15 to November 18, 2024.

The Musée National Fernand Léger in Biot, in collaboration with the Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain (MAMAC) in Nice, presents a vibrant exhibition.
This unique event is the fruit of collaboration with the Musée National du XXe Siècle des Alpes-Maritimes and Grand Palais Rmn.

Léger and the New Realists exhibition

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Artistic collaboration on the Côte d'Azur

The exhibition celebrates the encounter between Fernand Léger's joyful, colorful palette and the MAMAC's iconic masterpieces.
Artists such as Niki de Saint Phalle, Arman and Yves Klein dialogue with Léger's avant-garde work, enriching this artistic event.

Transatlantic Dialogue in Art


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The Nouveau Réalisme movement, initiated in Paris in 1960 and influenced by Fernand Léger, is juxtaposed with works by American artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Haring.
This section of the exhibition highlights the fruitful exchanges between European and American artists during the 1960s.

The exhibition follows on from the previous series "Vis-à-Vis. Fernand Léger et ses amis" series, enriching the aesthetic dialogue between Léger's works and those of his contemporaries and subsequent generations. It focuses in particular on Nouveau Réalisme, a central movement in the MAMAC collection and an influential feature of the Nice art scene from the 1950s onwards.

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Fernand Léger's heritage and innovation

Exploring the connections between Léger and Nouveau Réalisme, the exhibition highlights Léger's lasting influence on subsequent generations. The works presented reveal how these artists reinvented the representation of reality, often with a critical eye on society.

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110 works to see, a playful itinerary

Around 110 works, including 60 from the MAMAC, make up this exhibition, which playfully tackles a variety of themes including the misappropriation of objects, the representation of the body, and art in the public space.

Works by Niki de Saint-Phalle, Arman, Yves Klein, Raymond Hains, Martial Raysse and César come face to face, in a spirit of total freedom and dialogue between the arts, with the plastic innovations of Fernand Léger, one of the pioneers of the 20th-century avant-garde.

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These pieces transform the everyday into art, offering visitors a reflection on the poetic beauty inherent in our environment.
These themes are treated in a playful and inventive way, demonstrating how artists elevate everyday objects to the status of art, merging life with art to reveal the poetic beauty of the everyday.

This exhibition is an exceptional opportunity to discover how Fernand Léger and the Nouveaux Réalistes fused art and life, inviting the viewer to an enriching aesthetic and intellectual experience.

Exterior of the Léger Museum in Biot

Fernand Léger Museum in Biot

Opening hours

Limited access in May
Please note that in May, for technical reasons, some rooms may be temporarily closed from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm.

Opening Hours
The museum is open every day except Tuesdays, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
- May 1 to October 31, 10am to 6pm.
- November 1 to April 30, 10am to 5pm.

Tickets can be purchased up to 30 minutes before the museum closes. Halls are evacuated 15 minutes before closing time.

Special holiday opening hours
On December 24 and 31, the museum closes at 4pm instead of 5pm.
The ticket office closes at 3:30 p.m. to ensure optimal management of visits.

Please plan your visit with this information in mind, to make the most of your museum experience.

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Admission includes access to the permanent collection and a multilingual audio guide.

Exhibition prices:
Full price: €7.50
Reduced price: €6
Group price (minimum 10 people) €7 per person

Free admission for
- under-26s (members of the European Union)
- disabled people (MDPH or Cotorep card).
- teachers (current Education Pass)
- beneficiaries of certain minimum social benefits
- for all, on the 1st Sunday of the month.