ëgerter, who took a well-known 16th century painting of Gabrielle d'Estrées (consort to King Henry IV) and her sister which hangs in the Louvre, and created contemporary art by showing a modern-day tourist admiring it. A sculpture by Nice native Robert Malaval should have been called "One Hand Washes the Other", since this is exactly what it depicts. I found American pop artist James Rosenquist's work titled "Big Bo" interesting since the man in the picture seems so cool and almost dangerous in his dark shades, and yet the pink colour clashes against this image. Or maybe the message is "Real men wear pink". Always partial to large-scale art, I was drawn to another American pop artist, Tom Wesselmann's "Still Life" depicting a giant-sized rotary telephone, light switch and smouldering cigarette in an ashtray.
MAMAC had several wings dedicated to specific artists including Yves Klein, who was known for works using his personal signature blue colour (sort of like the blue in the water bottle dress).
Le Thé chez Angelina" which we saw last year in the Mumok museum in Vienna. Sure enough, when we researched it later, we confirmed that it was by Niki de Saint-Phalle.
In addition to sculptures and artwork, Saint-Phalle also created architectural pieces that were heavily influenced by Antonio Gaudi, whose work she experienced when she visited Barcelona in the 1950s. Like Gaudi, she started to
use unusual materials and found objects as structural elements in her sculpture and architecture. You can certainly see the similarities to Park Guell in her installations.
Not only are there wonderful art pieces in the Nice Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Art, but the building itself is beautiful to behold. Each staircase leading up to the next level is artistically decorated including a colourful one designed by David Tremlett. I remember thinking that the stairs were so beautiful that they could be a work of art–turns out they were. The outdoor rooftop terrace looks down on the glass facades of the building's towers, which are covered with large art installations. Four curved bridges lead you around the terrace, providing a panoramic view of the city.
There is also an outdoor garden with more art, including a gigantic 26 metre-high sculpture called "Tête carrée" (The Square Head) by Sasha Sosno depicting a human head encased in a block. Only the chin and neck of the person is revealed, allowing the viewer to imagine the rest of the face.
This was a very long day, and we were completely exhausted by the end, but it was worth it, as it turned out to be one of the highlights of our Nice visit. I'm glad that I tricked Rich into going to the museum by arranging our car to be parked right next to it... but shhh, don't tell him!