Le Musée International d’Art Naïf

Nice | France

About the Museum


The International Museum of Naive Art brings together a unique panorama of the history of naïve painting from the 18th century to the present day.

This museum was installed in the former residence of the perfumer François COTY, the Château Sainte Hélène, surrounded by a large park with the rarest species. An intimate and familiar setting to host a little known art, described as "naive" because spontaneous, individual privileging the interior vision of the painter, which invites each visitor to an imaginary journey.

Paintings, sculptures, drawings, posters, retrace the evolution of this art through the works of the most famous painters: Bauchant, Bombois, Vivin, Seraphine, Rimbert, Lefranc, Rabuzin, Ivan and Josip Generalic, Lackovic, Grandma Moses, O 'Brady, Haddelsey, Ligabue, Vivancos, the Douanier Rousseau ....

A depot of the National Museum of Modern Art, Center Georges Pompidou enriches this ensemble with works by Bombois, Bauchant, Vivin, Séraphine, Rimbert ...

The museum was inaugurated in 1982, thanks to the prestigious donation of Anatole and Renée Jakovsky.

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