The Promenade des Anglais, perhaps more than any other seashore, arouses dreams, joie de vivre, fantasies and clichés. The joie de vivre of modern painters who come to complete their work under the Riviera sky is followed by the casualness of their contemporaries who do not hesitate to make this place of conviviality their own, turning it into an open-air studio where one can meet each other and remake the world.
From the post-war period, the Baie des Anges was transformed into a theatre of artistic actions that would change the course of art history. This investment is also a way for artists to stand up against the market and the institutionalization of art. More recently, the new generations are playfully diverting the imagery of pleasure and insouciance conveyed by the Côte d’Azur.
Witness of events, theater of actions and ephemeral installations, place of meetings and discussions, subject of inspiration and diversion, the Côte d’Azur arc remains a laboratory of artistic expression constantly renewed. The exhibition reveals the richness and diversity of these actions and achievements in a journey combining works of art and photo, video or audio documents in order to stick as closely as possible to the workshop that the Promenade des Anglais is for artists.
In this fantastic playground, the artists make the Promenade and the seaside tours a tool for creation and resistance. Under its light and frivolous appearances, the Promenade des Anglais reveals its activist role.
Artists: David Ancelin, Arman, Ben, Baptiste César, Jean-Robert Cuttaïa, Gilbert Della Noce, Noël Dolla, Jean Dupuy, Céline Fantino, GARAGE 103-Olivier Garcin, Claude Gilli, Yves Klein, Thierry Lagalla, Virginie Le Touze, Stéphanie Marin, Jean Mas, Élisabeth Morcellet, Philippe Perrin, Pierre Pinoncelli, Stéphane Steiner, Cédric Teisseire, Bernar Venet, Rémi Voche.
Rébecca François, conservation officer in MAMAC
Head curator: Jean-Jacques Aillagon