The 60th Anniversary of the Annonciade Museum

Paul Signac, 1895

Paul Signac, 1895; photo source

This year is a big year for art in St Tropez; the town’s principal art museum is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a couple of exceptional and exhilarating exhibitions.

The Annonciade Museum, situated a stone’s throw from the old port, opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1955 just months after a bikini-clad Brigitte Bardot arrived in the sleepy fishing village and changed its course in history.

Few people outside of France had heard of this quaint town on the south-west coast, apart from perhaps a succession of painters who flocked to St Tropez for its incredible light and creative inspiration. The first of these artists to make his home in St Tropez was Paul Signac in 1892, with the likes of Matisse and Marquet following suit shortly afterwards.

With such a rich artistic heritage, it came as no surprise that in 1955 an art museum was open in St Tropez to showcase valuable works of art inspired by the town and its surrounding landscapes.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Annonciade Museum, two exhibitions have been planned for this year and are highly recommended to those of you staying in one of our St Tropez House villas in 2015.

The first, being held from 14th March until 1st June, is entitled ‘Tribute to the Donors’, whilst the second, focusing on art created between 1890 and 1950, will be held from 12th June to 18th October.

Artists at the forefront of this exhibition will include Henri  Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, Paul Signac and Albert Marquet, who famously painted the port of St Tropez in 1905.

Any stay in St Tropez would not be complete without a visit to the museum, which is open every day except for Tuesday most of the year apart from public holidays. Opening hours are from 10am to 1pm and 2pm until 6pm.