The best art galleries and art exhibitions to be found in Saint Tropez France.

The Chanel House in St Tropez

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St Tropez has forever held a close affinity with fashion. Ever since Brigitte Bardot first made the small French Riviera town into an overnight celebrity icon with her 1956 film And God created Woman, St Tropez has come to represent the Côte d’Azur’s world renowned ‘chic’ culture. [Read more…]

St Tropez House’s Top Five Art Galleries in Saint Tropez

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The beautiful town of Saint Tropez is synonymous with art, with some of the region’s most talented artists and art collectors setting up in this stunning part of the world.

Indeed, there are literally dozens of first rate art galleries and workshops within a short driving distance of our portfolio of Saint Tropez villas.

But where should you head if you are planning on a flying visit to Saint Tropez and fancy a fill of local art without having the time to do the rounds? [Read more…]

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.

Fauvism comes to St Tropez

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Stood on the port of St Tropez since 1922, the Musée de l’Annonciade is a bold reminder of the town’s rich historical affinity with avant-garde artists and their work. It was Paul Signac who first discovered the natural charm of this quaint fishing town in 1892. He descended his yacht, The Olympia, to buy a house where he began painting the beauty he found around him. His piece La Hune was just the beginning of a neo-impressionist revolution that sparked in St Tropez, luring numerous well-known painters to its shores such as Cross, Matisse, Derain, Marquet. [Read more…]

Bel Air Fine Art Gallery in St Tropez

Art lovers coming to Saint Tropez this summer will be delighted to learn that there is a new art gallery in town!
The highly acclaimed international art group Bel-Air Fine Art, which was founded ten years ago in Geneva, recently opened a gallery in the heart of Saint Tropez.
Taking over the popular space of The Galerie des Lices, The Bel-Air Fine Art group is a hugely welcomed addition to the already burgeoning art scene in Saint Tropez, home to our portfolio of luxury villas to rent and buy.
The Bel-Air Fine Art group was founded by Francois Chabanian in Switzerland in 2004. The renowned contemporary art investor has since opened galleries in Crans-Montana, Verbier, Porto-Cervo and Forte del Marmi with Saint Tropez being the group’s latest acquisition.
A spokesman for the group said: “This is an opportunity to discover the catalogue of one of the leading groups of galleries in the field of contemporary art.”
He added that the gallery planned for three “great trends” to stand out during the gallery’s first summer in Saint-Tropez. These trends included ‘new realists’, with work by Arman, César, Klein and Niki de Saint Phalle, the ‘best hyperrealists’ highlighted by work by Bernadi and Spence, and finally ‘masters of contemporary art’.
One of the latest artists to be exhibited in the gallery on boulevard Louis Blanc, a short stroll from our most central Saint Tropez villas to rent, was the so-called King of Middle Eastern neo-pop art, Marwan Chamaa.
Chamaa was born in Beirut, in the Lebanon, but was raised in Munich before moving to Washington DC. His latest series of work is entitled “Toffees, Superheroes, Fried eggs and Chocolates” and is said to depict the struggle between good and evil on a ‘back ground of extreme consumerism’.
The gallery is also currently exhibiting four huge sculptures by American sculptor Rafael Barrios around the port of Saint Tropez and in other central squares around the village.
Venezuelan Barrios, who was born in Louisiana, is internationally recognized for his art with many prestigious galleries around the world owning his works such as the Caracas Contemporary Art Museum in Venezuela, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada, and the Museum of Outdoor Sculpture of Alcalá de Henarés, Spain.
For more information on the Bel-Air Fine Art Gallery in Saint Tropez including all the latest news go to www.belairfineart.com.

Artists from St Tropez

The Port of St Tropez

The Port of Saint-Tropez” by Paul Signac. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

 

The South of France has enjoyed a long association with a gamut of talented painters who have all flocked to the region to seek inspiration from the Provencal colours, light and views.
Saint Tropez is no exception: great artistic masters such as Matisse, Picasso and Pointillist all came to the sleepy fishing village at some point in their career where they created some of their best works.

But rather than focus on the past, we would like to highlight for our clients renting a luxury villa in Saint Tropez this summer some of today’s talents.

So here is a list of some of our favourite artists from Saint Tropez in 2014:

GERALD LE ROUX

Le Roux is a world famous painter and sculptor who grew up in Bordeaux. His dream was to become a musical conductor, but at the age of 15 he swapped his baton for a paintbrush and he soon won international acclaim for his work. Le Roux came to Saint Tropez in 1990, where he opened his workshop and gallery in the heart of the village. He says that Saint Tropez has been his “major inspiration source”. His work can be seen in his gallery located at 3, Place de l’Hotel de Ville.

UNA ST TROPEZ

The artist who calls herself Una St Tropez set up in the South of France in the late 1990s. The artist is famous for combining ancient with modern and recently received praise for a collection of paintings inspired by a trip to St Petersburg which she tribute to Rudolf Nureyev to mark the 20th anniversary of his death. Her work this year is dedicated to famous Saint Tropez resident Brigitte Bardot.

SASHA DE SAINT TROPEZ

Pop artist Sasha de Saint Tropez has made a name for herself with her colourful portraits of well-known personalities such as Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe and of course, the Queen of Saint Tropez herself Brigitte Bardot. Pop in to Sasha’s vibrant gallery at 10 Place de l’Ormeau when you are staying in Saint Tropez.

IVOR HOR

Ivor Hor is a Hungarian artist who arrived in France in 1956 in Toulouse. Some 12 year later he discovered Saint Tropez, and has never left. He has won many awards for his striking oil paintings, including the Grand Prix International de Peinture de la Cote d’Azur in 1995. His paintings are inspired by Saint Tropez, landscapes of southern France, and sailing. To view his work in Saint Tropez head to his gallery 36 rue des Remparts.

Best Art Events in St Tropez Next Months

Musse Picasso in Antibes

Musee Picasso in Antibes, photo – St Tropez House

 

The French Riviera is famous for many things, one of which is its rich artistic heritage which has drawn countless talented artists to its shores over the last few centuries.
As a result of this strong connection with art there are a large number of excellent exhibitions organized up and down the coast from Menton to Saint Tropez every year.
With more than 150 art galleries and even more art museums, it would be impossible to list all the art events that are happening in the area over the next few months.
But for our clients renting a luxury villa in Saint Tropez this summer we have tried to single out ten of the very best exhibitions to whet your artistic appetite.

1. “Mises en Scène”, an exhibition of contemporary art organised by the Union Méditerranéenne pour l’Art Moderne at the Château-Musée Grimaldi in Cagnes sur Mer, until November 23rd. The castle itself is worth a visit, if only for its sea views.

2. “Période Niçoise”, an exhibition by Matisse at the Musée Matisse in Cimiez, Nice, until September 29th. Matisse fell in love with the Cote d’Azur and died here in 1954.

3. “Les Nouvelles Générations dans la Collection du MAMAC”, more contemporary art this time exhibited at the excellent Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in the heart of Nice until September 14th.

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MAMAC Museum in Nice, photo – MAMAC, terms of use

 

4. “L’Art au Nature”, an exhibition by local visual artist Cathy Cuby who works with natural objects to create eye-catching masterpieces. The exhibition will run until September 30th in the gardens of the Musée Internationale de la Parfumerie in Grasse.

5. An exhibition on Sharks and Humanity is being held at Monaco’s Musée Océanographique for the not so faint hearted staying in one of our St Tropez House villas in August. The exhibition runs from August 8th until March 2015 and for clients considering making the journey to Monaco from Saint Tropez, there is a very good helicopter service which will get you there in under 30 minutes.

Musee Oceanographique in Monaco

Musee Oceanographique in Monaco, photo – St Tropez House

 

6. “Bains, Bulles et Beaute” is another exhibition being held at the Musée Internationale de la Parfumerie in Grasse, about an hour from the majority of luxury villas to rent in Saint Tropez. This exhibition, being held until September 30th, follows the history of beauty products from the 18th century until today through images.

7. The 12th Festival International de la Photographie de Mode will take place in Cannes until August 29th at the Espace Miramar on Palm Beach.

Port of Cannes

Port of Cannes next to Palm Beach, photo – St Tropez House

 

8. In Monaco from July 7th until September 12th the “Art Lovers” exhibition will be held at the Grimaldi Forum, celebrating the art collection of Francois Pinault.

9. Nearer to home and a short drive from our portfolio of St Tropez House villas is an exhibition entitled “La Couleur sous la Lumière de l’Orient” including works from Delacroix to Matisse.

10. Also in Saint Tropez this summer is “The Party’s Over” exhibition featuring photographs and pictures by German artist Udo Rein at Lavoir Vasserot.

 

Les Journées du Patrimoine in Saint Tropez

Citadel Cannons, St Tropez

Citadel Cannons, St Tropez

Les Journées du Patrimoine – or heritage days – is an annual weekend of culture in France which offers those staying in one of our St Tropez House villas a magical window onto France’s colourful heritage.

The eagerly-anticipated event, which will this year take place on September 14th and 15th at thousands of venues across the country including a large number in Saint Tropez itself,  was initiated in 1984 by the then Minister of  Culture Jack Lang.

Monsieur Long intended for the weekend of cultural events to give the people of France open access to the country’s most cherished heritage.

His initiative was a huge success and each year, les Journées du Patrimonie have gathered momentum up and down the country. Last year, for example, approximately 12 million visitors used the days to discover or rediscover the cultural riches of France.

The heritage days have also surpassed the borders of France and now take place in most European countries across Europe. Each year there is a theme for the weekend and this year’s Journées du Patrimoine will celebrate ‘1913-2013 Cents Ans de Protection’.

Donjon de la Citadelle, St Tropez

Donjon de la Citadelle, St Tropez

The programme for this year’s festival has not yet been announced, but last year, more than 7,000 people took part in the weekend, visiting a host of venues in Saint Tropez, where most of our exclusive luxury villas are located.

Amongst the favourite exhibits in September 2013 was the Citadelle, which dominates the picture perfect town on the French Riviera, as well as the chapels of Sainte-Anne and Miséricorde.

Also hugely popular last year were tours of the Chateau de La Moutte, which is situated just outside Saint Tropez near our villas to rent in Les Canebiers, as well as visits to La Treille Muscate in the gardens of the Maison de Colette.

How Brigitte Bardot has inspired a town

Brigitte Bardot on Pampelonne beach in St Tropez

Brigitte Bardot on the beach in St Tropez

 

Mention Saint Tropez to anyone, and one of the first images they will no doubt conjure up is that of curvaceous Brigitte Bardot, posing sexily on the beach in And God Created Woman.

The blonde bombshell shot scenes of the film, directed by her then-husband Roger Vadim, on Pampelonne Beach close to some of our most exclusive villas in Saint Tropez more than 60 years ago – but is still arguably the most famous person associated with the seaside town.

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Brigitte Bardot and Roger Vadim in St Tropez

 

In fact, time has done little to dent the impression the scantily-clad actress left on the former fishing village, which itself has grown beyond recognition and is now home to some of our most luxurious houses in Saint Tropez.

To pay homage to its most famous resident, who incidentally still lives in an isolated property in Saint Tropez, there are a number of shops, hotels and galleries linked to the actress, who is still one of the most beautiful women to have ever graced the silver screen.

  • Brigitte B is a quintessentially Tropezienne boutique where glamorous women’s fashion items hang from every rail. All the mannequins in the shop have long blonde hair – and look frighteningly like the actress in her prime. Tel:  +33 (0)4 94 97 43 43
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Brigitte B shop in St Tropez

  • Club 55 is arguably the coolest beach club on Pampelonne Beach and has been an institution in Saint Tropez ever since it provided on-set catering for Bardot and the rest of the cast in And God Created Woman. www.Club55.fr
  • Hotel La Ponche is now a luxurious four star hotel a stone’s throw from the water’s edge and near to some of our rental property Saint Tropez. But its origins were a traditional fisherman’s bar on the square La Ponche, where Bardot was a regular client. www.laponche.com
la ponche hotel st tropez

La Ponche hotel in St Tropez

Brigitte Bardot through the eyes of local artist Sasha de Saint Tropez

Sasha de St Tropez. Artists St Tropez

One of the greatest icons of Saint Tropez is without doubt the delectable Brigitte Bardot, who is practically responsible for discovering the town when it was an unknown fishing village more than half a century ago.

The pouting actress was in Saint Tropez filming And God Created Woman, a now cult movie directed by Bardot’s then-husband, Roger Vadim. As the story goes, the film crew used to spend hours chilling out in beachside restaurants in between takes of naked Bardot frolicking on the sand, and some of the team never left.

Brigitte Bardot and le gandarme in St Tropez

The film put Bardot – and the town in which she still lives – on the map, and the rest, they say, is history.

Those who wander around the town on any given day will soon see that there is still a great affection for the actress, who is now 77 years old and resides in an isolated property in Saint Tropez called La Madrague.

There is Bardot memorabilia of all shapes and sizes to be found in shops and galleries around the town, perhaps the most striking of which can be found in the gallery of Sasha de Saint Tropez, a light and airy venue not far from some of our more central villas to rent in Saint Tropez.

Sasha de St Tropez

Sasha de Saint Tropez has been likened to pop art legend Andy Warhol since setting up in Saint Tropez in 2001.

The talented artist specialises in portraits using different media and techniques, such as acrylic, plexi-glass, canvas prints and limited editions. His best known portraits of icons past and present include Brigitte Bardot, who seems to literally come alive in his studio under his stroke of genius.

Brigitte bardot young

Other portraits in his gallery – a visit of which we highly recommend to our clients renting houses in Saint Tropez – include Marilyn Monroe, Woody Allen, Mick Jagger, Kate Moss, Lenny Kravitz, Audrey Hepburn and many more.

The address for those who would like to visit this iconic gallery is 10 Place de l’Ormeau in St Tropez.