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


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

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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.


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