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Nahmad Collection. Ten masterpieces.

60 min visit

Picasso Museum
29 May → 31 Oct 2021
Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed on Monday.

« The Nahmad collection is one of the most prestigious in the world. Here are some of the masterpieces of this collection. »

The Nahmad family is originally from Aleppo, Syria. Hilel, the father, was born there in 1895. In 1945, he left the country with his wife Mathilde and their 6 children for Beirut, Lebanon. Two other children were born there. It is a big family, very close. The two eldest sons, Joseph and Albert, live abroad in Italy and South America respectively. Albert died tragically at the age of 28 in a plane crash in 1958. Following this dramatic event, the whole family left Beirut to join Joseph in Milan. Joseph loved painting, modern and contemporary Italian art. A private art collector, he was an important businessman in Milan. The 1960 stock market crash that devastated Italy was the unfortunate occasion for Joseph to sell a large part of his collection. It was his two younger siblings, Ezra and David, who saw the potential of the art market at the time. By dint of sales and meetings, they managed to buy paintings by the masters: Miro, Kandinsky, Chagall and Picasso. Eventually, the siblings became attached to the works and stopped selling them. For this new exhibition, discover 9 paintings by Pablo Picasso from 1905 to 1971, as well as one by Mark Rothko from 1954. This selection is not surprising when you know that the city of Antibes is the home of Picasso. Rothko came here once to reinforce his flat colors with those of the Cubist master. Much more than an exhibition, this is an incredible sensory experience: each room has a work (two at the most). It is no longer a question of accumulation as one might think for the presentation of a collection, but it is a question of focusing on what matters most: the work of art itself.


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