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Why Visit Fascinating Biot Museum and Glassworks

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Biot Museum

Have you visited the Musée Fernand Léger at Biot? It’s the only museum in the world dedicated to this major 20th-century artist who lived and worked in the town. It is also one of the few Musées Nationales de France dedicated to a single artist. Purpose-built and spacious, its white walls and huge windows provide an ideal setting for Leger’s increasingly colourful and monumental works. Outside, the walls are decorated with massive panels of mosaics.

Musée national Fernand Léger
Chemin du Val de Pome – 06410 Biot
Tel: +33 (0)4 92 91 50 20

Fernand Léger

A man of many talents, Fernand Léger (1881 – 1955) mastered sculpture, film and painting. Born in northern France, he attended architectural school before moving to Paris. His initial paintings explored impressionism. However, his work evolved into a form of cubism likely influenced by work as a draftsman and by Paul Cézanne’s work. He lectured in the United States at Yale. Among other accomplishments, Léger was commissioned as an interior designer for Nelson Rockefeller’s apartment.

Biot Arts and Glass Works

Located just three (3) kilometres for Nice, and the sparkling Mediterranean, Biot is a town worth visiting. The arts culture is strong in Biot; there are several museums featuring ceramics, glass and works by Fernand Léger. There is a wide range of art galleries.

Since the 1950s, the town is also a renowned centre for glass blowing and sculpture with seven (7) workshops. Much of the glass tradition and certainly the iconic Biot glassware with bubbles is attributed to Éloi Monod, an engineer who created this signature artistic style. Worth visiting, although it can be quite crowded is the Écomusée du verre de Biot, Verrerie de Biot – Chemin des Combes, 06410 Biot. Tel: +33 (0)4 93 65 03 00. There are guided tours of the museum in French and English Monday through Fridays.

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