Inaugurated by André Malraux in 1964, the Foundation Marguerite and Aimé Maeght is a private foundation that seeks to present the public with contemporary art.
Painters and sculptors have closely collaborated in this achievement with the catalan architect Josep Lluis Sert in creating works, often monumental, integrated into the building and gardens: court Giacometti, Miró populated maze of sculptures and ceramics, mosaic murals Chagall and Tal-Coat, pelvis and stained glass of Braque, fountain Bury…
The Foundation Maeght is a unique place which has one of the largest collections in Europe of paintings, sculptures, drawings and graphic works of the twentieth century: Bonnard, Braque, Calder, Chagall, Giacometti, Leger, Miro… More than 200 000 visitors come each years to the Foundation Maeght, which has made more than 100 monographs or thematic exhibitions since its opening.
Starting from its collections, many exhibitions are also held each year in museums in France and abroad. Recognized public utility, the Foundation Maeght is completely autonomous. It does not depend on the administration of the National Museums and receives no state subsidy.
The Society of Friends of the Maeght Foundation aims to enrich the collections of the Fondation Maeght and contribute to its radiation.
Created in 1966, the Association gathers today more than 2000 members (at national and international).
These are the contributions of members who can particularly provide a yearly budget of acquisitions. Thus nearly a hundred works (paintings, drawings and sculptures) have been acquired over the years.