Museum trip to France, October 2015



Laguna Art Museum group travels to France, October 2015

On October 5, a group of Laguna Art Museum patrons, accompanied by executive director Malcolm Warner, arrived in Paris to embark on a 9-day trip that would begin at the capital city and end on the French Riviera. With an exciting itinerary of visits focused primarily on art, locations to be visited included Paris, Marseille, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, St. Paul de Vence, Vence, St. Jean Cap Ferrat and Menton (sister city of Laguna Beach).opera_web

Highlights of the trip included the recently inaugurated Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, the recently re-opened Picasso Museum, also in Paris, Mucem in Marseilles, Matisse’s chapel in Vence, and a visit to the studio and home of contemporary artist Sophie Ryder. It would be difficult to say what part of the nine days was most enjoyable – each had its special pleasures.

In most institutions and locations we had the privilege of being received by a museum director, curator, or representative. At the Carnavalet Museum in Paris, the group was given a beautiful catalogue of the museum for each individual. At the Picasso Museum, director Laurent LeBon gave the group an introduction to the museum, its collection, and the recent refurbishments. At contemporary artist Sophie Ryder’s home in the south of France, the group was treated to a presentation about her work as well as a home-made lunch of traditional Provençal dishes such as ratatouille and wild boar.

Of special note was the group’s visit to Laguna Beach sister city Menton, located east of Monte Carlo. The City Hall at Menton has a wedding reception room painted on all sides and the ceiling by artist Jean Cocteau.

The group enjoyed the delights of being in such a mecca of gourmet dining and fine wines. The restaurants throughout the nine days reflected the regions visited and the importance of food and wine in French culture.

francetrip_webLast year Laguna Art Museum organized a trip to England also accompanied by executive director Malcolm Warner. Planning for next year’s international trip will begin soon. Again it will be a feast for the eyes and more.