The Maeght Foundation in St Paul de Vence presents “This is not a museum”



“This is not a museum” focuses on the interactions between performing arts and visuals arts.  “This is not a museum,” is a sentenced borrowed from André Malraux, close friends of Aimé Maeght.

Included in the inauguration speech for the Maeght Foundation on July 28, 1964, this sentence embodies the vitality of creation. This exhibition, presented until March 2015, recalls the prestigious «Nuits de la Fondation Maeght», a series of happening events often featuring writers such as Francis Ponge or Jean-Pierre Faye. It also pays tribute to the artists that have given legendary performances at the foundation: musicians such as the free jazz prodigy Albert Ayler, Terry Riley, La Monte Young, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor and Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Mstislav Rostropovich as well as dancers including Merce Cunningham, John Cage, Sarah Pardo and Jean Barraqué. Poets and philosophers such as René Char, André Frénaud, Jacques Prévert and Jacques Derrida also took part in these shows. Their texts are featured in the exhibition.

Thanks to a partnership with INA, this exhibition recreates the spirit of those encounters through many films and sound recordings by Clovis Prévost.