Just a stone’s throw from the Porte Sarrazine in Mougins, the André Villers Museum of Photography houses a collection of antique cameras and accessories, as well as displaying a great diversity of portraits of Picasso, seen by the greatest contemporary photographers : Robert Doisneau, David Douglas Duncan, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Sanford Roth, Edward Quinn, Lucien Clergue, Denise Colomb, Raph Catti, and André Villers, after whom the Museum is named and who is at the origin of the ties between Pablo Picasso, Mougins and photography.
André Villers first met Pablo Picasso in 1953.
The painter had privileged relations with photographers whose work relies on artistic value, well beyond a simple snapshot.
Robert Doisneau, Jacques Henri Lartigue and Lucien Clergue, whose works are present at the Museum, all emphasized Picasso’s interest in photography.
A brilliant portraitist, Pablo Picasso was an ideal model for photographers. Picasso felt genuine affection for young André, and sensed his potential.
He offered him his first professional camera body. The two men began creating works with four hands: photographs taken by Villers, cut out by Picasso, then taken up anew by the photographer in the darkroom.
Beyond Picasso, the entire artistic world of the time was “shot” by Villers: his portraits of Dali, Miró, Léger, Le Corbusier, Boulez have been displayed all over the world. He also pursued so-called art photography (photographie plasticienne), with abstraction, decoupage, photograms, folded shadows...
The Museum’s permanent collection retraces his career.
Temporary exhibitions are organized year round to develop and give a boost to the City’s cultural policy.
Open everyday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00 and until 19:00 from 15th June to 15th September. Closed in January.