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« Nice, the invention of tourism »

Nice World Heritage Nomination Centre, 75 quai des États-Unis

Exhibition : « Nice, the invention of tourism »
Bencho Obreshkov, Nice’s landscape, 1939, Sofia, National Gallery of Art © All rights reserved

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The growth of a new city thanks to the development of tourism, its unique urban planning and its special architectural heritage are the object of Nice’s application for the inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

This exhibition presents the different steps that made Nice the capital of the riviera tourism and, a source of inspiration for many artists, writers, musicians and film-makers, starting from 18th century until today. The visitors can also discover the reasons and the procedure of the application.

Summer 2019 « Nice, Cinémapolis » Masséna museum

Exhibition curator: Jean-Jacques Aillagon, assisted by Aymeric Jeudy
Scenography & Graphic design: Kristof Everart & Marcel Bataillard
Production: Jean-Pierre Barbero
In partnership with: Cinémathèque française.
Exposition « Nice ou l’invention du tourisme »
View of the exhibition « Nice, Cinémapolis », Masséna museum, 2019, © Floriane Spinetta

Through a richly documented historical fresco, the exhibition proposed to evoke the intimate relationship that links Nice to the cinema, from its invention by the Lumière brothers until today. This chronology from 1896 to 2019, illustrated from numerous collections and more particularly that of the Cinémathèque française, showed the intense cinematographic activity of Nice and the fundamental role that the city played in the development of the 7th art, throughout the 20th century.

2017 « Nice in history » Masséna museum

Exhibition curator: Jean-Jacques Aillagon, assisted by Aymeric Jeudy
Scenography & Graphic design: Kristof Everart & Marcel Bataillard

Nice à l’école de l’histoire

This exhibition proposed to explore the moments when the local history of Nice was deeply connected with the world history. Thanks to a vast chronology going from the "invention of fire" on the site of Terra Amata 400,000 years ago to the "invention of tourism" in the mid-eighteenth century, passing through the Roman conquest, the "barbarian invasions" and the "Truce of Nice" in 1538, a time gallery offered visitors a surprising journey through the history of Nice and its territory.

2016-2017 « Your memories of la Prom' »

Nice World Heritage Nomination Centre, 75 quai des États-Unis

Exposition : Vos souvenirs de la prom

The people of Nice and visitors have opened their family albums, offering several hundred unpublished photographs.
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Summer 2015 « Promenade(S) des Anglais »

In summer 2015, under curatorship of Jean-Jacques Aillagon, 10 municipal museums and 3 national museums of the City of Nice joined together to present a program with the common theme « The promenade(s) of Nice ». The exhibitions proposed a rich journey through the history of the Promenade itself, from the point of view of natural history, of artists like Chagall, Matisse and Dufy, or of the history of sport, music, cinema and archeology.

The exhibition "The Promenade, inventing a new city » presented at the Masséna museum focused on the urban history of the Promenade, symbol of the birth of a resort city. Thanks to different documents collected, the exhibition retraced its urban development, but also the social and artistic life of this mythical avenue, to make the visitors appreciate the outstanding universal value of the urban architectural heritage, the central theme of Nice’s application for the inscription on the World Heritage List.

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2015 « The world heritage »

Nice World Heritage Nomination Centre, 75 quai des États-Unis.

For more information please visit website of World Heritage Centre.