The "Villa Arson" in Nice is a famous modern art school of the city. The place is a mixture of modern architecture mixed with an old 18th century building and a beautiful Mediterranean garden.
The “Villa Arson” in Nice is a famous modern art school of the city. The place is a mixture of modern architecture mixed with an old 18th century building and a beautiful Mediterranean garden.
The original Villa (and the park of 23000 square meters) was built in an Italian style at the end of the 18th century (probably 1780) and became the summer residence of the rich banker Arson family in 1810. The place was donated by the family to the city in 1881 and it was the foundation of the “national school of decorative arts of Nice”.
After almost 2 centuries, the place was in a bad state, and 1970 a great transformation took place to create the “international art school of Nice” and that’s what it is still now. The reconstruction of the lace respected the old building and gardens, but added a very modern architectural design all around the Villa to give a maximum space to the students for creation and exhibition. And this mixture of modern 70’s architecture and old traditional 18th century building gives the place a very special mood.
You can go there to visit the exhibitions and take some time to visit the gardens, to admire the panoramic view over the city from the terrace and there are often some musical events of all style taking place inside or outside the building.
A really fascinating place for any Lomographer, for sure. Go there in summer at the end of the day to have a look at the sunset in the garden and at the terrace: it’s a magical moment!
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