Musée international d'Art naïf Anatole Jakovsky

The Musée international d'Art naïf Anatole Jakovsky (Eng.: Anatole Jakovsky International Museum of Naive Art) is a museum located in Nice, which displays 18-to-21st century works specialized in naive art. The museum was inaugurated on 5 March 1982.

Musée international d'Art naïf Anatole Jakovsky
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The exterior of the museum in 2020
Musée international d'Art naïf Anatole Jakovsky is located in Nice
Musée international d'Art naïf Anatole Jakovsky
Location within Nice
LocationAvenue de Fabron
06000 Nice, France
Coordinates43°41′10″N 7°13′58″E / 43.686111°N 7.232778°E / 43.686111; 7.232778
TypeArt museum
Visitors20,000 per year

History and descriptionEdit

The museum was housed in the Château Saint Hélène which was the former residence of perfumer François Coty, and is located in a large park. In 1930, his ex-wife Yvonne decide to order changes in the building by Nice architect H. Malgaud who removed the sets designed by Aaron Messiah. Her daughter Christiane Coty sold the castle to the city of Nice on 6 April 1973, and the building was eventually transformed into a museum, which opened in 1982.[1]

The works are composed of paintings, sculptures, drawings, posters by painters such as Henri Rousseau, Séraphine Louis, Grandma Moses, O'Brady, Rimbert, Ivan and Josip Généralic, Bauchant, Vivin, Lackovic, Haddelsey, Ligabue, Vivancos, among others...[2]

The collection come from donations of Renée and Anatole Jakovsky (to whom the museum owes its current name), and the Centre Georges Pompidou. The giant statues in the garden were created by Frédéric Lanovsky.[1] The museum has about 20,000 visitors per year, and 600 works from 27 countries.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Musée International d'Art Naïf ANATOLE JAKOVSKY" (in French). Archived from the original on 29 May 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Musée international d'Art naïf Anatole Jakovsky" (in French). Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  3. ^ "NICE: Les naïfs à la plage". L'Express (in French). Paris: Express-Roularta Group. 1 July 1993. Retrieved 13 July 2011.

Coordinates: 43°41′10″N 7°13′58″E / 43.68611°N 7.23278°E / 43.68611; 7.23278