One of the finest regional museums in France, created in 1838, the Musée Granet has "musée de France" status and is a respected institution in the town of Aix-en-Provence. The museum offers over 4,000 sq m of galleries, largely dedicated to the painting and sculpture collections. More than 750 works are on display offering a vast panorama of artistic creativity, from the primitives and the Renaissance to masterpieces of modern art and the exceptional Philippe Meyer donation, which features paintings and sculptures by Alberto Giacometti. In addition to the Jas de Bouffan landscape from the Meyer donation, the museum displays nine further oil paintings from throughout the career of Paul Cézanne, including the recent acquisition of his portrait of Emile Zola.
Granet XXe, collection Jean Planque
The museum's modern art collection grew considerably in 2010, when the Fondation Jean et Suzanne Planque donated a collection for a period of 15 years: that of Jean Planque, a Swiss painter and collector who died in 1998. This collection includes some 300 paintings, drawings and sculptures from the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Degas and Redon, to major 20th century artists such as Bonnard, Rouault, Picasso, Braque, Dufy, Laurens, Léger, Klee, Bissière, de Staël and Dubuffet… In order to present the key works from this magnificent collection – almost 120 in total – under the title of "Granet XXe, collection Jean Planque", the Aix regional authority and the city of Aix-en-Provence worked together to renovate the Chapelle des Pénitents blancs, a 17th century architectural marvel, thus providing the Musée Granet with over 700 sq m of additional exhibition space.