About the Museum
The Musée des Arts de Nantes is an art museum located in Nantes, France. It was founded in 1801 by Napoleon Bonaparte with a donation of only 40 paintings. Today the museum holds over 12,000 works of art from the primitive to modern art, and all variety of media is represented. Artists include Georges de La Tour, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Max Ernst, Sonia Delaunay, Gaston Chaissac, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Vassily Kandinsky, Raymond Hains, Claude Cahun, Giuseppe Penone and Nan Goldin to name just a few. The museum closed for six years to go through an extensive restoration that was designed by London firm Stanton Williams. In 2017, the museum reopened with an additional 2,000 square meters of gallery space along with a restaurant and bookshop.
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