Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins
An eclectic collection ranging from antiquities to contemporary art
Discover, at the entrance of the old village of Mougins, how the beauty of the ancient world has influenced neoclassical, modern and contemporary art.
The museum’s large and diverse collection of antiquities includes Roman, Greek and Egyptian sculpture, vases, coins, and jewellery, and also the world’s largest private collection of ancient arms and armour.
These ancient artworks are interspersed with classically inspired paintings, drawings, and sculptures by artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Dufy, Cézanne, Rodin, Dali, Andy Warhol, Marc Quinn, Antony Gormley, and Damien Hirst, to name but a few.
The founder of the museum is Christian Levett, a former British investment manager with a passion for history and art. A fanatical, but highly ethical collector since childhood. In 2009 he decided to form a museum to place his antiquity and classical art collection on public display, and the Mougins Museum opened to the public in June 2011. Since then the museum has gone from strength to strength, winning international awards and loaning dozens of objects to other museums and university exhibitions all over the world.
Christian himself is a keen philanthropist in the field, sponsoring multiple exhibitions at The British Museum, Royal Academy, National Gallery, Sir John Soane’s Museum and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. He has funded archaeological works in the UK, Italy, Egypt and Spain.
He has sponsored academic scholarships at Wolfson College and The Ruskin School of Art in Oxford and has aided curatorial funding at The Ashmolean, The British Museum and The British School at Rome. He has funded renovation works at The Charterhouse Museum London, Charterhouse School Surrey, The National Gallery and Musée L’Eglise de Notre Dame de Vie Mougins, and has sponsored conferences at King’s College London, Senate House UCL and at The Mougins Museum.
He is a member of the Arms and Armour Committee at The Metropolitan Museum of New York and member of The Visitors Board of The Ashmolean Museum Oxford and is a past board member of The Hadrian’s Wall Trust. Christian is also an Honorary Fellow of The Ashmolean Museum, an honorary fellow of Wolfson College Oxford and a member of the Oxford University Chancellors Court of Benefactors.