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Creation of the Society of Friends of the Fine Arts Museum of Nice

It was in the imposing setting of the large hall devoted to the Van Loo dynasty that the Constitutive General Assembly of the Society of Friends of the Fine Arts Museum of Nice (S.A.M.B.A.N.) was held yesterday, April 7.

The 23 founding members, welcomed by Johanne Lindskog, Director of the museum, approved the association's statutes and rules of procedure. They then elected a nine-member Board of Directors, which will be chaired by Fabrice Roy.

Edgar Degas. Eugène Manet. 1874. Collection particulière
Les membres fondateurs présents lors de l'Assemblée. De gauche à droite au premier plan, Fabrice Roy, Johanne Lindskog, Nicolas Gitton, Madame Jean-Pierre Bourdin (accompagnant son mari), Sylvie Lombart, Annie Darmon, Maire-Lorraine Gaucher, Nicolle Martin, Christine Giraudeau. Au deuxième plan, Jean-Luc Sini, Jean-François Régis, Yannick Pellegrin, Jean-Pierre Bourdin, Christine Raynier, Richard Duvauchelle, Gérard Canarie. © Fabrice Roy

The S.A.M.B.A.N. will naturally aim to contribute to the development and notoriety of the Fine Arts Museum of Nice.

It will boost the dynamics of the museum through its participation in the cultural programming of the establishment, its contribution to the restoration and enrichment of its collections or the development of a network of patrons and donors.

Édouard Manet. Berthe Morisot. 1874. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lille
Johanne Lindskog pendant son discours de bienvenue. © Fabrice Roy
Fabrice Roy
Fabrice Roy

In her introductory speech, Johanne Lindskog underlined the importance of the creation of S.A.M.B.A.N. as part of the ambitious projects carried out by the Fine Arts Museum of Nice.

Fabrice Roy then took the floor to thank the museum management for their trust and assure them of his full collaboration in what promises to be a great adventure!

The general Assembly paved the way for the formal declaration of S.A.M.B.A.N. in the prefecture and the beginning of its activities, whose program for the year 2023 will be drawn up in consultation with the management of the museum.

Among the founding members, 15 were able to make the trip, 2 attended the General Assembly by videoconference, 6 were represented by proxy.

Jean-Luc Sini et Christine Giraudeau. © Fabrice Roy
Jean-Luc Sini et Christine Giraudeau. © Fabrice Roy

At the end of the meeting, the participants shared a glass of friendship offered by the very first partners of S.A.M.B.A.N.:

Jean-Luc Sini who represented the Sarriegui house with crispy artisanal crisps and tasty truffle pearls, and Christine Giraudeau, standard-bearer on the Riviera for the excellent Champagne Comte de Cheurlin,

Marie Bashkirtseff. Autoportrait à la palette. 1883. Miusée des Beaux-Arts de Nice
Marie Bashkirtseff. Autoportrait à la palette. 1883. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice

The Fine Arts Museum is the oldest art museum in Nice. It was created in 1872, shortly after the annexation of Nice to France. After having been located at the Library of Nice, then in a gallery on boulevard Dubouchage, it will then be moved to rue Notre-Dame at the Palais Bréa which still exists.

It was not until January 7, 1928 that it was inaugurated in its current premises, the villa of the Ukrainian princess Elisabeth Kotchoubey, acquired by the City of Nice in 1925.

It houses more than 10,000 works which cover 6 centuries of art history, and whose collection mainly concerns the 19th century.

The museum bears the mark of Gustave-Adolphe Mossa, who was its curator for 45 years, from 1926 until his death in 1971. Between 1901 and 1918, he had a dazzling career as a Symbolist artist, over which he created a series of fascinating works, including one that depicts Lucifer and was part of an altarpiece on the subject of the 7 deadly sins. The S.A.M.B.A.N. has the honor of counting his descendants among its members by right.


The founding members of the S.A.M.B.A.N.


Isabelle Billey-Quere: Board member. Manager of the Nice Metropolitan Tourist Office Press Service;

Christian Bonello. Member by right. Beneficiary of Gustave-Adolphe Mossa;

Jean-Pierre Bourdin. Member by right. Grandson of Gustave-Adolphe Mossa;

Gerard Canarie. Member by right. Bailiff of the Chaine des Rôtisseurs of Monaco;

Charles Carmignac. Member by right. Director of the Carmignac - Porquerolles Foundation;

Francoise Chatillon-Pierront. Board member. Cultural Services and Heritage Engineer - Ministry of Culture. Cultural Programmer;

Annie Darmon. Executive Board member. Event manager;

Francois Dunan. Board member. Attorney at law.

Richard Duvauchelle. Member by right. Curator of the Escoffier Museum of Culinary Art;

Michel Escoffier. Member by right. President of the Escoffier Foundation;

Marie-Lorraine Gaucher. Member by right. Board member of the Societies of Friends of the Renoir - Cagnes-sur-Mer and Picasso - Antibes Museums;

Christine Giraudeau. Adherent member. Partner of S.A.M.B.A.N. Champagne Comte de Cheurlin;

Nicolas Gitton. Member by right. Director of the Maeght Foundation - Saint-Paul-de-Vence;

Johanne Lindskog. Board member. Director of the Fine Arts Museum of Nice;

Sylvie Lombard. Member by right. Granddaughter of Gustave-Adolphe Mossa. President of the Symbolic Association Mossa:

Nicolle Martin. Member by right. President of Skal International Côte d'Azur;

Charles Mossa. Member by right. Grandson of Gustave-Adolphe Mossa. Writer;

Yannick Pellegrin. Executive board member. Secretary General of S.A.M.B.A.N. Security officer Hotel Méridien de Nice. Collector and patron;

Christine Raynier. Executive Board Member. Treasurer of S.A.M.B.A.N. Territorial civil servant;

Jean-Francois Regis. Board Member. Landscape architect. Owner of the Régis-Frères - Vidauban estate;

Fabrice Roy. Chairman of the Board of S.A.M.B.A.N. Lecturer in art history. Professor of communication at the University of Nice. Vice-President of the South Region Choir PACA;

Thomas Schlesser. Member by right. Director of the Hans Hartung and Anna-Eva Bergman Foundation. Antibes;

Jean-Luc Sini. Adherent member. Partner of S.A.M.B.A.N. Public relations consultant. Laumont and Sarriegui Companies.

Homer Dodge Martin. La mer à Villerville. 1885. Spencer Museum of Art
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