After four years of extensive renovations, including a new entrance at the end of a curved path, the National Fernand Léger Museum reopened this June in Biot near the Côte d'Azur. Léger, who was a contemporary of Henri Matisse and Georges Braque, bought the former farmhouse – the plot of land on which the museum lies – in 1950, five years before his death, and made ceramics there. Léger's wife, Nadia, created the museum and gave it to the state in 1967 along with 348 of Léger's works.

The museum has reopened with a rearrangement of the permanent collection and a temporary exhibition, titled "La Partie de campagne," which translates as "The Campaign Party." Léger, who joined the Communist Party in 1945, made around 10 paintings relating to how the Popular Front created a law about taking days off work. The paintings depict pleasure seekers such as bathers and cyclists; the leisurely scenes recall those portrayed by the likes of Auguste Renoir, Edouard Manet and Paul Cézanne. Also featured are images by Léger's photographer friends such as Willy Ronis, Brassaï and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

June 21 through September 29, 2008
Musée national Fernand Léger
Chemin du Val de Pome
06410 Biot
T.33 (0)4 92 91 50 30