Neither the mountainous barrier of the Northern Alps nor the Mediterranean's southern border has ever prevented our department from interacting with the rest of the world.

Since antiquity, the Greeks had initiated this dialogue by founding here Nikaïa and Antipolis which would become Nice and Antibes. The Romans pursued and gave to this territory the name of an imperial province: the Alpes-Maritimes. Then, after their turn Provençaux and Savoyards took part in this dialogue, successive waves of vacation enriched and diversified from the late eighteenth century.

The English who had come on the road to Italy introduced the fashion of winters on the Riviera; the Russians built orthodox cathedrals there, and the French winterers invented the name of Côte d'Azur. In the twentieth century, finally, the Americans punctuated this dialogue with the sounds of jazz which was not long in accompanying the arrival of the stars of Hollywood.

But this dialogue was lacking and opened to Asia.

Also the the Alpes-Maritimes Department, considering the major role that Asia holds in our contemporary world, he wanted to devote a museum to him. This museum of Asian arts whose architecture has been beautifully designed by Kenzô TANGE, is a tribute to the wonderful Asian ability to create beauty.

President of the Alpes-Maritimes Department