The museum was founded in 1930 by the artist Jean Peské (a Russian born painter) when he offered 190 pieces of work for display. Over the years unfortunately the museum wasn’t maintained. Eventually a group of dedicated artists created an association and worked to restore the museum and built it in it's current building that was the residence of a previous Senator. Fully supported by a group of artist enthusiasts, the foundation has increased the works of art to more than 1400 pieces.
Many people in the Collioure community are promoters of contemporary art and have established scholarships and prizes to encourage artists in residence who present their work in public showcases.
With a strong history of modern art dating back to the early 1900’s, when Matisse and Derain arrived there and started the Fauvist movement, Collioure has remained a hub for artists and continues to host numerous exhibitions and festivals during the year.
Be sure to take a walk up to this site. It is worth the visit.
Enjoy this video of an interview with the curator.