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On the place du Marché in Vallauris, near the site where Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth were married, you'll see Picasso's Homme et Mouton (Man and Sheep). The town council of Vallauris had intended to ensconce this statue in a museum, but Picasso insisted that it remain on the square "where the children could climb over it and the dogs water it unhindered."

Bordering place de la Libération is a chapel shaped like a Quonset (Nissen) hut, containing the Musée Picasso La Guerre et La Paix (tel. 04-93-64-71-83; www.musee-picasso-vallauris.fr), and also the entrance to the 16th-century Château de Vallauris (same phone). Inside the château is a two-in-one museum, Musée Alberto Magnelli and the Musée de la Céramique Moderne. This trio of museums developed after Picasso decorated the chapel with two paintings: La Paix (Peace) and La Guerre (War), offering contrasting images of love and peace on the one hand, and violence and conflict on the other. In 1970, a house painter gained illegal entrance to the museum one night and, after whitewashing a portion of the original, substituted one of his own designs. When the aging master inspected the damage, he said, "Not bad at all." In July 1996, the site was enhanced with a permanent exposition devoted to the works of the Florentine-born Alberto Magnelli, a pioneer of abstract art. The third section showcases ceramics, traditional and innovative alike, from regional potters. All three museums are open July to August daily 10am to 7pm, and September to May Wednesday to Monday 10am to 12:15pm and 2 to 5pm. Admission costs 2€ for adults and free for children 17 and under.

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