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Arts & Museums
The museum is currently closed for renovation and is scheduled to re-open in 2012. Situated on the relic gardens, this museum traces the history of the foundations of Marseille and from the first centuries of its existence around the spectacular wrecks "lyophilizied" from a ship from the 3rd Century, which was discovered in the port antique. There is also a collection of important Marseillaisian family coat of arms from across the 17th century. Call for more details.
The city's Chamber of Commerce and Industry has installed this museum within the Palais de la Bourse. It portrays the strong link which unites the city with the sea through a collection of engravings, models and other installations. 2600 years of maritime history unfold at random in themed rooms and exhibits focusing on shipping trade and life on the port.
The 150-year old Galerie Jouvène stands proud in the heart of the city. In recognition of its origins, it houses an array of classical paintings, and in particular, representations of Provence from the 17th Century to the present day. Ambrogiani, Monticelli and the enduring Briata are among the most illustrious artists whose works honour this establishment, where devotees of the region's light can meet to see it shine in all its glory.
The Musée Cantini is named after its former owner, a distinguished monumental mason, who donated this 17th-century mansion to the city in 1916. Transformed into an exhibition for modern and contemporary art, the museum's collection includes works by Bacon, Dufy, Miro, Matisse, Le Corbusier, and Giacometti. Characterized by Fauvist, surrealist and cubist works, modern art lovers should be sure to add this city centre arts venue to their cultural agenda. Call ahead for more information.
Located in Marseilles' former shipyards, near the old port area, the Maison de l'Artisanat et des Métiers d'Art is a place of discovery. Exhibitions are extensively organised around themes, with exhibit installations often available for purchase. A tribute to Marseille and the region, the museum has managed to preserve a sense of local tradition and the trade of times past is particularly well represented.
This city center gallery provides a unique perception of the different media for artistic expression. Exhibitions are collective rather than displaying the works of one individual, with the result that primitive African art blithely mingles with the contemporary. The unusual but explosive mixture is well worth a visit. Admission is free.
Marseilles' local history museum was created at the end of the 19th Century, with the initiative of Frédéric Mistral and Provençal poet Félibrige. Housed in la Maison Diamantée, a stunning mansion with a façade of diamond-shaped relies, the location is in itself a symbol of times gone by. The vast inventory of exhibits, including Provençal furniture, contoured maps of the town, traditional costumes and local-style figurines, conjures up daily life, shipping trade and popular traditions in the old city. Paintings and engravings ranging from the 17th to 20th Century further enhance this snapshot of Marseilles culture.
Close to the old port, along one of Marseilles' most famous streets, contemporary art has made itself a reputable name at the Sordini Gallery. A new exhibition is put on each month, where paintings, ceramics, sculptures and reliefs among other artistic media, excel themselves, to the delight of an informed public. A must-visit for those with an eye for experimental and innovative art.
In the center of Marseille, this gallery specialises in applied arts and sculpture, presenting glass, clay, and metal in a variety of forms. Temporary exhibits mingle with permanent collections, and sculptors from the region, as well as from France and abroad, have since created a loyal following. Admission: Free
"Painting should be viewed rather than discussed." Based on this philosophy, it is the policy of Galerie Lacydon, set in the heart of the city, to patronize all sorts of discoveries and curiosities in the name of art, with complete disregard for commercialism. The exhibitions reveal a tendancy towards a contemptorary and essentially representational style of art.
The Galerie du Pharos stands on the old port, just opposite Pagnol's famous ferry-boat stop. With an emphasis on representational art, the oils on canvas and wood depict scenes of daily life in Provence and there is an array of still-life works. At Christmas, local amateur artists exhibit their works alongside the professionals. For details of upcoming exhibitions and events, kindly visit the website.
Created in 1987, the Interface association, directed by plastic artist Joël Yvon, was designed as a production factory. The now interdisciplinary gallery unites the plastic arts, sound, and architecture. In close proximity to la Vieille Charité monastery, the 300m2 premises are used for exhibitions and conferences. A place that is the essence of the experimental.Admission: Free.