A jewel of 17th century French classicism, the Centre de la Vieille Charité houses the Museum of Mediterranean Archaeology (MAM), the International Poetry Centre of Marseille (CiPM) and a cinema.

The monumental and rigorous lines of the Vieille Charité, on three superimposed levels, alternate spectacularly with the baroque-inspired chapel that adorns its courtyard. One of the most exceptional monuments in Marseille, it combines Roman inspirations reminiscent of Francesco Borromini and a majestic porch, executed during the Second Empire by the architect
Blanchet. Its design and the majesty of its interior spaces have left their mark on the minds of artists to this day. Le Corbusier admired it at the turn of the 1940s, when he himself was working on the construction of the Cite Radieuse. This dialogue between past and present continues today.

As an exhibition space devoted to the presentation of monumental works by some of the most important contemporary artists on the international scene, including Sophie Calle, Christian Boltanski, Erwin Wurm and Paola Pivi during the period 2018-2021, the chapel inspires the most innovative creators. A rich programme, open to the most diverse currents of contemporary creation, makes it one of the major venues for the exhibition of contemporary art in the South of France and around the Mediterranean.

A jewel of 17th century French classicism, the Centre de la Vieille Charité houses the Museum of Mediterranean Archaeology (MAM), the International Poetry Centre of Marseille (CiPM) and a cinema.

The monumental and rigorous lines of the Vieille Charité, on three superimposed levels, alternate spectacularly with the baroque-inspired chapel that adorns its courtyard. One of the most exceptional monuments in Marseille, it combines Roman inspirations reminiscent of Francesco Borromini and a majestic porch, executed during the Second Empire by the architect
Blanchet. Its design and the majesty of its interior spaces have left their mark on the minds of artists to this day. Le Corbusier admired it at the turn of the 1940s, when he himself was working on the construction of the Cite Radieuse. This dialogue between past and present continues today.

As an exhibition space devoted to the presentation of monumental works by some of the most important contemporary artists on the international scene, including Sophie Calle, Christian Boltanski, Erwin Wurm and Paola Pivi during the period 2018-2021, the chapel inspires the most innovative creators. A rich programme, open to the most diverse currents of contemporary creation, makes it one of the major venues for the exhibition of contemporary art in the South of France and around the Mediterranean.

Programme

Plume nasale, Erikbatsa, Brésil © Musées de Marseille. Photo : David Giancatarina
Plume nasale, Erikbatsa, Brésil © Musées de Marseille. Photo : David Giancatarina
PANORAMAS. Revoir les collections de Musées de Marseille © MdM R. Chipault & B. Soligny
PANORAMAS. Revoir les collections de Musées de Marseille © MdM R. Chipault & B. Soligny

Panoramas. Review the collections of the Museums of Marseille.

Marseilles has an exceptional heritage, the fruit of twenty-six centuries of history, and the Museums of Marseilles bear witness to this shared legacy. This exhibition is a sensitive journey through more than 200 objects from the collections of the Museums of Marseille. The aim of the exhibition is to highlight personalities who have long been relegated to the margins of art history, to question the trajectories of heritage objects and to challenge traditional hierarchies between objects and styles.

The exhibition is intended as a call to take part in the debate, to deconstruct stereotypes and gender assignments, and to celebrate plurality. By focusing on formal and thematic crossovers and comparisons, it helps to build shared horizons between the multitude of objects, reminding us of the decisive role played by the city in artistic, cultural, societal and, more generally, human history.

Access

Center de la Vieille Charité
2 rue de la Charité, 13002 Marseille
+33 (0)4 91 14 58 80 or 46
musees.marseille.fr

Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm.
Closed on Mondays, except for Easter and Pentecost Mondays.
Closed on the following days: January 1, May 1, November 1 and 11 and December 25.

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CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERIES

Double V Gallery : The trendy contemporary art gallery in Marseille. (Marseille)
Galerie Béa-Ba : A hub for contemporary painting. (Marseille)

CULTURE & HERITAGE

Friche La Belle de mai : An arts and culture factory and a living place. (Marseille)
Coco Velten : A place for working and encounters with a collaborative cultural programme. (Marseille)
Fotokino : Exhibitions, screenings, workshops and conferences. (Marseille)

TO DISCOVER

Lucy Luce : the workshop-boutique of a jewelry designer and organic sculptures. (Marseille)
JoggingJogging : concept et fashion store. (Marseille)

BOAT TRIP

Le Don du Vent : Boat rental and private boat services. (Marseille)

PLACES TO STAY

Les Bords de Mer : Mini-refuge, maxi-vue : 19 bedrooms facing the big blue. (Marseille)
Hôtel Le Ryad : Well located at the top of la Canebière in the city center. (Marseille)
La Résidence du Vieux Port : 4-star hotel with a retro decor, inspired by Le Corbusier and Pouillon. (Marseille)
Tuba Club : A restyled former diving club in the Goudes district. 5 bedrooms and a restaurant with a breathtaking view of the Calanques. (Marseille)

PLACES TO EAT

Sépia : Seasonal cooking. Covered terrace and view of the city. (Marseille)
La Parenthèse : Terrace with tapas to share in a quiet alley of La Vieille Chapelle district. (Marseille)
Chez Yassine : Tunisian halal specialties. A must-go of Eastern cuisine in the Noailles district. (Marseille)
Yima: A family Eastern canteen in the Noailles district. (Marseille)
Toïa : For the ceviche lovers, a tasty cuisine made with fresh and seasonal products. (Marseille)
La cantine de Lynn : A delicious small restaurant, home cooking and a welcoming atmosphere. (Marseille)

WINE BARS & GROCERY

Les Buvards : An excellent selection of natural wines and healthy products in this natural wine bar pioneer in Marseille. (Marseille)
Épicerie L’Idéal : Fresh goat cheese, Camargue lamb, an excellent selection of products from the Mediterranean Basin to take away and meals to eat in. (Marseille)
Maison Geney : Canteen, delicatessen and tearoom with homemade products, a simple and generous cooking in the Panier district. (Marseille)