Art galleries and art shops in Marseille

Here is a brief description of the mainstream and some smaller galleries. For information about current exhibitions see News


Musée Cantini

Cantini is Marseille's main modern art gallery, located a couple of streets from the metro Estrangin Préfecture on line 1. It has a collection of modern and post war art and hosts temporary exhibitions. The gallery was previously a private house so does not have the grand proportions of a metropolitan gallery. In our view it is all the better for that.

Espace Bargemon, Pavilion M

On Quai du Port, just off the Vieux Port, close to the Hotel de Ville, the new Pavilion M is a temporary structure erected for 2013. It has a number of exhibitions during the year featuring local artists. It also has a tourist office on the upper floor so you can find out what's going on during your stay.

Musée d'art contemporain (MAC)

69 Blvd d'Haïfa, bus 23 or 45 from the Rond Point du Prado, stop Haïfa Marie Louise. Houses a collection of contemporary paintings sculpture, video and other installations. Also hosts temporary exhibitions. It's a bit of a hike from the city centre but you could include it and the le Corbusier building in the same itinerary. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm.

Friche de la Belle de Mai

41 rue Jobin, bus 49 from Réformes Canebière or Joliette, is more of a community art facility. Lots of things happen here. It features the new exhibition space Tour Panorama with views over the city's skyline. It hosts exhibitions, concerts and other events as well as providing facilities for skateboarding, a cyber café and a range of other activities. Radio Grenouille (88.8FM) is broadcast from here. On Monday evenings between 6pm and 9:30pm there is a market of local produce. The web site is, of course, in French but you can probably work out what's going on if you take a look here

Fondation Regards de Provence

The Regards de Provence Foundaton is moving into the old "Station Sanitaire" on the docks so it will be easy to take a tour of this private foundation along with MUCEM and all the new developments in the docks area at the end of the Vieux Port around Fort Saint Jean.

Studio 19

A small gallery and shop at 3 rue Edmond Rostand in the quartier des antiquaires. The shop sells a modern range of designer goods such a lamps. If you don't want to buy you can simply admire their latest exhibition.

The American Gallery of Contemporary Art

A non-profit gallery designed to bring together the English speaking community and the Marseillais over international contemporary art. The gallery is in private grounds so you need to telephone to make an appointment. It is in a lovely location above the Corniche, 10bis rue des Flots Bleus, bus no.83 from the Vieux Port to Fausse Monnaie then up the steps. Telephone Pamela King 06 27 28 28 60.

Fondation Monticelli

Fortin de Corbières - La Pointe de Corbières, is a bit further afield on the RN 568 just beyond L'Estaque. The no. 35 from Joliette will get you to L'Estaque but then you'll have to walk up along the coast road to get to the gallery. It is a fine location and has a collection of paintings by this Marseille artist who inspired Van Gogh. It also has occasional temporary exhibitions. It is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm.

Musée de la Faïence

Château Pastré, 157 ave de Montredon, bus no.19, is worth a visit to see the collection of glass and ceramics and to stroll in the park. The collection is being transferred to the Bastide in the Parc Borély during 2013 but the château and the park are still worth a look.

Galerie Detaille

The Detaille family has been taking photographs of Marseille and Marseillais(es) for generations. They now have a gallery dedicated to photography. It's a bit hidden away in rue Marius Jauffret, one of the streets behind Castellane but worth a visit, especially during an exhibition. It's open Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 7pm (excluding public holidays).

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