Marseille - City of Culture
This is the guide in English for all things about Marseille.
News - a guide to what's on in Marseille now
All the latest information about what's on in Marseille at the moment - exhibitions, concerts, cultural events and things to see and do.
This page contains a list of events and exhibitions that are on in Marseille at the moment - most of these are events that run over a period of weeks or months.
If, on the other hand, you are just looking for ideas, try our "What to do" page for suggestions on siteseeing, sport and leisure, and where to go for the best food and drink.
Palais du Pharo
Until 26 September you can see monumental sculpture in the gardens of the Palais du Pharo. Disorder (84 Arcs, désordre 2013) is a series of 12 steel sculptures 4 meters high and weighing 50 tonnes. The artist, Bernar Venet uses the light and shadow of the sun and the views from the gardens overlooking the Vieux Port and the sea to focus your view on the earth the sky and the architecture.
The entrance to the gardens is at 58 boulevard Charles Livon, buses 81 and 83 will get you there from the Vieux Port. Entry is free.
Musée des Beaux Arts, Palais Longchamp
13 June to 13 October Le Grand Atelier du Midi, The Musée des Beaux Arts reopens on 13 June with a major exhibition featuring artists who lived and practised their art in the Midi - the South of France reaching from Spain to Italy. It includes major works from artists from Van Gogh to Bonnard. There is a sister exhibition at the Musée Granet in Aix with artists from Cézanne to Matisse. If you buy a ticket for both exhibitions it costs 19€, a single exhibition is 11€. You can get tickets from the tourist offices in Marseille and Aix or the MP2013 website.
The Musée des Beaux Arts is at Palais Longchamp. The exhibition is open every day from 9am to 7pm with late opening on Thursdays until 11pm.
Digue du Large, Harbour Wall
The Harbour Wall will be open to the public every weekend and public holiday between 25 May and 29 September. You can admire the sculpture of Kader Attia up close. There are free boats to take you there leaving from outside MuCEM from 10am to 8pm, weather permitting. If the wind is too strong there will be no boats.
1 July to 21 August, the Palais de la Bourse has an impressive collection of models of ships of all kinds: cruise ships, cargo ships, sailing ships all of which celebrate Marseille's maritime history. This exhibition is an imaginary parade of these ships travelling around the Mediterranean and beyond via the Suez Canal. Some of models have been lovingly crafted by shipping enthusiasts, some have been x-rayed by artist and photographer Xavier Luccesi during his residence at the the hospital La Timone.
The Palais de la Bourse also houses a permanent maritime exhibition. Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm. Entry is free.
Fondation Regards de Provence opens in its new venue at the old Station Sanitaire (on the road between the cathedral La Major and the Villa Méditerrannée) on 1 March with an exhibition from its collection "Reflets de Méditerranée". The exhibition continues until 16 June.
Open every day 10am to 6pm (9pm on Fridays). 6€ entry.
42 Canebière, 31 May to 24 June: two exhibitions, one of photographs, videos and installations by Dan Roth, "Pyrametis B", the other a series of photographs by Argentinian artist Marcelo de la Fuente called "Entre Deux Silences".
Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 6:45pm. Entry is free.
4 April to 8 June "Arbres. Puissance et frémissements" by Jean-Christophe Ballot and Joseph Rottner. An exhibition of photographs by two artists showing two different approaches to capturing the wonder of trees.
Open Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 7pm.
During 2013 the American Gallery will welcome 13 different exhibitions by artists from the contemporary art group La Planque. The exhibitions will last around 3 to 4 weeks and openings will be on the first Sunday of each new exhibition. The series starts with Pierre-Giles Chaussonnet (6 Jan), followed on 27 January by Yazid Oulab and thereafter by: Frédéric Clavère (17 Feb), Marie Bovo (10 Mar), Judith Bartolani (31 Mar), Lionel Scoccimaro (21 April), Marc Quer (12 May), Fred Sathal (2 Jun), a surprise (23 Jun), a collective exhibition (1 Sep), Cristof Yvoré (13 Oct), Pierre Malphettes (3 Nov) and Gérard Traquandi (24 Nov).
Laterna Magica at the Fotokino studio and Fotokino Factory at J1
Laterna Magica is an annual event dedicated to the visual arts. To celebrate its tenth year it has exhibitions of the work of 10 visual artists at the Fotokino studio, 33 Allées Gambetta in central Marseille. The exhibitions change on the first Saturday of each month starting in March 2013. The artists include Jochen Gerner (1 - 23 June), Yto Barrada (1 - 28 July) and Paul Cox (3 - 25 August). Open Wednesday to Sunday 2pm to 6:30pm.
The Fotokino Factory is a hands-on workshop where you can try out different graphic tools on your own or with the help of invited artists. There are a series of themes over the year. The Factory is in the J1 building, Quai de la Joliette (metro line 2 Joliette) and it's open Tuesday to Sunday 1pm to 6pm January to May and October to December. Entry is free.