Art in Provence
Grand Atelier du Midi
Marseille & Aix-en-Provence
June 13 - October 13, 2013
The largest art event happening in conjunction with the Marseille-Provence European Capital of Culture, the Grand Atelier du Midi will bring together two exhibits simultaneously in order to showcase the great masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries. This two-part exhibit will present over 200 works of art created from 1880 to 1960, demonstrating the great influence that the south of France had on some of the world’s most famous artists. The exhibits will highlight modern works from art movements such as impressionism, post-impressionism, fauvism, cubism, surrealism and abstraction.
In Marseille, “From Van Gogh to Bonnard” will be shown at the Palais Longchamp, demonstrating the vibrant – and arbitrary – use of colors and imagery by the great artists of that period. Simultaneously, the Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence will exhibit “From Cézanne to Matisse,” where the use of forms and colors will be put in the forefront, showcasing celebrated works by Cézanne, Picasso and Matisse, along with works from Miró, Stael and Van Velde, amongst others.
Marseille-Provence Capital of Culture has seen a great number of cultural spaces opening, including the Silo, a former wheat factory transformed into a cultural destination; the J1, a place to welcome cruise ships as well as artistic events; the Regional Center of the Mediterranean exhibition space; and the Friche La Belle de Mai, a former tobacco factory now welcoming artists.
The biggest opening tied to Marseille-Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture is the MuCEM, designed by Rudi Ricciotti (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations), which has just opened on June 7. The MuCEM is the first national museum to be completely relocated outside of Paris. Even more, the Intercontinental, Marseille’s first 5-star hotel, was unveiled April 26, transforming the former 18-century Hotel Dieu into a luxurious hotel.