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The Musée Cantini is a museum in Marseilles that has been open to the public since 1936. The museum specializes in modern art, especially paintings from the first half of the twentieth century.Use our Marseille planning tool to add Musee Cantini and other attractions to your Marseille vacation plans.
The musée Cantini building was built in 1694 for the Compagnie du Cap Nègre. The company ran into financial difficulties and the building was sold in 1709 to Dominique de Montgrand great-grandfather of Jean-Baptiste-Jacques-Guy-Thérèse de Montgrand, future Mayor of Marseille. The building was then sold to Louis Joseph Chaudoin in 1801 and to Dieudonné Bernadac in 1816. In 1888, it was acquired by Jules Cantini who bequeathed it to the City of Marseille in 1916, with the stipulation that it was to become a museum of decorative arts. The museum was opened in 1936.
The CollectionThe Musée Cantini has one of the largest public collections in France of the 1900-1960 period. A wide variety of artists are represented, including Charles Camoin, Raoul Dufy, Albert Gleizes, Henri Laurens, Wassily Kandinsky, František Kupka, Jean Hélion, Alberto Magnelli, Amédée Ozenfant, Max Ernst, André Masson, Simon Simon-Auguste, Victor Brauner, Joan Miró, Jean Arp.
Musee Cantini Reviews
Un petit musée mais qui mérite une visite autant pour sa collection permanente que ses expos toujours originales et décoiffantes.Wurm mérite le déplacement mais l'ensemble des oeuvres aurait pu être e... more »A small museum but worth a visit as much for its permanent collection as its exhibitions always original and hair-raising. Wurm deserves the trip but all the works could have been exhibited right here rather than relocating the exhibition to two other venues.
Beau bâtiment ( très jolie façade mais l’intérieur est défiguré), quelques très belles œuvres et d’autres simplement intéressantes, exposition Erwin Wurm encombrante et peu intéressante, le caractère ... more »Beautiful building (very nice façade but the interior is disfigured), some very beautiful works and others simply interesting, exhibition Erwin Wurm bulky and uninteresting, the provocative and rude character of some elements discredit all the work of this man and make it an insult to human art, beauty and intelligence, and prevent to see this exhibition with children... (human bust with a bottle of Campari stuck in the rectum: what class and what ultimate refinement; how to complain about those who accuse contemporary art of being degenerate?). I recommend going on the first Sunday of the month because it's free, otherwise the price is not worth the content.
Very small museum, but some pictures are very nice to my point of view
A short but varied and rich collection giving a nice overview of the evolution of the contemporary style
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