Musee Cantini, Marseille

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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.
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.
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  • Good collection. But experience was ruined by groups of museum staff ledies. They was very loudely chating all around us. It was like we were on the local food market but not in museum. I'm strongly.....  more »
  • Everything showed it was open, upon arriving told closed. Found this after searching internet. I think it might have been a good one. The Cantini Museum is closed from Monday, April 29 to May 16...  more »
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  • 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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