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Cantini Museum, Marseille

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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3.5/5 based on 70 reviews on the web
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 buildingThe 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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  • We went to see the new exhibition at this museum after seeing a poster for "Le Rêve" in Aix-en-Provence. The exhibition is spread over 3 massive floors with 7 different sub titles. We were so surprise...  read more »
  • Go frankly: theme original (the dream), attractive and well-run and beautiful paintings or works by great artists (Picasso, Ernst, Dali, Magritte,...).
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  • Museum fort located in the 6th arrond interresting. Marseille. Exhibition of the works of A.Masson interactive delirious. Asian layout for the Museum. Nice.
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  • The Museum was closed for dismantling of the temporary exhibition... They could have the say on the website anyway. It makes sense know that the Museum closes when there is a temporary exhibition. Too bad!
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