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Cantini Museum, Marseille

(3.5/5 based on 80+ 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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  • This prestigious Marseille cultural institution is dedicated to the period known as 'modern' of the 21st century, which stretches between 1900 and the mid-1960s. This museum has the most beautiful French public collection dedicated to the 20th century. The fare is €10 and is closed on Monday. Metro line 1 / Metro Line 1 Station of Estrangin / Prefecture. See the program on the internet for the theme of the exhibition.
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  • Le Rêve [The Dream] was in its final week at the Musée Cantini, and we are soooo glad that we were able to catch this excellent exhibit. The curators designed the exposition to carry the visitor throu...  more »
  • The theme was very attractive to me. Unfortunately, I have not been transported by this exhibition. Certainly, some paintings were interesting but too little. For €10 I expected much better.
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  • Beautiful structure clear and well laid out or the paintings are well exposed with award-winning live jazz in the middle of the works of art.
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  • The dream is the best expo in Marseille had in years
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  • Beautiful Museum. Of course, the interest depends on the temporary exhibitions.
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  • Exhibitions varied and well thought
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  • Excellent exhibition coing on NOW