Musée Cantini, Marseille

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Art Museum Museum
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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  • Nice little museum. Not a particularly large amount to see but a nice selection. The current exhibit on glass works of art is interesting.  more »
  • A nice gallery in an old modernised building in the city centre with a mixed collection though mostly modern.  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Nice little museum with quality temporary exhibits.
  • The Cantini Museum houses collections of modern art and contemporary art that complement those of the Museum of contemporary art in Marseille. This particular hotel is built in 1694 for the company of Cap Negre, specialized in fishing for the coral on the North of the Tunisia side and trade in wool, leather and wax. Its very central building is easy to access, the Museum offers temporary exhibitions of quality and an interesting permanent collection around the fauvism and the first Cubist experiments.
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  • Visited Saturday, 20 on the evening of free museums, I was disappointed by the exhibits of modern art, little engaging, have not aroused emotions in me
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  • A temporary exhibition on the glass at the cantinisuper Museum sculptures :-) r, up against an irritating guards policing taking a picture label is part of the crimei ;-) talk :-)
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  • Surprise by this museum. Nice outing with my companion.
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