Marseille, founded in 600 BC by the Greeks under the name of Massalia, is today the second largest city in France and one of the most important capitals of Occidental History. This French city has been during many centuries a crossroad of Mediterranean civilisations, which has lead to an incredibly enriching culture that has attracted artists and intellectuals for many years. Today Marseille dazzles us as the 2013 European Capital of Culture, becoming again a centre point for culture, politics and economy, and remaining accessible to audience though an extensive program of art exhibitions and events, music, theatre, dance, cuisine, sports, science and technology. Moreover, such fact has developed a remarkable urban regeneration, mainly in the Vieux-Port area, with a stunning project that has been developed by the internationally renowned architect Norman Foster (image below), and the new Museum for European and Mediterranean civilizations, Mucem (Musee des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Mediterranée). In addition, the French city presents from the 29th of June to the 29th of September, the first Centre Pompidou Mobile, as the first ‘traveling’ museum in the world, bringing part of the modern and contemporary art pieces from the permanent Paris’ collection. Simultaneously, attractive public art installations take over different spots around the city transforming it into a creative world. One of the most fascinating art works that has been on display is Ascension of Polka dots on tree by Yayoi Kusama (image below). The objective of such art intervention is to create a red color universe around the main areas of the city. However, it is to mention that many other installations are constantly appearing around Marseille’s streets surprising visitors every day, such as the 12 monumental sculptures outside the Pharo Palace by Bernar Venet (image below), or the unique abstract street art installation made by the artists Lek and Sowat. The aim of this complete art agenda is to support creative contemporary creations and encourage diversity, as well as to promote the city and its culture, transforming it into an important hotspot in the artworld. Therefore, if you have the occasion, do not miss visiting Marseille this summer. Have a nice week!
By Beyond Arting team | Published 16 July, 2013