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A Bus tour south of the city

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Sunset apéros on board ‘un bar sur le mer’. (more…)

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The summer services for the hourly boats – navettes maritimes – which go from the Vieux Port down to Point Rouge or along to L’Estaque and back will start on Saturday 27th April until 29th September.  Cost still 5€ each way.  If you haven’t tried these short journeys, they are a great way to see the coast and spend a little time in either community.  Pointe Rouge has a nice sandy beach and restaurants ‘pieds dans l’eau’, while L’Estaque has a walk around the viewing points that once drew painters from all over the country……loads of restaurants too.

During the summer, 25 June – 27 September, there will be an additional service down to Les Goudes, 8 euros.

More on https://www.marseilletourisme.fr/fr/decouvrir/infos-pratiques/transports/navette-maritime/.

*** I was going into the metro in Marseille one day last summer when illuminated signs warned people that the boats had stopped running due to a sudden Mistral.  So it’s a good idea to have a bus timetable to get back, if need be!

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It’s  most unusual for one person to  have 5 exhibitions in 5 different Marseille museums simultaneously, but then Sophie Calle is an unusual person.  She’s a French writer, film-maker and photographer, who has exhibited world-wide and has represented France at the Venice Biennale. (more…)

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Everyone I have spoken to has been saddened by the announced closure of the Librarie de Provence.  Now there is an online petition to show local support.  They aim to get 5000 signatures and were well over 2500 when I checked this morning.  (more…)

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Marseille has been working hard to get itself on the tourist ‘must-see’ list and the Tourist Office now offers many organised visits to different parts of this vibrant city.  Apart from the obvious sites, visitors can opt for food-tasting tours, street art walks, lunch on a cruise ship, or behind the scenes at the Marseille opera which includes a fascinating visit to the atelier where costumes are made.

Their new catalogue describes them for trip-organisers – but at the same time gives us individuals lots of ideas for outings!

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…you may be interested in the new space opened in the Fort Saint-Jean in July. 

(c) MuCEM, Gabriel Popoff

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Ai Weiwei at MuCEM

This is a highly political show – highly personal too.  Much is about the artist’s relationship with his father whose ship from Shanghai back in 1929 docked right next to where MuCEM is today. Indeed it was France that inspired him to become a poet, a dangerous occupation back in China where he was later forced into internal exile for 20 years; which underlies the political theme of his son’s exhibition, that of the refugee.

Colored House 2015

Ai Weiwei has made items specifically for Marseille, in the first large-scale exhibition of his work in France.  In the first room, visitors see one-tonne cubes of Marseille soap, one inscribed with the Declaration of the Rights of Man, the other with a Chinese Declaration of the Rights of Women.  The centre-piece of the first room however is a recreation of a Chinese house from the Ming Dynasty, strikingly colourful in the cool white geometry of the gallery. But its covering in modern industrial paint is a comment on China’s modern rush to economic progress.

‘A small act is worth a million thoughts,’ Ai Weiwei

This theme carries through into the second room where the centre-piece is an installation of 61 chandeliers mounted on a traditional bottle rack. It evokes the type of lighting in international hotels in Chinese megacities, contrasted to the humble support of the bottle rack.  It’s dazzling.

‘Creativity is part of human nature.  It can only be untaught’, Ai Weiwei

The destruction of these blue and white dragon bowls symbolises the effects of the Cultural Revolution

Elsewhere in the room, there’s an installation of pots from 5000BC slopped with industrial paint (you may have seen these at the RA in London), plus a 2016 series of portraits of the artist made from lego.

‘A refugee could be anybody.  It could be you or me. The refugee is a crisis, a human crisis’, Ai Weiwei.

  • Info-boards in French and English
  • Exhibition opens tomorrow; but from 16:00 hrs today, it’s ‘portes ouvertes’, free entry, with DJs performing  on MuCEM’s wonderful terrace.
  • MuCEM closed on Tuesdays except during August when it is open every day….good!
  • Entry 9,5 euros for over 18s.  Free first Sunday of the month.

‘My conclusion is we are one humanity.  If anyone is being hurt, we are all being hurt. If anyone has joy, that’s our joy’, Ai Weiwei.

THE EXHIBITION RUNS UNTIL 12 NOVEMBER 2018

 

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