Mediterraneans. From Yesterday’s Cities to Today’s Men

Exhibitions / Museum

Mediterraneans. From Yesterday’s Cities to Today’s Men

Marseille

12 January - 18 May

12 January – 18 May

To mark the beginning of the European Capital of Culture year, a major exhibition will take place at the J1. It begins with a small boat from Marseille filled with seafaring people who tell the story of their Mediterranean – with or without an accent – through an unpredictable voyage. It is the tale of a modern day Ulysses who sets off to meet his contemporaries and discover their world before travelling back through history in an attempt to learn how our Mediterranean universe was built. His ports of call include the ancient city of Tyre where he meets the Phoenicians, to whom we owe our alphabet. Next, he travels to Athens, where Pericles used his strong naval fleet to instill democracy. His voyage then passes through Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli under the Ottomans, and ends in nineteenth-century Marseille, when the city prospered thanks to technological advances and colonial conquests. Visitors to the exhibition will make their way in any order they wish through eleven stages, where boats — triremes, galleys, xebecs, or ocean liners — show the importance of navigation to Mediterranean civilisations. Between the containers used to house the exhibition, visitors will be able to glimpse the sea while discovering Greek and Roman masterpieces: bas-reliefs, oil paintings by the masters, rare manuscripts and ship models. Also on view are Roman mosaics, illuminated medieval manuscripts, and posters from maritime companies. These images will come alive thanks to audio-visual technology and images by contemporary artists.

12 January - 18 May

12 January – 18 May

To mark the beginning of the European Capital of Culture year, a major exhibition will take place at the J1. It begins with a small boat from Marseille filled with seafaring people who tell the story of their Mediterranean – with or without an accent – through an unpredictable voyage. It is the tale of a modern day Ulysses who sets off to meet his contemporaries and discover their world before travelling back through history in an attempt to learn how our Mediterranean universe was built. His ports of call include the ancient city of Tyre where he meets the Phoenicians, to whom we owe our alphabet. Next, he travels to Athens, where Pericles used his strong naval fleet to instill democracy. His voyage then passes through Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli under the Ottomans, and ends in nineteenth-century Marseille, when the city prospered thanks to technological advances and colonial conquests. Visitors to the exhibition will make their way in any order they wish through eleven stages, where boats — triremes, galleys, xebecs, or ocean liners — show the importance of navigation to Mediterranean civilisations. Between the containers used to house the exhibition, visitors will be able to glimpse the sea while discovering Greek and Roman masterpieces: bas-reliefs, oil paintings by the masters, rare manuscripts and ship models. Also on view are Roman mosaics, illuminated medieval manuscripts, and posters from maritime companies. These images will come alive thanks to audio-visual technology and images by contemporary artists.

Conception : Yolande Bacot, Catherine Mariette et Patrice Pomey. Production : Marseille-Provence 2013.

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13002 Marseille