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

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

To mark the beginning of the European Capital of Culture year, a major exhibition will take place at the J1 hangar. Seafaring people will take to the water to tell the tale of their Mediterranean as part of an unpredictable journey.

Images and artwork in dialogue
Images and artwork in dialogue

The exhibition Mediterraneans brings together a corpus of 170 pieces of artwork presented as part of 11 historical periods. Each period features a different theme, which is presented through short animated films.

Ulysses, the film
Ulysses, the film

A film by Malek Bensmaïl, composed of ten five-minute sequences, links the exhibition’s different parts.

Animated films
Animated films

Each section of the exhibition has its own short animated film on the theme presented. Combining scientific precision, inventiveness and lots of humour, these films were produced by a group of seven young directors from the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris led by Paul Bourgois.

Photos by Brian Griffin
Photos by Brian Griffin

Marseille-Provence 2013 chose the British photographer Brian Griffin, who was born in Birmingham in 1948, to close the Mediterraneans exhibition. Griffin is no stranger to workers and their environments. For more information, please click here.

A scenography of containers
A scenography of containers

The J1 is an immense hangar, located in Marseille’s port area. The exhibition takes place here, in a labyrinth of containers that have been modified, customised and stacked to create a series of treasure chests forming an imaginary journey. Don’t miss this unique event!

The catalogue
The catalogue

The catalogue of the Mediterraneans exhibition is available at the Salle des Machines bookstore at the J1 hangar.

Related events
Related events

A series of events showcasing Mediterranean cultures will take place alongside the exhibition.