Changing cities – MP2013 venues

The J1 hangar

Opening 12 January - 26 May, then 11 October - 12 January 2014

A surface area of 6,000m2.
Exhibition space of 2,500m2.
The Atelier du large and the lobby host exhibitions, workshops and cultural events.
There is also a children's area, a bookshop and a restaurant.

The J1 is an enormous hangar in Marseille’s port area situated between the J4 esplanade and the Joliette district, made available for the European Capital of Culture by the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille. After undergoing renovation work, the hangar opened to the public for the first time in 2013. It is a major venue at the heart of the city’s bustling port life, right alongside the docking ferries. On the upper level of the building, an immense 6,000m2 platform welcomes an exhibition space of 2,500m2, the Atelier du large (home to the galerie La Jetée, the galerie des Quais, and the galerie des Chercheurs de Midi), areas for younger audiences, an artistic and cultural event centre (for conferences, lectures, performances and concerts), an information centre, a bookstore and a bar-restaurant with a breathtaking view of the port and beyond.

Exhibition space
12 January to 26 May, Mediterraneans. From Yesterday’s Cities to Today’s Men
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11 October to 22 December 2013, LC at the J1 – Le Corbusier and the Question of Brutalism
An exhibition on Le Corbusier, an iconic figure in the history of Marseille’s urbanism and architecture, will take over the J1 hangar overlooking the sea. This is doubly symbolic: firstly, because of the connection to the Mediterranean Sea, a theme running through all of Le Corbusier’s work and secondly because of the world of large boats that filled his imagination and whose influence can be seen in the building in Marseille today.
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Atelier du large
Located on the top floor of the J1, the Atelier du large is a venue for exhibitions and workshops. It is made up of several spaces, that can be accessed free of charge by local residents and visitors. Its programme is based on everyday knowledge, on shared tastes and activities (such as reading, photography, writing, drawing and collections) that use everyday objects that everybody has (such as mobile phones, cameras, computers, paper and pencils). This creates an original dialogue between familiar, amateur activities and contemporary creation.

With support from the French government, the Ville de Marseille, the Conseil Général des Bouches-du-Rhône, the Conseil Régional Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille.