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Visit Glasgow’s Burrell Collection on Display the Musée Cantini, Marseille

The Musée Cantini has recently re-opened and is hosting an exhibition of paintings from Glasgow’s Burrell Collection, itself now closed for renovation.

Sir William Burrell, a member of a wealthy Scottish ship-building family, was an avid collector of art and amassed 9000 items he donated to Glasgow in 1944.  He was drawn to French realism and impressionism, and 50 paintings and drawings are being shown in Marseille.

Continue reading for Lynne’s comments on her visit to Musée Cantini and thoughts on this special exhibition. Burrell’s collection includes works by Courbet, Degas, and Cézanne. The show runs until September 24, 2018.

Museum Information

Musee Cantini (website)
19 rue Grignan, Marseille
Closed Mondays
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10-19h
Tel: +33 (0)4 91 54 77 75
If you have the My Pass Provence card, the second person will get in for free
Audioguides are available

Originally constructed in 1694 as a private mansion (hôtel particulier) for la Compagnie du Cap Nègre, the building passed through several owners before Jules Cantini purchased the building in the mid-19th century. Cantini was a marble importer and thus involved in constructing many religious and other sites in Marseille. He was also a lover of the arts. He donated the house to the city in 1916. The Musée Cantini has a permanent collection of “modern” artworks from the 20th century  (1900 to 1960).


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"It came about out of frustration with the lack of communication in the town. Posters would suddenly go up about an event that week. No prewarning. I had difficulty too in finding information from many of the tourist offices. Things are slowly getting better and there is sometimes information in English. Hopefully by keeping an eagle eye on the local press and talking with contacts in town, I can publicize fun things that people would otherwise miss. It's a ragbag of info that I come across on my travels. I've published nearly 600 posts now and have lots of followers so hopefully, it is fulfilling its role of helping people, residents and visitors alike, get the most of their time in Aix."

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