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Musée Cantini: photos, description (Musee Cantini)

The musée Cantini in Marseille located in the historic part of the city, near the Old port. The building in which it is housed, was built in the late XVII century for the company, Cap Nègre, which was engaged in the mining of corals, but also traded wool and leather. Then for some time the mansion belonged to the family Langrand, and in the first half of the twentieth century it was acquired by Jules Cantini, famous Marseille sculptor, marble Carver and philanthropist. At the initiative Cantini building was converted into a Museum.

In addition to the Museum, Jules Cantini, Marseille have made some more great "gifts": in 1886 he was made of marble main altar for the Cathedral of our lady, the guardian, as well as altars for the six chapels of the temple, in 1911, on the square in Castellane there was a fountain of his work. He also belongs to michelangelesque copy of the famous statue of David, created in 1903 at the intersection of the Avenue of Prado promenade Pompidou.

The collection of works of art, which is in the Cantini Museum, called one of the largest in France public collections devoted to contemporary art. The basis of this collection consists of works created in the twentieth century to 60 years. In this Museum you can see works by such famous painters as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Cezanne, Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miro, and other representatives of various trends in the painting of the first half of the XX century - Fauvism, cubism, surrealism. Besides the permanent exhibition, the Museum organizes temporary exhibitions.