Discover street art in Marseille

Street art has been part of the urban landscape of Marseille for many years. It contributes to the attractiveness of the city, as much as its famous monuments and museums. Marseille also hosts an increasing number of events and guided tours dedicated to street art and its talented artists.

Published on 2 October 2020

Districts and cultural areas

Cours Julien, the ideal location for graffiti artists 

Since the 1980’s, colours have taken over the walls of this district, but not only on the walls… Art can be found on every street corner: doors, stairs, storefronts, any medium is conducive to street art. In recent years it has grown thanks to institutional initiatives that have helped legitimize this artistic approach. The “Cours Ju”, as it is called by the locals, has seen many mural artworks and many artists. To mention some of the most famous, we can see on the walls the names of C215, Monsieur Chat, or Mahn Kloix. A real pleasure for the eyes of those who love this ephemeral art or are simply curious to discover it.

 

The Panier district, an open-air museum

As the oldest district of Marseille, the Panier attracts visitors curious to venture into its narrow and colorful streets. Street art has made its home here: wherever you look, murals, graffitis or ceramics decorate the walls. We can easily recognize some famous artists such as Nhobi, a Brazilian artist representing his characters with grimacing faces and bulging eyes. One of his most representative murals of Marseille is the one of the fisherman that he realized with his fellow artist “Seek 313” in 2019. Although gigantic, these paintings remain ephemeral since they are constantly covered and renewed. This is why we can find many works exhibited in the “UndartGround” gallery, to keep track of their visit.

 

La Friche de la Belle de Mai, an artistic rehabilitation 

This former tobacco factory has been completely renovated as a cultural venue hosting exhibitions, festivals, concerts and workshops… It is also a living space in its own right offering young people and families the opportunity to enjoy a skate park, a basketball court or shared gardens, while in the heart of many colourful murals, stencils, or collages … Artists regularly come to perform and reinvent this 100,000m² space, where the atmosphere lifts you up!

Street art is not limited to these few districts and cultural spaces though, just walk around the city and raise your eyes a little to spot these marvels …

Guided tour and exhibitions dedicated to street art

Experience a guided tour for children in the footsteps of street art

Enjoy a moment with your family to discover urban art, an omnipresent artistic practice in the Cours Julien suburb! This very fun and colorful visit will allow young and old alike to decipher the graffitis and stencils on the colorful walls, real ephemeral works of art.

New venue of contemporary art dedicated to post-graffiti: The Castle of Forbin

The ‘Château de Forbin’ (Castle of Forbin) is reinventing itself and has become a new venue for contemporary art, exhibiting 130 previously unseen works by New York artists. It benefits from a sumptuous setting as it is located at the gates of the Calanques National Park of Marseille.

Set up by three passionate collectors, this project aims to make people discover an often misunderstood art. A specific period and place of predilection are highlighted and honoured: the 1980’s and the East Village district in New York.

Practical information
Address : 30, Traverse Cavaillon 13011 MARSEILLE
Visiting hours: 10am and 3pm (closed on Sundays)
Reservation is MANDATORY. Please call: 04 91 45 39 68

Entrance fees :
Full price : 10 euros
Reduced rate (from 13 to 25 years old and students): 5 euros
Free of charge : under 12 years old, unemployed, press card holders

 

Creature Invasion: Space Invaders

Do  not miss the opportunity to discover those mosaic creatures present all over the world, raising your eyes, looking in the corner of a street, or spotting them hidden under stairs. Those works of art created by Invader, the most famous of the French street artists, have invaded our city. And this is not to displease the Invaders’ hunters who walk down every street in the hope of capturing one (on photo of course!). Take part in the game and discover our city to the rhythm of this artistic treasure hunt.

Manifesta 13: Local Heroes

The European Biennial of Contemporary Art takes place in the premises of the Museum Regards de Provence. It is not an exhibition focused purely on graffiti, but an exhibition of contemporary art, from artists who have acquired their training and practice in the streets. In resonance with these “Local Heroes” artists from Berlin and Marseille, and in the perspective of opening the reflection on the field of “possible links” between these urban practices and the intimate practices carried out within four walls – both distant and close – a selection of works by different workshop artists is proposed, with Peter Klasen, R. Hains, A.R. Penck, Georges Rousse, Maya Schweizer, Piotr Klemensiewcz, Manoela Medeiros, Richard Baquié, Jean-Louis Delbès…

 

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