I was hoping this post would be called Picasso! MuCem, Marseille as I had a couple of unexpected hours in my favourite city over the weekend and thought I’d see the newly opened Picasso exhibition.
Rather foolishly I was totally unprepared for the fact half of Provence had the same idea. So after spending 45 mins queueing I decided to spend the remainder of the rain soaked afternoon admiring the textures, patterns and surfaces of the museum and the surrounding area.
Completed in 2013 MuCem (or Musée des Civilisations d’Europe et de la Méditerranée to give it its full name) was the object of a 2002 architectural competition, won by almost-unknown: Rudy Ricciotti. Located on a spectacular site adjacent to the 13th-17th century Fort St Jean, which guards the entrance to the Vieux Port, J4 is a glass cube of stainless steel ties, suspension rods and mirrored walkways surrounded by a screen of concrete ‘mesh’.
Picasso A Genius Without A Pedestal runs from 27 April – 29 August 2016. MuCem is open everyday from 11am – 7pm, Friday’s until 10pm. Exhibition admission 9.50€, concessions available.