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17e arrondissement

by Patrick Messina

‘‘ It's a city in a city. I could be in New York, Tokyo or Rio! Saint Jean Fort is the reference point. It is linked to the Mucem, with its impressive colours. Cruise ships sail just nearby. I put down my chamber and frame. The ephemeral 17th arrondissement attracts pedestrians: I'm in a big city! I take pictures. ”

The Artist

Patrick Messina was born in Paris in 1967. After leaving the Ecole Louis Lumière, he took his first photographs for Libération, Télérama and Les Inrockuptibles. His recent personal work, in the field of the urban landscape, as in New York, Hong Kong, Paris, or in rural areas like Iceland, the hills of Languedoc, of the Gulf of Morbihan shows Patrick Messina as an artist who excels in witnessing to an intimate experience of spaces and giving a reading of them which helps us get to know them afresh.


J4, MuCEM, Villa Méditerranée


In May 2013, the street arts troupe "'Générik Vapeur" created a "container city" at the J4 hangar at the entrance to Marseille's Old Port, entitled "The 17th Arrondissement – A Utopian Quarter". Today, this quarter of the J4 is no longer a utopia: with the opening of the "Regards de Provence" museum, "Villa Méditerranée" and "MuCEM", a genuine new arrondissement has come to life.

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Practical Information

Musée des Civilisations d'Europe et Méditerranée — MuCEM
Fort Saint-Jean
201 Quai Du Port
13002 Marseille

Opening days and hours

From June 7th

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