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Mare Nostrum: Mediterranean identities

45 min visit

Espace Monte-Cristo - Fondation Villa Datris
13 Sep → 12 Jan 2020
From Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 6:30 pm. Closed Monday & Tuesday.

« The Mediterranean seen from the angle of sculpture: an exhibition for adults and children! »

Through a new scenography, the Espace Monte-Cristo takes a new look at the works in the Villa Datris Foundation Collection and explores the different faces of Mediterranean culture. Sometimes cleavaging or unifying, the meaning of this powerful mare nostrum formula has evolved throughout history, in the same way as the Mediterranean basin itself. However, three aspects seem to be immutable to the identity of the Mediterranean Sea: an inexhaustible source of inspiration, it is both the cradle of civilizations and a land of conflict. It is around these three themes that the exhibition's itinerary, composed of about forty sculptures, is built. The tour allows you to (re)discover the works of internationally renowned artists as well as young emerging artists. Thus, alongside works by Niki de Saint-Phalle, Claude Viallat, Ben, Daniel Dezeuze or Jaume Plensa, you will also be able to appreciate young talents such as Cathryn Boch, Laurent Perbos, or La Fratrie, a collective composed of Karim and Luc Berchiche, which takes over part of the exhibition space by addressing major issues in the Mediterranean basin, such as climate change, exile and transnational identity. Maliciously pointing out human paradoxes, their works present miniature scenes punctuated by powerful messages that question the visitor with humour.


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