Martigues, a collector's passion

Exhibitions - Retrospectives Exhibition Art and culture Painting Temporary exhibition

From Wednesday 01 July to Monday 31 August 2020

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 18:00

From Wednesday 02 to Sunday 20 September 2020

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

14:00 to 18:00

Place : Musée ZiemBoulevard Du 14 juillet13500Martigues
  • Martigues, passion d'un collectionneur
  • Martigues, passion d'un collectionneur
  • Martigues, passion d'un collectionneur
Martigues, passion d'un collectionneurMartigues, passion d'un collectionneurMartigues, passion d'un collectionneur


Collections often arise from an individual's immoderate passion for an artist or for a pictorial movement. But passion can also attach to a place. Martigues is one of those spaces that have been represented many times by many very different painters.

So Auguste Renoir did not say to Claude Monet in 1906: "It would be very interesting to see you do this country, it would be something else and you would do wonders".
It is true that with the installation of Félix Ziem on the edges of the Caronte channel, in 1860, many artists will come to discover "the Venice of Ziem" as Auguste Renoir also says in one of his letters.
If he is one of the first to follow in the footsteps of the Master, he will be followed by many others: Francis Picabia, Raoul Dufy, André Derain or Maurice de Vlaminck
are among the best known.
There is no lack of choice when you are passionate about this city and decide to collect oils on canvas and watercolors.

The exhibition offered by the museum is devoted to one of its private collections, the owner of which wishes to remain anonymous.
With nearly 90 works dating from the end of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th century, it invites you to stroll through Martigues, from Jonquières to Ferrières, passing by the Island of course and its Bird Mirror, a place so much appreciated by painters .
It also offers you to discover the city differently, through the incomparable look that only certain artists know how to bring to their environment suddenly making it strangely different, revealing to our eyes the beauty of the streets yet familiar and the admirable Mediterranean light that transfigures all thing.

Come with family or friends with your children to explore the museum!
At the reception of the museum, a trunk is at your disposal. Games (puzzles and memory), notebooks to draw, puzzles to solve and details of works await you. They will allow you to share a unique moment, to discover works while having fun!

Sanitary measures:
- Wearing a mandatory mask from 11 years old.
- Disinfection with hydroalcoholic gel compulsory at the entrance.
- Distance of 1 m to be respected.
- A visitor gauge limited to a maximum of 12 people at the same time.
- The spaces are regularly disinfected several times a day.
- Guided tours are suspended but interactive virtual tours for up to 20 people by appointment have been set up.
Would you like to have access to the visit? Send an email with your contact details to: with a copy You will receive in return the replay access link for a 360 degree viewing to use within 7 days.
Practical information
  • Type of customer :
    • Group
    • Individual
    • Child
    • Adult
  • Location :
    • In the town centre
Facilities, services, amenities
  • Type of parking :
    • Public parking
  • Accessible to disabled visitors :
    • YES


GPS coordinates
Latitude : 43.408532
Longitude : 5.054387
Musée Ziem
Boulevard Du 14 juillet
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