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70 years of the Cité Radieuse: our summer program!

By 25 July 2022June 19th, 2023No Comments

A revolutionary vertical city, a temple to the Modern Movement and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cité Radieuse, completed in October 1952, is celebrating its 70th anniversary!A visionary project commissioned from Le Corbusier by the French government in the aftermath of the Second World War, the Unité d’Habitation was inaugurated in 1952 and, from the outset, established itself as an avant-garde site and a modern icon.

Catalogue of the “Festival de l’art d’avant-garde”, Cité Radieuse, Marseille, 1956

Opening of the “Festival de l’art d’avant-garde”, Cité Radieuse, Marseille, 1956

To mark this anniversary, its residents, shopkeepers and the city of Marseille are getting together to host a number of events this summer and autumn, in exclusive partnership with our agency Architecture de Collection. Find out more about our not-to-be-missed events!

“Ombre est lumière”

An exhibition on the photographer Lucien Hervé

Until 18 September 2022, the Cité Radieuse is hosting a new exhibition of the work of photographer Lucien Hervé, curated by the Keitelman Gallery and Valérie Palacios.

Spread across different areas of the building, the exhibition presents a series of his early prints on the Unité d’habitation, in dialogue with a selection of photographs of modernist masterpieces taken between 1950 and 1965.

“Ranking among the greatest photographers of the 20th century, Lucien Hervé (1910 – 2007) is particularly renowned for his architectural shots.In 1949 his encounter with the work of Le Corbusier and then with the architect himself turned him definitively towards photography and in particular architectural photography. […] “

Imola Gebauer

In the hall and restaurant
18.07 – 18.09.2022

280 boulevard Michelet – 13008 Marseille

A la Supérette
Exhibition : 01 – 31.08.2022
Conference : 25.08.2022

280 boulevard Michelet – 13008 Marseille

Unité d’habitation, Marseille, Le Corbusier architecte, 1949 © Lucien Hervé – Getty Trust, Los Angeles/FLC-ADAGP

Brasilia, Brazil, Niemeyer architect, 1961 © Lucien Hervé

“Ombre est lumière” online…

To coincide with this exhibition-event, Architecture de Collection is offering an online image gallery, featuring a selection of images curated by Valérie Palacios, in the “Regards Photographiques” section of its website.

“Bright Hours” by Gerard & Kelly

Gerard & Kelly, Bright Hours, 2022. 4K video, colour, sound, 25 minutes. With Emara Neymour-Jackson. Adagp, Paris, 2022.

“Bright Hours”, the new film by Gerard & Kelly, will be previewed on 26 August at the Art-o-rama at the Belle de Mai, of which we are a partner this year.

The adventure between architect Le Corbusier and American dancer Josephine Baker on a 1929 cruise is the starting point for Gerard & Kelly’s new film. The two American artists infuse the modernist perfection of the Cité Radieuse with joyful sensuality and subversive force, re-imagining Le Corbusier’s modernist masterpiece as a boat floating on the horizon – suspending norms and boundaries for the duration of the voyage.

With Jeanne Balibar, Emara Neymour-Jackson, Germain Louvet and David Paycha, original music by Moses Sumney.
With the support of Dropbox.

Preview screening and meeting
26.08.22 – 16:30
Speakers: Bernard Blistène, Gerard & Kelly, Aurélien Vernant

Petit Plateau
Friche la Belle de Mai
41 rue Jobin – 13003 Marseille

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the artists Gerard and Kelly, Bernard Blistène, curator and former director of the Musée national d’Art moderne at the Centre Pompidou, and Aurélien Vernant (moderator), art critic and director of the Architecture de Collection agency.

This public meeting is an opportunity to present the genesis of the project, and to highlight the way in which it plays a part in the research of artists engaged in a critical re-reading of the architectural and aesthetic icons of Modernity. It is also an opportunity to talk about the “avant-garde laboratory” that the Unité d’habitation de Marseille, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, has been since its creation in 1952.

Gerard & Kelly at the Villa Savoye, Poissy. Photo: Barrère & Simon

American artists based in Paris, Gerard & Kelly have developed an artistic identity on the border between dance and contemporary art. Their multidisciplinary practice, somewhere between installation and performance, incorporates video, writing, drawing and sculpture. Gerard & Kelly’s work has been presented internationally at art and architecture biennales, festivals and museums. Their work can be found in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the FRAC Franche-Comté in Besançon, and the Carré d’art – Musée d’art contemporain in Nîmes. Gerard & Kelly are currently working on two exhibitions to be presented at Carré d’art – Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes and Marian Goodman Gallery (New York) in autumn 2022. As part of New Worlds, they are also preparing their next film project, which will be shot at Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1027.

Architectural walk and special tour

Come and discover the exhibitions on show at the Cité Radieuse this summer!

© Stephane Aboudaram | We are Content(s)

As part of the Art-o-rama fair (the contemporary art fair takes place this year from 25 to 28 August at the Belle de Mai), collectors and VIPs are invited to discover the summer exhibitions at the Cité Radieuse on Sunday 28 August.

On the programme: an “architectural walk” through the Cité’s spaces, and discovery of the “Daniel Arsham – Le Modulor du Basketball” exhibitions at the MAMO and “Ombre est lumière” (a photographic exhibition scattered throughout the lobby, restaurant and Supérette).

The stroll will take in 3rd and 4th streets, where visitors will be able to discover the Librairie Rupture & Imbernon as well as Maison Mirbel, partners of our agency. It will be followed by a lunch hosted by Architecture de Collection and its wine partner, the estate Terra Remota.

From 11am
Booking required 

Unité d’Habitation – Cité Radieuse
280 boulevard Michelet – 13008 Marseille

© Stephane Aboudaram | We are Content(s)

A new educational partnership at the start of the new school year

Ecole Camondo-Méditerranée

Building on its commitment to modern heritage, and to support its preservation and transmission, Architecture de Collection is proud to announce a new educational partnership with the Camondo school of interior architecture and design, which has inaugurated a “Mediterranean” branch in Toulon in 2019!

Between September and December 2022, a group of fifth-year students will be asked to reflect and work (as part of their final year diploma) on the ‘common spaces’ of the housing unit, in order to draw up a programme of activities and uses linked to new lifestyles and contemporary ecological issues, based on an analysis of the site’s past, present and future. We’ll tell you more at the start of the new academic year…