This Project Transformed a Historical Monument Into a Massive Art Exhibit

By Anne Cacherell

Art is allowing your imagination to be boundless and limitless. Situated in the heart of the city of Marseille, is the old school of St. Thomas Aquinas, a remarkable 18th century building that played an important part in the history of France. The educational institution closed down in 2012 and was reopened as a home to a great number of talented artists.

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In a project called Aux Tableaux!, artistic director Alexandre de Alessio selected and organized 40 international artists to cover and design the entire 2500 square meter space, including, classrooms, courtyards, inner and even outer walls. With the unique combination of the participants’ different styles, influences and inspirations, they turned the whole historical monument into a large exhibition ground.

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This extraordinary artistic exhibition started in June 2015 and will be open to the public for 4 months, offering guided tours and other interdisciplinary activities.

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Do you find the exhibits interesting? What can you say about this unique event in terms of opening opportunities for street artists and the public? Share with us your thoughts.