Summer at the Camargo

MAABN partner the Camargo Foundation in Cassis has a full program of concerts, conferences and art exhibitions this summer, a venue well worth a visit whether you’re touring the region or a resident. Full details on the Camargo Foundation website.


Ryo Abe

Ryo Abe is a Japanese architect whose philosophy promotes harmony between the human and the natural world. He has been invited several times by the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Marseille to lead workshops on the entries to Calanques National Park.

In January 2018, the Calanques National Park, the OSU Pythéas Institute (Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, IRD) and the Camargo Foundation—together with landscape architect Gilles Clément—invited eight international artists to reflect upon the human/nature relationship within the context of the Calanques National Park. During his residency, Ryo Abe made initial drawings for Approaches, an enhancement project for the Calanque in Port-Miou (Cassis), which used to be one of the most beautiful calanques before the limestone industry heavily impacted the area.

This summer 2018, the seed for this vast project is planted. What if, instead of being simply a space that we pass through to reach the Calanques National Park further along, this old industrial site that the pines try to hide, abandoned but never reintegrated back into nature, became an experimental garden? A new temporary installation will soon mark the entrance to the National Park through Port-Miou, creating a territory and a space for each of us. “Closely resembling a seed, the installation will be covered with multiple stainless-steel sheets, mimicking the structure of a plant, or the texture of fish scales, reflecting the natural surroundings. Acting as a catalyst for discussion, the installation will offer a point of reflection towards the relationship between human and nature” (Ryo Abe). The installation will be open from August 29 and throughout the entire fall.

Approaches is conceived by Ryo Abe in partnership with the Camargo Foundation, the Calanques National Park, the OSU Pythéas Institute (Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, IRD), and with the support of the Daniel & Nina Carasso Foundation, MP2018, Conseil départemental des Bouches-du-Rhône, La Serrurerie, the Town of Cassis, and the EU-Japan Fest.


[Cassis Jazz Festival] I Don’t Dress Fine, a Tribute to Bessie Smith by Sarah Lenka
August 24, 2018 at 8:30PM
The Camargo Foundation (Amphitheater)
Tickets available via the Office du Tourisme de Cassis.
Surrounded by a new team, Sarah Lenka revives the frenzied and mocking spirit of Bessie Smith, as she also knows how to extract and highlight its passing melancholy and bitter irony. [LEARN MORE]


[Cassis Jazz Festival] Who’s Happy? by Hugh Coltman
August 25, 2018 at 8:30PM
The Camargo Foundation (Amphitheater)
Tickets available via the Office du Tourisme de Cassis.
Hugh Coltman (Victoires du Jazz 2017) has developped eleven songs in which he unfurls his warm voice of sentimental trucker and great connoisseur of human emotions. [LEARN MORE]


[Conference] MP2018 “Les Ateliers Quel Amour!” with Ryo Abe
September 1st, 2018 at 3PM
FRAC PACA (Marseille)
Ryo Abe, Japanese architect in residence at the Camargo Foundation, will be presenting his project Approaches. The project is developed in partnership with the Calanques National Park and the Pytheas Institute, with the support of Mécènes du Sud. [LEARN MORE]


[Festival] ¡ Viva Villa ! Artists in Residence Festival
From September 29 to October 7, 2018
Villa Méditerranée (Marseille)
The ¡ Viva Villa ! festival for artists in residence settles in Marseille, at the Villa Méditerranée. For the 3rd time, the Villa Médicis, Casa Velázquez, and Villa Kujoyama gather on the occasion of this meeting on contemporary creation to present their respective artists. [LEARN MORE]


[Installation] Domo de Eŭropa Historio en Ekzilo by Thomas Bellinck
Until September 2, 2018
Mucem (Marseille)
A “dystopian” exhibition on life in the European Union by artist Thomas Bellinck, who was in residency at Camargo in partnership with Festival de Marseille, MMSH, Mucem, and MP2018. [LEARN MORE]



Call for Applications
The call for applications for the Camargo Core Program is open! Click here to read the Guidelines and to apply. Deadline to apply: October 17, 2018.