Located in the heart of a pine forest, perched on the heights of a hill right next to the Mediterranean Sea and the bay of Tamaris, Villa Tamaris was built at the end of the nineteenth century by an officer of the Merchant Navy, Blaise Michel Pacha. It extends over 3700 m2.

The Villa Tamaris, arts center of Métropole Toulon Provence Méditerranée, ranks among the major places dedicated to Photography. Put the images and those who make them possible in the spotlight is one of the assertive ambition of this top cultural institution.

Located in the heart of a pine forest, perched on the heights of a hill right next to the Mediterranean Sea and the bay of Tamaris, Villa Tamaris was built at the end of the nineteenth century by an officer of the Merchant Navy, Blaise Michel Pacha. It extends over 3700 m2.

The Villa Tamaris, arts center of Métropole Toulon Provence Méditerranée, ranks among the major places dedicated to Photography. Put the images and those who make them possible in the spotlight is one of the assertive ambition of this top cultural institution.

Programme

Marius Bar / Quai Cronstadt
Marius Bar / Quai Cronstadt
Marius Bar / Place d'Armes
Marius Bar / Place d'Armes
Marius Bar / Place Louis Blanc
Marius Bar / Place Louis Blanc
Marius Bar / Rue Jean Jaurès
Marius Bar / Rue Jean Jaurès

Toulon of the 1900’s in the eye of Marius Bar

Coming from a family from Marseille, it was in Toulon that the young photographer did his apprenticeship. He opened a workshop there but the portraits and family photos were not enough to quench his thirst for light. He then developed a true artistic passion for the city and its surroundings.

At the time, the postcard was all the rage and Marius Bar quickly went beyond the frame by giving us an almost naturalistic account of his contemporaries and their lives. Neighborhood by neighborhood, moment by moment, in a methodical way, he fixes the Toulon of the 1900s on the glass plate. The touch of his illustrator's gaze then makes us witnesses of a past forever present.

Robert Doisneau / L’information scolaire, Paris 1956
Robert Doisneau / L’information scolaire, Paris 1956

Un certain Robert Doisneau

During the summer period, the Villa Tamaris invites you to immerse yourself in the world of Robert Doisneau and take a different look at his work.

By exploring the spaces of the art center, come and discover or rediscover the photos of Paris, the portraits of children or passers-by that he captured at the bend of a street or even his photos of the sea which remain a little-known part of his work.
Doisneau's photos thus transcend the art of photojournalism and show us the beauty of everyday life, a certain idea of happiness that everyone can make their own.

Doisneau said : “I am where there is nothing to see” thus reminding us that every path traveled is worth seeing and telling.

© Micheline Pelletier Decaux
© Micheline Pelletier Decaux
© Micheline Pelletier Decaux
© Micheline Pelletier Decaux
© Micheline Pelletier Decaux
© Micheline Pelletier Decaux
© Micheline Pelletier Decaux
© Micheline Pelletier Decaux

Un jardin dans l’Atlantique des Açores, Micheline Pelletier Decaux

After working sporadically for seven years on Easter Island, Micheline Pelletier was interested in the Azores archipelago for four years. This string of nine Portuguese and therefore European islands is scattered over six hundred kilometers in the North Atlantic. One thousand five hundred kilometers from Portugal and two thousand five hundred from Newfoundland, isolated from all other inhabited lands, a source of mystery and stopovers that breathe new life into navigators and migratory birds. The Azores confetti on the North Atlantic Ocean, mirror of our civilization, is a strategic issue but also a major ecological issue. Over time, they have become the conservatory of plants from around the world brought back by navigators from Cape Horn or the Americas.

Only known to the general public, through weather reports, it is therefore time to discover these natural wonders and their unique traditions and to discover their beauty to better preserve it.

Access

Centre d’art, Métropole Toulon Provence Méditerranée
295, avenue de la Grande Maison
83500 La Seyne-sur-Mer
+33 (0)4 94 06 84 00
villatamaris.fr

Wednesday to Sunday: 1.30pm - 6.30pm.

How to get there:
• By bus : N°83 stop Tamaris / N°81 stop Fort Napoléon
• By boat : Line 18M, from the port of Toulon stop Tamaris / Line 8M, from the port of La Seyne-sur-Mer stop Tamaris
• Parking: free around the Villa Tamaris. Adapted PMR places nearby.

Locate other art venues in the vicinity on the map.