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EXPO: Domus Mare Nostrum, live the sea!

Architecture, design and waterfront constructions gather up in France at the Hôtel des Arts in Toulon. It is an opportunity to discover until May 11th, the contemporary architects who have defended the identity of the Mediterranean coasts.

Since a few weeks, on the French Riviera, the Hotel des Arts in Toulon hosts "Domus Mare Nostrum: habiter le mythe méditerranéen” (Domus Mare Nostrum: living the Mediterranean myth). The exhibition, which focuses on the relationship between modernity and the Mediterranean in the twentieth century architecture, pays tribute to Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Fernand Pouillon, Jorn Utzon, Alvaro Siza and so many others.

For this exceptional exhibition, the works and their authors have been chosen for the way they have interpreted the Mediterranean tradition. An architectural tradition that expresses the beauty, the harmony with nature and often the seashore, the extent of human construction built in harmony with the world around it.

Eleven buildings and seventeen great names illustrate this architectural influence, through three periods: the interwar, the Thirty Glorious and the post-modern periods. These buildings, all located on the north western shores of the Mediterranean, are available to visit until May 11th, 2014.

Numerous events are organized to allow public to familiarize with this artistic conception. With a program full of guided tours, audiovisual performances, concerts, recreational gatherings and educational sessions, children and grown-ups discover or rediscover the works of these great last century men.

Translated by Dafne Inzaina- (April 2014).

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