Simon Porte Jacquemus ©Marion Amadeo

Video shot partly in the Parc National des Calanques, natural protected area subject to special regulations

From the earliest days of his brand in 2009, he commanded attention with his playful and naive aesthetic. In 2015, he won the LVMH Prize special jury award. Since then, Jacquemus had continued to rise and to enjoy increasing international commercial success, with his poetic and narrative creations like «Les Parasols de Marseille», «Les Santons de Provence» or«L’Amour d’un Gitan» (The love of a Gypsy)… 

An eternal lover of Marseille, Simon Porte Jacquemus is the guest of honor for the 2017 edition of OpenMyMed festival, produced by the Maison Méditerranéenne des Métiers de la Mode (MMMM). OpenMyMed opens the Provence Festivals season with «Marseille je t’aime», Jacquemus’ double exhibition: «Maisons» and «Archives» at the [mac] on May 12th, and «Images» at the MuCEM on May 14th. Also on May 14th, Jacquemus will do a special presentation, exclu­sively for Marseille, of his Spring-Summer 2017 collection «Les Santons de Provence» on the Place d’Armes du fort Saint-Jean. In order to share «Marseille je t’aime» with as big a public as possible, Simon also decided to create a book about Marseille, with friends, photographers, painters and contemporary artists.


«I really wanted to present my archives as a patchwork sculpture in Marseille’s calanques, as a nod to the opening credits of movie «My Father’s Glory», which begins in the Provence hills.»Simon Porte Jacquemus.

Simon Porte Jacquemus once again collaborates with artist Willi Dorner and photo­grapher David Luraschi to create this patchwork sculpture of archives from all his collections. This trailer reveals the installation, embodied by 11 dancers from the Julien Lestel dance company, seen from above in Marseille’s Calanques National Park; the music is from My Father’s Glory’s original soundtrack by Vladimir Cosma.

Part 1 : The [mac] - Museum of Contemporary Art of Marseille

«I wanted to stage my archives by creating unique pieces linked to Marseille, my work and, hopefully, the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Marseille.»
Simon Porte Jacquemus

«Maisons» Exhibitions/[mac]/May 12th 2017– January 14th 2018 

OpenMyMed festival, orchestrated by the MMMM, invites Simon Porte Jacquemus to the [mac] (Musée d’Art Contemporain de Marseille). For this special occasion, he has created original artworks inspired by Marseille as a city, the museum and his own collections. The «Maisons» project: Simon PorteJacquemus created his first sculptures by playing on the structures of his signature rounds and squares. He integrated his archives by staging them indirectly.

«Archives» Exhibitions/[mac]/May 12th 2017– January 14th 2018 

The «Archives» project: a photographic experience designed by Simon Porte Jacquemus and realised by David Luraschi, that takes us deep into the heart of Willi Dorner’s human sculpture. Willi Dorner’s «Bodies in Urban Spaces» performances were the inspiration behind this unique production.

Part 2 : The MuCEM - Museum of the Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean

«For the MuCEM, I came up with a more fun and direct installation using my personal images and inspirations, in a patchwork of real and poetic videos: a flower, a shoe, my cousin, a moment of life… I wanted the public to get inside my phone.»Simon Porte Jacquemus 

«Images»/Exhibition/MuCEM May 14th 2017– July 31sh 2017 

The MMMM also chose the MuCEM to show Simon Porte Jacquemus’ radiant universe inside the Fort Saint Jean chapel. A wall of screens arranged like a mosaic, hundreds of videos, shapes, colors, creations and inspirations, for a stroll through Simon’s intimacy.


Runway show / MuCEM/ May 14th, 2017

«Les Santons de Provence is the one collection of mine that was absolutely made to be shown in Marseille, on Marcel Pagnol’s land. It was a dream.»Simon Porte Jacquemus 

On May 14th, Jacquemus and the MMMM will present «Les Santons de Provence», the Spring-Summer 2017 collection, as an outdoor runways show. The 32 models will cross the aerial walkway that links the MuCEM’s architecture, imagined by Rudy Ricciotti, to the historic Place d’Armes du fort Saint-Jean. This will be the first ever runway show held in Marseille, produced by the MMMM and open to the public

Free registration from april 20th on websitewww.jacquemus.com/marseillejetaime, details will follow.

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