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Art and culture at Le Ryad

The Art at Ryad

 The Ryad, charming hotel in Marseille center is not an establishment like the others. Beyond the pampering for its customers, the hotel gives pride to artists, to all artists. Each month, an exhibition is organized to promote talents, usually Marseille, whether painters, draftsmen, engravers, visual artists or even photographers. At Ryad, we love all forms of art, and art makes it good. And it does not stop there. It is not uncommon for the boutique hotel to host storytelling, artistic performances, sometimes completely off-beat, or simply concerts, in the privacy of a haven of peace in the center of Marseille.
Don't hesitate to follow the cultural activity of the Ryad, which makes it a unique hotel in Marseille!

Les Dimanches de la Canebière

Marseille, a town of art and culture. The City launched Les Dimanches de la Canebière, an initiative aimed at promoting Marseille's city centre through the cultural richness of the Phocean city. Since the begining, Le Ryad Boutique Hotel has been a participant to this event by opening its doors to art lovers on the last Sunday of each month.

Sunday 26th January 2020, 24th edition, where Le Ryad is present with the painter Alain Boggero, and where, as every Sunday, the tea room is open to all.

Michel Gentil, recent paintings

"Let's come back to color ... There is an abundance of colors in your canvases, a sort of great symphony.

- This is the impression that emerges from my paintings. It corresponds to what I would like to bring, a vibration, an abstract space that is dear to me and that I try to define by painting. In each new painting I try to find this emotion of a space, of a totality which is perhaps the subject of my painting for me, what you call a symphony.

I am looking for an abstract space (an emotion in the full sense) which is particular to me, but which I have encountered in the great painters and which for me is the very definition of painting. "

(Interview by Micheline Huguelet)

The exhibition will run from April 1 to May 15, 2021

Michèle Rabit, Retrospective

Michèle Rabit's work is in constant evolution and uses many techniques and various materials. They serve her creativity, which is fuelled by her intellectual drive, and which translates into both abstract and figurative forms.   

A great traveller, travelling gently, while "I watched, I watched". "I was very sensitive to the lights and glances, to the equilibrium as well as the fractures of all these countries", she confides. Painting became a passion with some particular themes to which her sensitivity attracted her: social narrative, theatre, portraits, trees, water and colours.

"Art is not a mirror that is held up to reality, but a hammer to give it form" - Bertolt Brecht

Exhibition from October 13 to November 15 


For this exhibition "All the blues are in Nature", I looked at the sea and particularly at its glitter, this indocile light in perpetual movement that never lets itself be caught. I looked at the foam, the wet beach, the formation of the waves, the density of the water, the immensity of the blue, its dry noises and its silences. And always the sea sparkles, timeless, its blues are eternal.


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Alain Boggero, artist-painter

35 years ago, when he was dismissed in 1985 with his 5,999 comrades after the closure of the La Seyne-sur-mer shipyard, Alain Boggero became a painter. He felt the imperative need to represent his comrades in order to pay tribute to them. Alain Boggero's works are also a way to make them take back their tools, to make them speak again; his production has been uninterrupted for all these years, on all the materials he could find, by using regularly renewed techniques. Alain Boggero "shouts" his paintings in the same way as he comments on his experiences with strong words, in an irrepressible flow. 

 Exhibition from December 5, 2019 to March 15, 2020 

Instants Video Festival

As part of the 32nd Instants Video festival, you can come to the Ryad Boutique Hotel to watch three video installations: 

 - 07/30/2017 (2017) / Eleonora Roaro & Katy Richardson (Italy - GB) 

 - Uncut (2019) / Sebastien Loghman (France) 

 - Do Not Disturb (2019) / Aurore Rey & Rochdy Laribi / Collectif Ornic Art (France) 

The festival lasts from October 25 to December 1. 

On October 27, 2019, between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., you will be able to meet Instants Video and Ornic Art at the Ryad as part of Les Dimanches de la Canebière. 

The Ferry Bridge - Slideshow conference

The Marseille ferry bridge was located at the entrance to the Old Port 50 metres above the water from 1905 to 1945. It was the attraction of the people of Marseilles and tourists. Some people nowadays would like to bring it back to life, in the same place. On Sunday, September 1, 2019, come and listen to his story in pictures, from 3pm to 4.30pm.Book at the hotel - Rate: 8 euros.Translated with

The Marseille ferry bridge was located at the entrance to the Old Port 50 metres above the water from 1905 to 1945. It was the attraction of the people of Marseilles and tourists. Some people nowadays would like to bring it back to life, in the same place. 

On Sunday, September 1, 2019, come and listen to its story in pictures, from 3pm to 4.30pm.

Book at the hotel - Price: 8 euros.

Why do birds fly in a "V" shape?

An exhibition of photographs by Nat Simon-Leblond, from 26 Sept. 2019 to 22 Oct. 2019 as part of the 2019 POC

At a time when the planet is on the verge of collapse, humanity in crisis is at a crossroads. Nat Simon-Leblond, self-taught, has chosen the path of the living. Her photographs celebrate the emotion, the being, the present moment. A hymn to the love of life.

Three series: Berre-L'Etang "Expire",  Gozo "Dance with the Elements", Issanka "Ghost Village" 

July 26, 2019: Opening Concert of the Brazilian Season at Le Ryad

All summer 2019, Brazilian inspiration at Le Ryad Boutique Hotel in the center of Marseille. Conferences, musical evenings, to promote the intercultural exchanges between France and Brazil and the safeguarding of the Amazon and the ancestral know-how of its inhabitants.
The first date: July 26, 2019 with the trio Lyora for a concert.

The Marseille coast during the 20th century - Pictures

Le Ryad Boutique Hôtel invites you to learn more about the history of Marseille, through this slide show commented by David Haccoun, which testifies to the evolution of human and economic practice on the Marseille coast during the 20th century.

"Aroma of Dreams" from June 20 to July 5

Do you know the smell of your dreams?
"Aroma of Dreams" is an artistic and olfactory experience around dreams in the hotel Le Ryad, a non typical friend of the arts hotel in Marseille. Come and spend a special night there, at the end of which you will leave with the perfume of your dreams....
First, Miss Bouillon immerses you in her universe, and makes you discover the scents. Then, you become the object of a particular extraction, that of the smell you have when you dream...

Duration: 2 hours plus night on site

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Meals of scents at Le Ryad in June 2019

Miss Bouillon, actress and alchemist, welcomes you to Hotel Le Ryad for a Meal of Scents. Your table awaits you with an exceptional menu. Refined dishes and Grand Cru wines are "served" in the form of perfumes. Through an olfactory game, the mistress of ceremony transports you into the world of her fragrances. A unique experience in the heart of Marseille!

 25€ - duration: 1h30, from 19h00 to 20h30, from 20 June to 28 June 2019

Yann Torrecillas, painter

Yann Torrecillas has always been fascinated by the many aesthetic facets offered by the practice of drawing. He conceives his works harmoniously by insisting on both dynamics and substance. His paintings and drawings show the subtle play of feelings thanks to the work on volumes and colors. The human being is a theme that Yann has been exploring for a long time, continually seeking to capture the full range of emotions that can emerge from the careful observation of daily life. He always approaches his subject with instinct and passion, and places emotion at the heart of his practice. In his most recent works, he has reinforced the narrative aspect. He takes advantage of his naive aesthetic, like a puppet theatre, to tell his stories about the world. 

The Bottom and The Shape, by Martha Rosenquist and Jean Noël

Marta Rosenquist focused her photography practice on perspectives from former industrial sites. The symmetrical forms of abandoned industrial buildings, both classic and austere, are revitalized through creation. 

With Jean Noël, we move from Marta Rosenquist's constructed space, rich in possibilities for creative change, to the evolution from the formless to the form, in a creation ex nihilo in the N dimension, in tension in a space dense gravitational of opposing forces. 

The exhibition will run from April 26 to May 22, 2019. 

Le Ryad, selected for shooting films

The boutique hotel Le Ryad in Marseille centre is an extraordinary place that makes filmmakers choose it in search of originality and space. Thus, Le Ryad appears in Christian Petzold's Transit, presented at the Berlin Festival, but also in the short film Xuan, directed by the Transversarts association.


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Catherine Burki, Domus Album

Bring the interior portrait up to date, in the tradition of the 19th century owners, who commissioned the designs of their homes to keep them in memory and pass them on to future generations. It's Album Domus, proposed by Catherine Burki, to offer you, to offer.

It is a small book whose paper and binding are specially chosen to adapt to each place, and which reveals beautiful drawings made in India ink by Catherine, with great sensitivity, at home or from selected photos. to reveal the identity of your living environment.

“I draw the portrait of the house through its rooms and objects, I discover the places, their history and the people who open their doors to me… I like these meetings, I like to express the special relationship of the inhabitants with their decor "

Catherine produced the Domus du Ryad Album in 2015.