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Baya. An Algerian heroine of modern art



A pioneering artist of the second half of the twentieth century, Baya is an icon of artistic freedom. Presenting all the facets of her output, influenced by her contact with Algerian folk culture and international avant-gardes, this exhibition aims to highlight her role in the history of modernity.

Born near Algiers in 1931 to working-class parents, proud of her Arab and Berber roots, admired by André Breton and Albert Camus, Baya drew inspiration from Algerian heritage, music and literature to develop a unique body of work until she died in 1998. The Centre de la Vieille Charité reveals the power of her work through over 150 paintings, drawings and ceramic objects from the collections of the Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, the Musée de la Musique - Philharmonie de Paris and the Fondation Kamel Lazaar. A contextual, post-colonial and feminist approach to Baya’s career, supported by a large number of previously unseen documents, provides an insight into the true scope of her talent. A sensitive, musical, immersive exhibition that pays tribute to the vibrant colours that characterise her work.

Practical information

2023 edition

July 4th from 18:00 to 21:00

Exhibition from May 13 to September 24

Where ?
Vieille Charité

2, rue de la Charité, 2e

tel. 04 91 14 58 80

Métro - 2 arrêt Joliette

Tram - 2, 3 arrêt Sadi Carnot

Bus - 42 arrêt La Major

Vélo - station La Major

Parking - Charité Tringance


Free admission with a ticket for the show Affranchies (see p. 17) or the film Inside Kabul (see p. 23)


Photographie  © Ville de Marseille, RMN Grand Palais, David Giancatarina