This year you can visit the boat-museum (47m) designed by Verdier and built by Perini!


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The museum boat (47 x 17.30 m) of Art Explora Festival will make its inaugural stop in Marseille in June 2024. But we will see it first at the Venice Biennale

A 47-meter (and 41 million) maxi sailing catamaran designed by Verdier and built by Perini Navi (After the acquisition by The Italian Sea Group. and its “first work” in catamarans) will host the Art Explora Festival organized in collaboration of the Louvre Museum, Ircam and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

The first example of a traveling boat-museum in history! The traveling exhibition will call at 20 ports in 15 Mediterranean countries, including Italy, from 2024 to 2026. Inaugural stopover in Marseille.

Museum boat
The museum boat has already been launched

The world’s first museum boat

An extraordinarily large sailing catamaran capable of accommodating up to 2,000 people will sail around the Mediterranean. This is the original location of theArt Explora Festival, the first edition of the traveling cultural festival promoted by the Art Explora Foundation in collaboration with the Louvre Museum, IRCAM and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The project, co-funded by the European Union, is the brainchild of Frédéric Jousset, an entrepreneur, collector, and patron (founder of Art Explora) who reportedly invested 41 million euros, according to the French press.

The goal of the initiative is to offer the maximum number of visitors a series of artistic and cultural experiences that express the true essence of the Mediterranean through the countries bordering this sea, their roots, histories and their own vision of the future. All for free and especially in an unprecedented setting as a floating, indeed sailing, museum ship.

designed by Verdier!

Designed by Axel de Beaufort and Guillaume Verdier (the guru of hyperfast and oceanic boats, is also the designer of Soldini’s new Ferrari boat), the museum boat built by Italian excellence Perini Navi and launched last September is a sailing catamaran that measures 47 meters long, 17.30 meters wide, has a 55-meter mast on which a sail designed by artist Laure Prouvost will be hoisted.

Some features of the boat:

  • 65sqm of solar panels were installed on the roof of the deckhouse. They allow an instantaneous production of 12 kW, for a storage of up to 60 kW per day.
  • This system is supported by a battery pack with a storage capacity of 270 kWh. These batteries enable zero-emission electric generation for more than 6 hours when fully loaded on board.
  • The yacht has “green” class notation. All exhaust gases are equipped with catalytic filters to abate emissions and particulate matter.
  • All maneuvering in and out in port and protected areas will be done in full electric mode.

Its very powerful sail plan is fully automated and can be operated by a single person. The catamaran can easily sail at the speed of 10 knots even in very low wind conditions.

A symbol of travel and discovery, the maxi boat sailing from one port to another will ideally and physically connect worlds, cultures and people.

In addition to on board the catamaran, the Art Explora Festival will also take place for each stage on the docks, in exhibition pavilions designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, and in a number of locations in the host cities.

An “immersive” exhibition, free and all to experience

From spring 2024 to fall 2026, the museum ship and its Art Explora Festival will call at 20 ports in 15 Mediterranean countries. After a brief visit to Malta March 21-31 and a stop in Venice during the Biennale April 17-23, the exhibition’s inaugural stopover will be in Marseille, France, June 6-18.

Those who board the Art Explora Festival’s museum ship can look forward to a rich and exciting program of events combining exhibitions, virtual reality experiences, performances, lectures, and film screenings and concerts. These include “Present,” an immersive exhibition with the extraordinary collaboration of the Louvre, which highlights female figures in Mediterranean civilizations. And then “Under the Azure,” the contemporary art exhibition that through the works of 20 artists analyzes the history, myths, plant and animal species of the Mediterranean Sea. As well as the photo exhibition “Undertrow” dedicated to migration in the Arab world and the theme of hospitality.

The Mediterranean: many voices for a common identity

As part of the Festival program, “Ocean Weekends” will be organized in each port of call city, with panel discussions inviting researchers, scientists and artists to discuss the ocean and climate emergency. Also planned is a public lecture program, called “Voices,” which will give the floor to inspiring speakers engaged on major Mediterranean issues. Programmer Alain Weber will also organize a series of concerts of contemporary and traditional Mediterranean music throughout the festival’s journey.

Frédéric Jousset, president of Art Explora Foundation, said, “Mobility and artistic creation are powerful tools for shifting points of view and sharing images and stories that shape different relationships with the world. Boarding a boat is an experience in itself, and it will be even more special when visitors discover unique cultural and artistic offerings on board and at the dock.”

Here are all the stops and stopovers of the 2024 Art Explora Festival:

  • Valletta, Malta, March 21-31,
  • Venice, Italy, April 17 – 23,
  • Marseille, France, June 6 – 18
  • Tangier, Morocco, September,
  • Rabat, Morocco, Oct,
  • Malaga, Spain, November



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