Previous exhibitions and highlights


Pablo Picasso, Femme nue au bonnet turc, 1er décembre 1955. Donation Louise et Michel Leiris, 1984—Musée national d’art moderne / Centre de création industrielle—en dépôt au musée national Picasso-Paris. Photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand


Imaginary voyages : Picasso and the Ballets Russes

From Friday 16 February 2018 to Sunday 24 June 2018

Between Italy and Spain

From the Mucem to the Centre de la Vieille Charité, Picasso, Imaginary Voyages is the major exhibition of 2018 in the museums of Marseille.

A- Ange orgue Gavioli © Mucem


Love from A to Z

From Wednesday 14 February 2018 to Monday 27 August 2018

Beginning in February 2018, the Mucem is dedicating a new space to the display of its collections: located in Fort Saint-Jean, the Collections Room…

Lingot en forme de disque plat, Elam (actuel Iran), Suse, vers 1500-1200 av. J.-C. © Musée du Louuvre, département des Antiquités orientales, Paris



From Wednesday 25 April 2018 to Monday 10 September 2018

Gold is an object of desire and conquest, and a traditional symbol of power and wealth, but its plasticity also makes it the material of metamorpho…

Repas dans la cuisine années 1970 © Roger Viollet


Food for the Eyes

From Thursday 19 July 2018 to Sunday 30 September 2018

The French at Mealtime

On 15 November 2010, UNESCO inscribed the gastronomic meal of the French on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. By “gastronom…

 Domo De Europa Thomas Bellinck © Danny Willems


Domo de Eŭropa Historio en Ekzilo

From Saturday 16 June 2018 to Sunday 30 September 2018

Thomas Bellinck—Festival de Marseille

Domo de Eŭropa Historio en Ekzilo (“The House of European History in Exile”, translated from Esperanto)
Thomas Bellinck



Affiche de l'exposition Roman-Photo



From Wednesday 13 December 2017 to Monday 23 April 2018

The photo-novel has received bad press. The term simultaneously implies sentimental fo…

© François Deladerrière, Mucem


Journées européennes du patrimoine

From Friday 15 September 2017 to Sunday 17 September 2017

Exhibition, « Graffiti, Calligraphy and the Mediterranean », and film in concert – Free entrance

During the European Heritage Days, discover the…

Dhow Zanzibar © Christine Coulange/Sisygambis.


Seafaring Adventurers

From Wednesday 7 June 2017 to Monday 9 October 2017

Mediterranean_Indian Ocean 7th–17th centuries

This exhibition, a first version of which has been on display at the Arab World Institute since November last, will be opening at the MuCEM on 7 Ju…


We are here / Nous sommes ici

From Friday 26 May 2017 to Monday 30 October 2017

By Gandolfo Gabriele David

Installation open to the public on the terrace of King René Tower

Large orange flags fly at the…

Affiche de l'exposition Graff en Méditerranée


Graffiti in the Mediterranean

From Saturday 13 May 2017 to Monday 8 January 2018

Colonie israélienne de Maale Adumim, Palestine, juillet 1999. Photo © Anne-Marie Filaire.


Anne-Marie Filaire

From Saturday 4 March 2017 to Monday 29 May 2017

Temporary security zone


The possibility of images

For more than twenty years Anne-Marie Filaire has been building a body of work that…

Photo de l'affiche de l'exposition Nous sommes Foot , Mucem © Antonio Mesa / Archives FFF


We Are Football

From Wednesday 11 October 2017 to Sunday 4 February 2018

How about we forget everything we think we know about football ? What if we return to…



From Sunday 14 May 2017 to Monday 31 July 2017

Marseille, I Love You

Simon Porte Jacquemus loves blue and white, stripes, the sun, fruit, curves, life, the 1980s and Marseille. Just 27 years old, this “Made in Proven…

Uriel Orlow, Veilleurs d’images, 2017 © Uriel Orlow. All Rights Reserved, ADAGP / DACS 2017


Bilingual document

From Friday 7 July 2017 to Friday 13 April 2018

Reserves & Collections, an other Mucem

Véhicules de transport des déchets, Le Caire, Egypte, 2015, photo David Degner © David Degner / Mucem


Lives of Garbage

From Wednesday 22 March 2017 to Monday 14 August 2017

The Economy of Waste

Lives of Garbage—The Economy of Waste


Pablo Picasso, Parodia de Exvoto La Virgen aparenciéndose a Miguel Utrillo, accidentado, 1899-1900 © Succession Picasso 2016


Picasso, « a genius without a pedestal »

From Wednesday 27 April 2016 to Monday 29 August 2016

Picasso and popular arts and traditions


“Art obliges the artist not to keep himself apart; it subjects him to the most humble and the most un…



From Wednesday 29 June 2016 to Monday 24 October 2016

Scale models exert a strange power of fascination... For many people they evoke childhood dreams; others study the evolution in technology or simpl…

Huile sur toile 2014 © Leonard Qylafi



From Saturday 24 September 2016 to Monday 2 January 2017

1207 km East

Only 1207 kilometres separate Marseille from Tirana, the capital of Albania - barely twice the distance from Paris to Marseille, and within a few k…

Rameau florifere MNHN © RMN Grand Palais photo bibliotheque MNHN


Café In

From Wednesday 26 October 2016 to Monday 23 January 2017


“The café is France’s strongest institution”


Er. Farnet, Carte administrative des territoires du sud, 1927 © bnf


Made in Algeria

From Wednesday 20 January 2016 to Sunday 8 May 2016

Genealogy of a territory

The exhibition Made in Algeria, Genealogy of a Territory is the result of a close collaboration between the Institut National d’Histoire d…

Jean Genet 1948 © estate brassai rmn grand palais cliche © Herve Lewandowski


Jean Genet, The Great Escape

From Friday 15 April 2016 to Monday 18 July 2016

It has been thirty years since the death of Jean Genet, one of the most flamboyant and most rebellious of twentieth century writers. The Mucem is p…


Notre dame de grace, Raffl © Mucem, Yves Inchierman


Shared Sacred Sites

From Wednesday 29 April 2015 to Monday 31 August 2015

Religious identity is one of the most sensitive issues raised by “living together” in the Mediterranean. Seen in this light, this inland sea seems…

Idole cycladique © Fondation gandur pour l’art, Genève


Divine migrations

From Wednesday 24 June 2015 to Monday 16 November 2015

The Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (Mucem) is taking a fresh look at the great polytheistic religions of antiquity, thro…

Le panorama revue, vers 1900 © Mucem, Yves Inchierman


I love panoramas

From Wednesday 4 November 2015 to Monday 29 February 2016

From mountain ranges to Mediterranean coasts, certain places offer their visitors privileged points of view, which can provoke the feeling of domin…

Abdelhak el Ouertani, Minaret de la mosquée El ksar © fonds Beit el Bennani


Traces …

From Wednesday 13 May 2015 to Monday 29 February 2016

Fragments of a Contemporary Tunisia

Fragments I : From 13 May to 28 September 2015
Fragments II : From 4 November 2015 to 29 February 2016

In the footsteps of Abdelha…


Hicham Benohoud, sans titre, Série la salle de classe, 1994-2012 © Hicham Benohoud Courtesy galerie vu


Artists in the city

From Friday 14 March 2014 to Monday 2 June 2014

#1 Art at Work

The “Art at Work” exhibition presents works that reflect the socially engaged art currently flourishing in Morocco, throwing into relief the positi…

Masque chapeau de boteiro Espagne © Musée international du carnaval et du masque binche, Belgique photo Olivier Desart


The topsy-turvy world

From Wednesday 26 March 2014 to Monday 25 August 2014

Carnivals and masquerades in Europe and the Mediterranean

In the 1960s, it was thought that one could predict the death of the carnival, reduced to a childish party or a folkloric show. In the end, this is…

Vieux pêcheur, bronze, Volubilis © Direction du patrimoine culturel, Ministère de la culture, Royaume du Maroc. Photo Mucem, Yves Inchierman


The Splendours of Volubilis

From Wednesday 12 March 2014 to Monday 25 August 2014

Ancient Bronces from Marocco and The Mediterranean

Trough the exceptional loan of the ancient bronze collection from Morocco discovered at the archaeological site of Volubilis, the Mucem presents on…

Hassan Darsi, Zone d’incertitude, 2014, vidéo HD 169, 10 minutes © Hassan Darsi


Artists in the city

From Friday 20 June 2014 to Monday 27 October 2014

#2 Artistic Bridge: Strange Paradox

Companion and accomplice to our daily existence, the paradox insidiously inhabits our lives, our social relationships, our environment, our thought…


Raymond Depardon

From Wednesday 29 October 2014 to Monday 9 March 2015

Such a sweet moment

Colour appeared in the work of Raymond Depardon from the very first images. He was at that time 16 years old. Since then, it has accompanied him th…

Miralda et Dorothée Selz, traiteurs coloristes, 1968 Collection Mina et Jacques Charles © Adagp Paris 2014, ph.Nicolas Fussler


Food : produire, manger, consommer

From Wednesday 29 October 2014 to Monday 9 March 2015

37 artists from five continents present the fruits of their labours on the different questions and issues linked directly or indirectly to food : t…

Stefanos Tsivopoulos, History zero 2013 Kalfayan galleries (1)


History Zero

From Thursday 20 November 2014 to Monday 13 April 2015

Stefanos Tsivopoulos

In a museum of civilisations like the Mucem, curators, scientists, researchers in social sciences and humanities are not the only ones able to shed…


Le sommeil de la raison engendre des monstres, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes © The British Museum, Londres, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais The Trustees of the British Museum


The Black and the Blue, a mediterranean dream…

From Friday 7 June 2013 to Monday 6 January 2014

The black and the blue, Goya and Miro, ombre e sole

The Enlightenment and its shadows, like both sides of a same world, a respo…

Sans titre (Torera), Pilar Albarracín © Pilar Albarracín, Courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris


At the Bazaar of Gender, Feminine-Masculine in the Mediterranean

From Friday 7 June 2013 to Monday 6 January 2014

Depending on one's gender at birth, each individual is attributed different roles in society: gender is what defines this social organisation. In t…

Ali, candidat au départ, Zarzis. Tunisie, 2011 © Patrick Zachmann Magnum Photos


Mare-Mater, Patrick Zachmann

From Friday 29 November 2013 to Tuesday 28 January 2014

From June 2013 until the end of January 2014, the Georges Henri Rivière Building of the Mucem hosts four photography and video exhibitions in copr…

Enseigne de baraque foraine, France, 20ème siècle © Mucem


Presented Alive

From Friday 7 June 2013 to Monday 3 February 2014

The first exhibition, that will open its doors to the public at the same time as the rest of the museum and that will last until the end of the yea…