Portes ouvertes Mucem © Photo Julie Cohen, Mucem

Portes ouvertes Mucem © Photo Julie Cohen, Mucem

Open house of the exhibition "Alexandria: Past futures"


On Tuesday 7 February, discover the Mucem's new exhibition "Alexandria: Past futures".

This exhibition presents the Egyptian port city through 200 archaeological objects from the most important museums in Europe, but also through the works of sixteen contemporary artists who have questioned its contested history.


Evening programme 

The opening will also feature the installation Thinking with Alexandria, created during the "Caravan" residency, and concert-performances by Sam Karpienia and Ahmed Saleh*, created during the "School for Sonic Memory" residency.

From 4pm
Snacks (by Yemma Yummy) and bar (by Collectif Borderline)

5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm
Presentation of the exhibition by the curators

Installation Thinking with Alexandria  in the forum and the auditorium

Concert-performance by Sam Karpienia, The South inside, in the J4 hall

Concert-performance by Ahmed Saleh*, Ten year walk to shore, in the J4 hall

*With the support of the Onassis Foundation, British Council, Cryptic Glasgow and B'sarya for arts



Aiming to explore the cities of Athens, Brussels, Marseille and Nicosia through the prism of Alexandria, the "Caravan" residency invited artists, researchers and cultural actors to imagine new ways of relating to and understanding urban and social processes within trans-Mediterranean geographies.

The installation Thinking with Alexandria presents the artists' outcomes from the residency. It will remain visible until 13 February 2023.

Residency conceived and organised by the UNIDEE residency programme at Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto in Italy, curated by Sarah Rifky and in conversation with Edwin Nasr.

School for Sonic Memory

With Sam Karpienia, The South inside, and Ahmed Saleh, Ten year walk to shore

"The School for Sonic Memory" residency offers a look at the cities of Athens and Marseille through the lens of Alexandria. Artists, urban planners and researchers working in the field of sound were invited to examine how Mediterranean cities resonate with each other; and to understand how elements of an interconnected and conflicting past can be made audible within them.

Residency conceived and organised by Onassis Stegi, Greece, in collaboration with Theatrum Mundi, UK.
These residencies and artistic outcomes are part of the project "Alexandria: (Re)activating Common Urban Imaginaries", co-funded by the European Union's Creative Europe programme, echoing the exhibition "Alexandria: previous futures".

Partners and sponsors

 With the support of                                                                                                     
Logo Creative Europe Program       Logo Alexandria
In co-production with

  Logo Mariemont        Logo fédération Wallonie Bruxelles            Logo Bozar validé

In partnership with

Logo Le Monde       Logo Le Point         Logo Arte       Logo France Médias Monde         Logo France Bleu Provence

See also

Alexandrie Expo

Alexandria: Past futurs

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Caravan : Thinking with Alexandria

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Place Mucem, J4— J4
Information / Booking

Entrée libre

Day and time

Mardi 7 février 2023 de 16h à 22h