Mucem 2019 © Cyrille Weiner, Mucem

Mucem 2019 © Cyrille Weiner, Mucem

International relations


The Mucem, a place of knowledge and exchange, open to the world

The Mucem’s international action happens at the intersection between the Mediterranean and European worlds. Inviting multiple perspectives and historical trajectories, and being a museum not of civilization but of civilizations, with all the strength of their singularities and their points in common. Out of a strategy based on exchanges, a far cry from a push for international influence, the Mucem shifts perspectives and overturns angles and approaches.

This is why the Mucem works to build strong partnerships founded on reciprocity with museums and institutions in the Mediterranean and Europe. Here a joint exhibition with Istanbul Modern, there an agreement with the National Foundation of Museums of the Kingdom of Morocco, a strong partnership with the Benaki Museum in Athens, or a tie to Alexandria, Brussels or Berlin, such as participation in certain European Union programmes.

The Mucem also has an International Council, made up of Mediterranean and European decision-makers and cultural figures. That International Council is a forum for exchanges, a think tank and a project lab on an international scale. This institutional, heritage dimension is vital to a national museum and is extended by an original approach focused on artists, collectives and emerging locations, born in the streets of Athens, Madrid or Rome, or from the “Arab Revolutions” that launched new actors and new spaces for dialogue. It is around this constellation of places that a project-oriented Mediterranean might take shape. Far from a merely institutional or national approach, the Mucem is there to listen to all these new actors, which is actually one of the priorities of its international actions.

The Mucem also aims to be a venue for exchanging knowledge and expertise. Through the Mediterranean Institute for Heritage Professions (I2MP), it has created a meeting place where Mediterranean professionals can come to discuss their shared problems: restoring and showcasing mosaics, developing archaeological sites, collecting a living heritage, etc. All these themes are covered by a training programme that is gradually enriched by the needs and expectations of our international partners.

Touring Exhibitions European Projects

Alexandria: Open call for residencies 

  Appel à candidature

The project "Alexandria: (re)activating common urban imaginaries" (ALEX) aims to take a fresh look at the many challenges faced by the arts and heritage sectors, through the symbolic and historical prism of the city of Alexandria and its influences on urban development in the Mediterranean and beyond. The project is supported by the European Union's Creative Europe program.

To do so, it relies on several tools: the setting up of nomadic artistic residencies between Egypt and Europe, the production of exhibitions in the cities of Marseille and Brussels, as well as the organisation of professional seminars and public forums.


Among other actions, ALEX includes two residency cycles which will evolve independently but which will encounter each other at various moments during the project cycle : 

—The Caravan Residency Program: Thinking with Alexandria conceived and realized by UNIDEE residency programs at Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto in Italy and is curated together with Edwin Nasr and in conversation with Sarah Rifky.

Caravan Open call & Application.pdf   Click here to apply

—The Politics of Heritage – School for Sonic Memory Residency, organised by Onassis Stegi in collaboration with Theatrum Mundi 

POFH Open call & Application.pdf   Click here to apply


Prospective residents can apply for both residencies but will only be accepted to one. 

Submission deadline: 30 may 2021

To learn more about the project and our partners, visit our page Relations Internationales du Mucem, in the "Alexandria" section of our "European Projects."

Leaded  by the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations in Marseille, with the support of  cultural institution around Europe and in Egypt, the project is supported by the European Union's Creative Europe program.
Alexandrie  : (re)activating common urban imaginaries

Creative Europe Culture   Logo alexandrie

If there were a there, it will be...

Residency programme on the legacy of the poet Mahmoud Darwish

Visuel " if there were a there, it would be "

The Mahmoud Darwich Chair, Bozar, the Mucem, the Camargo Foundation and the A. M. Qattan Foundation, are joining forces to launch a residency programme in honour of the legacy of the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwich.

The programme aims to encourage contemporary resonances of the work of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish and his influences on artistic and intellectual creation in the contemporary Arab, European and Mediterranean world.

In 2021, four applications have been selected

—Sary Zananiri (Leiden/Palestine), Talking back to the sky - Residency at the Camargo Foundation/Mucem
—Raeda Saadeh (Jerusalem), Who will make me real - Residency at the Camargo Foundation/Mucem 
—Hamdi Dridi (Tunis/Montpellier), Black White /// Opus Silencio - Residency at the A.M.Qattan Foundation (Ramallah)
—Amr Kamal (Cairo/New York), Iconography of displacement: deconstructing colonial imagery in contemporary Mediterranean cinema - Residency at the Darwish Chair/Bozar (Brussels)

Programmed in 2022

The Camargo Foundation and the Mucem welcome, from 7 January to 4 February 2022, the Palestinian artist and cultural historian Sary Zananiri. His current project "Talking back to the sky" examines how the sky has been mobilised for political and military purposes. It addresses the changing and unstable relationship of the Palestinians with the sky. A presentation of his work in progress is proposed on 26 January 2022 at 7 pm at the Camargo Foundation.

From 22 June to 20 July 2022, the two institutions will host Raeda Saadeh, Palestinian artist and performer.

Announcement of the four grantees

The Mucem

Winner of the 2015 Council of Europe Museum Prize

The Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2015 has been awarded to the Mucem. The museum was selected for the prize from a shortlist of three candidates by the Culture Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) at a meeting on Friday in Paris.

The museum displayed “a new and innovative concept, in a breathtaking site with outstanding architecture, which perfectly fulfils all the criteria of the Council of Europe Museum Prize,” said PACE’s rapporteur on the prize Vesna Marjanovic (Serbia, SOC). Ms Marjanovic particularly praised the museum’s role as a “contemporary Agora”, attracting a wide public with an impressive programme of educational visits, debates with artists and writers, seminars, festivals and concerts.
The Council of Europe Museum Prize has been awarded annually since 1977 to a museum judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding of European cultural heritage. The winning museum will be presented with a bronze statuette, La femme aux beaux seins by Joan Miró, which the museum will keep for a year, as well as a diploma.

European Projects


Alexandria: (re)activating common urban imaginaries (2020 – 2023)

The project "Alexandria: (re)activating common urban imaginaries" (ALEX) aims to take a fresh look at the many challenges faced by the arts and heritage sectors, through the symbolic and historical prism of the city of Alexandria and its influences on urban development in the Mediterranean and beyond. 

To do so, it relies on several tools: the setting up of nomadic artistic residencies between Egypt and Europe, the production of exhibitions in the cities of Marseille and Brussels, as well as the organisation of professional seminars and public forums. 

Thus, the ALEX project takes visitors, contemporary artists, scientists and activists on a journey between heritage and creation, between the north and south of the Mediterranean, in a quest for what constitutes today our imaginaries of the city, its origin and its future.

Conceived as an enabler for European and Mediterranean cooperation, this project, which runs from 1 November 2020 to 31 December 2023. The project, supported by the European Union's Creative Europe programme, draws on the resources of eight main partners: 

the Royal Museum of Mariemont (Morlanwelz) 
the Palais des Beaux-Arts "BOZAR" (Brussels)
the Cittadelarte of the Pistoletto Foundation (Biella, Italy)
the Onassis Stegi Foundation - Ariona Hellas AE (Athens)
the University of Leiden (the Netherlands)
the Kunsthall of Aarhus (Denmark)
the Undo Point Contemporary Art centre (Nicosia, Cyprus)

In addition, the project benefits from the support of associated partners contributing its success elsewhere in Europe and in Egypt: 
the French Institute of Alexandria (Egypt)
Theatrum Mundi (United Kingdom)


Creative Europe Culture


Taking Care (2019 - 2023)

The Taking Care project falls within the alarming international context of the 21st century. Indeed, the environmental, political and human aftermaths of the Anthropocene start to show-up: global warming, flooding, displaced population, wars and so on. Looking at a continental scale, Europe faces crisis as well: right-wing and populism rise, distrust toward ruling classes, identity and ideology crisis.

In this situation, Taking Care places Ethnographic and World Cultures museums at the centre of the search for possible strategies which will define the Europe of tomorrow. Curators, artists and searchers will tackles with these many challenges.

Taking Care is part of Creative Europe Culture programme. The project will last four years during which conferences, seminaries, artist residencies and exhibitions will be host at thirteen partners facilities from eleven European countries.

- Weltmuseum, (ethnographic museum, Austria)
- Culture Lab, (consulting company, Belgium)
- Institut de cultura de Barcelona, (public institute, Spain)
- Linden-Museum Stuttgart – Staatliches museums für volkerkunde, (world cultures museum, Germany)
- Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali, (Ministry of Culture, Italy)
- Musée royal de l’Afrique Centrale,(ethnographic museum, Belgium)
- Museum am Rothenbaum, (world cultures museum, Germany)
- Nationalmuseet, (national museums group, Denmark)
- Slovenski Etnografski Muzej, (ethnographic museum, Slovenia)
- Statens Museer for Varldskultur, (world cultures museum, Sweden)
- Stichting Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen, (national museums group, Netherlands)
- The chancellor masters and scholars of the university of Cambridge, (public university, United-Kingdom)
- The chancellor masters and scholars of the university of Oxford, (public university, United-Kingdom)

Taking Care is the follow-up to the work already started in the earlier projects SWICH (2014-2018), RIME (2008-2012), and READ-ME I & II (2007-2012), building on their outcomes.

Creative Europe Culture



ReCulture : Re-branding of Cultural Institutions in Western Balkans (2021 – 2024)

«ReCulture : Re-branding of Cultural Institutions in Western Balkans» is a long-term European project with a twofold objective: it aims to give more more visibility and a more modern appearance to cultural institutions in the Western Balkans. At the same time, it aims to support relations and cooperation between the cultural and creative sectors in the Western Balkans and the EU Member States. 

ReCulture is part of Creative Europe Culture programme. It has 6 beneficiary partners from 5 European countries :

The cultural center of Trebinje (Bosnia-Herzegovina) 
Association « INK Fest » (Serbia) & Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade (Serbia) 
Museum of Contemporary Art of Republic of Srpska (Bosnia-Herzegovina) 
Art Colony Danilovgrad (Monténégro)  
iCP Institut for Cultural Policy (Autriche)

Creative Europe Culture



Metropolitan Trails Academy (2018 - 2020)

The Metropolitan Trails Academy project, under the European Erasmus+ programme, seeks to train adults about the challenges involved in urban development with respect to the concept of metropolitan citizenship.

The project will develop and promote metropolitan trails as a multidisciplinary and civic educational tool by using concrete knowledge, proven know-how and the practices used by participating organisations. To do this, partners will create a charter to outline the concept of metropolitan trails, a guide for developing new trails or structuring existing trails, and online training for people who use and develop trails. These productions will specifically target project managers and will be promoted by six events, in the form of walking lectures.

This innovative training project includes six beneficiary partners (Sentiers Métropolitains; Le Bureau des guides du GR2013; Le Mucem; Paths of Greece; Trekking Italia; Urbanegestalt PartGmbB) and eight associate partners (Le Bruit du Frigo; Le Voyage Métropolitain; The South Region (former PACA Region); Institute for Urban Planning and Development of the Paris Île-de-France Region (IAU ÎDF); Green Evolution; Haus der Architektur Köln; Institut Français de Tunis; Counterproductions).

logo Erasmus +


Excavating Contemporary Archaeology (2018 - 2020)

Since September, Mucem has been involved in a new European project, entitled Excavating Contemporary Archaeology. The project is mainly targeted at young people aged 11 to 15, but is also for artists and the general public. The aim is to explore existing links between contemporary artistic creation and archaeology, in the broadest sense of the term meaning traces from the past. The project will span two years and feature two artist residencies, an exhibition and creation of an information booklet for each partner venue.

Excavating Contemporary Archaeology is funded by the EU Creative Europe programme as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. The project brings together three other partners: Kunsthal Aarhus in Denmark, Point Center for Contemporary Art in Cyprus and AIR Antwerpen in Belgium.

The Mucem teams will work with Portuguese artist Francisco Tropa, Cypriot artist Haris Epaminonda, and a class of 11-12-year-olds from Louis Armand secondary school in Marseille’s 12th arrondissement.


Booklet to mark the artist residency of Francisco Tropa in Marseille for the European project Excavating Contemporary Archaeology, funded by the European Commission program, Creative Europe Culture © Mucem, 2019
Based on the text "L'île, à ce qu'on dit" [The island, so they say], produced by the students of the 5e3 class of Collège Louis Armand and an interview with Francisco Tropa by Sandro Piscopo-Reguieg.
—Publication: Mucem
—Graphic design: Åse Eg Jørgensen
—Printing: imprimerie Caractère, Marseille
—Translation: Connected Language Services
—Corrections: Franck Remy

Creative Europe Programme 2018 European year of cultural heritage


Sharing a World of Inclusion, Creativity and Heritage (2014 - 2018)

Within the frame of this EU-funded project, ten European partner museums reflect current issues concerning the role of ethnographic museums within an increasingly differentiated European society.The focus of SWICH lies on central concerns of visionary ethnographic museum practice within the context of a post-migrant society. The project aims at increasing the role and visibility of Ethnography and World Cultures Museums as centres of cultural encounters, open discourse, creative innovation and knowledge production based on transnational and international collaborations.


—Weltmuseum Wien
—Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden
—Musée royal de l’Afrique centrale, Tervuren
—Musée des civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marseille
—Museums of World Culture, Sweden
—Linden-Museum, Stuttgart
—Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico «Luigi Pigorini», Roma
—Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge
—National Museum of Slovenia, Belgrade
—Museum of World Cultures, Barcelona


Creative Dialogue: contemporary art in non-art museums February 25th-26th 2016
Stereoculture: The Art of Listening,Shared Authority May 25th - 26th 2016
Residency Miguel Palma February May and July 2016
"Rêvons la ville" Exhibition April 6th - June 9th 2017

Supporting Europe's cultural and creative sectors

Creative Europe



Touring Exhibitions

Pharaons Superstars

Exhibition " Pharaons superstars "

Coproduction Mucem—Calouste Gulbenkian Museum (Lisboa, Portugal)

At the crossroads of history and myth, "Pharaoh superstars" explores the place occupied by the figure of Pharaoh in our imagination.
An exhibition presented at the Mucem from April 28th to August 17th 2020, then at the Calouste-Gulbenkian Museum from October 29th 2020 – April 1st 2021.


Aux Bains!

Exhibition " Body. Gaze. Power. A Cultural History of the Bath. "

Touring—Staatliche Kunsthalle (Baden-Baden, Germany)

Having a bath is a practice stretching back millenia and one that bears witness to the uniqueness of European and Mediterranean societies.
In a bid to address this topic from historical, cultural and artistic perspectives, this exhibition allows for an exploration of the links between religion, nudity and intimacy, as well as issues related to hygiene, aesthetics and social organization.
Designed exclusively as a touring exhibition, " Bath Time ! " is presented in Baden-Baden from March 06th to June 21st 2020.
Jean Dubuffet

Exhibition " Jean Dubuffet, A barbarian in Europe "

Mucem co-production with the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (Ivam) and the Ethnographic Museum of Geneva (Meg).

Painter, writer and the inventor of "Art Brut", Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) was a major player of the 20th century art scene. This exhibition presents his artistic production in all of its diversity, with a special focus on the objects and documents arising from the surveys he carried out with visits to ethnographic and folk art museums, as well as various collections dedicated to "The art of the mentally ill".
From April 30th to September 02nd 2019
—IVAM (Valencia, Spain)
From October 03rd 2019 to February 16th 2020
—MEG (Geneva, Switzerland)
From May 08th 2020 to January 03rd 2021


Roman Photo

Exhibition " Photo Novel "

Touring—Musée de la photographie (Charleroi, Belgium)

The photo novel was the biggest publishing success of the post-war period and a popular literature bestseller in the Mediterranean region for 20 years. This exhibition brings together more than 300 objects, films, photographs and documents, as well as some of the most beautiful examples of this type of publication, which in the space of a few years had become a mass cultural industry.
After its presentation at the Mucem in 2017-2018, an adapted version of " Photo Novel " is at the Musée de la Photographie from May 25th to September 22nd 2019.


Instant Tunisien

Exhibition " Before the 14th, instant tunisien, Archives of the tunisian revolution "

Touring—Bardo Museum (Tunis, Tunisia)

The Tunisian revolution (December 2010 - January 2011) is unprecedented in more ways than one. In the age of digital communication, it initiated a marriage of new technologies with the street, introducing a new type of mobilization, new modes of political action, and new artistic expressions.
The exhibition retraces the 29 days of the Tunisian revolution from the spark of set off in the city of Sidi Bouzid to the fall of President Ben Ali.
From March 21st to September 30th 2019
—Bardo Museum
From January 14th to March 31st 2019


The other face of the moon

Exhibition " The other face of the moon "

Touring—Asia Culture Center (Gwangju, South Korea)

Between May and June 2017, twenty-five Asian artists (mostly Koreans) were invited for residencies at the Mucem in order to discover and immerse themselves in the museum's European ethnographic collections. This exhibition is the culmination of this work, combining pieces of contemporary art as well as objects from the collections of the Mucem and presenting views and inspirations that cross Asia and the Mediterranean region.
—Asia Culture Center
From October 26th 2017 to February 25th 2018


Junk user's guide

Exhibition " Junk user's guide "

Touring—National Folk Museum (Seoul, South Korea)

How do societies produce, process, appropriate and transform waste? The exhibition "Vies d’ordures" (Garbage lives) addresses today's major ecological issues, inviting us to question the future of our value systems and ways of life.
Presented in Marseille in 2017 from a Mediterranean perspective, this exhibition has been adapted to the Korean context thanks to an awesome collaboration between teams from the Mucem and the Folk Museum.
From March 22nd to August 14th 2017
—National Folk Museum
From July 19th to October 31st 2017


Lieux saints partagés

Exhibition " Shared Sacred Sites "

Mucem touring with the Dar el Bacha Museum (Marrakech, Maroc) the Musée national de l’histoire de l'immigration (Paris, France) and the Bardo Museum (Tunis, Tunisia).

This exhibition focuses on a phenomenon little known to the general public, yet very present in the Mediterranean region: holy places shared by the faithful of different religions.
First presented in Marseille in 2015, the exhibition then went on tour to Tunis, Marrakech and Paris.
—Dar el Bacha Museum
From December 18th 2017 to March 19th 2018
—Musée national de l’histoire de l'immigration (Paris, France)
From October 24th 2017 to 21st January 2018
—Bardo Museum (Tunis, Tunisia)
From November 19th 2016 to February 12 2017



Exhibition " Traces …Fragments of a Contemporary Tunisia "

Touring—French Institute in Tunis

Consisting of two successive exhibitions – "Fragment I" and "Fragment II" – this project showcases young Tunisian creativity with pictures. A few years after the revolution, it aims to be a testament to the wealth and multiplicity of points of view about contemporary Tunisia.
Presented in Marseille from 13 May 2015 to 29 February 2016 then at the French Institute in Tunis from April 01st to May 19th 2016.


J'aime les panoramas

Exhibition " I love panoramas "

Mucem co-production with Rath Museum (Geneva, Switzerland)

An exhibition around the notion of "panorama" examined from every angle. Through fine arts, cinema, contemporary art and installations, it presents a thousand and one ways to rediscover the panorama experience.
Presented at the Mucem in 2015-2016 then at the Rath Museum from June 12th to September 27th 2015.


Migrations divines

Exhibition " Divine migrations "

Mucem co-production with Fondation Gandur pour l’Art and the Museums of Art and History (Geneva, Switzerland).

Through an exceptional collection of works and archaeological objects, "Migrations divines" brings a new perspective on the great polytheisms of Antiquity by considering the dialogue of the pantheons of Egypt, Greece and Rome.
Presented at the Mucem in 2015 then at Fondation Gandur pour l’Art and the Museums of Art and History from June 24th to November 16th 2015.


Le monde à l'envers

Exhibition "The topsy-turvy world, Carnivals and masquerades in Europe and the Mediterranean "

Mucem co-production with the International Carnival and Mask Museum (Binche, Belgium)

While rural masquerades and urban parades are reborn and reinvented everywhere, this exhibition takes a fresh look at contemporary carnival practices.
The result of a survey-collection work, it was presented at Mucem from 26 March to 25 August 2014 and at the International Carnival and Mask Museum from January 25th to July 31st 2015.



Exhibition " Food: produire, manger, consommer "

Mucem co-production with SESC Pinheiros, (São Paulo, Brazil), Spazio Oberdan (Milan, Italy) and Arina Museum (Geneva, Switzerland).

37 artists from five continents present the result of their reflections on the various issues related to food: the consequences of climate change, the pollution of soils and agricultural products, inequalities in the distribution of food, eating rituals, etc – the whole creating a multidisciplinary dialogue involving historical and contemporary works, as well as everyday objects.
From Octobre 29th 2014 to February 23rd 2015
—SESC Pinheiros, (São Paulo, Brazil)
March 2014
—Spazio Oberdan (Milan, Italy)
September 2013
—Arina Museum (Geneva, Switzerland)
December 2012