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

« Théophile-Jean Delaye's Morocco (1896-1970) »

Touring exhibition

Théophile Jean Delaye

Exhibition « Théophile-Jean Delaye's Morocco (1896-1970) »

The exhibition will look at the life of this multi-faceted figure, presenting an artistic and scientific view of Morocco in the early 20th century. Théophile-Jean Delaye (1896-1970) was the first scientific cartographer of Morocco’s southern mountain ranges, especially Toubkal Massif, in the 1930s. His time was split between his work as a military map-maker and cartography teacher and his passion for illustration. The abundant artistic and scientific works presented in the exhibition will question the geographical identity of a land, its construction and its history.

The exhibition « Théophile-Jean Delaye's Morocco » will be presented at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum - Marrakech from 17 September 2022 to 15 January 2023.

« Model clothes »

Touring exhibition

Vêtements Modèles

Exhibition « Model clothes »

Blue-collar workwear, tank tops, espadrilles, sweatpants and kilts… Why are these pieces still worn in the street and regularly showcased by designers? Who can remember their initial use and the context in which they were created? The exhibition “Model clothes” retraces the history of these five pieces that have stood the test of time and trends. How have tank tops or blue-collar workwear, designed for the workplace, established themselves as a source of inspiration, to the extent that they are now considered “basics” by the fashion industry? How have kilts and espadrilles, both associated with a specific geographical area, transformed as they have spread to other places? By what means have sweatpants moved away from sports use to become one of the images of urban culture?

The exhibition « Model clothes » is presented at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Riga from 25 May to 25 September 2022.


European cooperation 


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.

After their stay in Biella and a stay in Alexandria, the residents had to choose to go to one of the following cities: Athens, Brussels, Marseille and Nicosia, where local social entrepreneurs prepared a rich programme for them to discover the city and to immerse themselves in these cities for their artistic creation.

From 16 to 21 May 2022, the Mucem welcomed the artists Stella Ioannidou, Mark Lofty and Mahmoud El Safadi, so that they could discover the city and immerse themselves in it, through the programme concocted by Alexandre Field, co-founder of the GR13 guide office.

More information on the residency programme

— The School for Sonic Memory Residency, organised by Onassis Stegi in collaboration with Theatrum Mundi: 

In Marseille, the last of the three cities visited by the School for Sonic Memory residency, the artists were able to build on the interests they had aroused during their weeks in Alexandria and Athens.

During their stay, they explored the city's urban and sonic heritage, including a walk along the banks of the Marseille canal and a visit to the museum and its collections.

More information on the residency programme


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

UE      Alexandria

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Residency programme on the legacy of the poet Mahmoud Darwish

Mahmoud Darwich

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)

More information on the open call


Programmed in 2022

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

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