The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM) is the first museum dedicated to Mediterranean cultures. Permanent exhibitions present the history of the great Mediterranean port cities since the 16th century as well as Mediterranean food. The MuCEM encompasses three sites : the J4 building, the Fort Saint-Jean, and the CCR.

The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM) is the first museum dedicated to Mediterranean cultures. Permanent exhibitions present the history of the great Mediterranean port cities since the 16th century as well as Mediterranean food. The MuCEM encompasses three sites : the J4 building, the Fort Saint-Jean, and the CCR.

Programme

View of the exhibition © Agnes Mellon / Mucem
View of the exhibition © Agnes Mellon / Mucem
Assiette tulipe armes doge Alvice Mocenigo © RMN-Grand Palais, Martine Beck-Coppola
Assiette tulipe armes doge Alvice Mocenigo © RMN-Grand Palais, Martine Beck-Coppola
Casque ottoman © Musée de l'Armée, Dist. RMN Grand Palais, Emilie Cambier
Casque ottoman © Musée de l'Armée, Dist. RMN Grand Palais, Emilie Cambier
Leo Fabrizio, Scénographie Mucem, Exposition Connectivités, Nov. 2019 © François Deladerrière
Leo Fabrizio, Scénographie Mucem, Exposition Connectivités, Nov. 2019 © François Deladerrière
Cartes urbaines, projet des étudiants de l'Ecole nationale d’architecture de Marseille (ENSA-Marseille) © Mucem Francois Deladerriere
Cartes urbaines, projet des étudiants de l'Ecole nationale d’architecture de Marseille (ENSA-Marseille) © Mucem Francois Deladerriere

Connectivités

Mucem, J4 (ground floor) / Galerie de la Méditerranée 2

Taking The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II as its foundation, the exhibition follows in the footsteps of historian Fernand Braudel and approaches this 16th and 17th century Mediterranean region not as an object of study with strict chronological limits, but rather as a character with a lengthy story to tell, even extending into the contemporary period.

Inviting visitors to leap backward in time, this urban history continues today, through changes to contemporary port territories like the megalopolises of Istanbul and Cairo and the metropolises of Marseille and Casablanca. This exhibition shows expanding cities as places where influxes, connections trade and therefore power converge and intensify.

Exhibition curators: Myriame Morel-Deledalle in collaboration with Sylvia Amar-Gonzalez, Jean-Roch Bouiller and Emilie Girard, and assisted by Lise Lézennec, Clémence Levassor and Céline Porro

Jacopo Bassano (d’après), Lazare et le mauvais riche, XVIIe siècle. Huile sur toile, d’après un tableau du XVIe siècle. Musée de Tessé, Le Mans © Musées du Mans     Jacopo Bassano (d’après), Lazare et le mauvais riche, XVIIe siècle. Huile sur toile, d’après un tableau du XVIe siècle. Musée de Tessé, Le Mans © Musées du Mans
Jacopo Bassano (d’après), Lazare et le mauvais riche, XVIIe siècle. Huile sur toile, d’après un tableau du XVIe siècle. Musée de Tessé, Le Mans © Musées du Mans Jacopo Bassano (d’après), Lazare et le mauvais riche, XVIIe siècle. Huile sur toile, d’après un tableau du XVIe siècle. Musée de Tessé, Le Mans © Musées du Mans

Le Grand Mezzé (J4 - parcours permanent)

Mucem, J4 (ground floor) / Galerie de la Méditerranée 1

The Mediterranean diet today is, in fact, synonymous with two simultaneous and antagonistic trends: on the one hand, its globalisation, and on the other hand, the necessary reappropriation in the Mediterranean of its production and cuisine. The exhibition invites us to grasp its specificities as well as how it has evolved.

Curator: Édouard de Laubrie, manager of collections and research, responsible for the “agriculture & food” theme at the Mucem

View of the exhibition
View of the exhibition "Salammbô" © Julie Cohen
View of the exhibition
View of the exhibition "Salammbô" © Julie Cohen
Victor Prouvé, en collaboration avec Camille Martin et René Wiener, reliure pour Salammbô de Gustave Flaubert, 1893, mosaïque de cuirs incisés, pyrogravés, dorés et émaux cloisonnés. Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy © Nancy, musée de l'Ecole de Nancy, cliché Studio Image

Salammbô

Mucem, J4 / Level 2

Rage! Passion! Elephants! From the cult novel to the exhibition

“It was at Megara, a suburb of Carthage, in the gardens of Hamilcar.” For generations of readers, this first sentence from Salammbô, a novel by Flaubert published in 1862, has been the trigger for a unique experience. The fatal attraction between Salammbô, Priestess of Tanit and Mathô, leader of the mercenaries in revolt, as well as opulent Carthage and its unconquerable walls, the burnt elephants, the crucified lions… Everything in this astonishing book was bound to ignite our imagination. For the very first time, an exhibition addresses this masterpiece of modern literature to take us to the heart of a whirlwind of images and emotions, thus revealing the far-reaching impact of this novel on arts and representations, and its heritage in the history of the Mediterranean.

General curator: Sylvain Amic, Chief Curator of Heritage, Director of the Réunion des Musées Métropolitains Rouen Normandie.

View of the exhibition
View of the exhibition "Je signe donc je suis" © Julie Cohen
View of the exhibition
View of the exhibition "Je signe donc je suis" © Julie Cohen
Tampon-encreur, modèle Trodat printy, Paris, entre 1989-2013, matière plastique, encre noire, 9 x 8,7 x 3,8 cm. Don des Balayeuses archivistiques LGBT. Mucem, 2018.75.156 © Mucem / Marianne Kuhn

Je signe donc je suis

Mucem, fort Saint-Jean / Collections Room

A as in “artist-designer in hairs”, B as in “embroiderer” (“brodeur” in French), C as in “ceramicist”, D as in “sign decorator”… The exhibition “Je signe donc je suis” (“I sign, therefore I am”) reveals an abecedarium of crafts in 26 letters, composed from signed objects from the Mucem’s collections.

Far from the anonymous and standardized series, the folk art objects displayed in this exhibition are all signed by their author, a sign of authenticity and uniqueness of the artwork. Signing is demonstrating a social and artistic status. Whether we are a metalworker, a maker of santons, a pastellist or a graffiti artist. This exhibition brings to light women and men from the 17th century to this day: potter Marie Talbot, the maker of memories made of hairs Lucien Corné, embroiderer Antoine Oleyant… Beyond their creations, the exhibition presents their portraits and archives. It attests to their learning and their creative and innovative approach.

Curator: Marie-Charlotte Calafat, Heritage Curator, Deputy Head of the Collections Department and Documentary Resources of the Mucem.

Access

Every day except on Tuesday: 10am – 7pm.
From 7 Jul. to 30 Aug.: 10am – 8pm.

1, esplanade du J4
13002 Marseille
+33 (0)4 84 35 13 13

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CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERIES

Double V Gallery : The trendy contemporary art gallery in Marseille. (Marseille)
Galerie Béa-Ba : A hub for contemporary painting. (Marseille)

CULTURE & HERITAGE

Friche La Belle de mai : An arts and culture factory and a living place. (Marseille)
Coco Velten : A place for working and encounters with a collaborative cultural programme. (Marseille)
Fotokino : Exhibitions, screenings, workshops and conferences. (Marseille)

TO DISCOVER

Lucy Luce : the workshop-boutique of a jewelry designer and organic sculptures. (Marseille)
JoggingJogging : concept et fashion store. (Marseille)

BOAT TRIP

Le Don du Vent : Boat rental and private boat services. (Marseille)

PLACES TO STAY

Les Bords de Mer : Mini-refuge, maxi-vue : 19 bedrooms facing the big blue. (Marseille)
Hôtel Le Ryad : Well located at the top of la Canebière in the city center. (Marseille)
La Résidence du Vieux Port : 4-star hotel with a retro decor, inspired by Le Corbusier and Pouillon. (Marseille)
Tuba Club : A restyled former diving club in the Goudes district. 5 bedrooms and a restaurant with a breathtaking view of the Calanques. (Marseille)

PLACES TO EAT

Sépia : Seasonal cooking. Covered terrace and view of the city. (Marseille)
La Parenthèse : Terrace with tapas to share in a quiet alley of La Vieille Chapelle district. (Marseille)
Chez Yassine : Tunisian halal specialties. A must-go of Eastern cuisine in the Noailles district. (Marseille)
Yima: A family Eastern canteen in the Noailles district. (Marseille)
Toïa : For the ceviche lovers, a tasty cuisine made with fresh and seasonal products. (Marseille)
La cantine de Lynn : A delicious small restaurant, home cooking and a welcoming atmosphere. (Marseille)

WINE BARS & GROCERY

Les Buvards : An excellent selection of natural wines and healthy products in this natural wine bar pioneer in Marseille. (Marseille)
Épicerie L’Idéal : Fresh goat cheese, Camargue lamb, an excellent selection of products from the Mediterranean Basin to take away and meals to eat in. (Marseille)
Maison Geney : Canteen, delicatessen and tearoom with homemade products, a simple and generous cooking in the Panier district. (Marseille)