The MUCEM's exhibitions present a wealth of culture and show the social, scientific and political history of the Euro-Mediterranean world from prehistory to the present day, combining fine arts, anthropology, history, archaeology, and contemporary art. Its permanent exhibition "Le Grand Mezze", dedicated to the Mediterranean diet, takes you on the journey from "field to plate", from the colourful markets of the Mediterranean to multinational restaurant chains.
Upcoming temporary exhibitions:
Until february 7th 2022: SALAMMBô - Devoted to Flaubert's literary masterpiece, published in 1862, plunge into a whirlwind of images and sensations that reveal the extraordinary scope of this text on the arts, as well as its legacy for Mediterranean history and its contemporary relevance.
Until May 2nd 2022: HIV/AIDS - Retraces the social and political history of Aids, reaffirming its current importance. The struggle against the epidemic brought to light situations of inequality and stigmatization, sparking discussions around access to treatment and care, human rights, and the need to amplify the voices of affected communities.
5 April – 22 August 2022: ABD EL-KADER - This exhibition examines the place occupied by the emir in the evolving relations between Algeria and France. Simultaneously a military leader, exiled chief of state, spiritual sage and scholar, the emir can also be seen as a ‘historical subject’ rooted in his time, the heart of the 19th century, and place, the Mediterranean.
21 June – 17 October 2022: PHARAONS SUPERSTARS - Deep dive into the pharaohs’ posterity that inspires reflection on memory and fame. Beyond Ramses, Nefertiti, Tutankhamun and Cleopatra, discover ancient Egypt iconic figures who have been almost completely forgotten.
19 October 2022 – 13 February 2023: FRIENDSHIPS IN ART (20th to 21st century art) - From Picasso to Picabia and Warhol to Basquiat, discover close to 100 works drawn from public and private collections showcasing various types of collaborative venture. This exhibition also features experimental collective works by philosophers, writers, musicians and filmmakers.