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JEAN DUBUFFET and "L'Art Brut"

From 24 April to 2 September 2019 

Through collections, exhibitions and publications, Dubuffet attacked the art world on its own terrain. The quest for an art that was "brut" was fundamental for him. Initiated in 1945, the Art Brut project took shape over the years. It aimed to discover and show works that were not made by professional artists. For Dubuffet, these objects should manifest "the pure artistic operation, unrefined, thoroughly reinvented in all its aspects by the maker."

Read more about the show here.

Journal illustré du voyage de Francis Drake aux Indes occidentales, Folio 14, 1595-1596. Manuscrit aquarellé sur papier, 32,5 × 20,5 cm. © Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris.

17 July to 18 November 2019 

More than something that is marginal or exceptional, “Island Time” considers the island as an experience and a tool for understanding the world. This exhibition explores the effects of islands on the imaginary, knowledge, geopolitical reality, and the utopias of yesterday and tomorrow.


Learn more + interview with curators
Reserve tickets here.


Do you remember the SWICH project?
The Mucem was one of ten partners of the SWICH project, funded by the Europe Creative Program. SWICH received congratulations from the project's referent at the European Commission. The partners promoted the mobility of people and ideas and contributed to the development of a community of good practice in the ethnographic field. The project, which developed over four years, from October 2014 to December 2018, organized numerous conferences, museum meetings for professionals, residencies for artists. We mention below 3 of the 10 partners:

MUSEUM OF WORLD CULTURE (Gothenburg, Sweden)

One of the current exhibitions in this museum focuses on "Where Worlds Meet." According to Swedish folklore, crossroads were especially powerful places where the future would sometimes reveal itself...

(Cambridge, UK)

Archaeology and anthropology are ways of knowing people, past and present. This museum houses artefacts made by people across the world and throughout human history. The two current exhibitions show exceptional and wide-ranging Oceanic collections and textiles from the Q’eqchi-speaking Maya women of Central Guatemala.

Read more about this partner
Learn more about their exhibitions here.

(Stuttgart, Germany)

An outstanding leading museum of ethnology stands at the crossroads of the history of non-European peoples. It gives fascinating insights into everyday lives, art and civilisation.

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A metropolitan trail is a walking route across urban or suburban areas.

Urban hiking explores cities as a part of nature, the natural habitat of what Homo sapiens has become. Designed for locals and tourists alike, Metropolitan Trails encourage walkers to experience familiar places in a new way, to physically connect spaces usually considered remote or separate from one another, and to rediscover walking as a noble mode of transport. 

Falling somewhere between ecology and urbanism, literature and contemporary art, metropolitan trails touch many aspects of human activity: tourism, transport, urban planning, biodiversity, culture, and heritage. These trails are collective territorial projects that radically alter urban cultural practices by connecting urban, suburban and rural areas, and casting them in a new light.

This innovative project brings together 6 beneficiary partners (The Mucem, GR2013, Paths of Greece, Trekking Italia, Urbanegestalt, and PartGmbB) and 8 associated partners (Le Bruit du Frigo, Le Voyage Métropolitain, Région SUD, Institut d’Aménagement et d’Urbanisme de la Région IDF, Green Evolution, Maison de l’architecture de Cologne, Institut Français de Tunis, Counterproductions).   


Read more on MTA here.
Read about the MTA (in French).

Roundtable : From Baby Boomers to Millennials: Expressing Expectations, Preparing for the Future - Redpath Museum


News from the
World Federation of Friends of Museums (WFFM)


From May 23th to 26th, the Annual General Meeting of the World Federation of the Friends of Museums (FMAM) was held in Montreal. It was organized by the Canadian Federation of the Friends of Museums (CFFM) whom we thank for their kind and friendly welcome.

In total, five French Friends of Museums were present, including two Young Friends. The return of our federation (FFSAM) within FMAM this year was unanimously and warmly welcomed.


Three highlights of this meeting: a reflection workshop between Young Friends to promote the commitment and well-being of young people in their communities; a conference on art therapy and personal well-being; and a roundtable entitled, "From Baby Boomers to Millennials: Expressing Expectations, Preparing for the Future."


See you next March in Canberra, Australia, for the 2020 Annual General Meeting! 



Understanding Mediterranean Collections

July 16th and 17th

These conferences are organized by the Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme (AMU/CNRS) Aix-Marseille Université, the CNRS and the MMSH. It is a partnership  with Ifpol’Ina, ANOM, RAMSES, l’École française de Rome. They will be held at 12 noon (entrance: Vieux Port Mucem). Free admission. Sign up on

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