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CultureAn exhibition in Marseille offers a change of perspective on history

An exhibition in Marseille offers a change of perspective on history

An exhibition organized by the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations in Marseille, France, offers a new look at history, reported AFP, quoted by BTA.

The aim is to introduce visitors to the point of view of African, Asian, American and other peoples.

It is important to understand that Europeans managed to place themselves at the center of the world, but other nations and empires did it too, explained the organizers of the exhibition.

“Europe does not have a monopoly on historiography either in terms of the narrative or the perspective on the past,” said historian Pierre Sengaravelou, who is among the exhibition’s curators.

The exhibition is a journey through space and time thanks to more than 150 exhibits – geographical maps, manuscripts, archaeological finds, paintings, textiles. Many of them are on public display for the first time.

With nearly 45,000 sqm spreaded over three sites, the Mucem is a must-see in Marseille.

It is located at the entrance to the port, on the J4 harbor mole and in Fort Saint-Jean: two places highly symbolic of the city’s current development and its age.

A government project supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations, the first major national museum dedicated to the civilizations of the Mediterranean for the 21st century and directed by Bruno Suzzarelli, opened its doors in Marseille on the 7th of June 2013. It has quickly become one of the most visited museums in Marseille. The museum’s collections are preserved at the ‘Belle de Mai’ in the Conservation and Resource Center.

Photo: MUCEM Musée des Civilisations, de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée /


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