17.06.17 - 09.10.17

From the Persian Empire to the conquests of Alexander the Great, from the expansion of Islam to the Chinese explorations and from Portuguese adventures to Dutch navigations, the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean have hosted the greatest maritime adventures that founded today's world. The exhibition « Adventurers of the sea » presents a series of 200 works and objects and guides the visitor through Africa's gold and the Western world's money, but also Venitian glasswork, India's cotton fabric, and Chinese seas' porcelains and spices. Throughout the Middle Ages, the Indian Ocean, from which came the most sought products, became the biggest and most sought-after market of the world. The maritime business spread out and enabled not only merchandises but also people, religions and ideas to flow. The world got bigger and gradually revealed its immensity. When today's intensification of the globalization's process is questioning our immediate future, this exhibition proposes to rediscover part of the history of the Old World as it appeared to the first adventurers in its diversity and complexity, when everything was still to build and to uncover.

The exhibition is in partnership with the Institut du monde arabe in Paris and with the support of Groupama Méditerranée and the Total Foundation.

Contractor : MuCEM (Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée)
Curators : Vincent Giovannoni, ethnologue and curator at the Mucem
Nala Aloudat and Agnès Carayon, head of exhibitions at the IMA (Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris)
Scenography : Atelier Maciej Fiszer
Graphic Design : Atelier Bastien Morin
Lightings : Alexis Coussement Lumière
Surface area : 600 m²