Charles-Alexandre Lesueur, Etoile de mer, espèce indéterminée – famille des Poraniidae ?
Première moitié du XIXe siècle. Aquarelle et crayon sur papier, 30 x 46 cm
Le Havre, Muséum d'histoire naturelle. © Ville du Havre, Muséum d'histoire naturelle


17 July to 18 November 2019

We may or may not inhabit an island, but we are all inhabited by islands – whether in our dreams, our plans, our memories. The Mediterranean has more than 10,000 islands! Come discover the maps, explorers' surveys, preserved animals, as well as Roman mosaics, paintings, sculptures, photographs and videos in this exhibition. "Island Time" showcases some 200 pieces from French, European, and Mediterranean institutions as well as contemporary works of art created especially for this project.

Read more about the show here.

Giono , portrait de Jean Giono par Irving Penn, Manosque, 1957, Irving Penn © Conde Nast

30 October 2019, to 17 February 2020 

On the  commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the death of Jean Giono (October 2020), the Mucem will present an exhibition on this Provençal author. A poet who returned from the mass graves of the First World War, Giono was as committed to describing the depth of evil as he was to finding its antidotes: creativity, work, pacifism, friendships with painters, nature as a refuge, and the escape into the imaginary. There will be 300 works and documents in this retrospective.


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Reserve tickets here.



Our wonderful connection with the Friends of the Museums
The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the WFFM, held in Montreal, showed us how wide and strong our connections are around the world.
In this newsletter we have chosen to let some of our far-away friends talk about their museums around the world:


Virginia Marchetti of Argentina tells us:

The Museum of La Plata is a natural history museum that promotes the knowledge and understanding of the natural world and the diversity of pre-Columbian South American cultures.
It shows exhibits of geological, biological, paleontological, anthropological, archaelogical and etnographical objects and it is also an important scientific center.
With regards to the tangible anthropological heritage, the archaelogical collections exceed 90.000 pieces coming from all over the national territory as well as from America, Europe, Africa and Asia. It constitutes the archives of the most important archaelogical heritage in Argentina. 

Read more about this friend's museum



Phantom shield - Minj village, Western Highlands, circa. 1980Donated by Johan Wierda 1988 1635 x 610 x 125 mm SAM A78336

Stephen Zagala of Australia tells us:

The South Australian Museum collection contains painted battle shields which are an important feature of performative politics in the Papua New Guinea Highlands. As well as providing protection, the painted shields function as both personal insignia and as optical devices for distracting and intimidating opponents. 

During the 1980s, there was an increase in conflict between tribes in the Highlands, and this invigorated the production of new shield designs.

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Discover the Museum here

(Montreal, Canada)

This particularly spectacular ethnological museum was presented to us during the International Assembly of Museum Friends in Montreal.

The McCord Museum is presenting an original exhibition until the end of October: "HAIDA: SUPERNATURAL STORIES" On their lush islands off the northwest coast of Canada, the Haida created a world of exceptional artistic expression—a world that enabled them to leave their mark on history, despite their virtual disappearance in the late 19th century.

Their artistic output demonstrates great technical skill and artistic versatility: carved and painted boxes, living masks, finely woven baskets, complex songs and dances, refined tattoos and imposing totem poles all communicate ideas, conventions, histories and philosophies through abstract and naturalistic forms.

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We would  like to share more information about the metropolitan trail, mentioned in our previous newsletter. The Mucem is taking part in this European project, in the framework of which they are offering a training program with their partners which will take place in 2020 and will be based on three axes:

1) The birth of an urban school
2) The target audience
3) 5 cities, 5 modules, 5 dates

Read more about 5 cities and 5 dates
Learn more about MTA around Marseille


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