Located at the end of Quai Joliette 4, the building is linked to Fort Saint-Jean by a slender footbridge. Visitors coming from the fort reach the interior spaces by taking a peripheral ramp in the continuity of the footbridge. It is a real walk between land and sea that we wanted to call the Mediterranean path.
The scenographic project proposes to extend the path inside the museum spaces. The whole permanent exhibition is concentrated in the heart of the building, giving off from the inside along the glass façade, a breathing space that we call the Quay. It is a structuring in-between, punctuating the visitor's journey between contemplating the exhibitions and the horizon.
Along the Quay, there are transport boxes moored at regular intervals. They punctuate the route, and each one contains a universe. We want these boxes to be the subject of exchange protocols with institutions, associations, or directly with artists from other Mediterranean countries. The crates then come back loaded with new stories. Generators of debates, these contents will bear witness to contemporary events or question current events.
According to historians Horden and Purcell, fragmentation of the Mediterranean area into micro-regions play a crucial role in interactions taken place in the Mediterranean over history. Their thesis express it in three words: "Diversity in uniqueness". This diversity, which is likely to stimulate exchanges between close and distant neighbours, is the fundamental precept of the scenographic proposal.
Museographic development of the J4 blok of the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM) in Marseilles
Projectiles, scénographe (project manager)
Garcia ingénierie, engineering
8’18’, lighting design
Integral Ruedi Baur Paris, signage
No Design, graphic design
Bureau Michel Forgue, construction Economics
Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication – Direction générale des patrimoines