Forty Greek pieces of art will be included in an exhibition devoted to the Mediterranean civilizations, which will be hosted at the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MuCEM- Musée des Civilisations de l`Europe et de la Mediterannée) in Marseille, France for three years.
These works of art will be given from Museums in Athens, such as the Acropolis, the National Archeological, the Epigraphical, the Byzantine and Christian, as well as from collections of the Archeological Museum of Heraklion and of specific Directorates of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities.
The antiquities will be borrowed by the Marseille Museum either for long-term use (April 2013-April 2016) or for temporary use (April 2013-December 2013 or 2014). Some of the pieces will be presented during the whole duration of the three-year exhibition, the Gallery of the Mediterranean and other pieces for a shorter period. The Museum opens its gates to the public on June 2013, is located at the Old Port of Marseille and is divided into two buildings.
The Gallery of the Mediterranean exhibition will be hosted in an extension of the ground floor lobby of the J4 building and will offer an exploration of the Mediterranean over 1,600 m2. The Mediterranean civilizations will be presented and anthropological references to civilizations that were developed in comparable geopolitical positions (Gull of Mexico or China Sea) will be comparatively introduced.