The Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA) is an organization founded in Paris in 1980 by 18 Arab countries with France to research and disseminate information about the Arab world and its cultural and spiritual values.
The Institute also promotes cooperation and exchanges between France and the Arab nations, particularly in the areas of science and technology, contributing to the understanding between the Arab world and Europe. Libya joined the institute in 1984.
In February 2012, the Institut du Monde Arabe unveiled its new museum after three years of work. In a building situated on the banks of the Seine, built in 1987 by the architect Jean Nouvel, visitors can discover the diversity of the Arab world and Arab-Islamic civilisation, from its origins to the present day.
More than 560 unique works are displayed across four levels: bronzes, ceramics, woodwork, textiles, scientific objects, illuminations, etc. Large-scale exhibitions are regularly organized.