Cultural Institutions

Institut du Monde Arabe

Founded in Paris in 1980, in February 2012, the Institut du Monde Arabe unveiled its new museum where more than 560 unique works are displayed across four levels.

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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.

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Past Exhibitions
Le Maroc Contemporain
With the interdisciplinary event Le Maroc Contemporain (Contemporary Morocco), the Institut du monde...
15 Oct 2014 - 25 Jan 2015
Etel Adnan Solo Show
The first solo exhibition in France by poet, writer and visual artist Etel Adnan. The exhibition is divided...
18 Oct 2016 - 01 Jan 2017
The Islamic Treasures of Africa
The Arab World Institute highlights African communities that have benefited from thirteen centuries of...
14 Apr 2017 - 30 Jul 2017
100 Masterpieces of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art
The Arab World Institute (IMA) presents the exhibition “100 Masterpieces of Modern and Contemporary...
28 Feb 2017 - 02 Jul 2017