MARI in Syria. A City Reborn in the 3rd Millennium
This fall, the Louvre takes place in the Royal Museum of Mariemont to uncover the history of the legendary city of Mari.
(c) Musée du Louvre dist. RMN -Grand Palais, photo Raphaël Chipault
Embark on a journey to the Near East in the 3rd millennium BC, with the exhibition Mari in Syria produced by the Louvre museum and the National and University Library of Strasbourg and the Royal Museum of Mariemont.
From palaces to temples, gods to guardians, discover the fascinating history of an ancestral city – alternating destruction and reconstruction, safeguarding and revival – which will take you back to one of the cradles of civilization.
Through archival images, film documentaries and numerous treasures of stone, copper, brick and paint, this exhibition invites you to follow the explorations of excavators such as Parrot, Dossin, Margueron and Butterlin. A true human and archaeological adventure spanning across 100 years!
(c) Mission archéologique française de Mari, André Parrot dir. Arch. de la MSH Mondes, AP206_3004 / (c) Musée du Louvre dist. RMN - Grand Palais, photo Raphaël Chipault et Benjamin Soligny / (c) Musée du Louvre dist. RMN - Grand Palais, photo Raphaël Chipault
Commission and committee
Scientific curators :
Sophie Cluzan, General Curator of Heritage, Department of Oriental Antiquities, Musée du Louvre.
Jaroslaw Maniaczyk, epigraphic archivist, Department of Oriental Antiquities, Musée du Louvre.
Arnaud Quertinmont, curator of the Egyptian and Near Eastern Antiquities Section at the Domaine & Musée royal de Mariemont.
Scientific Committee :
Pascal Butterlin, University Professor. Université Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne, Director of the French archaeological mission in Mari.
Sophie Cluzan, General Curator of Heritage - Department of Oriental Antiquities, Musée du Louvre.
Laurent Colonna d'Istria, Professor at the University of Liège - Department of Ancient Sciences, Director of UR Mondes anciens, holder of the Chair of Assyriology and Archaeology of Anterior Asia.
Production and partners
The exhibition "MARI in Syria" is produced by the Louvre Museum, the National and University Library of Strasbourg and the Royal Museum of Mariemont.
With the support of UR Mondes Anciens and ULiège, the French archaeological mission in Mari, Université Paris 1 and Maison des Sciences de l'Homme & Arscan laboratories and Centre C2RMF.
Louvre Museum, Paris
Strasbourg National and University Library
Archives department of the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme - Mondes, Nanterre
University of Lille
University of Liège, ULiège Library
Museum of Photography, Charleroi
Restoration of the restoration tracings of the wall paintings in the Great Royal
Palace of MariC2RMF - Centre for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France