University libraries unveil their "treasures"

As part of its cultural programme, Aix-Marseille Université, which has chosen to place the year 2021-2022 under the sign of culture and living well together, is celebrating a new highlight: the presentation of the "treasures" kept by its university libraries (BU), during an exceptional exhibition in both physical and virtual format.

These rare, ancient, precious and astonishing "treasures" are housed in reserves and are therefore largely unknown to the public.

Since the beginning of November 2021, the most representative of them have been presented in a physical exhibition, unprecedented in its scope, format and its commitment to revealing original documents and objects. Thanks to an inventive scenography, visitors can discover all the heterogeneity that can be associated with the notion of "treasure": the exhibition brings together a musical liturgical fragment, a seaweed tree, several manuscripts and incunabula, an edition of the Thousand and One Nights, and a Provençal law text... The oldest copy on display dates from the 13th century, while the most recent (a lithograph by Gao Xingjian, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000) belongs to a contemporary work whose creation is still in progress.

To discover and enrich this unique heritage, a programme of visits and conferences accompanies the exhibition: https: //

The exhibition website, which is freely accessible, allows visitors to approach these "treasures" from another angle, thanks in particular to the complete digitization of the vast majority of them in the Aix-Marseille Université's digital heritage library, Odyssée: https: //

Exhibition "Treasures of the Aix-Marseille Université libraries:
- From 2 to 19 November 2021 at the Saint-Charles University Library, Marseille centre campus
- From 29 November to 17 December 2021 at the Cube, Schuman campus, Aix-en-Provence.

Health pass required and respect of the barrier gestures in force.

Virtual exhibition: https: //

Discover the "treasures" in video:

press release
BU treasures