The exhibition takes a serious approach, asking what place football currently has in Arab society, who the big names are and what effect the sport has had on Arab society since the beginning of the 20th century.
Divided into 11 themes (the city of Cairo as the capital of football, the growth of women’s football in Jordan, the famous footballer Larbi Ben Barek…), the immersive exhibition presents photos, documentaries, archive texts and interviews together with iconic objects from the sport (World Cup from 1998 and 2018, shirts, footballs…) and works of art from several contemporary artists.
Visitors can also take part in several interactive experiences: for example, you can become a sports commentator or select your Arab football dream team.
During the exhibition, a football pitch will fill the IMA forecourt, with 124 seats in the stands. You can even book an hour to play on it (bookings here)!
There’s also a second exhibition at the same venue to celebrate the centenary of the French Football Federation (free entrance with your ticket). It runs until 26th May 2019 and features unseen, unusual historic documents and objects. Two exhibitions for the price of one!
And if you hurry (until 16th April 2019) you’ll be able to see projections on the building’s facade each night. Based on football and called IMA_GO_MUNDI, they’re the work of artist Caspar, and includes sound design by Gilles Mardirossian.