Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins

March 18–July 27, 2020

In spring 2020, an exhibition co-curated between the Louvre and the Getty museums will explore the history of Mesopotamia, which was home to the ancient Sumerians, Babylonians, and Assyrians. Among their many achievements are the creation of the earliest known script (cuneiform), the formation of the first cities, the development of advanced astronomical and mathematical knowledge, and spectacular artistic and literary accomplishments. The exhibition covers three millennia from the first cities in about 3200 B.C. to Alexander the Great’s conquest of Babylon in 331 B.C.