Monday, April 26, 2010

Exhibition: Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of Pharaohs

Art Museum Journal (Stan Parchin)

With some lovely photos.

Ancient Egypt's later 18th Dynasty and its controversial personalities come alive in an expanded version of the compelling special exhibition Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs at New York's Discovery Times Square Exposition (April 23, 2010-January 2, 2011)), a spacious venue well-suited for the grand layout of the show's more than 130 antiquities. The works on display end their seven-city United States tour with a nine-month stay in the heart of Manhattan. Upon their return to Cairo, the objects and some 5,000 other treasures from the pharaoh's tomb will await their state-of-the-art installation in the Grand Egyptian Museum near the Great Pyramid at Giza, set to open in 2013.

After a brief video introduction, the exhibition opens up into 12 dramatically lit and thankfully carpeted galleries. Their contents are arranged chronologically and thematically. The show's first half is devoted to subjects such as: Egypt before Tutankhamun (r. 1332-1323 B.C.); daily life; traditional beliefs; death, burial and the afterlife; and religious revolution during the reign of Pharaoh Akhenaten (r. 1353-1335 B.C.), Tutankhamun's heretical father. A stark white transitional room runs archival film footage of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, compliments of The New York Times. The exhibition continues with an exploration of the boy-king and his world, objects from his burial and recent scientific discoveries.

NY Daily News (Henrick Karoliszyn)

Visitors to the first day of the boy king's new exhibit at the Discovery Times Square Exposition were wowed not only by the dazzling artifacts - but also by the eclectic souvenirs.

From a nearly $9,000 Eye of Horus necklace to a 25-cent temporary tattoo, mummy fans were taking a piece of Tut home.

"This is their favorite part of the exhibit," joked Paula White, 41, of Manhattan, who bought her daughter a golden King Tut crown as well as a tattoo for her son.

Exhibit-goers were scooping up light blue amulet stones made in Egypt for a buck and Golden Age of the Pharaohs pencils for 99 cents.


Tutankhamun's tomb said...

Certainly amazing! I can't wait to see the new museum!

Unknown said...

I visited the exhibition this past weekend in downtown Manhattan. It was truly a magnificent experience. One I will relish in for some time.

Over the past couple of months I've done my share of homework in preparing for the experience... watched videos, read a few articles and engaged in some lightweight web surfing-- with a focus on Egypt. I must say, all of this 'homework' was ignited by an article I read a year or so ago about the Black Pharaohs in a National Geographic magazine. Well, when I arrived at the exhibit I had one focus-- to check out the noses on the statues. Well, to my dismay I observed that most of the noses on the male statues were missing.

It is my dismay that provoked me to seek out your blog and engage in further conversation. Can explain why most of the noses on the male statues have deteriorated and/or are missing?

Thankful to have found your blog!