The civilization of ancient Egypt has always fascinated all those who came across it, local or foreigner. Spanning for 5,000 years of history, ancient or Pharaonic Egypt had left behind more artefacts than any other civilization in the world, from the colossal Pyramids of Giza to the many sculptures and mummies.
Ever since Egyptology as an interdisciplinary branch of history, archaeology, and science were established, more and more about their history came to be known to the world, and every year around the world, exhibitions about Egypt and its history open door to the public to deliver this knowledge. Here are some of these exhibitions that are making headlines in Autumn.
‘Ancient Egypt: from day-to-day to eternity’, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Starting on the 12th of October, the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil is hosting an exhibition about daily life in ancient Egypt. The exhibition features 140 archaeological artifacts borrowed from the Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy, which hosts the second-largest collection on Egypt in the world right behind the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
‘Egypt’, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Glyptotek in the Danish Capital is home to one of the most fascinating exhibitions about ancient Egypt. This exhibit houses around 300 works on display for the public from all over the ancient Egyptian history, making it possible for viewers to trail the expansion and evolution of Egypt as a civilization during the Bronze Age.
‘Sunken Cities: The Enchanting World of Egypt’, Saint Louis Art Museum, California, United States of America.
The high number of submerged artifacts discovered in Alexandria between 1995 and 1996 encouraged the Ministry of Antiquities to open a new, select division and named it the Department of Submerged Antiquities, and the “Sunken Cities” exhibition is one of its many brainchildren.
On Saturday, the 5th of October, California’s Saint Louis was the first of many cities to host the “Sunken Cities: The Enchanting World of Egypt” exhibition of submerged Egyptian artifacts.
‘Ancient Nubia Now’, The Museum of Fine Arts, New York, United States of America.
On October 13th, the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston announced that its latest exhibition will include thousands of years of Nubian history, with a massive collection of art, jewelry, pottery, sculptures, and more.
The Nubians were longtime rivals of ancient Egyptians, and in the 8th Century B.C., right at the height of Egypt’s decline, the Nubian Kingdom of Kush conquered their neighbors to the north and ruled as the country’s 25th Dynasty. It is at that time that Egyptian and Nubian heritage mingled to produce a unique chapter of history.
‘Mummies of the World’, The Carnegie Science Center, Pennsylvania, United States of America.
This Pittsburgh exhibition is not focused solely around ancient Egyptian history, but on the history of mummies around the world. According to Pittsburgh Current, The exhibit features 40 real human and animal mummies and 85 related artifacts from all over the globe.
Being one of the pioneers of mummification and the art of preserving the dead, ancient Egypt is a major part of this exhibition. ‘Mummies of the World’ also includes a mummified family from Hungary, a mummified German nobleman found in the crypt of a 15th-century castle, South American shrunken heads, and more.
‘King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh’, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom.
The “Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” features a total of 150 artifacts from the tomb of King Tutankhamun with more than fifty pieces traveling outside Egypt for the first time since the tomb’s discovery.
Visitors will get a chance to learn more about the rich heritage of ancient Egypt and how modern archaeology came to understand the historical context of many of the tomb’s artifacts. In addition, a number of videos providing insights about the process of mummification will be on display throughout the six-month exhibition.
The exhibition will be held in London from the 2nd of November until the 3rd of May, 2019.