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Tutankhamun Seven-Year World Tour : Start in Los Angeles

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:28 pm    Post subject: Tutankhamun Seven-Year World Tour : Start in Los Angeles Reply with quote

" KING TUT : Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh’ at California Science Center, Los Angeles " (BLOUIN ARTINFO, February 22, 2018)
... The California Science Center is hosting the exhibition of ancient artifacts from the pharaoh’s tomb in an exhibition titled “KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh.” This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition opens on March 24, 2018.

The show celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb. The exhibition is presented by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, Exhibitions International, IMG, and the California Science Center. The installation features more than 150 real artifacts from Tutankhamun’s (also known as King Tut) tomb. On display is the largest assembly of artifacts and gold from Egyptian king’s tomb to go on display outside of Egypt. ...

" The Largest Ever King Tut Exhibition is Kicking off its Global Tour in LA " (Arts & Culture, California, News - Amy Bryant)
King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh will make its world debut at the California Science Centre in Los Angeles, showcasing an extraordinary and exclusive exhibition to mark 100 years since his tomb was discovered. It will remain in California from March 24 2018 until January 2019, before continuing its ten-city international exhibition tour. ...

... The exhibition will feature nine distinct experiential galleries and an array of 3D visuals, digital content, 360-degree theatrical manifestations, custom soundscapes and more in an engaging, audio-guided tour. ...

" The Tut Controversy " (Ahram Online Weekly - Nevine El-Aref)
A touring exhibition of treasures from the tomb of the ancient Egyptian boy king Tutankhamun is sparking debate among archaeologists ...

... a campaign has been launched against the tour, raising fears that Tutankhamun’s curse may have spread to archaeology.

The Egyptian Antiquities Task Force, a Facebook group, this week launched a petition addressed to President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi asking for the exhibition to be halted on the grounds that it could constitute a threat to the artefacts involved. It was “a breach of the antiquities law” and was not worth the effort since the exhibition would have a “low income”, the group said.

Monica Hanna, a professor at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Cairo who is leading the protest campaign, said that although she was not against exhibitions abroad, the Ministry of Antiquities needed to follow all the articles of the antiquities law before the approval of any touring exhibition.

Hanna described the “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” exhibition as a threat to the 166 objects scheduled to travel to Los Angeles, the first stop on its seven-year tour.

“The exhibition breaks the antiquities law because it has been organised with a private company and not an international museum or scientific institution as the law stipulates,” Hanna said. She said that the company concerned could also be considered a potential threat to the artefacts because it had organised the “Quest for Immortality” touring exhibition in the early 2000s when a dice from a senet game, an ancient Egyptian board game, had been lost, leading to a law suit.

The objects scheduled to travel consisted of unique items from Tutankhamun’s collection such as his gold sarcophagus, she said. This was another contravention of the law, since it stipulates that travelling objects should be duplicates and not unique ones, she said. ...

... [Hawass] : “The gold sarcophagus is not among the objects. The one that will travel is a gilded 40cm symbolic sarcophagus of the sort that has many duplicates in the Tutankhamun collection,” Hawass said. He added that the exhibition’s revenue would exceed $10 million in each country it visited. ...

... According to the California Science Centre in Los Angeles Website, tickets for the Tutankhamun exhibition are selling out. “The revenues are from only one leg of the exhibition and the same policy will be applied for every stop,” El-Enany told the Weekly.

The other legs include the Museum of Science and Industry at the Parc de la Villette in Paris, the Saatchi Museum in London, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, the Sydney Museum in Australia, the National Museum in South Korea, the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, the Field Museum in Chicago, the Muri Art Centre in Tokyo and the Osaka Museum of Art.

Two other exhibitions abroad are also scheduled to open in March. The first is in Canada and concerns the Fatimid period in Egypt, organised with the Aga Khan Foundation, and the second is in St Louis in the US and concerns “Egypt’s sunken treasures”. ...

Video : " KING TUT : Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh - Exhibition Artifact Highlights ".
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