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EGYPT: MILLENNIA OF SPLENDOUR - MASTERPIECES FROM LEIDEN IN BOLOGNA
Art | Museums | Bologna City
In October Bologna becomes the capital of Ancient Egypt. From 16 October 2015 to 17 July 2016, the Archaeological Museum of Bologna hosts ‘Egypt: Millennia of Splendour’. The exhibition is sponsored by the Comune di Bologna, the Institution of Bologna Museums, the Archaeological Museum and the Arthemisia Group. It is curated by Paola Giovetti, who is the director of the Archaeological Museum, and by Daniela Picchi, curator of the museum’s Egyptian Collection.
Here, in the city of the two towers, the exhibition will bring to life a unique and long-lived civilisation that has always been a source of fascination throughout the world. This is the Egypt of the Pyramids, of the Pharaohs, of diverse and powerful deities. It is also the Egypt of sensational discoveries, compelling archaeology, of passionate collectors and deep scholarship.
The exhibition that is soon to open at the Archaeological Museum of Bologna will be an informative and scientifically rigorous experience. But it is also unprecedented event on the international scene. The collection of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, the Netherlands, which is one of the top ten in the world, will be integrated with that of the Bologna museum, which is the best in Italy in terms of the number and the quality of its artefacts. Together, they will amount to a display of art and history occupying 1,700 square metres of space.
The show will include 500 artefacts brought from the Netherlands to Bologna – objects dating from the pre-dynastic era right through to Roman times. Alongside the collections from Leiden and Bologna, there will be important pieces borrowed from the Egyptian Museums of Turin and of Florence: the show draws on all the most important museum resources in Italy.
This is the first time that the masterpieces of the two collections have been exhibited together, and many of these great works have never before left the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden. Works on view will include the Stela of Aku (XII–XIII Dynasty, 1976–1648 BC), ‘the steward of the divine offering’, whose prayer – in a universe divided between heaven, earth and underworld – recounts the afterlife of the deceased; gold objects attributed to General Djehuty who, under the ‘great conqueror’ Pharaoh Thutmose III (1479–1425 BC) led Egyptian armies to victory in the Middle East; the statues of Maya, royal superintendent of the treasure of Tutankhamun; Meryt, songstress of Amon (18th Dynasty, reign of Tutankhamun-Horemheb, 1333–1292 BC). Among the many objects that testify to the refined lifestyle of wealthy Egyptians, there is a mirror handle (1292 BC) shaped like a young girl holding a bird in her hand.
And finally, the exhibition offers a unique and unrepeatable opportunity to see the most important findings from the tomb of Horemheb, commander-in-chief of the Egyptian armies at the time of Tutankhamun, and then last ruler of the 18th Dynasty (1319–1292 BC). The pieces on show belong to the museums of Leiden, Bologna and Florence; this is the first time they have been seen together since the tomb was discovered in Saqqara 200 years ago.
Information and reservations
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Full price €13 (allowing entrance to the Egyptian Department, the Exhibition Hall, and Archaeological Museum)
Concessions €11 (conventions, university students, groups of 15 persons or more, people over 65)
Single students €6 (from 6–18 years old)
Free entrance to children under 6 years, 2 accompanying adults per school group, 1 accompanying guide for organised groups, 1 accompanying person for a disabled person)
Family group €28
All tickets except school groups receive an audioguide for free
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