It’s being billed the mother of all King Tut shows!
The largest collection of King Tutankhamun’s treasures ever to travel outside of Egypt will hit London’s Saatchi Gallery with more than 150 original artifacts, 60 which have never left Egypt before.
Mostafa Waziry, secretary general of the Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities, which produced the show along with IMG, the owners of the Frieze Art Fair, which acquired Exhibitions International last January said in a statement,
“Please see them, visit them, before they return back to Egypt forever.”
TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, is open through May 3, 2020, celebrating the 1922 discovery of the tomb by British explorer Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon —the only Ancient Egyptian royal tomb ever found intact.
A statement from the Saatchi Gallery says,
“The pharaohs that succeeded Tutankhamun nearly managed to erase him from the history books. Had Howard Carter not persisted in his quest, the boy king’s legacy and treasures could have been forever lost to the sands of Egypt.”
Previous King Tut shows in London, in 1972 and 2007, were big blockbusters, drawing record crowds of more than a million visitors each. And those exhibits had fewer than 55 objects, a third the size of this show.
Nine galleries will incorporate digital content, contextual material, and audio soundscapes to take visitors on a journey through Tutankhamun’s passage into everlasting life.
John Norman, managing director of exhibitions at IMG said,
“As millions get a final opportunity to see these ancient and exquisite objects in an immersive and personal context, we know Tutankhamun will continue to live large in the hearts of people around the world for generations to come.”
The show which debuted in LA last year, is in London for more than a year now and is set to travel to 10 cities around the world. Afterward, the objects will return to Cairo, where they will be permanently housed alongside the full King Tut collection at the new Grand Egyptian Museum.
For info about the London exhibit, go here.
(Photos, courtesy, Laboratoriorosso, Viterbo, Italy; via Artnet)