Bologna becomes the capital of ancient Egypt with the exhibition “Egitto. Splendore millenario. Capolavori da Leiden a Bologna” (Egypt. Millennia of Splendour. Masterpieces from Leiden to Bologna). The Egyptian collection of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, Netherlands – among the top ten in the world, and the one of the Bologna Archaeological Museum – among the most important in Italy for the quantity, quality and state of conservation of its collections, come together in an exhibition of about 1,700 metres of art and history.
Host in the renovated rooms of the Museo Civico Archeologico, the exhibition is an opportunity not to be missed for choosing Bologna, from October 16th, 2015 to July 17th, 2016. 500 finds dating from the Pre-Dynastic to the Roman Period come from the Netherlands, while other important loans are brought from the Museo Egizio in Turin and from the Museo Egizio in Florence.
For the first time on show side by side, there are masterpieces of the two collections, including: the Stele of Aku (Twelfth–Thirteenth Dynasty, 1976–1648 BC) - the ‘major domo of the divine offering’; gold items attributed to General Djehuty, who led the Egyptian troops to victory in the Near East for the great conqueror Pharaoh Thutmose III (1479–1425 BC); the statues of Maya, superintendent of the royal treasury of Tutankhamen, and Meryt, a chantress of the god Amun, (Eighteenth Dynasty, reigns of Tutankhamen and Horemheb, 1333–1292 BC). The most important masterpieces in the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, which have left the Netherlands for the first time on this occasion.
Among the manifold objects which testify of the refined lifestyle of the richest Egyptians, mention should be made of the Handle of mirror (1292 BC) having the shape of a young girl holding a bird in her hand.
Moreover, for the first time 200 years after the discovery of his tomb in Saqqara, the exhibition offers the unique opportunity to see the important Reliefs of Horemheb reunited. Horemheb was the head commander of the Egyptian army during the reign of Tutankhamen, then rising to become the final sovereign of the Eighteenth Dynasty, from 1319 to 1292 BC.
On the occasion of the exhibition Egitto. Splendore millenario. Capolavori da Leiden a Bologna, the Museo Civico Archeologico offers a new educational proposal about Egypt to schools, with guided visits, animations, and labs.
Available a rich catalogue in Italian and in English too, by Skira Editore (24 x 28cm, 592 pages)
The exhibit Egitto. Splendore millenario. Capolavori da Leiden a Bologna is organized by Comune di Bologna / Istituzione Bologna Musei / Museo Civico Archeologico, and by Arthemisia Group, curated by Paola Giovetti and Daniela Picchi.
Tuesday to Thursday: 9am - 6,30pm; Friday: 9am - 10pm; Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 10am - 6,30pm. Special opening on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July from 10am to 9pm.
Open 10am - 6,30pm on the following holidays:1 November + 8 December, 26 December 2015 + 1 January, 6 January + 27 March, 28 March + 25 April + 2 June 2016. On December 24 and 31, 2015 open from 9am to 6,30pm.
Boxoffice closes one hour before the exhibition closing time.
Closed on December 25, 2015 + May 1, 2016
During Art City Bologna: January 29th from 9am to 10pm; January 30th from 10am to midnight; January 31st from 10am to 8pm
full €13 (admission to Egyptian Area + Exhibit Room + Archeological Museum) reduction € 11 (special agreements, University students, groups of 15 people, over 65, holders of Bologna Welcome Card) single student € 6 ( 6 up to 18) schools € 5 free (children up to 6, 2 tutors for school groups, 1 leader for organized group, 1 helper for disabled people): family group € 28 All the kinds of tickets, except the "school group", entitle to receive a free audioguide
Admission is € 11 for the holders of Arte Fiera ticket (valid on Art City Bologna days only)