Prague’s National Museum, in association with Civita Mostre e Musei, will open a new exhibit on August 21st, as part of a project to commemorate 100 years of Czech Egyptology. Tutankhamun RealExperience offers visitors a unique opportunity to learn more about the famed pharaoh by combining original artifacts with innovative multimedia technologies.
Developed in partnership with Laboratoriorosso, the exhibition stems from a concept developed by Italian photographer Sandro Vannini, whose work allows him to frequently access sites forbidden to the public to compile an extensive visual archive of ancient Egyptian culture.
“The National Museum is trying to prepare exhibitions for its visitors, which are not only of a high professional standard but also interesting and attractive. At the Tutankhamun exhibition, the visitor will not only see a whole range of original items but will also be literally drawn into the times of Pharaoh Tutankhamun using the latest multimedia technologies,” says National Museum General Director Michal Lukeš.
Photographs by Vannini, one of the most respected photographers of Egyptian monuments, are an important basis for the multimedia part of the exhibition. The exhibit kicks off a multi-city European tour in the Czech capital.
“We are very honored that such an exceptional and innovative exhibition project, which was created through international cooperation, will start its journey through Europe at the National Museum in Prague,” says Alberto Rossetti, President of Civita Mostre e Musei.
A selection of original objects, describing how the Ancient Egyptians conceived the afterlife, introduces the Tutankhamun RealExperience. The majority of the precious artifacts displayed come from the collections of the National Museum – Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures in Prague. Among them is the treasure of the exhibit, a statue of the young pharaoh from the Museum August Kestner in Hanover, on loan from the Fritz Behrens Foundation.
The artifacts displayed are all from ancient Thebes and document how the Ancient Egyptians perceived the mystery of the afterlife prior to the founding of modern religion, yet already contemplating the hope of earthly resurrection.
The immersive exhibit follows the destiny of the pharaoh after his death, a virtual odyssey through the complex Ancient Egyptian beliefs about the afterlife spanning from Thebes to the Valley of the Kings via a multisensory experience.
A section of the exhibition is dedicated to Professor Jaroslav Černý (1898–1970), one of the key ﬁgures of Czech Egyptology, a world-famous epigrapher and philologist who devoted most of his life to the study of the community of workmen responsible for the construction of royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
The exhibit runs through January 31, 2020, at the Historical Building of the National Museum.