An unprecedented exhibition brings together sculptures, sarcophagi and mummies from Ancient Egypt in Rio de Janeiro

Cat’s Mummy. Origin unknown, 19th century. III a.C. – century. III AD

Mounted in Rio de Janeiro, Ancient Egypt: From Every day to Eternity exhibition features 140 pieces directly from the Egyptian Museum of Turin (Museo Egizio), in Italy, which has the second-largest collection dedicated to Egypt in the World, behind only the Cairo Museum, the Egyptian capital. For curators Pieter Tjabbes and Paolo Marini, the idea of the exhibition is to attract an audience beyond those who already have intimacy with the theme.

According to Tjabbes, the show will mix the collection of antiquities with “untellable” dots, those places that are conducive to photos that spread over the internet and advertise the events themselves. “Many people are not in the habit of going to exhibitions, and others think it is not for them. We try to change that over the internet. This brings more public. They want to know where that funny photo was made, where that space is. Suddenly, they realize that space is for them, ” he explains.

In addition to the original pieces, the event organizer Art Unlimited worked for over a year to put together a mega exhibition over the period from 4,000 to 30 BC.

Amuleto em forma de olho ‘wedjat’ do 3º Período Intermediário (1076-722 a.C.)

I adapted the exhibition to our audience in Brazil, which for the most part never had contact with Egypt and even less with Ancient Egypt, ”says Tjabbes.

The exhibition is divided between everyday life, religion and eternity. Each has, in turn, colors that will be explored prominently and different illuminations.

Sarcófago para gato. Período Tardio (722-332 a.C.)

The daily life is presented through videos and photographs – of the Nile, archaeological sites, tombs and important objects. In addition to the images, there are paintings, writings, props, and objects such as cosmetic bottles, shoes, and clothing that reveal aspects of Egyptian civilization.

The green of religion takes visitors to a temple. The third space deals with funerary traditions and afterlife. Highlights include six original coffins and, in one, the mummy of a woman named Tararó from the 25th dynasty and a replica of the tomb of Nefertari, wife of Ramses II – the same as the statue at the beginning of the exhibition.

+ The exhibition Ancient Egypt: from everyday life to eternity is on display at the Banco do Brasil Cultural Center (CCBB) in Rio de Janeiro until January 27th. Then it will pass through Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Belo Horizonte.

With information from the Brazil-Arab News Agency