Exhibition
Franck Goddio
Robert Wilson
Information
Press Office
Contacts
    Cities and sunken treasures | Visit | Catalogue | The Hilti Foundation | La Venaria Reale
 

June, 3rd, 2009

" EGYPT’S SUNKEN TREASURES” AT CLOSING: 221.268 VISITORS

Yesterday evening the Chairman Del Noce was in the Reggia just for the exhibition closing and complimented the two last visitors with a catalogue (see photo).

Press here to read the full press release
pixel graphic

May, 26th, 2009

ALBERT OF MONACO VISITING THE EXHIBITION

On Monday May 25th, SAS the Prince Albert II of Monaco honoured the exhibition “Egypt’s Sunken Treasures” with a private visit.

Press here to read the full press release
pixel graphic

May, 4th, 2009

42.666 VISITORS AT VENARIA REALE ON 1st MAY LONG WEEK END

Press here to read the full press release
pixel graphic

April, 22th, 2009

Exhibition “Egypt’s Sunken Treasures” at Reggia di Venaria: Visit of the President of the Italian Republic Mr. Giorgio Napolitano. Extension for two more days, till June 2nd 2009

Press here to read the full press release
pixel graphic

April, 13th, 2009

13.574 VISITORS AT VENARIA REALE ON EASTERN MONDAY

Click here to read the full press release
pixel graphic

March, 11th, 2009

PRESS RELEASE
Almost 80,000 visitors at trhe Venaria Reale since the beginning of the year.
Data and figures are compared with the same period in 2008

Click here to read the full press release
pixel graphic

March, 2nd, 2009

PRESS RELEASE
More than 51,000 tickets were sold at the Venaria Reale since the
opening of the “Egypt’s Sunken Treasures” exhibition

Click here to read the full press release
pixel graphic

February, 6th, 2009

PRESS RELEASE
The Exhibitions at the Venaria Reale.
EGYPT’S SUNKEN TREASURES
February 7th – May 31st, 2009

Only Italian venue: Venaria Reale, Scuderie Juvarriane
By underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio
Exhibition design by Robert Wilson
Music and soundscape by Laurie Anderson

Click here to read the full press release
pixel graphic
 

Virtual Visit

VIDEO E FOTO: Copyright: Giuseppe D'Angelo - dangelo@alice.it
pixel graphic

Exhibition

The names of cities such as Canopus, Heracleion and Thonis evoke greatly magnificent images in the words of ancient authors, but no archaeologist had identified them yet. Their sunken treasures remained on the sea bed on the ocean floor off the shores of Alexandria
and in the Bay of Aboukir, covered by sediment brought by the Nile and protected by the coatings that formed on them.
In 1992, the Institut Européen d’Archéologie Sous-Marine (IEASM) began underwater excavations under the supervision of Franck Goddio, in conjunction with Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities. Franck Goddio’s team, backed by state of the art technology, set out to draw up a geophysical map of the region and established that in the 8th century B.C. part of the coastline had collapsed and was now six metres below sea level. The mystery of these lost cities was finally solved.

The finds were incredibly prolific and of a value beyond imagining. The five hundred or so pieces making up “Egypt. Sunken Treasures” exhibition are only a tiny part of the whole, but even so, fifteen centuries of history are revealed here, inviting us on a wondrous journey, lunging us into a part of ancient Egypt that was in contact with the Mediterranean world of the Greeks, Romans and Byzantines before the ultimate Arab conquest.

Statues of gods and sphinxes, likenesses of kings and queens, stones, offerings and liturgical objects, ceramics, jewellery and coins, items from everyday life, the trappings of warriors – a dazzling collection of treasures saved from the sea that bring back to us the lives, culture and beliefs of the people who made them.
The exhibition presents these remarkable objects – witnesses to a carefully reconstructed and situated history – with all the majesty due to them; but it is also imbued with all the excitement of the exploration and research that made it possible.

The finds have been studied by teams of specialist archaeologists and historians, who have benefited from the vast knowledge of Jean Yoyotte, honorary professor at the Collège de France and Egyptology advisor to the IEASM. In many cases the finds have confirmed Professor Yoyotte’s earlier work and hypotheses.
This is material that appeals as much to science as to the imagination: in fact, these discoveries also retrace the incredible adventure of the marine archaeologists who tracked them down with a mix of method, discipline and personal passion. The explorations and the great adventure are continuing, and this exhibition is surely going to inspire a new, younger generation of Egyptologists.

Never seen before, this truly extraordinary collection of items is now the property of the Egyptian state. An agreement signed by the authorities in Egypt and the IEASM allows them a limited travel period for exhibitions.
pixel graphic

 
  pixel graphic
| Sitemap | Imprint