Amos Rex, the Art Museum of Estonia, and the Museo Egizio announce a unique co-operative project. Opening in October 2020, the exhibition Egypt of Glory will be shown in two locations simultaneously: at Amos Rex, Helsinki, and at the Art Museum of Estonia’s Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn. The rare two-part exhibition is based on one of the most important collections of Ancient Egyptian art and culture outside of Egypt: the collection of the Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy.
“Egypt of Glory is an extraordinary project featuring over 500 exhibits from the Museo Egizio which, divided into a double venue, will tell the long history of Egyptian civilization, from its origins to the Ptolemaic Period. Time and Art will constitute a common thread that will accompany visitors as they discover the Egypt of the first millennium”, Christian Greco, Director of Museo Egizio, affirms. “The exhibitions will address one of the most fascinating aspects of Egyptian art and religion, namely the strictly conventional and symbolic way of representing the world”, Kadi Polli, the Director of Kumu Art Museum, adds.
“In Amos Rex and in the Kumu Art Museum, we think it is important to show truly ancient art, as well as the most contemporary. Knowing the past helps us to deal with the future. It will also be exciting to see what the newest technologies can bring to an exhibition about Ancient Egypt”, Kai Kartio, Museum Director of Amos Rex, explains.
The exhibitions will open on consecutive days, at Amos Rex on 8 October 2020, and at the Kumu Art Museum on 9 October 2020.
The dates of the two-part exhibition Egypt of Glory:
Amos Rex, Helsinki: 8 October 2020 – 17 January 2021
Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn: 9 October 2020 – 14 February 2021
The Museo Egizio – founded in 1824 in Turin, Italy – is the oldest museum dedicated to Egyptian antiquities and represents the second most important collection, outside of Egypt, of art and artefacts from this fascinating civilization, which developed on the banks of the Nile. In its almost 200 years of history, the museum has repeatedly been transformed, renewed and rethought, in an attempt to combine the needs of scientific research with those of visitors.
Amos Rex is an art museum where the past, present and future meet. The iconic Functionalist Lasipalatsi (glass palace) and the new gallery spaces within its undulating square provide 10 000 sq ft for unique experiences, both under- and above-ground and on the silver screen of Bio Rex. Amos Rex’s exhibition programme extends from the newest, often experimental, contemporary art to 20th-century Modernism and ancient cultures.
The Art Museum of Estonia, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019, has grown into several museums: the Kumu Art Museum, Kadriorg Art Museum, Mikkel Museum, Niguliste Museum and Adamson-Eric Museum. The Kumu Art Museum is the main host of prominent international art exhibitions in Estonia.