Of course 19-year-old King Tutankhamun, “the Golden boy” was not from Harlem, but he lived his life in true Harlem style like a 3,000 year old Harlemite – Puff Daddy, Cam’ron or Dapper Dan could have learned a thing or two from the the Bling King.
Archaeologist Howard Carter captured the world’s imagination nearly a century ago when he made the astounding discovery of the undisturbed tomb of Tutankhamun.
Beginning November 21, Premier Exhibitions 5th Avenue, 417 5th Avenue NYC, unveils The Discovery of King Tut, a new exhibition that provides an unparalleled opportunity to explore the legendary tomb and its treasures just as Carter found them.
Seen by millions of visitors worldwide in cities such as Paris, Seoul, Berlin, Amsterdam and Madrid, The Discovery of King Tut, takes you back more than 3,000 years to trace the story of the boy king who reigned for a decade and died suddenly at age 19. This thrillingly unique experience explores the legendary tomb and its treasures as they were at the exact moment of their discovery. Visitors can feel the rush of excitement as they step into a moment only ever witnessed by Howard Carter’s excavation team, view more than 1000 precisely crafted replicas and reconstructions and discover the story behind one of the most iconic moments in history.
The tomb’s magnificent burial goods have been reproduced exactly down to the finest detail by expert Egyptian craftsmen and renowned Egyptologists. These exquisitely crafted replicas and reconstructions, allow visitors to step into the wonder of the discovery as if the original excavation in the Valley of the Kings has been reopened. Crucially, the exhibition also brings together a collection that can only be seen separately elsewhere, even in Egypt: because the king’s treasures are kept in the Cairo Museum. In addition, Tutankhamun’s beautifully painted tomb in the Valley of the Kings has been stripped of everything but his mummy, the outer coffin and the stone sarcophagus. By contrast, the exhibition experience culminates in exact reconstructions of three chambers from Tutankhamun’s tomb, revealing themselves just as the discoverers saw them. A radioplay-like audio tour based on Howard Carter’s diaries, video documentaries, extensive texts and object descriptions and unhindered access to the objects together provide an exciting, as well as informative, experience for all the senses.
The Discovery of King Tut is scheduled to run through May 1, 2016. Tickets are $29 for adults and $20 for children. For ticket information please visit www.TutNYC.com “Tut Talks”
Starting from December 4th, visitors to The Discovery of King Tut will be able to enjoy talks, tours and special events by such renowned speaker as “Mr Mummy” Bob Brier (Author, Lecturer at Long Island University), Catharine Roehrig (Author, Curator at the Egyptian Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art) and Kara Cooney (Author, Professor at the University of California in Los Angeles). The former head of Antiquities in Egypt, Zahi Hawass, will also visit from Cairo to give a talk and sign his books, “The Discovery of Tutankhamun – From Howard Carter to DNA,” and the brand-new “The Golden Boy – History for Kids,” both accompanying publications to the exhibition. More information on the events can be found at www.TUTNYC.com
The world of ancient Egypt has captured the public imagination for centuries, with exhibitions on Egyptian history and culture proving to be hugely popular around the globe. The 1976 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, however, unleashed an “Egyptomania” like never before, so much so that it was said that Tutankhamun began his real life after death in New York! The Met’s exhibition led to a “Tut-mania” that affected everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Andy Warhol to Steve Martin.
And it’s not just the “Tut-mania” caused by this legendary exhibition that connects Tutankhamun with New York, the city‘s association with the boy king‘s story goes back to 1922/23 and beyond, when the Metropolitan Museum of Art actively participated in the excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt. Harry Burton was an English Egyptologist and archaeological photographer, whose most famous photographs are the 1,400 he took whilst documenting the excavation of Tutankhamun‘s tomb on behalf of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Without Harry Burton‘s photos, The Discovery of King Tut would not have been possible, since he documented the tomb‘s appearance at the time of its discovery.
For the New York exhibition, British specialist studio Dynamichrome will colorize a selection of Burton’s photos, each marking a milestone during the excavation. These will go on display in a special gallery, focusing on “the romance between New York and King Tut.”
Whole The Discovery of King Tut has succeeded in meeting a major challenge: The exhibition reconstructs, in great detail a burial treasure that was assembled thousands of years ago and which, upon discovery in 1922, was separated from its original context. Today, this replica exhibition provides the only way to see these objects reunited and displayed as they were originally found, enabling visitors to relive the magical moment of the tomb’s discovery as if they had been there themselves. One thousand one-of-a-kind, precisely hand crafted reconstructions of all the iconic artifacts are on display. These objects are not designed to replace the original artifacts, but to complement them. This way, The Discovery of King Tut allows a huge audience to access the fascinating world of the pharaohs without ever compromising the fragile, millennia-old originals.
Pricing: Adult – $29.00, Child (5-11) – $20.00, Senior (65+) – $24.00 (plus tax)
** tickets on sale on September 29,2015. The Discovery of King Tut opens November 21,2015 and Runs Through May 1,2016**