For 2,000 years, Egypt has been a passion! But why? The new exhibition at the Royal Domain and Museum of Mariemont explores the fascination of ancient Egypt in the Western imagination. Visitors will not find Egyptian antiquities, but artworks from various periods that reflect the fantasies generated by the land of the Pharaohs.
« EGYPT. EVERLASTING PASSION »
Exhibition from : September 24, 2022 to April 16, 2023. The exhibition will be held in the rooms on floor +2 of the Museum.
Adress : 100 chaussée de Mariemont, 7140 Morlanwelz, Belgique
Opening hours: Museum open from Tuesday to Friday from 10 am - 6 pm (September) / 10 am - 5 pm (October - March), from 10 am - 6 pm (April) / Last entry 45 minutes before closing time.
Ticket prices: 8€ - discounts applicable. Access to permanent collections if free of charge.
About the exhibition
Known for its remarkable Egyptian collection (the largest in Wallonia and the second largest in Belgium!), the Royal Museum of Mariemont invites its visitors to discover another Egypt with its new exhibition Egypt. Everlasting passion. This revisited Egypt spans 2000 years, from Roman antiquity to the present day, and presents works in which artists or craftsmen have been inspired by ancient Egypt and its main cultural references.
The Royal Museum of Mariemont is interested in the reception of Antiquity in contemporary society and has made a clear observation: Ancient Egypt has always been at the heart of our imagination! It has never ceased to inspire us, intrigue us, fascinate us, challenge our own identity. It can be found everywhere: from museum works to children's toys, from public fountains to interior decorations, from collections of antiquities to comic books, from travelogues to souvenir photos, from artistic creations to celebrity magazines, from cinema accessories to video games! Why is it so successful? And how does it manifest itself in the West? What do we remember about the land of the Pharaohs?
The exhibition is a true mirror of our society. Ancient Egypt is part of our daily lives. We are surrounded by "Egypt-makers" who convey ideas and images that have their roots in the Nile Valley. A dog-headed god, hieroglyphs, a pyramid or a mummy are "Egyptian" in our minds and are the origin of the sometimes surprising productions proposed in the exhibition.
From the Isis of the Gallo-Romans to Rihanna as Nefertiti, via Jean-François Champollion and Raoul Warocqué, the exhibition deliberately mixes references and media that construct this other Egypt. Through a living room, a games room, a library and a garden, the scenography shows that the land of the pharaohs is part of our daily lives! The exhibition Egypt. Everlasting passion invites the visitor to an introspection: "What is Egyptian about you?
In addition to the exhibition, the Royal Museum of Mariemont focuses on Egyptian coffins, which are particularly emblematic of Egypt. Egypt. Everlasting Passion: The Multiple Lives of Coffins (12.11.2022 > 09.04.2023) gives a voice to the men and women who have left their mark on ancient and modern history with these objects. The Egyptian coffins thus lend themselves to multiple lives in the course of which craftsmen (woodcutter, sculptor), users (priest, deceased), but also restorers and contemporary researchers intervene.