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Thursday, July 24, 2008
Egyptian Queens Exhibition Monaco
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Egypt's Queens Come To Monte-Carlo For An Exhibition

Egypt's Queens have come to Monte-Carlo, Monaco from July 12 to September 10, 2008 at a specially arranged exhibition in Monaco's Grimaldi Forum called "Reines D'Egypte". Its a spectacular representation of the lives, the art, the objects, beliefs and the religion of the Egyptian Queens who in turn, along with their Pharaohs, presided over an empire that lasted from 3100 BC until the Roman Conquest in 30 BC. It is really worth a visit to Monaco just to see the Exhibition.

An example of some of the unique pieces on display include a granite bust of Julius Caesar (27-20 BC) on loan from the Vatican Museum, and a Bronze of the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra (51-30 BC) that is on loan from the State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia. There are exceptional pieces of jewellery like a ring inscribed with the names of Queen Nefertiry and Ramses II (1279-1213 BC) on loan from the Paris Musee du Louvre in France, and also statues like a representation of the Goddess Isis (664-525 BC) on loan from the Cairo Museum in Egypt.

The Exhibition's curator is Christine Ziegler, who is Honorary General Curator of the Musee du Louvre's Egyptian Antiquities Department in Paris, and has written many books on Egyptology. Since 1982, she has created many successful worldwide exhibitions. Visitors to Monaco will see that Queens of Egypt is a unique exceptional presentation of around 247 Egyptian artefacts, with the majority on loan from museums from around the world, and some for the first time. Fifteen countries representing 42 worldwide museums have loaned objects to help Christine Ziegler recount the story of the Queens.

It is a rare opportunity to see all of this history grouped together at one time. Each piece has been carefully selected by Ziegler to tell a story and the collections are displayed in theme rooms that have been designed to portray the different elements surrounding the lives of the Queens. Chartered architect Francois Payet has designed the entire Monaco Queens of Egypt exhibition layout and he has created in each room scenes like bedchambers, palaces, building exteriors, a barge on the Nile, and a burial chamber. Visitors move throughout the rooms and experience the atmosphere associated with the artefacts on display.



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