In 1922, in the Valley of the Kings, an English archaeologist, Howard Carter, and his billionaire benefactor, Lord Carnarvon, entered the intact tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun, the first people to do so since 3,200 years.
Once century later, now you can take a journey to the heart of the most famous tomb in the world and gaze over what Howard Carter admired!
Many exceptional items are displayed in magnificent settings, including the tomb of the young pharaoh Tutankhamun, recreated using the techniques of the time and in the state discovered by Howard Carter.
Two world firsts feature among the settings:
One of the royal palaces in Amarna; The workshop of Thutmose, the renowned royal sculptor responsible for the bust of Nefertiti, Tutankhamun’s mother.
How was the tomb discovered? What was life like during the pharaoh’s reign? Exactly what are the mysterious circumstances concerning his death? All these questions – and many others – will be answered amidst the amazing ambiances and original artefacts of inestimable quality.
Ancient Egypt as never seen before!
A level of accuracy and historical reliability never previously achieved!
In addition to support for the exhibition through the High Patronage of the Queen, a collection of objects and photos brought back at the time by Queen Elisabeth will be lent by the Royal Household.
All the burial paraphernalia of Tutankhamun has been recreated by specialist craftspeople in order to recreate his tomb in the same state as when it was discovered. 242 artefacts authenticated by the Egyptian Ministry for Antiquities have been lent by the workshops of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Admire hundreds of original artefacts from international museums and prestigious private collections!
Relive the history of the meeting between the archaeologist Howard Carter and his benefactor Lord Carnarvon. This section will also highlight the clues and events which led to the unearthing of the first steps down into the tomb on 22nd November 1922.
This zone focuses on the tomb and how it was uncovered by Carter and the members of his team during the 10 years following its discovery. A room will also be devoted to analysis of certain items from the digs, which evoke the life of the pharaoh.
The third part of the exhibition concerns the historical and geographical context in which Tutankhamun lived as well as his contemporaries. Specific attention is paid to elements of his life, his regency and his death, whilst also looking at daily life and how society functioned at the time.
Here, we find ourselves at the heart of the events that occurred after the discovery, as well as its direct and indirect impact on politics, the media, Egypto-mania (Tutankhamun mania) and Egyptology in Belgium (embodied by Queen Elisabeth and Jean Capart).
The close cooperation of the finest scientists encapsulates the unprecedented stature of this exhibition.
Two renowned co-curators have been appointed to chair this committee:
DIMITRI LABOURY, Director of research at the F.R.S. - FNRS and Assistant Professor of Art History and Archaeology in Pharaonic Egypt at the University of Liège. A specialist of the era, he has written a major biography on Akhenaton, which is considered a work of reference in the field.
SIMON CONNOR, former curator of the Museo Egizio in Turin and a researcher at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He is currently a research fellow at the F.R.S. - FNRS and a researcher at the University of Liège.