Monday, December 8, 2014

Our Exhibitions Abroad, Hungary: ‘Pharaohs of Egypt’ exhibit extends run in Móra Ferenc Museum

CAIRO: Egypt’s permanent exhibit, currently on display at the Móra Ferenc Museum, Hungary, will be extended to Dec. 30 due to the high turnover, according to a Friday statement by the museum.

“The exhibit has achieved  great success. So far, 100,000 people have visited ancient Egypt’s exhibit since it was inaugurated in April and that reflects the high fondness, obsession and passion of Hungarian people to the ancient Egyptian civilization,” Fogas Ottó, director of the Ferenc Móra Museum was quoted on the museums’ website.

The turnover on the Egyptian exhibit broke an earlier record of Hungarian artist Mihály Munkácsy’s exhibit in 2012, which registered 49,000 visitors, according to Ottó.

The exhibit, dubbed “Pharaohs of Egypt,” comprises over 300 authentic ancient Egyptian artifacts selected from the Museum of Fine Arts, several public collections in Hungary, Vienna and Heidelberg. It was inaugurated April 11 and the artifacts were displayed in three phases, Mahmoud Shoukry of the Antiquities Ministry’s Tourism Promotion Authority told The Cairo Post Sunday.

“The first phase focused on the structure and contents of ancient Egyptian tombs and featured a burial chamber with a 2,000 year-old sarcophagus along with funerary objects. On May 9 the exhibit’s second phase, featuring original human and animal mummies, was launched to demonstrate the tools and techniques used in mummification.  The third phase commenced on June 21 and was scheduled to end Dec. 16 but was extended for one month, focused mainly on daily life activities in ancient Egypt,” said Shoukry.

He added that he hopes the exhibit, which has been the largest scale endeavor of Móra Ferenc Museum so far, will hopeully reignite the passion of tourists, inspiring them to see the rest of the collection in Egypt.

In an attempt to promote and encourage tourism to Egypt and boost the country’s economy accordingly, Antiquities Ministry has been active in dispatching collections of authentic and replicas of ancient Egyptian artifacts for permanent exhibits in several European countries.

According to the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, tourist activity comprises 11.3% of Egypt’s GDP. It also represents the second most important source of hard currency after the Suez Canal.
 Source: Cairo Post– By/Rany Mostafa

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