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Exposition "Toutankhamon et son temps : le 16 février 1967, Toutankhamon s'installe au Petit Palais

Exposition "Toutankhamon et son temps : le 16 février 1967, Toutankhamon s'installe au Petit Palais | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

En 1962, après des temps un peu troublés, les relations franco-égyptiennes trouvent une voie d'amélioration. Les Français reviennent travailler sur de nombreux chantiers archéologiques. 
L'un des points forts de cette réconciliation sera la visite d'André Malraux, ministre de la Culture, en 1966. Il pose alors les bases d'un accord culturel et technique entre les deux pays. À titre de réciprocité, l'Égypte accepte l'organisation de l'exposition Toutankhamon à Paris. 

Elle est inaugurée le 16 février 1967, en présence de nombreuses personnalités, dont Sarwat Okasha, ministre de la Culture égyptien, et André Malraux qui aura ces mots merveilleux : "Ce que l'Égypte a cherché dans la mort, c'est justement la suppression de la mort… Je remercie, au nom de la France, l'Égypte qui, la première, a inventé l'éternité."

Le 9 mai, la visite protocolaire du Général de Gaulle devait durer vingt minutes… Il restera deux heures, fasciné par les explications de Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt, commissaire général de l'exposition. À la fin de sa visite, "il a élevé sa voix de manière à ce que tout le monde puisse l’entendre, et il a dit : "Merci mille fois à l’Égypte qui nous a permis de présenter ces merveilles à Paris afin de contenter des milliers de visiteurs français et européens devant ces trésors."

C'est en effet la première fois que le trésor de Toutankhamon quitte l'Égypte. Pendant trois ans, Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt a patiemment négocié le prêt de 45 pièces et a brillamment supervisé leur déplacement. Une assurance de 100 millions de francs est souscrite et la France s'engage à restaurer toute pièce détériorée.
Pour plus de sécurité, les pièces arrivent à bord de 4 DC 6 qui atterrissent à l'aéroport militaire du Bourget. Elles sont transportées sous escorte policière au Petit Palais.
Les Français émerveillés feront la queue pendant des heures pour voir les trésors du jeune – et pourtant si vieux – pharaon.

L'exposition ferme le 31 août après avoir accueilli 1,2 million de visiteurs. 
Les bénéfices de l'exposition sont reversés pour la restauration des temples de Nubie qui se fera, elle aussi, avec le précieux concours d'André Malraux, de Sarwat Okasha et de l'incontournable Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt.
Marie Grillot

http://www.ina.fr/video/CAF89016160

 

 

http://fresques.ina.fr/jalons/fiche-media/InaEdu01280/les-grandes-expositions-toutankhamon-et-son-temps.html

 

 

http://books.google.fr/books?id=hqRO7QCtH8IC&pg=PA212&lpg=PA212&dq=de+gaulle+visite+exposition+toutankhamon+paris+1967&source=bl&ots=34U

 



http://www.malraux.org/index.php/textesenligne/1314-am1967.html

 

 

http://www.alyelsamman.com/les-articles/les-tresors-archeologiques-egyptiens-une-arme-de-diplomatie.html

 

 

http://www.malraux.org/images/docs/m_toutankh.pdf

 

 

Photo : Au premier rang, Mme Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt, M. André Malraux, M. Sarwat Hokasha.

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"Discovering Tutankhamun - From Howard Carter to DNA" by Zahi Hawass

"Discovering Tutankhamun - From Howard Carter to DNA" by Zahi Hawass | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The American University in Cairo Press, dec. 2013, 264 pages

A thorough account of what we know and don't know about the life and times of the famous young pharaoh, from the discovery of his tomb in 1922 to the CT-scans of the twenty-first century 

Penned by a scholar who was personally involved in research into the enigmatic young pharaoh, this comprehensive and fully illustrated new study reviews the current state of our knowledge about the life, death, and burial of Tutankhamun in light of the latest investigations and newest technology. Zahi Hawass places the king in the broader context of Egyptian history, unraveling the intricate and much debated relationship between various members of the royal family, and the circumstances surrounding the turbulent Amarna period. He also succinctly explains the religious background and complex beliefs in the afterlife that defined and informed many features of Tutankhamun’s tomb. The history of the exploration of the Valley of the Kings is discussed, as well as the background and mutual relationships of the main protagonists. The tomb and the most important finds are described and illustrated, and the modern X-raying and CT-scanning of the king’s mummy are presented in detail. The description of the latest DNA examination of the mummies of Tutankhamun and members of his family is one of the most absorbing parts of the book and demonstrates that scientific methods may produce results that cannot be paralleled by traditional Egyptology. “This is a work by a man who passionately loves Egypt’s past and is not afraid of controversy. There is nothing like reading a book that contains first-hand recollections and impressions, bringing to life an exacting academic topic. Dr Hawass does this in masterly fashion.”—from the Foreword by Jaromir Malek

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Histoire National Geographic : nouveau mensuel

Histoire National Geographic : nouveau mensuel | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Concept

Surfant sur le regain d’intérêt pour la thématique histoire, Histoire National Geographictransporte chaque mois ses lecteurs dans un périple à travers les époques, sur les traces des grandes civilisations, pour découvrir les épisodes marquants de l’histoire de l’humanité.

Positionnement

A la fois didactique, rigoureux et accessible, fidèle aux valeurs de sérieux de la marque,Histoire National Geographic entend conjuguerplaisir de lire et transmission de savoir auprès d’un public large, avec 
– des signatures d’historiens renommés et uncomité scientifique français, 
– des dossiers vivants étayés par uneiconographie riche (frises chronologiques, schémas des forces et des alliances…), 
un intérêt pour toutes les époques, de l’antiquité aux temps modernes.

 

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Egypt-o-Mania! Exploring King Tut’s Cultural Influence—and His Connection to the Downton Abbey Mansion

Egypt-o-Mania! Exploring King Tut’s Cultural Influence—and His Connection to the Downton Abbey Mansion | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

For a period of several months in 1978 and 1979, the most valuable pieces of real estate in all of Manhattan may well have been spots at the front of the line for “Treasures of Tutankhamun,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Some eight million people visited the Tut exhibition—a number not only greater than the population of New York at the time, but more than Tut ruled when he was king. This was the beginning of the art-museum blockbuster show. Vanity Fair contributing editor David Kamp’s remarkable piece on the exhibition and the sensation it caused, “King of New York,” brings readers back to “one of the most all-encompassing cultural phenomena of the second half of the 20th century.”

 

The 1922 discovery by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon of Tutankhamun’s undisturbed tomb with its staggering wealth of solid-gold treasures gave rise to the first burst of Tut-mania, which swept the next few years of the decade. It erupted not only through fashion and fads, but had a huge effect on architecture. Indeed, it is because Tut-mania coincided with the birth of Hollywood and the building boom of the great movie palaces that so many theaters from that time were designed to look like Egyptian temples.

In the early 70s, two prominent and patrician museum directors were vying for not only the public’s attention but also its purse: J. Carter Brown, at Washington’s National Gallery, and Thomas Hoving, at the Metropolitan Museum, in New York. Each man had long had his eye on the Tut treasures, then moldering in the dilapidated Egyptian Museum, in Cairo.

But the decisive impetus actually came from Richard Nixon, who made a triumphal state visit to Egypt in the waning days of his doomed presidency. Looking for something—anything—that could be hailed as an “agreement” to sign, Nixon settled with Egyptian president Anwar Sadat on a traveling exhibition of Tut’s funerary haul. By 1976, some 55 of the choicest artifacts were crossing the Atlantic on a U.S. Navy ship.

Everything from Nixon’s phlebitis and the Yom Kippur War to Bloomingdale’s, Egyptian cab drivers, Doonesbury, Steve Martin and Saturday Night Live, the mansion from Downton Abbey, and a Nile mosquito have parts to play in this story. The impact of the exhibition was not just cultural.

“Treasures of Tutankhamun” boosted the economy of every city it passed through. It pumped an estimated $111 million into New York alone, at a time when the city desperately needed money. Along the way, museum directors became showmen, curators became entrepreneurs, and there would be no turning back.

 

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2013/03/king-tut-downton-abbey-connection

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King Tut's Tomb Unveiled At

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NEWBURY, ENGLAND—The PBS hit "Downton Abbey" has an unlikely but dramatic connection to the greatest Egyptological discovery of all time. The soapy Edwardian drama is filmed at Highclere Castle, seat of the Fifth Earl of Carnarvon, who sponsored the excavations that unearthed the tomb of King Tutankhamun. To mark the 90th anniversary of the discovery, a replica of the tomb has opened in the cellars of the nineteenth-century mansion, along with recreations of the pharaoh's coffin and death mask that complement original artifacts from the site that are also on display. "This is the defining thing for Highclere. Downton is lovely, but it will come and go," said Lady Fiona Carnarvon, the current Countess of Carnarvon. "In 100 years' time, people are still going to be wondering and admiring the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb." Fans of the boy king will soon have added incentive to visit Highclere Castle. Next year the original tomb in the Valley of the Kings is slated to be closed to tourists for good. (Archaeology)

http://www.archaeology.org/news/580-130219-downton-abbey-king-tut-tomb-opened

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L'homme qui a découvert la tombe de Toutankhamon, Howard Carter, a été inondé de lettres le mettant en garde contre la "malédiction des pharaons". Ces lettres sont en vente.

L'homme qui a découvert la tombe de Toutankhamon, Howard Carter, a été inondé de lettres le mettant en garde contre la "malédiction des pharaons". Ces lettres sont en vente. | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The man who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun, Howard Carter, was inundated with sinister letters warning him of 'the curse of the pharaohs', his newly released archives have revealed.
The legend was fuelled at the the time by newspaper reports and famous contemporaries like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes, who believed the 'curse' was to blame for a number of mysterious deaths of those on Howard's team.
Howard's descendents are now selling all his papers, photos, effects and other 'wonderful things' that have remained with the family.
The collection, which is valued at £150,000, also includes correspondence from believer's in the Pharaoh's infamous 'curse'.
There are several letters from a Margit Labouchere, who stated in one: 'Tot ench Amon is not in his tomb... Nobody is allowed to open the coffin. Listen to your inward voice.'
The archive has been kept by the family since Carter died in 1939 and now is going under the hammer at Bonhams auction house.

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Début des travaux pour la réplique de la tombe de Toutankhamon

Début des travaux pour la réplique de la tombe de Toutankhamon | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

On the 7th of January 2014, workers started digging the site next to the dig house of Howard Carter, now known as Carter's House, at the entrance to the Valley of the Kings, Luxor. They were beginning work on the first ever replica tomb in the Middle East and one fit for a King. The project by Factum Arte and the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA) plans to open the facsimilie of King Tutankhamun’s tomb later this year. 
The replica was made possible by Factum Arte using high resolution recording and is a part of a major initiative by the MSA to preserve the tombs in the Valley of the Kings while making important tombs that are either closed or in need of closure accessible to the public and to scholars. The project was launched in collaboration with the University of Basel, The Friends of the Royal tombs of Egypt, the Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation, The European Union and the Ministry of Tourism. The facsimile is identical to the original tomb from a normal viewing distance - this evidence of the quality of the high resolution digital data from which it was made- data which is essential to monitor the condition of the original tomb and to document its decay. 
The project in Egypt has been carried out with the assistance of the Tarek Waly Centre and Past Preservers. Digging has begun for the underground chamber housing the facsimile and the adjacent exhibition space which will show the story of the opening of the Tomb.

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King Tut’s Cultural Influence, From Steve Martin to Downton Abbey

King Tut’s Cultural Influence, From Steve Martin to Downton Abbey | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
David Kamp tells how rival directors of two great American museums joined forces for an epic event that brought the term “blockbuster” to high art and kicked off an age of “Tut-mania” in the U.S..

 

In 1976, more than 3,000 years after his death, King Tutankhamun’s second reign began as treasures from the Egyptian boy monarch’s tomb reached the U.S., touching off a “Tut-mania” that en: gulfed everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Andy Warhol to Steve Martin. David Kamp tells how rival directors of two great American museums joined forces for an epic event that brought the term “blockbuster” to high art.

  David Kamp / VanityfairMore : http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2013/04/king-tut-exhibit-new-york
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Tutankhamun exhibit at 'Downton'

Ninety years ago, in the Valley of the Kings, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter broke down the gold wall into the Shrine Room in the tomb of Tutankhamun, discovering a wall of gold.To mark the anniversary of that achievement a visitor attraction has been created in the cellars of Highclere Castle to give an impression of what was found in November 1922.

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Tutankhamon artefacts return

Tutankhamon artefacts return | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

In the next few days the Grand Egyptian Museum, the new museum of antiquities under construction on the Giza plateau, will receive five artefacts from the tomb of Tutankhamon. The items returned to Egypt in Januray 2013 after being on display in the United States and Japan.

The artefacts will be moved from their current storage location in the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square and brought to the Grand Egyptian Museum under strict security measures.

The five artefacts are a golden wooden bed, a wooden box and three models of ceremonial boats. Once any necessary restoration has been carried out, the items from the tomb will be exhibited in the 7500 square metre showroom dedicated to artefacts from Tutankhamon’s tomb.

The new exhibition room is seven times larger than the area currently dedicated to Tutankhamon’s legacy at the Tahrir museum. (Daily news Egypt)

 

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/02/19/tutankhamon-artefacts-return/

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