CAIRO – 14 February 2022: Ancient Egyptian art and pharaonic influences reached Chicago, USA with the 23 pharaonic mummies exhibited in the Field Museum and the statue of King Tutankhamun displayed at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute.
In the latest celebration of pharaonic antiquities in the United States, a new exhibition of pharaonic art has been launched at the Art Institute of Chicago under the title "Life and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt." The exhibition describes life in ancient Egypt, according to the American newspaper Chicago Sun-Times.
While the Art Institute's collection of about 1,000 pieces may not be as large as the holdings of the Field Museum or the Oriental Institute, it does speak more about artistic practice and the role of art in ancient Egypt.
Nearly 80 relics dating back 3,000 years will be displayed in the Art Institute's New Egyptian Gallery, a 3,150-square-foot space formerly dedicated to Islamic artwork, which is now distributed to other parts of the museum.
The gallery is located in the basement below the gallery that connects the modern wing to the American Galleries and the rest of the museum.
"It's a central collection of the museum's holdings," said Ashley Eriko, assistant curator of the museum.
Ancient Egyptian art is no longer included with the ancient Mediterranean art, which occupies the galleries on the first floor due to the reorganization of the museum departments since 2020.
The exhibits in the "Life and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt" are organized by themes rather than by chronology. Among the topics are religious practices in the ancient civilization as well as how cosmetics and jewelry were used.