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It all started when the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, Khaled al-Anani, and the French Minister of Culture, Franck Riester, inaugurated an exhibition in Paris last March, celebrating the upcoming centenary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egyptin 1922.
According to Radio France Internationale, the exhibition called Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, includes 150 pieces that were related to the Egyptian king, 60 of which had never left Egypt before. Curator Tarek El Awady stated, “The 5,300 artefacts of Tutankhamun will be on display for the first time since the time of their discovery.”
In the week preceding the opening, 130,000 tickets were sold, and organisers had hoped that this venture would break a record over the next 6 months, and their wishes came true! This morning, The Jakarta Post stated that the venue, La Vilette Hall in north-east Paris, has sold more than 1.3 million tickets for the event.
France’s exhibition ends on the 22nd of September, after a one-week extension, before heading this November to London, at the Saatchi Gallery. The tour continues until 2024, to finally make it to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM). El Awady explained, “This is to send the message to the whole world that Egypt is almost ready to open the new home for King Tutankhamun, the Grand Egyptian Museum.”
We can’t wait to see the updated numbers in a few weeks and the feedback of the exhibition’s visitors.