The Museums Diplomacy

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Date: May 25 at 7:00pm

LocationEmbassy of Italy (3000 Whitehaven St. NW, Washington, DC 20008)

 

The Embassy of Italy and the Italian Institute of Culture in Washington DC invite you to The Museums Diplomacy - From hieroglyphs to new museum languages and joint research – a conversation with Christian Greco, Director of the Museo Egizio in Turin.

How can we work together to protect and re-discover cultural heritage of the past and to make it relevant for our present cultural identity? One possible answer comes from the experience of the Museo Egizio in Turin, the museum which houses the world’s largest collection of Egyptian antiquities outside of Cairo. Created in 1824 by King Charles Felix, the Museum underwent a three and half years renovation, which was completed in 2015 and turned it into a model of international excellence. Beyond new layouts, exhibition spaces and displays, a number of programs and international exchanges were launched that involved not only researchers but also the Egyptian community of Turin, to promote awareness and mutual understanding.

The young Director of the Museum, Christian Greco, will lead us in an inspiring journey though the philosophy and new techniques that gave a new life to the Museum.

On this occasion, the photo exhibition "1906 - 2016, the discovery of the Tomb of Kha" will be inaugurated. The exhibition consists of a selection of rare photographs of the archaeologist Ernesto Schiaparelli, a famous Italian archeologist, predecessor of Christian Greco, who took over the direction of the museum in 1894.

This event is part of the “Protecting our Heritage” initiative, a program supported by UNESCO and organized by the Washington Network of the European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC), under the 2016 Italian presidency, in order to raise awareness on the need to act against the growing threats posed to cultural heritage by wars, international terrorism, criminal organizations, climate challenges – or more simply, by neglect.