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Scarab necklace by René Lalique, Paris, circa 1900.

Wartski is honoured to lend to Visions of Ancient Egypt at the Sainsbury Centre and the Laing Art Gallery, this major exhibition explores the enduring appeal of ancient Egypt in art and design from the ancient past to the present day.

Over 150 works drawn from collections in the UK and internationally examine how ancient Egypt has shaped our cultural imagination. From antiquity, when the Great Pyramid was revered as a wonder of the ancient world, to the Cleopatra of Shakespeare’s stage, this ground-breaking exhibition explores this ongoing engagement with ancient Egypt and charts its many forms across centuries of art and design. The exhibition examines how the iconic motifs and visual styles of Egypt have been re-imagined and re-invented over time – revealing a history closely entwined with conquest and colonial politics.

The exhibition coincides with the 2022 anniversaries of two key events: the bicentenary of Jean-François Champollion’s decipherment of hieroglyphs and the centenary of Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

The Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia, Norfolk Road, Norwich NR4 7TJ.

3rd September 2022 – 1st January 2023.

Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG.

28th January – 29th April 2023


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Brooch by Gustave Baugrand, Paris, circa 1865