King Tut’s coming to Colorado next summer, and tickets are already on sale to catch a glimpse of what promises to be the Denver Art Museum’s top draw in 2010.
"Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharoahs" is one of two traveling exhibits of the Boy King’s memorabilia organized by the National Geographic Society, Arts and Exhibitions International and the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. The exhibit will visit Denver on July 1, 2010, and continue through Jan. 2, 2011.
Tickets for "Tutankhamun," which will feature more than 100 artifacts from Tut’s tomb and other ancient sites, will go on sale next spring but prices have not been announced. The museum will have expanded hours during the run and a portion of the proceeds from the tour will go toward antiquities preservation and conservation efforts in Egypt, including the construction of a new museum in Cairo.
In addition to Tut’s treasures, "Tutankhamun" will feature objects from some of the most important rulers throughout 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history, from the Fourth Dynasty into the Late Period (about 2,600 B.C. to 660 B.C.). Derived from a variety of contexts, including temples and both royal and private tombs, many of the artifacts have never before visited the United States.
The collection also features the largest image of King Tut ever unearthed; a 10-foot statue of the pharaoh found at the remains of the funerary temple of two of his high officials. The statue still retains much of its original paint. The exhibition follows a storyline that explores the splendor of the pharaohs, their function in both the earthly and divine worlds and what "kingship" meant to the Egyptian people. Visitors will encounter artifacts from some of the most powerful Egyptian rulers, including Khefren, whose great pyramid is the only remaining structure of the seven wonders of the ancient world; Hatshepsut, the queen who became a pharaoh; and Psusennes I, whose magnificent golden death mask will be on display.
New scientific discoveries that emerged from a landmark Egyptian research and conservation project also will be on view, providing visitors with further insight into Tutankhamun’s life and death. This includes the first 3-D CT scans of the great King’s mummy, captured through the use of a portable CT scanner.
Denver Art Museum members will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets, but nonmembers may pre-register by phone at (720) 865-5000 or online at www.denverartmuse