'Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs' to Return to the United States for Encore Tour Beginning Fall 2008

Dallas Museum of Art to Premiere Three-City Engagement

Oct 22, 2007, 01:00 ET from AEG

    DALLAS, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the
 Pharaohs," the exhibition that drew nearly 4 million visitors during its
 two-year, four-city tour, will return to the United States for a three-city
 encore tour. Following the success of the first tour, which broke records
 at each of the four museums it visited in the United States from June 2005
 through September 2007, the exhibition will return from its current London
 engagement to open at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) in October 2008,
 followed by visits to two yet to be named museums.
     When the exhibition opened in Los Angeles in 2005, it marked the first
 time in more than 25 years that treasures from King Tut's tomb were shown
 in the United States. The Dallas engagement marks the first time these
 artifacts will be seen in the Southwest region. The current exhibition
 includes an extensive array of more than 130 extraordinary artifacts from
 the tomb of Tutankhamun and other ancient Egyptian sites. The return of the
 exhibition to the United States will include a selection of artifacts that
 are new to the exhibit and have never before been seen outside of Egypt.
     "Dallas is a perfect place for King Tut," said Zahi Hawass, secretary
 general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. "I want everyone in
 Texas to know that the boy king is coming to town, and I personally invite
 everyone to see this great exhibition so that a new generation of people
 will experience the history and magic of the boy king."
     The exhibition is organized by National Geographic, Arts and
 Exhibitions International and AEG Exhibitions, with cooperation from the
 Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. Northern Trust is the presenting
 sponsor of the encore tour and American Airlines, the world's largest
 airline, will be the official airline of the exhibition.
     "We are honored to be the first institution to host the encore tour of
 'Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs,'" stated John R. Lane, The
 Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art. "The Dallas Museum
 of Art is one of the Southwest region's largest art museums, and as today's
 announcement dramatically demonstrates, one which prides itself on
 presenting exhibitions of international significance. The DMA is extremely
 pleased to be able to share these exceptional works of ancient Egyptian art
 with the community we serve and to further reinforce the Dallas Arts
 District as an important destination for visitors seeking the best in
 cultural experiences."
     Proceeds generated from the world tour are being used to help preserve
 Egypt's treasures, including the construction of a new museum in Cairo
 where antiquities will be housed.
     "Egypt's ancient treasures are among the world's greatest cultural
 legacies, and we're delighted that we are able to bring this exhibition
 back to the U.S. so that more people will have an opportunity to view some
 of the most important artifacts from Tutankhamun's tomb and other ancient
 Egyptian sites," said Terry Garcia, National Geographic's executive vice
 president for mission programs.
     Support from presenting sponsor Northern Trust is helping make the
 exhibition's return possible.
     "Northern Trust is proud to share this fascinating cultural and
 educational experience, beginning with the Dallas art community, as we
 further the company's commitment to serving the communities in which we
 live and work," said William A. Osborn, Chairman and Chief Executive,
 Northern Trust Corporation. "We look forward to the continued success of
 the tour and anticipate that this exhibit will provide a wonderful
 opportunity for all members of the Dallas community to enjoy this truly
 unique exploration into the history of Tutankhamun."
     "American Airlines is thrilled to have a role in bringing an exhibit of
 this magnitude to the Dallas Museum of Art," said Dan Garton, executive
 vice president of marketing for American Airlines. "We realize that access
 to global transportation was important in the decision to bring this
 exhibit to Dallas, and it is exciting to know that American Airlines is
 helping to make it possible for this remarkable exhibit to be seen by
 thousands of visitors."
     Since opening in June 2005, "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the
 Pharaohs" has drawn nearly 4 million visitors, setting records in each city
 it has visited, including Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago and
 Philadelphia. With nearly 1.3 million visitors at The Franklin Institute in
 Philadelphia, the exhibition became the most popular museum exhibition in
 the state's history.
     "The previous King Tut tour in the 1970s was a major cultural
 phenomenon and, to some extent, coined the term 'blockbuster,'" said John
 Norman, president of Arts and Exhibitions International. "The huge response
 to 'Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs' proved that the public
 is still embracing the legacy of the boy king. We are thrilled that now,
 even more Americans will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about this
 important period in world history."
     Opening on October 3, 2008, at the Dallas Museum of Art, "Tutankhamun
 and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" provides insight into the life of
 Tutankhamun and other royals of the 18th Dynasty (1555 B.C.-1305 B.C.). All
 of the treasures in the exhibition are between 3,300 and 3,500 years old.
     Tutankhamun was one of the last kings of Egypt's 18th Dynasty and ruled
 during a crucial, turmoil-filled period of Egyptian history. The boy king
 died under mysterious circumstances around age 18 or 19, in the ninth year
 of his reign (1323 B.C.).
     "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" offers glimpses of
 that evolving period. On display are 50 of Tutankhamun's burial objects,
 including his royal diadem -- the gold crown discovered encircling the head
 of his mummified body that he likely wore as king -- and one of the gold
 and precious stone inlaid canopic coffinettes that contained his mummified
 internal organs.
     More than 70 additional objects from tombs of 18th Dynasty royals, as
 well as several non-royal individuals, also are exhibited. These stone,
 faience and wooden pieces from burial sites before Tut's reign give
 visitors a sense of what the lost burials of other royalty and commoners
 may have been like.
     Tickets to the exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art can be reserved
 now at http://www.KingTut.org; tickets go on sale to museum members in
 April 2008 and to the public in July 2008. Group tickets can be reserved
 now by calling 1-866-52-GROUP. For information on tickets, please call
 1-877-TUT-TKTS or visit http://www.KingTut.org or
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