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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Egypt's amb. to Netherlands inaugurates 'Egypt's Gods' exhibition Oct. 17 - Egypt Today

The inauguration of The inauguration of "Egypt's Gods" exhibition at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden Museum in Leiden, Netherlands – Egypt ministry of foreign affairs via Facebook

Egypt's amb. to Netherlands inaugurates 'Egypt's Gods' exhibition Oct. 17

Wed, Oct. 17, 2018
CAIRO – 17 October 2018: Egypt's Ambassador to Netherlands, Amgad Abdel Ghafar, inaugurated on Oct. 17 "Egypt's Gods" exhibition at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden Museum in Leiden.

Abdel Ghafar was accompanied by director general of the Education, Culture and Science Ministry and the director of the museum. Some 400 persons, including officials and guests, attended the reception ceremony, according to a statement issued by Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

The exhibition is expected to run until March 31, 2019.

The inauguration coincides with the 200th anniversary of the museum's establishment. According to the statement, the exhibition includes 500 artifacts collected in cooperation with the Louvre, Hannover, Allard Pierson and Vienna museums.

Several officials gave short speeches about the Egyptian history and civilization. Egypt's ambassador thanked the government and museum officials for hosting the exhibition, which is considered the largest in Rijksmuseum van Oudheden Museum's history.

In September, "The Gold of the Pharaohs" exhibition that ran at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco from July 7 to September 9, was announced to hit 80,000 visitors, which is the Grimaldi Forum's highest record since 2008.

Grimaldi Forum referred that this exhibition was the most visited since holding the "Grace Kelly Princess of Monaco" exhibition in 2007 and "Queens of Pharaohs" in 2008.

"The Gold of the Pharaohs" showcased 149 ancient masterpieces from the Egyptian Museum. The huge, unique event was hosted under the auspices of Prince Albert II and the Egyptian government.

This is not the first exhibition to be hosted by the Grimaldi Forum to showcase Egyptian Antiquities. According to Grimaldi Forum's General Director, Sylvie Biancheri, a somewhat similar exhibition was hosted in Monaco ten years ago.

Biancheri told Egypt Today on July 6 that the "Queens of Egypt" exhibition, which was hosted ten years ago, was one of the most successful and well-received exhibitions organized by the Grimaldi Forum. "At the time, the government allowed moving several pieces of the ancient antiquities to be displayed inside the exhibition.

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