Tutankhamun to Visit New York

Tutankhamun Coffinette From Wiki Commons

Tutankhamun Coffinette From Wiki Commons

From Egyptology News.

Every two decades also, the Egypt government tours their Tut collection, and every time they claim that it would be the last time since traveling abroad cast potential harm to the antiquities. Early in the organization, the tour was refused by both Metropolitan Museum of Art and Philadelphia Museum because both refused to add additional charge above their regular admission fee. Therefore, the route of King Tut has been mostly in the south such as Atlanta, GA or Dallas, TX. The current traveling show is moving to De Young Museum in three weeks. 

I had talked with one of the eminent curators in Egyptology before. Surprisingly, such a blockbuster show in the past could hardly bring financial success because of the exorbitant charge from Egypt side. It makes sense that the show will be organized by a for-profit organization. Based on this source, the price would be less than 20 bucks, which is reasonable compared to admission fees of museums. What’s more interesting is that the show will be displayed in the 60,000-square-foot basement of the New York Times’ former building at Times Square. Because New York City is the No.1 tourism city in the US and Time Square is the No.1 tourism spot within the city, it would be hard for such a show to generate a large sum of profits. (Guess what will tourists do if it happens to rain when in mid-town in 2010?)

About Hui

Wang Hui lived from 1632 - 1717 and followed in the footprints of his great grandfathers, grandfather, father and uncles and learned painting at a very early age. He was later taught by two contemporary masters, Zhang Ke and Wang Shimin, who taught him to work in the tradition of copying famous Chinese paintings. This is most likely the reason why critics claim that his work is conservative and reflects the Yuan and Song traditions. One critic claimed that "his landscape paintings reflect his nostalgic attachment to classical Chinese aesthetics. Along with the other Wangs, Wang Hui helped to perpetuate the tradition of copying the ancient masters rather than creating original work.

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