Masterpiece [Re]discovery: The Preservation of Pharaonic Knowledge

Discovery has always been at the heart of Masterpiece London and the fair celebrates the diversity of artistic expression throughout time and across cultures. In this spirit, Masterpiece [Re]discovery is a new platform at the fair that explores the impact of a cultural moment, uncovering how culture is continually rediscovered, reinterpreted and reappropriated by successive generations.

On the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, our inaugural Masterpiece [Re]discovery invites visitors to engage with a prescient and powerful display that reveals how our fascination with Ancient Egypt began centuries earlier.

Titled "Avoiding Oblivion, The Preservation of Pharaonic Knowledge", and created by Factum Foundation & Skene Catling de la Peña, the exhibition embeds the plan of Tutankhamun’s tomb within a larger labyrinth that traces how Ancient Egypt has captured the public imagination for over five hundred years, from the Renaissance to the Romantics, through colonial discovery and scientific excavation to the future and virtual or augmented experience.

It also leads us to question what we - individually and collectively - are doing during our lives, and how we ourselves will be perceived and remembered after we are gone.

Listen to Adam Lowe, Founder of Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Preservation, to find out more about the project.

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