China and Egypt. Cradles of the World

06.07.2017 to 03.12.2017
Neues Museum

The cultures of Egypt and China are distinguished by a long history spanning several millennia. In the exhibition China and Egypt. Cradles of the World, treasures of Ancient Egyptian and Ancient Chinese art can be seen side-by-side. For the first time the show features scores of exhibits from China that have never gone to Europe before.

The exhibits on display cover a timespan from 4500 BC to the Greek and Roman period (332 BC to 313 AD). The direct comparison of the ancient high cultures shows visitors how both societies had a decisive and enduring impact on the development of human history. Despite their enormous distance, both cultures developed similar structures, which are still recognizable today. 

Each of the  250 exhibits has its own history, while also representing an entire culture. Both ordinary items of everyday life and important art treasures can serve to bring us closer to these past cultures, communicating information about places, peoples, and ways of life. The exhibition demonstrates this through five thematic chapters that focus on: writing, forms of government, religious beliefs, funerary cult, and daily life. In some areas, Chinese and Egyptian art and culture reveal surprising correlations, in others interesting tensions emerge. The exhibition’s spectacular highpoint is the jade burial suit of a deceased Chinese nobleman presented alongside a richly painted mummy case from Ancient Egypt.

"China and Egypt. Cradles of the World" has received generous support from the Savings Banks Finance Group, main sponsor of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. The exhibition has received further support from the Verein zur Förderung des Ägyptischen Museums Berlin e.V and Museum & Location.

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On view is: China and Egypt. Cradles of the World, exhibition graphic, composed of: You wine vessel shaped as an owl/Standing figure of the jackal-headed god Anubis/Dui food vessel/Statuette of a servant/Heart scarab
© Shanghai Museum, China / Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung / Sandra Steiß
Neues Museum

More than 320,000 people have already seen ‘China and Egypt: Cradles of the World’ on show for just one last weekend, until 3 December

Prof. Dr. Michael Eissenhauer, Generaldirektor der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin und Direktor der Gemäldegalerie sowie Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Daniel Hofer
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Interview with Michael Eissenhauer: ‘Comprehending the World in its Entirety’

Aktionstag: Auf dem Weg zum Humboldt Forum
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Activities Day
On the Way to the Humboldt Forum

On view are: Mariana Jung, exhibition curator, and Friederike Seyfried, director of the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, greet the 250,000th visitor to the exhibition: Lotte Sommerwerck from the city of Essen, accompanied by her friend Ruth Dahlhoff
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / David von Becker
Neues Museum

250,000 people have already seen ‘China and Egypt: Cradles of the World’ at the Neues Museum

On view are: Curator Mariana Jung and Friederike Seyfried, director of the  Egyptian Museum und Papyrus Collection, welcome the 100,000th visitor to the exhibition: Bernd Rödel with his family
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / David von Becker
Neues Museum

“China and Egypt” exhibition already attracts 100,000 visitors

Education and outreach program in the museum
© Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin / Valerie Schmidt
Neues Museum

Inclusive approaches to ‘China and Egypt’

v.l.n.r.: Johannes Evers (Vorstandsvorsitzender der Berliner Sparkasse), Michael Eissenhauer (Generaldirektor der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin), Georg Fahrenschon (Präsident des Deutschen Sparkassen- und Giroverbandes), Friederike Seyfried (Direktorin des Ägyptischen Museums und Papyrussammlung), Yang Zhigang (Direktor des Shanghai Museums), Frederic Roßbeck (Vorstandsvorsitzender der Feuersozietät Berlin Brandenburg Versicherung AG)
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / David von Becker

The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe extend their partnership for two more years

On view is: ‘China and Egypt’: Arrival of jade suit – an exhibition highlight.
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Foto: Fabio Frank
Neues Museum

‘China and Egypt’: Arrival of jade suit – an exhibition highlight

Unknown artist, Portrait of Yang Maolin, ca. 1600. Hanging scroll (Detail) © Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
© Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

Special exhibition by the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin for the German-Chinese Cultural Programme 2017

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