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Press kit: ‘Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds’

The Saint Louis Art Museum will present “Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds,” an exhibition showcasing antiquities from one of the greatest finds in the history of underwater archaeology. The North American premiere of “Sunken Cities” will be the most significant exhibition of ancient Egyptian art undertaken in St. Louis in more than 50 years. Featuring… Read More »

Press release: Upcoming exhibition will feature new work by Jennifer Bornstein

ST. LOUIS, April 10, 2018—The Saint Louis Art Museum will present work by Jennifer Bornstein in the 115th installment of the museum’s popular “Currents” series. The free exhibition will be on view in Gallery 255 from April 20 through July 15. This exhibition is a convergence of several interconnected lines of inquiry that Bornstein has… Read More »

Media advisory: Panel will discuss how technology can peer beneath mummies’ wrappings

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 1, 2018—A team of St. Louis experts will discuss their findings from a series of CT scans of ancient Egyptian mummies in “Ancient Artifacts, 21st-Century Technology: Unlocking Mummies’ Secrets,” a panel discussion at the Saint Louis Art Museum at 7 pm on Friday, Feb. 16. Lisa Çakmak, the museum’s associate curator of… Read More »

Media advisory: As part of Black History Month, SLAM will show ‘The Black Power Mixtape, 1967-1975’ and ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 30, 2018—The Saint Louis Art Museum will mark Black History Month with a variety of programming next month, including two film screenings and free gallery talks highlighting African art. The museum will screen “The Black Power Mixtape, 1967-1975” on Saturday, Feb. 24 and “I Am Not Your Negro” on Sunday, Feb. 25.… Read More »

Press release: Art in Bloom returns to the Saint Louis Art Museum on March 2-4

Martha Stewart among featured speakers for annual festival event ST. LOUIS, Jan. 29, 2018—Art in Bloom, the annual festival of fine art and fresh flowers, returns to the Saint Louis Art Museum on Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 4. Tickets for the festival’s special programs—including a lecture by lifestyle expert, Emmy-winning television host and… Read More »

Press release: Exhibition mixes Eastern and Western art traditions, woodblocks and 3D technology

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 22, 2018—The Saint Louis Art Museum next month will present “Time Spy,” an animated 3D film that draws from Eastern and Western traditions of art, history, myth, and imagination. To create the work, Chinese artist Sun Xun merged a 1,000-year-old printmaking technique—the woodblock print—with modern film-making technologies. “Sun Xun: Time Spy” includes… Read More »

‘Sunken Cities’ background: international coverage

“Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds” was praised by crowds and critics when it was on view at the British Museum in 2016. The exhibition similarly wowed the European press when it was presented under a different title at the Rietberg Museum in Zurich and Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. Archaeologist Franck Goddio’s discoveries were… Read More »

‘Sunken Cities’ background: discovery and excavation

With a unique survey-based approach that utilizes the most sophisticated technical equipment, Franck Goddio and his team, in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry for Antiquities, were able to locate, map and excavate parts of the city of Thonis-Heracleion, which lies about four miles off today’s coastline. The city is located within an overall research area… Read More »

‘Sunken Cities’ background: Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus

More than 1,200 years ago, two cities on Egypt’s north coast disappeared into the Mediterranean Sea. They were victims of different natural catastrophes, like the rising of the sea level and seismic disruption, which triggered tidal waves. Over the coming centuries, these cities were largely forgotten.  Ancient accounts told of the cities’ splendor and magnificence,… Read More »