In­sti­tut du Monde Arabe, Paris Show­ing from: 28 March – 5 Au­gust 2018

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ART ROUNDUP -

The Arab World In­sti­tute (IMA) will re­count one of the most ex­cit­ing hu­man un­der­tak­ings in his­tory: the epic

of the Suez Canal in its ex­hi­bi­tion, The Epic of the Suez Canal: From the Pharaohs to the 21st cen­tury.

From the Pharaohs to Fer­di­nand de Lesseps, from Napoleon Bon­a­parte’s plans for na­tion­al­i­sa­tion un­der Nasser, this ex­tra­or­di­nary 4,000-year saga is pre­sented in a ground-break­ing ex­hi­bi­tion bring­ing to­gether pow­er­ful per­son­al­i­ties, su­per­hu­man chal­lenges, and the crit­i­cal mo­ments that have marked the sin­gu­lar his­tory of this sym­bolic lo­ca­tion where three con­ti­nents con­verge: Asia, Africa, and Europe.

This is a story of world his­tory and the great civ­i­liza­tions that came to­gether and con­fronted each other at this nerve cen­tre of trade be­tween peo­ples, be­tween North and South, East and West. Em­ploy­ing a cin­e­matic and im­mer­sive ap­proach, the ex­hi­bi­tion will plunge visi­tors into the heart of the 1869 in­au­gu­ra­tion, then take them back in time through the his­tor­i­cal de­vel­op­ment of this epic con­struc­tion.

Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ob­jects, scale mod­els, pho­to­graphs, and pe­riod films guide visi­tors through the his­tory of Egypt and the world from the time of the Pharaohs to the most re­cent ex­ten­sion and par­al­lel con­struc­tion in­au­gu­rated in 2015.

To­ward the Seas of the South

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