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