Exploring Ancient Art in the Modern World

Exploring Ancient Art in the Modern World

The Institut du Monde Arabe, a cultural center that showcases culture from the Arab world, will be presenting a very interesting exhibit from April 23 until September 8, 2013. The exhibit is called 'Nefertiti's Theorem' and it will include many works from the era of the pharaohs.

'Nefertiti's Theorem' aims to reveal, and even challenge, the ways in which artistic works are traditionally shown. This is meant to incite the public to be more critical in its manner of looking at the artwork in this exhibition and at art exhibitions in general. It is also an invitation to think about the process of how artwork from different times and cultures is decontextualized when it is put on display in present day. An important question is therefore evoked: what kind of appropriation can we make of these objects?

Going back and forth between ancient and modern cultures -- from Ptolemy to Giacometti -- the exhibition takes an interest in the complex relationships that exist between works, artists and institutions.

The journey proposed by the Institut du Monde Arabe includes ancient works from pharaonic, Coptic and Islamic cultures. It also brings together more modern works from artists such as Maurice Denis, Georges Henein, Lee Miller and Amy Nimr. Archival documents will also be presented during this eclectic and thought-provoking exhibition.

For guests staying at one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens, this exhibition provides a perfect reason to visit the Institut du Monde Arabe, which is located in the lovely 5th arrondissement of Paris. The Institute is found right next to the Seine, so visitors can incorporate a stroll along the iconic river into their day as well. As a result, visitors can discover the multitude of cultures that can come together in the City of Light.

Institut du Monde Arabe

1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard

Place Mohammed V


Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tickets: 7 euros