QUEENS OF EGYPT: FROM HETEPHERES TO CLEOPATRA
From July 12 to September 10, 2008
In the summer of 2008, the Grimaldi Forum invited Christiane Ziegler, Honorary General Curator of the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the Louvre Museum, to curate the "Queens of Egypt: from Hetepheres to Cleopatra" exhibition, as well as scenographer François Payet.
Who are these queens? Cleopatra, Nefertiti, Hatshepsut are not only surrounded by myths, but have also, together with other queens that are less known to the general public, exercised their roles as rulers of ancient Egypt, embodying the political and religious power of the kingdom.
Their multi-status, defined by whatever man's wife, mother or daughter they were, is represented through a variety of more than 250 works (bas-reliefs, statues, jewellery, etc.) coming from the collections of museums from around the world, including the Cairo Museum, the New York Metropolitan Museum, the British Museum in London, the Ägyptisches Museum in Berlin, etc., and, of course, the generous contributions from the Louvre. Out of this Monegasque edition came the 2015 "Cleopatra and the Queens of Egypt" exhibition, co-produced with the Japanese group NHK and presented at the Tokyo National Museum and the National Museum of Art in Osaka.