Cracking the Code

The decipherment of Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs

The LdM gallery is pleased to invite you to its temporary exhibition in collaboration with Camnes (Center for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies), titled “CRACKING THE CODE: The Decipherment of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs.” The exhibition will commence on the day of the 200th year anniversary of the official discovery of how to decode the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and will be in the presence of the curators. The exhibition is aiming to present the discovery’s significance and will feature a series of images closely connected to this iconic ancient script, which had been in use for at least 3,600 years. Composed of nineteen pictures and a multimedia station, each image is associated with a scannable QR code that is intended to further educate and enhance the visiting experience for the audience and make a link with contemporary forms of communication. Moreover, a series of panels with specific focuses on the different aspects of writing in ancient Egypt will complete the experience. 

The exhibition “Cracking the Code” is targeted to all audiences and aims to provide the tools for a better understanding of the relevance of the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic writing also in our times. 

A full immersion into understanding of Ancient Egypt will be enhanced by collateral events for LdM students, a cooking event, where participants will prepare and taste an ancient Egyptian recipe and a Treasure Hunt in the gallery aimed to decipher a hieroglyphic writing with a help of clues given by the curators of the exhibition. There will also be a special opening on Saturday October 7th on the occasion of the 19th Giornata del Contemporaneo (Contemporary Day).

Camnes is an international project of scientific excellence based in Florence that was founded in 2010 and studies the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean and Middle East. The university has established international relations with several private and public collaborators in order to further their scientific and anthropological studies of cultural heritage. Their exhibition activities aim to further their mission statement of preserving and educating the public about the history of the ancient societies through its showcased pieces of different media.

Curated by: Massimiliano Franci, Irene Morfini, Valentina Santini – CAMNES: Center for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies  

LdM Gallery: Via de’ Pucci 4, Florence 

Opening: Sept 27th from 5pm to 8pm 

Opening Night Event: Talk with the curators at 6pm

From: Sept 27th – Oct 11th, 2023. Mon: 10am – 2pm, Tue – Fri: 4pm – 7pm

Special Opening on the occasion of the 19th Giornata del Contemporaneo: Oct 7th 10am-1pm

The LdM Gallery is a project by Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici, an interdisciplinary space where academic research and artistic experimentation meet within a professional setting.

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