Tutankhamun Treasures, Washington, 3/11/1961 – 3/12/1961

Exhibition: Tutankhamun Treasures 1961-1964

Sources:
(1) http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/exhibitions/1961/tutankhamun.html
(2) Tutankhamun Treasures: A loan exhibition from the Department of Antiquities of the United Arab Republic – Sponsored by the American Association of Museums. Circulated by the Smithsonian Institution, 1961-1963
by Rudolf Anthes – Washington : Smithsonian Institution, 1961
Location: West Building Main Floor, Rotunda
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.

Sources:
(1) http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/exhibitions/1961/tutankhamun.html
(2) Tutankhamun Treasures: A loan exhibition from the Department of Antiquities of the United Arab Republic – Sponsored by the American Association of Museums. Circulated by the Smithsonian Institution, 1961-1963
by Rudolf Anthes – Washington : Smithsonian Institution, 1961
Date: 3 November 1961 – 3 December 1961

Visitors: 247.054

Events

3 November 1961 – Opening of the Tutankhamun Exhibit
Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy (First Lady of the United States)
Dr. John Walker (Director, National Gallery of Art)
Dr. Leonard Carmichael (Secretary, Smithsonian Institution)
Dr. Mostafa Kamel (Ambassador of the United Arab Republic to the United States)
Dr. Sarwat Okasha (Minister of Culture and National Guidance of the United Arab Republic)
Mrs. Okasha (wife of Dr. Sarwat Okasha)
Mr. Towell (?)

Mrs. Kennedy receives a gift from the Government of Egypt for her her role in helping to save the Abu Simbel temples in the Nile Valley.

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Photograph from the National Gallery of Art in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

The statue will travel and be exhibited together with all other artifacts.

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Tutankhamun Treasures (1961) – National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art is located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC.

 

November 3, 1961–December 3, 1961
West Building Main Floor, Rotunda

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Overview: 34 small objects from the Cairo Museum were selected from the more than 2,000 found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. The exhibition was opened by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Ambassador Dr. Mostafa Kamel, and the Minister of Culture of the United Arab Republic, Dr. Sarwat Okasha.

The dramatic installation was designed by Robert B. Widder, in a series of glass cases arranged in a circle in the Rotunda, the first time that this area had been used for an exhibition. This location helped to ease the flow of visitors. The Gallery was open 4 additional hours each Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., to accommodate the crowds. The purpose of the loan was to stimulate interest in America in the salvage program of monuments threatened by the Aswan Dam project. The exhibition was circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service to 14 other museums during the next 2 years.

15 photographs of monuments and temples on the Nile, which were to be saved before completion of the Aswan Dam, were shown in the cafeteria corridor at the same time.

Attendance: 247054

Catalog: Tutankhamun Treasures: A Loan Exhibition from the Department of Antiquities of the United Arab Republic, by Rudolf Anthes. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1961.

Brochure: Preliminary brochure with checklist. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1961.

[Source: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/exhibitions/1961/tutankhamun.html]

Mrs. Kennedy at U.A.R. Tutankhamun Treasure Exhibit at the National Gallery, 3 November 1961


Accession Number: USG:1-11

Title: Mrs. Kennedy at U.A.R. Tutankhamun Treasure Exhibit at the National Gallery, 3 November 1961

Date(s) of Materials: 3 November 1961

Description: Motion picture of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy viewing the United Arab Republic (U.A.R.) Tutankhamun Treasure Exhibit and speaking briefly with Dr. and Mrs. Okasha at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The footage is silent. Also included is an interview of Dr. Okasha by a Mr. Towell. The interview is conducted in Arabic and the footage includes sound. USIA 7-17.

[Source: http://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/Archives/USG-1-11.aspx]

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (JBK) attends the opening of the Tutankhamun Exhibit, National Gallery of Art

 

Digital Identifier: JFKWHP-1961-11-03-C

[Source: http://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/Archives/JFKWHP-1961-11-03-C.aspx]

 

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Tutankhamun Treasures (1961–1964) – Dates and Locations

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Tutankhamun Treasures

The first travelling exhibition of  Tutankhamun artifacts, 34 objects, “to stimulate public interest in the UNESCO-sponsored salvage program for Nubian monuments threatened by the Aswan Dam project”

Date Location Visitors
3 November 1961
3 December 1961
Washington, D.C.
National Gallery of Art
247.054
16 December 1961
20 January 1962
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
University Museum
73.000
- New Haven, Connecticut
Peabody Museum of Natural History
n/a
- Houston, Texas
Museum of Fine Arts
n/a
- Omaha, Nebraska
Joslyn Art Museum
n/a
- Chicago, Illinois
Oriental Institute
n/a
- Seattle, Washington
Seattle Art Museum
,n/a
- San Francisco, California
California Palace of the Legion of Honor
n/a
- Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
n/a
- Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland Museum of Art
n/a
- Boston, Massachusetts
Museum of Fine Arts
n/a
- Saint Louis, Missouri
City Art Museum of Saint Louis
n/a
- Baltimore, Maryland
Walters Art Gallery
n/a
- Dayton, Ohio
Dayton Art Institute
n/a
- Detroit, -
Detroit Institute of Arts?
n/a
- Toledo, Ohio
Toledo Museum of Art
n/a
- Richmond, -
Richmond Art Museum?
n/a
- New York, -
Carnegie International Center
n/a

 

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