Those of you who just can’t get enough of the Ancient Egyptians and their obsessive-compulsive burial rituals are in for a treat at the Brooklyn Museum when it opens its exhbition, Body Parts: Ancient Egyptian Fragments and Amulets, this November.
The Museum announced:”Body Parts features thirty-five objects that represent individual body parts in ancient Egyptian art from the Brooklyn Museums collection, many of which will be displayed for the first time. While traditional exhibitions of ancient art focus on reconstructing damaged works, this exhibition uses fragmentary objects to illuminate the very realistic depiction of individual body parts in canonical Egyptian sculpture. The ancient Egyptians carefully depicted each part of the human body, respecting the significance of every detail. When viewed individually these sculptures and fragments reveal ancient notions of the body, as well as details of workmanship, frequently unnoticed in more complete sculptures.
This exhibition is organized by Yekaterina Barbash, Assistant Curator of Egyptian Art, Brooklyn Museum.
The Brooklyn Museum is often portrayed as poor relation to Manhattan’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, across the East River, but the truth is it’s more like a funky younger brother, or even black-sheep niece. When the Saatchis brought the controversial “Sensation” exhibition to New York City, it was at the Brooklyn Museum that it found a home, not the more staid institutions in Manhattan.
The Brooklyn Museum has an impressive collection of Ancient Egyptian stuff, and a cheering propensity to, like, really do things to make the collection constantly fresh and interesting. At present, they are showing, “Magic in Ancient Egypt: Image, Word, and Reality,” which runs through Oct. 18. What more excuse do you need for a visit?
Check out Two Boots Pizza in Park Slope, afterwards, for food good and cheap enough to bring you back from the dead.