“Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?”
The story of pharaoh Tutankhamun is legendary. The last of a royal family who can to power at the age of 9 years old, with a sudden unexpected death (a possible murder conspiracy) and a long lost and forgotten tomb (with a rumoured terrible curse). Over 5000 artefacts were recovered from the tomb when it was discovered in 1922, an incredible precious and rare find.
The Saatchi Gallery off the Kings Road, is hosting a final exhibition in honour of the boy king, with 150 pieces, including 60 that are leaving Egypt for the very first time. This exhibition has 1.4 million visited in France, the location prior to London.
Tickets are selling out very quickly, with a limited number available on the day, and the demand is reflected in quite an expensive ticket price.
I throughly enjoyed the exhibit, however I did feel slightly underwhelmed. I have visited the last exhibition in London (in 2007) and I didn’t really notice or feel any different to that experience, although the Saatchi has done things rather more tastefully. If it is your first time, I think you will enjoy the exhibition rather than someone who has seen a lot of pieces before.