NE – Rietberg Museum – The Sunken Mysteries of Osiris

Date: Thursday 15 June
Time: 12:15
Place: Rietberg Museum, Gablerstrasse 16, Zurich.  Tram No. 7 (Rietberg Museum stop), 5 minutes’ walk up the street or through the Park to the Museum.  Disabled parking only at the Museum.
Cost: CHF 25. SBB pass, gives you free entrance
Reservations: Essential by 9 June to reserve your place with the guided tour
Robert Dean, 052 6591156
Diana Divo, 044 9842327
Joanna Koch, 076 3194146
This spectacular exhibition shows  over 300 statues, ritual objects, sarcophagi and idols from sixteen centuries brought up  from the depths of the Mediterranean off the Egyptian coast.  The exhibits originate from the legendary cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus which became submerged in the 8th century AD.  They provide answers to many age-old questions and tell the mythical story of Osiris, the Egyptian god of rebirth, ruler of the underworld and hero of a mystical cult.  It describes the sensational archaeological discoveries on the sea floor of the once flourishing, now submerged trading cities of the Nile Delta.  The objects that French archaeologist, Franck Goddio, and his team found in the depths of Abu Qir Bay and rescued from the sea throw new light on the history of late Egyptian civilisation at a time when the Greeks and Romans had already gained a foothold in the land of the pharaohs.  The exhibition presents a wealth of moving works of art from Egyptian museums with the most beautiful objects retrieved from the sea, including colossal statues, some five metres tall, and whole complexes of finds, forming its centrepiece.

Before being exhibited in Zurich the show has already been presented at the Institut du monde arabe in Paris and the British Museum in London. Franck Goddio and the Liechtenstein-based Hilti Foundation, which has been sponsoring the underwater excavations for more than twenty years, chose Museum Rietberg as the exhibition’s next and only German-speaking venue.

We will make reservations for the guided tour and can gather afterwards in the Museum café to enjoy one of their delicious snacks or drinks.  You can check the Rietberg Website or call them on 044 4153131  for more information, also about the tours  at 17.00 on Wednesdays.  The exhibition finishes on 17 July.