...«One of the most fascinating adventures of man», «Spectacular and mysterious»… There is no lack of adjectives that may be applied to the great Nubian Company, in ancient Egypt, source of fascination and admiration which continues to unveil its treasures of a millenary history, treasures that risked being “swallowed” forever by the Great Nile. The curators of the exhibition, each with their own baggage of experience, have compiled important photographic material, never before shown to an international public, to illustrate this feat. The event wants to reach “the public at large”, thus making all the information and details of what was achieved available to all, with the exclusive advantage of the knowledge of the human patrimony. This knowledge is available to the public, in its exclusive and unique form – the project, the cutting into blocks, the temporary storage area, the reconstructions necessary for the re-building and salvage – seen through the eyes of images and objects from the temples that have only one request—that of being unveiled to the public at large.
As the theme of the exhibition may be considered extremely technical, though some points have been essentially maintained, the salvaging is explained taking the visitors hand in hand and guiding them along passing through the conditions of the sites before the salvaging, why it was necessary, the international projects, the dismantling, the cutting into blocks, the temporary storing and the reconstruction. All of which has to be seen in the central area of the exhibition. The exhibition opens with the situation found in Abu Simbel, an archaeological site considered one of the most important in ancient Egypt. From the sands of the desert, that, until their “re-discovery”, partially covered the Temples of Ramses II and Nefertari, we pass onto the construction of the cofferdam (an enclosure within a water environment built to allow water to be displaced by air for the purpose of creating a dry work environment), which provided temporary shelter from the slow, but relentless rise of the Nile’s waters, created by the building of the Aswan dam. The exhibition closes with the temples having been re-erected faithfully, both from an aesthetic and orientation point of view. Re-built in such a way so as to respect the pharaoh’s wish, expressed in the precision of their construction, that, twice a year, the first rays of the morning sun, would illuminate the sanctuary in the heart of the Great Temple.
The visitor is thus immerged into a fabulous journey, through a sequence of salvaging operations. A journey, that reveals its multiple facets of men and the technology they applied to achieve such an adventurous objective. In primis the great indispensable contribution of the Egyptian population, who, even if for only a breath in time, also them, like their ancestors, took an active part in the writing of a chapter of history, allowing them to be remembered over the course of time as those who salvaged the Temples.
Aswan - Nubian museum - 2009
The exhibition had its worldwide preview, with the direct collaboration of U.N.E.S.C.O. and the Italian Cultural Institute of Cairo, on 21st - 24th March, 2009 in your city, at the Nubian Museum on the occasion of the International Conference entitled, “Lower Nubia: Revisiting Memories of the Past, Envisaging Perspectives for the Future”, held in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Salvaging Campaign for the Nubian Temples.
Rome - hadrian's temple - 2009
Tomorrow, june 2nd, it is going to close the documentary exhibition about the salvaging of the Abu Simbel Temples, carried out by World Wide Artists Gallery Cultural Association, at Hadrian’s Temple, inaugurated last June 23rd. An awareness towards the great public on the two giants of our archaeological civilization, the Hadrian’s Temple in Rome and the temples of Abu Simbel in Egypt.
Viareggio - Marineria museum - 2009
"The administration is proud to sponsor and promote an event of such great importance," says Ciro Costagliola, Assessor for Culture and Performances of Viareggio city town. "The exhibition chose to honor our city with this stage. This event has a national and international importance, and it is a source of pride for our city, hoping to be a first step towards a new cultural vision for Viareggio, so that it could be fully seen as an international cultural reference point”.
Torino - Valentino castle - 2009
Prof. Gustavo Colonnetti was a European Science Fellow, University Professor and Rector of the Politecnico di Torino, who anticipated advanced theories in the field of Building Science, President of the National Research Council, Academic of Science. He is the project creator, together with Ing. Riccardo Morandi and Arch. Piero Gazzola, with whom Italy won a prestigious international competition launched by UNESCO to save the Abu Simbel Temples.
Cairo - C.I.E.R.A. - 2009
On March 8th 1960, Vittorino Veronese, Director-General of UNESCO, launched this appeal for the salvage of the Nubian Temples, including Abu Simbel, which might be submerged by the construction of the Aswan High Dam. This date changed the fate of the artistic heritage of the region, and the appeal of Veronese was addressed to the solidarity of all those who care about the ancient Egyptian civilization, cradle of the western thought, and also to the international brotherhood.
Alexandria - Bibliotheca Alexandrina - 2010
It was necessary to wait until 1964 to begin, according the schedule, the dismantling of the temples of Abu Simbel. René Maheu, General Manager of UNESCO, declared: "This is not the first time that human generosity is mobilized for a noble cause, however, it is the first time that an international solidarity is developed with such a scale in the field of Culture”. Abu Simbel became not only a witness, but the symbol of the rescue of the Nubian temples. Their beauty who had defied the centuries, from that moment on would challenge the engineers.
Cairo - C.I.E.R.A. - 2010
To the beat of Nubian drums at Al-Sama Khana in Sayeda Zeinab, World Wide Artists Gallery, the director of the scientific office of the Italian Embassy in Cairo, Franco Porcelli, accompanied by Rosanna Pirelli, director of the Italian Archaeological Institute and Tareq Shawqi, director of UNESCO's Cairo office, opened a photographic exhibition entitled "Abu Simbel: the Salvaging of the Temples. man and technology". The exhibition, in Cairo from February 1st, 2010, will be hosted in the beautiful Monumental Complex of the Mawlawi Dervishes, headquarters of the Italian-Egyptian Centre for Restoration and Archaeology, directed by Prof. Giuseppe Fanfoni.
Cairo - C.I.E.R.A. - 2010
Promoted by the Italian Embassy in Egypt and the UNESCO Cairo Office, in collaboration with World Wide Artists Gallery Association and CULTNAT, and directed by Adel Said, the event is composed of a concert by Karam Mourad, with melodies in the Nubian language and original instrument to open a window on the past, recalling ancient rituals, the projection of images that rediscover the culture of Nubia and promote its preservation in the future and the Abu Simbel exhibition: The salvaging of the Temples, Man and Technology, an exhibition to illustrate the international participation and the different steps carried out for the salvaging of the Nubian temples.
Cairo - Giza - Sphinx' Court - 2010
UNESCO’s World Heritage Day, first launched in 1983, aims to raise public awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and draw attention to ancient sites around the world. The idea is to give exposure to international efforts to preserve these sites and increase awareness of the importance of supporting such efforts.
firenze - egyptian museum - 2010
In the wide cultural and architectural heritage inside the historic city Center of Florence, listed by UNESCO on the World Heritage List in 1982, the Egyptian Museum, led by Dr. Maria Cristina Guidotti, deserves a special emphasis, the second in Italy after the famous Egyptian Museum of Turin, and housed in the palace of the Archaeological Museum. At present, the Egyptian Museum of Florence counts over 14,000 artifacts, distributed in nine rooms, largely renovated, and two stores.
Aswan - Nubian museum - 2012
Scientific workshop celebrating the coronation of Ramses II, organized by South Valley University, under the patronage of South Valley Governor and Prof. Dr. Abd el Halim Nur Eldin as Honorary President. The scientific workshop was designed to shed light on the scientific background of this phenomenon, with the participation of astronomers and archaeologists from Egyptian universities and schools, as well as several tourists. With the participation and intervention of Prof. Franco Porcelli, Scientific Director of the Italian Embassy in Egypt.
Rome - egyptian academy - 2013
"... In the morning of August 1 we went to the temple very early with the idea of entering in the underground we had discovered ... At first sight we were amazed by the immensity of that place, we found magnificent art objects ... Paintings, sculptures, colossal figures ... ". These words were written by Giovanni Battista Belzoni in his travel diaries when in August 1817 he managed to free the entrance of the Great Temple of Abu Simbel from the sand, allowing him to discover inside the magnificence of the place and discover the art so far hidden.