A mummy board

A mummy board. Wood, gessoed (plastered) and painted, 157.5×44.5×10.0cm. Third Intermediate Period © Fondation Gandur pour l'Art, Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: Sandra Pointet.

GENEVA.- The Fondation Gandur pour l’Art opened its first traveling exhibition in Japan on 17 April at the Asahikawa Museum of Art, in Hokkaido. The exhibition will run until 21 June before continuing its journey to three more Japanese cities, including Tokyo. 

The special loan exhibition, Ancient Egyptian Art and Magic, Treasures from the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, presents 150 works of art drawn from the Foundation’s archaeological collection, some of which are on view for the first time. The works span the four millennia history of pharaonic Egypt from the predynastic through to the ptolemaic periods.


Buste de Ramsès II, XIXe dynastie

Bust of Ramsès II, 19th dynasty. Red granite. Height 72 cm. FGA-ARCH-EG-133 © Darwin Media Ltd.

Jean Claude Gandur, founder and Chairman of the Fondation Gandur pour l'Art, explains: “The objects exhibited were selected for both aesthetic and didactic reasons. As always, our aim is to help the public understand and appreciate the ancient Egyptian civilisation and the significant contribution that civilisations like these have made to our societies.” 

Bas-relief aux cartouches d’Alexandre le Grand, Période macédonienne

Relief with cartouches of Alexander the Great, Macedonian period. Painted limestone, 42 x 70 cm. FGA-ARCH-EG-162 © Fondation Gandur pour l'Art. Photographe : Sandra Pointet.

The exhibition stresses the central role of magic in furthering our understanding of the nature of ancient Egyptian art. It is organised around three themes: hieroglyphs, materials and colour. All three elements symbolically reinforce each object’s function. Together, the works of art reflect the ancient Egyptian world view of a cosmos in which human beings, animals and plants are harmoniously integrated.  

Statuette de Maât, XXVIe dynastie

Statuette of Maât, 26th dynasty. Bronze, 25 x 4,8 x 7,1 cm. FGA-ARCH-EG-325© Fondation Gandur pour l'Art. Photographe : Sandra Pointet.

Japan is the third country to host a significant traveling exhibition from the archaeological collection of the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, after Switzerland and the United States, and before France in June (at the MUCEM in Marseille). The exhibition is accompanied by a bi-lingual catalogue, in Japanese and English, written by Dr Robert Steven Bianchi, chief curator and curator of the archaeology collection of the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art. 

Vase au nom de Darius Ier, XXVIIe dynastie

Vase inscribed for Darius Ist, 27e dynasty. Alabaster, 31 x 14 cm. FGA-ARCH-EG-356© Fondation Gandur pour l'Art. Photographe : Sandra Pointet.

Shabti of Ramses IX, 20th dynasty

Shabti of Ramses IX, 20th dynasty. Wood, bronze, black and white stones. Height 30.5 cm. FGA-ARCH-EG-317© Fondation Gandur pour l'Art. Photographe : Sandra Pointet.

Amulette d’un dieu à tête de bélier, XXVIe dynastie – période ptolémaïque

Amulet of a god with  ram's head, 26th dynasty – Ptolemaic period. Faïence, 3,9 x 1 x 1,6 cm. FGA-ARCH-EG-165. © Fondation Gandur pour l'Art. Photographe : Sandra Pointet.