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Behind the scenes

To implement the concept developed by curators, exhibition architects are required. They design the room setting to display the objects in the best possible light und guide the visitors sensibly through the exhibition. Several architects were invited to present their ideas and the architect office of “Duncan McCauley” was chosen. They now work with the curators in a team. There are many mutual issues to be clarified, as Duncan McCauley are not Egyptologists, but then again, the scientists of the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection do not know how to put their creative ideas into practice. So the restorers are again consulted – they know best of all what the optimal climatic conditions for the exhibits are.

“In the Light of Amarna. 100 Years of the Nefertiti Discovery” is set out over two levels in the Neues Museum, with the Nefertiti bust displayed on the second floor in the North Dome Room. Starting from this treasure, the surrounding rooms illustrate the Amarna period in its overall cultural-historical context. All facets of this epoch will be illuminated and explained, with the focus on the everyday life in this metropolis. In the basement we leap forward in time to the 20th century: the excavation, dividing up of the fund, claims for return, and the role of Nefertiti in art, culture and media through to her becoming an icon of kitschiness will be illustrated. All this will be presented in a complex exhibition landscape consisting of wall elements, vitrines, models, media stations and many inscriptions, offering information on the walls and object labels. A successful exhibition setting provides the visitors not only with new insights but also turns the visit into an unforgettable experience filling the memory of the fascinating era around Nefertiti with new life.