"Senusret III" in Lille
The first exhibition ever dedicated to this great Egyptian King Senusret III. Organised with the special cooperation of the Louvre Museum.
Pharaoh Senusret III is one of the most emblematic rulers of Ancient Egypt. Due to his great reputation he became the archetype of the Egyptian monarch among the authors of classical antiquity.
Divided into three main sections, the exhibition will present Egypt under Senusret III, a great military leader and political strategist. It unveils the hierarchical organisation of the society, and the rise of a new ruling class, of dedicated government officials. It focuses on the military and commercial contacts that Senusret III and his successors made with powerful neighbouring countries.
The realm of the gods and realm of the dead will be illustrated by royal funerary complexes and by the extremely popular cult of Osiris. This phenomenon goes along with a revival of the elite’s burial
practices spread to Egypt’s furthest borders.
The Lille exhibition will bring together about 200 loans from the world’s most important museums, and will also reveal about 100 works from the major Egyptology collection of the University of Lille III, assembled through their own excavations now part of the collection of the Palais des Beaux-Arts.
The range of exhibits will throw new light on the impressive fortresses of Nubia, now lost under the waters of Lake Nasser, and will vividly evoke the life of the Ancient Egyptians living on the borders of the kingdom. The exhibition will also highlight the discoveries of the recent archaeological excavations in Egypt (in Dahshur, Abydos and Deir el-Bersha) which have profoundly changed our understanding about of Senusret III’s reign.
As part of the exhibition A Legendary Pharaoh, Senusret III, sculptures by contemporary artists Antony Gormley and Wolfgang Laib, on the theme of the transportation of souls, will be displayed in the atrium of the museum. “Works of transition”, they will invoke the lasting fascination with Ancient Egyptian mythology about the dialogue between the living and the dead, from the mummy to the pyramid. There will also be an exhibition of historical photographs portraying the adventure of archaeological digs from the late 19th to the early 20th century.
- Monday from 2pm to 6pm
- Wednesday through Friday from 10am to 6pm
- Saturday an dmonday from 10am to 7pm
Close : tuesday, november the 1st, december the 25th, january the 1st
Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille
Place de la République
Admission fees and rates
- €10 / €8 (exhibition only)
- €11 / €9 (exhibition + permanent collection)