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The Making of Pharaoh

Celebrating the opening of NGV’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces® 2024 exhibition Pharaoh, British Museum curator Marie Vandenbeusch shares insights into the making of the exhibition.

Learn how the themes were conceived, how the objects were selected and what new insights have been revealed.

Marie Vandenbeusch is Curator: Funerary Culture of the Nile Valley in the Department of Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum. She curated the NGV’s exhibition Pharaoh and edited the accompanying publication. She curated Pharaoh: King of Egypt (2016–23), and co-curated Ancient Lives. New Discoveries (2014) and Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives (2016–24). Her research interests include funerary and magical practices in ancient Egypt, with a special focus on the study of mummies and funerary material culture, as well as the history of Egyptology and of collecting.

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