Lighthouse Immersive, the group behind Immersive Van Gogh, Immersive Frida Kahlo, and Immersive Monet and the Impressionists is bringing their latest project, Immersive King Tut: Magic Journey to the Light, to Lighthouse ArtSpace Dallas beginning September 23.
The exhibition, a partnership with United Exhibits Group ADM, the International Foundation of Fine and Decorative Arts, and under the auspices of the Egyptian Council for Tourism Affairs, will commemorate the 100th anniversary of archeologist Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of the legendary “boy king” in November 1922.
“Since the discovery of his tomb a century ago, Tutankhamun — or King Tut — has transfixed the world,” said Corey Ross, producer of Immersive King Tut: Magic Journey to the Light. “Over the past one hundred years, the magnificent artifacts from his tomb have drawn millions of visitors eager to see first-hand the grandeur and splendor of Egypt’s most famous leader. This captivating experience will use sight and sound to transport visitors more than 3,000 years into the past in a groundbreaking way that only Lighthouse Immersive can.”
Vdeo mapping and animation bring to life the story of King Tut’s passage into the afterlife as he escorts the sun through the underworld each night to rise again victoriously each morning. Mexico City-based Cocolab created the animations integrating images acquired by UEG and IFFDA through their 30-year history of presenting touring exhibitions including those honoring King Tut and ancient Egyptian civilization.
“The foundational story and concept for Immersive King Tut: Magic Journey to the Light came from the very significant and popular ancient Egypt exhibition, Quest for Immortality, that premiered at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and then toured internationally for 15 years,” said UEG founder Teit Ritzau. “The Quest for Immortality exhibition told the ancient Egyptian story of the Amduat as it was preserved in the tombs of the pharaohs of New Kingdom Egypt based on the exhibition’s concept, developed by the world leading Egyptological expert Dr. Erik Hornung.”
Tutankhamun was an Egyptian pharaoh who ruled around 1332 – 1323 B.C. Taking the throne at about 9 years of age, his short reign spurred the creation of some of the most important artworks in all of world history, and for many these mark the height of ancient Egypt’s culture. The discovery of the treasures in his tomb in 1922 by acclaimed archeologist Howard Carter changed the world dramatically in its view of ancient Egypt, archaeological discovery, and sparked a global fascination with ancient Egypt that continues to this day. More than 5,000 artifacts were ultimately removed from the king’s tomb and are preserved in Egypt’s national collection.
Tickets are on sale now online.