LAB-CINEMA A special feature combining movie screenings with a visit to the current Museum Lab Presentation / When the Egyptians sailed on the Red Sea

"Changing views and viewpoints" to artworks is the experience we aim to offer at Museum Lab. To bring the fun and excitement of this experience to as many people as possible, Louvre - DNP Museum Lab has launched LAB-CINEMA, a special feature that combines a look at the current presentation with movie screenings related to the theme of this presentation, the Musée du Louvre, and its activities.
To support the present presentation will be shown a documentary produced by a large-scale international scheme inlcuding broadcasters like NHK (Japan), Arte (France), BBC (UK), Discovery Channel (Canada) and the Musée du Louvre.

The LAB-CINEMA programs are designed to enhance our offering to visitors through films in conjunction with each ongoing presentation.

Setting sail on a rough sea, the oldest expedition in history is reconstructed as it would have occurred 3,500 years ago, based on magnificent bas-reliefs in Luxor. "When the Egyptians sailed on the Red Sea"

Queen Hatshepsut, crowned in 1479-1478 BCE, was the first female pharaoh in history and the fifth 18th-dynasty ruler to reign over ancient Egypt. The fact that she was a woman did not prevent her from exercising absolute power. During official ceremonies, she elegantly donned full male regalia and a false beard. Her reign appears to have favored peaceful diplomacy over warring. However, the stelae and bas-reliefs of the funerary temple dedicated to her recount in great detail that a fleet of five military vessels, the first expedition of its kind known in history, crossed the Red Sea and brought back from the distant land of Punt extraordinary riches, including ebony, precious metals, and incense. Could this be evidence of one of the oldest examples of international trade dating back to over 3,500 years ago? A team of researchers has attempted to reconstruct one of these ships using the manufacturing processes of the time, based on the designs of the bas-reliefs and backed up with the latest archaeological discoveries and the most advanced technologies. A crew of modern-day Indiana Joneses—twenty-four men and women of five different nationalities, speaking four different languages—then embarked aboard their replica of the ancient ship in search of Punt in an attempt to prove the reality of this ambitious expedition orchestrated by Queen Hatshepsut. It was December 7, 2008. The journey was not "plain sailing," even with the most modern navigational techniques. Just imagine their adventures when they find themselves up against waves of over 12m and 13m high using the navigational means of 3,500 years ago to cross the Red Sea! Will they safely make their way to this ancient El Dorado?

  Length: 52 mn
Director: Stéphane BEGOIN
Languages: French (with Japanese sub-titles)
Year: 2008

Louvre - DNP Museum Lab Eighth presentation / Offerings for Eternity in Ancient Egypt: A Question of Survival
The ancient Egyptians believed that existence on earth and in the underworld was essentially the same: in the afterlife, as on earth, having food and drink was a question of survival!
It was therefore essential to place real offerings in front of the tomb, but magic was used too: offerings depicted by images or designated by texts had the same power as real offerings, with the advantage of being eternal.
The objects exhibited during the 8th Louvre - DNP Museum Lab presentation create a powerful evocation of ancient Egyptian funerary beliefs.
This presentation, which focuses on the funerary stela of Sakherty—the name of the deceased—features original multimedia displays that invite visitors to explore a sacred pilgrimage city or participate in an offering ritual.
With this evocation of a bygone civilization, we ask the question: do these ancient objects still have their magic powers in the 21st century?
Stela of Sakherty, chamberlain
Stela of Sakherty, chamberlain
c. 1970–1900 BC
Painted limestone
Musée du Louvre, Department of Egyptian Antiquities
© 2011 Musée du Louvre / Christian Décamps
Seated group of Samut and Mutneferet
Seated group of Samut and Mutneferet
c. 1479–1425 BC
Painted limestone
Musée du Louvre, Department of Egyptian Antiquities
© 2011 Musée du Louvre / Christian Décamps

  Viewing times February 11, February 25, 2012 (all dates are Saturdays)
Screenings: 15:00–16:00 (Doors open at 14:45) + Special admission to Museum Lab Eighth Presentation at 16:00 (Closes at 18:00)
DNP-Museum Lab
DNP Gotanda Building, 1 F
3-5-20 Nishi Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Six-minute walk from Gotanda Station
JR Yamanote Line (West Exit) / Toei Asakusa Subway Line (Exit A2) / Tokyu Ikegami Line
Seven-minute walk from Fudomae Station on the Tokyu Meguro Line
Location map
  Capacity Seating is limited to one hundred people. No others may be admitted once the seats are full.
Admission is free but advance reservations are required.
* Crowded conditions may make it necessary to wait for admission to the presentation or to specific exhibits within it.

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