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From the Heart of America to the Silk Road: “Tut”, the Travel King

Our Tutankhamun exhibitions have travelled the world. This year, the Golden King will visit two special destinations: The historic Union Station in Kansas City in Missouri in the United States and the Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku.

Photographer Roy Inman captured Kansas City’s treasure in its 100th year

Built in 1914, Union Station, with 850,000 square feet of amazing space, served as a working train station in its prime. It accommodated hundreds of thousands of passengers each year. During WWII, an estimated one million travellers passed through the station. With rail services dropping out of fashion in the 1980s the station almost lost its relevance until in 1996, a bi-state initiative was passed to fund the station’s renovation, which was completed in grand fashion in 1999. Today it is recognized as the region’s finest educational and cultural resource committed to the preservation and interpretation of Kansas City’s regional history and the promotion of innovation, research and discovery in science and technology. And just as you could 100 years ago, you can still catch the train at Union Station and head out across the country. Union Station’s “Bank of America Gallery“ hosts the US premiere of “The Discovery of King Tut“. As the highlight in the Station’s 100th Anniversary Program the Golden King’s tomb lies in Kansas City from 4 April through 7 September 2014.

4 April - 7 September 2014 Union Station, Bank of America Gallery, Kansas City

From the 1960s through the early 2000s Heydar Aliyev was the strongest and most important politician in Azerbaijan. He led the country when it was a member of the USSR as well as in the times of independent republic, holding diplomatic connections to the USA and Europe as well as Russia, Turkey and Iran. In his honour the Heydar Aliyev Center was created. Completed in 2012 in the capital of Baku, it is one of the spectacular achievements of internationally renowned and awarded architect Zaha Hadid. Before Baku she also completed buildings in Hong Kong, Milan, Rome Abu Dhabi and for the Olympic Games in London. The Center houses a Museum dedicated to the history of Azerbaijan, a 9-floor exhibition hall and a multifunctional auditorium. It will host “Tuthankamun - His Tomb and His Treasures“ from 8 September through 6 December 2014. Trade, travel, culture, exchange, history – all this connects Kansas City in “the Heart of America” and Baku at the historic Silk Road. Our host venues offer a rich programme:

6 March - 29 June 2014, Tabakfabrik, Linz (Austria) 15 August 2014 - 4 January 2015, Incheba, Bratislava (Slovakia) 8 September - 6 December 2014, Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku (Azerbaijan) 3 April - 27 September 2015, Kleine Olympiahalle, Munich (Germany)

11 October 2014 - 26 April 2015 Museum of Natural History, San Diego

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Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan Photos: Heydar Aliyev Center; Sandro Vannini

Union Station, Kansas City, MO, USA

“It’s only natural that Union Station would bring a momentous exhibit in to celebrate their centennial anniversary. While displaying an exhibit of King Tut would be amazing, they took it a step farther: Unlike a typical Museum display, “The Discovery of King Tut” combines dramatic production effects and recreated artifacts to simulate the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. Visitors explore the tomb chamber by chamber exactly as it was originally discovered. Audio headsets (included in the ticket price) narrate your journey, while creative lighting guides you artifact by artifact though the tomb. There is even a kid’s version of the audio, so that youngsters can experience the adventure on their own level.” KC Going Places, April 2014

“To my huge surprise, I left (the exhibition) unconvinced that a show of originals would have been much better, or more informative. The repro show let you get a very close, long look at objects that otherwise you’d have to fly to Cairo to see, in the much less than ideal conditions of the Egyptian Museum. And the show was surprisingly informative, even pedagogic – sometimes verging on the pedantic – without much of the empty splash you’d expect of a for-profit, mass-market touring exhibition. The one near-fatal drawback was, you could say, epistemological: You had to trust the organizers to be giving you faithful copies, whereas when you see original objects, you have the near certainty that the knowledge on offer in them is real.” Blake Gopnik, about the Berlin exhibition, September 2013

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SC Exhibitions magazine 2014  

The very first edition of the annual SC Exhibitions magazine is out now. We are publishing it to tell you about our work and to connect wi...

SC Exhibitions magazine 2014  

The very first edition of the annual SC Exhibitions magazine is out now. We are publishing it to tell you about our work and to connect wi...