Young, Rich & Famous
|Starts:||10:00 1 Oct 2019|
|Ends:||17:00 1 Jan 2020|
|What is it:||Exhibitions|
|Who is it for:||Families, Adults, General public|
In this digital age of collecting selfies and more on social media, what does immortality mean? Manchester Museum’s latest installation at Manchester’s Central Library, Young, Rich & Famous challenges us to think of how we will be remembered after death and what we will leave behind. This marks a decade of partnership working between Manchester Libraries and Manchester Museum, part of The University of Manchester.
Young, Rich & Famous features some of the highlights of Manchester Museum’s Ancient Egypt and Sudan collection of over 18,000 objects. The installation explores the stories and significance of life, death and immortality in Egypt.
Most of what survives from ancient Egypt comes from the tombs of the wealthy and reinforces the ideal of eternal youth. Today, we apply filters on Instagram and Snapchat for a desired look, similarly ancient Egyptian tomb paintings, statues, coffins and masks show people as they hoped to appear; just like their ageless gods and goddesses. These objects were designed for the journey to and existence in the afterlife resulting in the popular impression of all Egyptians being rich and perfectly youthful. However, most ancient Egyptians were farmers and left no trace of their existence.
Young, Rich & Famous is on display at Manchester’s Central Library.
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Manchester Central Library
St Peter's Square