The Tut show is off to New Yawk by now, but here’s what the unpacking and repacking process looked like.
So, first, Egyptian specialists monitor the unpacking and inspect for any shipping damage. As seen last year before the show:
Then, you have the spectacle…
…and then you have the repacking. See? Each piece gets inspected for what seems like hours and then gets put back into its own Styrofoam cubby hole. Next stop, Times Square:
(3000 years sitting around in Egypt, then a couple worldwide roadtrips over several decades, and then another 3000 years in Egypt? Don’t think that major pieces of the Tut collection will ever leave Egypt again.)
Anyway, Tut had to clear out to make way for Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay. I don’t know how this all works out, but it seems whenever our European friends clean up their museums and do a little renovating, they send their good stuff to San Francisco for safekeeping. Sweet.
And speaking of firing on all cylinders, our MSM’s arts coverage is functioning as designed, it would seem. Check out this detailed report from Julian Guthrie and Lance Iversen as well as this one from Janos Gereben. Look forward to their reviews. Speaking of which…
This show is going to be awesome. I mean, how could you mess this one up?
Accessible masterpieces, what could be better?
The Fifer. 1866. Édouard Manet (1832-1883). Oil on canvas, 63 3/8 x 38 1/4 inches. RMN (Musée d’Orsay)/Hervé Lewandowski
All the deets, after the jump