Monday, February 7, 2011

Secrets of the Silk Road.

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I realize that I haven't done an art related post in awhile so I wanted to focus on something that's been in the news recently... the cancellation of the Secrets of the Silk Road exhibition.

This exhibition was featuring the most amazingly preserved mummies ever found, as well as rare artifacts never before seen in the West (Penn Museum). The exhibition was a tale of long-forgotten cultures along the world’s most legendary trading route. More than 150 objects were supposed to be on view, including gold jewelry and perfectly preserved food! 

The Secrets of the Silk Road was supposed to open in Philadelphia at the Penn Museum this past weekend, but was cancelled last minute by officials from China. No one knows why or what exactly happened and according to the Penn Museum's website: "Secrets of the Silk Road exhibition, scheduled for February 5 - June 5, 2011, has been modified, and will open without artifacts and mummies from China. The rich, multimedia Silk Road gallery experience—featuring text, images, sound, maps, a recreated excavation site, and interactive stations—will now be free with regular Museum admission."

I really wonder what happened! This was supposed to be an incredible traveling exhibition and I was really looking forward to seeing it. Here are some photos from the exhibition:

Anyone else hear about this? Or anyone have the chance to see this exhibition before it was cancelled?

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  1. Looks a bit creepy but interesting though. I love Egypt's history.

  2. Don't know anything about the cancellation but the exhibition looks very interesting. I love art and ancient cultures. Nice post.

  3. Wow! The unexpected cancelation sounds like a bizarre turn of events - hopefully they will change their mind and re-open it. :/

  4. That's so strange - there must have been some type of rift that resulted in China refusing to allow the transportation of the artifacts. Bummer - it looks like it would have been amazing!

    xoxo ~ Courtney

  5. I haven't heard anything about it but it looks really interesting! I wonder why they cancelled it... sad.

  6. i have read the book!!love it!one of my best!the exhibition must have been superb!i am following!thank you for your sweet comment!

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  8. That looks like it would have been a pretty incredible thing to see!

  9. It looks like an incredible exhibit and it's sad that it got cancelled (hmm maybe the country officials rerouted the artifiacts?)

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  11. Aww shucks, sorry to hear it has been cancelled... btw, the last photo was creepy yet beautiful! :)

  12. It would have been an incredible exhibit, one I for sure would have visited. SO sad that they cancelled it.

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