Nefertiti is considered the most beautiful woman in the world of all times and just recently her famous bust was in the middle of an international conflict. Germany and Egypt have been fighting over the return of the bust for a long time. But documents which were found in archives just recently indicate that this conflict “was started by a Frenchman who had fought the Germans in World War I and considered them to be swindlers. He may have been right (the whole story at Spiegel here!)”
The bust is one of the most copied works of ancient Egypt. It was attributed to the sculptor Thutmose, and it was found in his workshop. The bust is notable for exemplifying the understanding Ancient Egyptians had regarding realistic facial proportions. Some scholars believe that Nefertiti ruled briefly as Neferneferuaten after her husband’s death and before the accession of Tutankhamun, although this identification is a matter of ongoing debate.
Nefertiti – In the Light of Amarna. 100 Years of the Nefertiti Discovery, at the Neues Museum, Berlin
To mark the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the bust of Nefertiti on 6 December 1912, the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection will be presenting an special exhibition at the Neues Museum in Berlin (7 December 2012 – 13 April 2013.)
Tea With Nefertiti at the Arab Museum of Modern Art (Mathaf) until 31 March
Tea with Nefertiti examines our perceptions of an artwork from three distinct perspectives: the artist, the museum and the public. Through revisiting the contested histories of how Egyptian collections have been amassed by numerous museums from the 19th century onwards, it brings together antiquities, modernist works, archives, and 26 international contemporary artists and artist collectives to explore the mechanisms by which artworks come to acquire a range of meanings and functions that can embody a number of diverse, and at times conflicting, narratives. Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath of Art Reoriented, Tea with Nefertiti comprises more than 100 artworks dating from c1800 BC to the present, ranging from painting, sculpture and photography to video and mixed-media installation. It also includes a newly commissioned site-specific intervention by Bassem Yousri.
Image: J&K’s Horus and Anubis in Islamic Cairo, 2006. From Tea With Neferti. Photograph: unknown/Courtesy of the artists
Discovery Channel documentary: Nefertiti stands for one of ancient Egypt most famous rulers but details of her rule and life remain mostly unknown. After her death all traces of her rule have been removed and destroyed. However it was impossible to destroy the legend of the queen that is considered to be the one of the most beautiful women in the world of all times…