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National Museum to Reopen Faras Gallery
July 4, 2014   
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The National Museum in Warsaw is putting the finishing touches to its popular Faras Gallery, scheduled to reopen in October after thorough remodeling.

A favorite with visitors to Warsaw’s National Museum, the Faras Gallery is home to Europe’s largest display of cultural artifacts and art from the Christian period in Lower Nubia. The National Museum in Warsaw came by these items thanks to Polish archaeologists who took part in a massive UNESCO-led international campaign to preserve the remnants of cultures that once inhabited the Nile River Valley. Archaeological research in the area of the ancient city of Faras, near the present-day Sudanese-Egyptian border, unearthed the well-preserved ruins of an eighth-century cathedral whose walls were adorned with religious-themed paintings from the eighth to 14th centuries. Today, more than 60 of the paintings are housed in the National Museum in Warsaw alongside other fascinating items from Faras. Together, they form the largest and most valuable collection of archaeological artifacts from foreign excavation sites to be acquired by a Polish museum to date.

The Faras Gallery will be reopened this autumn. The remodeled gallery is part of a larger project to modernize permanent exhibitions at the National Museum. Cutting-edge multimedia at the gallery will allow visitors, including the disabled, to fully appreciate the Christian art and architecture of Nubia. A room designed to resemble the Faras cathedral interior will present the wall paintings in a way that reflects their original setting, with the sound of authentic Coptic liturgical chanting heightening the experience for visitors.

As the National Museum prepares for the grand reopening, visitors can check out two new temporary exhibitions. One of them showcases work by Aleksander Gierymski, a celebrated Polish painter from the latter half of the 19th century. The other exhibition, opening Sept. 11 and entitled Freemasonry. Pro publico bono, will highlight the role that Freemasons have played in Polish history and culture.


For more information about the National Museum in Warsaw go to www.mnw.art.pl
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