Exhibitions


Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cologny (CH)    5 April 2014 - 31 August 2014

Alexandrie la divine

The Fondation Martin Bodmer, Bibliothèque Laurentienne and the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art have pooled their treasures and their efforts in an attempt to render the remarkable destiny of this ancient city

Curators : Frédéric Möri (FB) and Robert Steven Bianchi (FGA)

For almost a millennium, during the Greek and Roman eras, ‘Alexandria the divine’ was the axis of the world, and the cradle of an emerging globalization of knowledge and belief.

The exhibition brings together a series of precious papyri; illuminated manuscripts and rare prints; sumptuous archaeological objects (from the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art), and photographic prints of major archaeological sites.

Oeuvres à la loupe

August 2019 Archaeology

Relief with the epithets and names of Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great assumed the reins of government immediately upon the assassination of his father, Philip II, king of Macedonia. Shortly, thereafter, according to the Roman historian Arrian, Alexander declared war upon Persia by stating that he wished to avenge the Greeks for the devastation wrought upon them by the Persians, who initiated the Peloponnesian Wars without any prior provocation from the Greeks.

April 2018 Archaeology

Stater of Nectanebo II

Initial skepticism
Scholars suggest that the Lydians, whose kingdom was located in the Western litoral of the Anatolian peninsula of what is now the modern nation state of the Republic of Turkey, minted the first coins during the course of the 7th century BC. Thereafter most states in the Mediterranean basin began to mint their own coins so that a monetized economy shortly dominated most national and international financial transactions. Many of those early coins were minted in both gold and silver, but the ancient Egyptians were reluctant to adopt this new practice. They steadfastly adhered to their millennium-old custom of barter—exchanging commodities of equivalent value for other commodities. Their reluctance to adopt coinage has been attributed to their suggested religious aversion for the use of gold, considered to be the flesh of their divinities, and silver, considered to be the bones of their deities, for mundane, mercantile purposes. When the very first coin of the type to which FGA-ARCH-EG-0363 belongs was identified in 1901, scholars, aware of the reluctance of the ancient Egyptian to mint coins, were initially reluctant to accept its authenticity and considered it to be a forgery. 

July 2017 Archaeology

A Manuscript for the History of Ancient Egypt

An exciting new special exhibition partnership between the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art and Musée de Normandie at the Château de Caen focusing on the Norman passion for Egypt in the 19th century…a page from the very notebook written by the man who deciphered the Egyptian hieroglyphs Jean-François Champollion himself…and another fascinating link between Jean-François Champollion and the city of Geneva …

Works on loan

Masque funéraire doré
Ier - IIe siècle après J.-C.
Table d'offrandes
IVe - Ier siècle avant J.-C.
Tête du dieu Sérapis
IIIe - IIe siècle avant J.-C.
Statuette du dieu Mercure
Ier-IIe siècle aprè s J.-C.
Tête de pharaon
IVe - Ier siècle avant J.-C.
Statuette du dieu Osiris
VIIe - Ier siècle avant J.-C.
Tête d'Alexandre le Grand
Ier siècle après J.-C.
Tête de Ptolémée VI Philométôr
Première moitié IIe siècle avant J.-C.
Statuette de Mên
IIe-IIIe siècle après J.-C.
Stèle d'Horus sur les crocodiles
3e quart Ier millénaire avant J.-C.
Applique de lampe en forme de buste de Zeus-Ammon-Sérapis-Dionysos
IIe siècle après J.-C.
Statuette de la déesse Isis-Aphrodite
Ier siècle avant J.-C. - Ier siècle après J.-C.
Amulette d'un babouin
VIIe - Ier siècle avant J.-C.
Couronne de myrte
IVe siècle avant J.-C.
Amulette du dieu Thot à tête d'ibis
VIIe - Ier siècle avant J.-C.
Statuette de la déesse Maât accroupie
2e moitié IIe millénaire avant J.-C.
Relief avec les épithètes et les noms d'Alexandre le Grand
4e quart IVe siècle avant J-C.
Plaque d'un fourreau de poignard, décorée de scènes tirées de l'Iliade
IIe - IIIe siècle après J.-C.
Statuette de femme portant une couronne de lierre
IIIe siècle avant J.-C.
Manuscrit de J.-F. Champollion
1824 - 1826
Phiale
Relief du dieu Sérapis Agathos Daimon et de la déesse Isis Agathé-Tyché
Ier - IIe siècle après J.-C.
Statuette d'Imhotep
VIIe - Ier siècle avant J.-C.
Statère de Nectanebo II
Milieu IVe siècle avant J.-C.
Pentadrachme de Ptolémée Ier Sôter
Fin IVe - début IIIe siècle avant J.-C.
Tétradrachme de Ptolémée II Philadelphe et d'Arsinoé II
Début IIIe siècle avant J.-C.
Octodrachme de Ptolémée VIII Évergète, au buste d'Arsinoé II
Milieu IIe siècle avant J.-C.
Statuette d'Harpocrate
VIIIe - VIIe siècle avant J.-C.
Statuette du taureau Apis
VIIe - VIe siècle avant J.-C.
Portelampe avec une représentation d'Attis enfant debout près d'un pin
Deuxième moitié Ier siècle avant J.-C.
Statue équestre d'Alexandre le Grand
IIIe - IIe siècle avant J.-C.
Bol décoré de scènes de pêche
IIe - Ier siècle avant J.-C.
Statuette du dieu Harpocrate en divinité syncrétique
Empire romain ; Ier siècle après J.-C.
Sistre hathorique
3e quart Ier millénaire avant J.-C.
Masque de théâtre
IIIe siècle -IIe siècle avant J.-C.
Buste de Zeus-Sérapis
IIe siècle après J.-C.
Statuette d'aulète
IIe - Ier siècle avant J.-C.
Amulette du dieu Thot à tête d'ibis
3e - 2e quart Ier millénaire avant J.-C.