The timing of the much-lauded Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibit could not be better for the Dallas art scene as a whole. The internationally anticipated event will bring thousands of visitors from around the world to Dallas, each seeking a peek at artifacts from the past at the same time that local galleries and museums are offering some of the most exciting contemporary work to be seen in Dallas in decades. It's an extraordinary opportunity for Dallas arts, for sure, and the man who makes this all possible has been dead for several thousand years. King Tut is the face of ancient Egypt, the man whose gold coffinette is the symbol of all the mysteries and wonders of the ancient world. That coffinette--probably one of the most identifiable artifacts in all of history--will be on display as part of the exhibit. But the most exciting part of the Dallas leg of the Tut tour is the debut of several pieces that have never been seen outside of Egypt. Each of the objects belonged to or had personal meaning to Tut himself, including a bracelet with a scarab clasp and miniature coffins holding the remains of what are thought to be two of Tut's stillborn children. Another new item is a necklace that contains a type of glass found scattered in the Sahara desert; the origin of the glass is a mystery that has fueled theories from the cosmic to the mystical. The exhibit also features lots of mummy-centric treasures and technology for archeology buffs. The Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., plays host to the exhibit through May 17, 2009. Visit dallasmusuemofart.org/tut for more information. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 3. Continues through May 17, 2008