The ‘Museo Egizio’ was formally founded in 1824 with the acquisition by King Carlo Felice of a collection of 5,268 objects gathered by Bernardino Drovetti.
The site of the museum is the 17th century palace, built as a Jesuit school by the architect Guarino Guarini that in the 18th century passed to the Academy of Sciences.
The Museum collections are owned by the Italian State, but the management has been privatised by means of a foundation, the Fondazione Museo delle Antichità Egizie di Torino, whose shareholders include the Region of Piedmont, the Province of Turin, the City of Turin, the San Paolo and the CRT banking Foundations. This privatisation of a State museum is a first for Italy.
After a degree in History and Historical Demography she began her career covering important positions in different fields inherent sports and culture.
She has taught at the Facoltà di Scienze della Formazione, University of Turin, where she was a professor at the Department of Modern History.
Before the academic experience she has worked since 1978 to 1985 in the Fiat Press Office dealing sporting events (races and rallies) and the foreign press.
In 1996-1997 she was a member of the Scientific Committee for the centenary of Juventus, taking care of the exhibition and its catalog, and since 2007 is part of the Group Culture Juventus.
In 1998-99 she was Executive Chairman of the Organising Committee for Turin 2006 which drove her to success in the XX Olympic Winter Games of 2006, bringing the sporting event in Italy after 46 years of absence; the triumph let her earn her the “Golden Collar Olympic” which was awarded in March 2006.
From 2000 to 2007 she was Deputy Chairman of the TOROC, the Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games Torino 2006, of which she has also managed the section of the organization of the Cultural Olympiad. She was also a member of the Executive Board of the Organizing Committee of the Chess Olympiad in Turin in 2006.
From 2001 to 2005 she attended the National Board of CONI, Italy’s first and only woman elected as a sports manager with special delegation to the 2006 Olympics.
From 2006 to 2010 she served on the Board of Directors of the Teatro Regio in Turin, as a representative of the Minister for Arts and Culture. Since November 2010, a consultant of the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce for the organization of the World Championships of Soccer in 2014.
From 19 November 2012, she is President Foundation Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Turin.
The Museo delle Antichità Egizie di Torino Foundation, officially established on 6 October 2004, is the first experiment of the constitution, by the State, of an instrument of museum management with a private participation.
Prof.ssa Marilina Betrò – Egyptology Professor , Università di Pisa
Dr.ssa Diana Craig Patch – Curator of Ancient Egypt department , The Metropolitan Museum, New York
Prof.ssa Susanne Bickel – Egyptology Professor Basel University
Dr.ssa Willeke Willemina Z. Wendrich – Egyptology Professor and Direcotr of the Center of Digital Humanities, UCLA
Dr.ssa Friederike Seyfried – Director of the Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung del Neues Museum, Berlin
Dr. Vincent Rondot – Director of Egyptian Antiquites Department, Musée du Louvre, Paris
Dr. Neal Spencer – Curator at the Antcient Egypt and Sudan Departmente of the British Museum, London
The Foundation aims to welcome international standards of ICOM also reflected by a decree from the Ministry of Heritage and Culture and adopt to guide its actions towards the Egyptian Museum ICOM definition of the museum:
The museum is a permanent, non-profit institution in the service of society and of its development. It is open to the public and conducts research concerning the testimony and tangible assets * of humanity and its environment; acquires, conserves, communicates and, above all, exhibits its findings for purposes of study, education and enjoyment. (ICOM Statutes art. 2 § 1)
The Foundation is based in the Palazzo dell’Accademia delle Scienze, which houses the museum since it was formed in 1824.
The Foundation has already concluded a number of initiatives including
Born in 1975 in Arzignano (VI), Christian Greco is an Egyptologist, university professor of the course “Egyptian funerary archeology and archeology of Nubia and the Sudan” at the University of Leiden, the best center of Egyptology of the Netherlands, and the editor of one of the most important Egyptian collections in Europe in the Museum of Antiquities in Leiden.
He was a member of the American mission epigraphic in Luxor and has for some years co-director of the Dutch archaeological mission at Saqqara. To his credit there are many publications both divulgative and scientific in various European languages (Italian, French, English, Dutch, Spanish).
In addition to a scientific and highly specialized professional, Dr. Greek expresses a high technical and scientific competence and management, developed at the Foundation of the Museum of Antiquities in Leiden as head of the Egyptian collection since 2009.
Since June 17, 2014 he has been a member of the Technical and Scientific Committee for Archaeological Heritage of MIBACT.
Since February 2014 he has been Director of the Foundation Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Turin.
Federico Poole gained his doctorate from the Università degli Studi di Napoli “l’Orientale” with a dissertation on Egyptian funerary statuettes (ushabtis) in the New Kingdom (1997). He collaborated in the cataloguing and exhibition of the Egyptian Collection of the National Archaeological Museum in Naples. From 1994 to 1999 he taught a hieratic course at the l’Università degli Studi di Napoli “l’Orientale,” where he later was a temporary professor of Egyptology (2009-2012). Since 2013 he is a curator at the Egyptian Museum of Turin. His interests include ancient Egyptian social structure and organization, the archaeology, ideology and social function of ancient Egyptian burials, and the reception of Pharaonic cultural elements in Campania.
Enrico Ferraris is a graduate of the University of Turin (2004). He gained his PhD in Oriental Studies at the University of Pisa, with a dissertation entitled “Celestial Bodies and Star Cults in Ancient Egypt: Iconographic and Textual Documents” (2011). He took part in excavation and documentation campaigns of the Archaeological Mission of the University of Turin at Alexandria in Egypt (2001-2007) and worked in the “Grand Egyptian Museum – Giza project” of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Office for Cooperation (2004). He later worked on a contract to inventory Egyptian artifacts for the Superintendency of Archaeological Heritage of Piemonte and of the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities (2008). His scholarly focuses are ancient astronomy, religious geography and ancient Egyptian toponomastics.
Susanne Töpfer graduated from Leipzig University in 2007 and obtained a PhD at Heidelberg University in 2013 with a dissertation entitled “A New-Edition of the text composition ‘Embalming Ritual’ (pBoulaq 3, pLouvre E 5158, pDurham 1983.11+pSt. Petersburg ДB 18128)”. She was a research assistant at the Egyptian Museum –Georg Steindorff– of Leipzig University (10/2007–09/2010) as well as at the “Book of the Dead-Project” of Bonn University (01/2009–09/2010). She started a study on the conceptualisation and reception of the gynaecological medical systems as understood by the Ancient Egyptians from the Pharaonic until the Roman period at Heidelberg University (10/2010–07/2011). Furthermore, she was a research fellow at Heidelberg University with a project focusing on the edition of magical, lexical, and ritual texts as well as manuals written in hieratic from Tebtunis (08/2011–02/2017). This project is currently being continued as an associate member. Since March 2017 Susanne Töpfer is the curator responsible for the papyrus collection in the Museo Egizio Torino. Her main areas of expertise are Hieroglyphic and Hieratic studies with a focus on funerary and ritual texts in their social context. The wider research interests include the written culture of Ancient Egypt with a particular interest in material features of scripts and handwritings of Roman time Egypt.
The Associazione Amici Collaboratori del Museo Egizio di Torino was constituted 4 September 1974 with Silvio Curto, Alessandro Roccati, Mario Tosi, Celeste Rinaldi, Luigi Saffirio, Maria Rosa Orsini and Ida di Aichelburg as the founding members.
The activities of the Association began in the autumn of 1974 with periodical cicles of lectures bringing the Egyptian civilisation, represented by the Museo Egizio, to the citizens. The members meet regularly for specialised conferences, usually in Italian, on diverse subjects, followed by a visit of the Museum’s collections. Some 300 lectures delivered to date have been published by the Association (SENEKH edition) and can be consulted in the library of the Museo Egizio.
Among the goals of the Association as described in the statutes are:
• to aid the Museum in keeping all the galleries open for special events, and to offer specialised guided tours to visitors;
• to enable the Museum to acquire objects;
• to increase the holdings in the library and to make financial contributions in order to retain a high scientific level;
• to collaborate on excavations organised by the Soprintendenza delle Antichità Egizie;
• to organise a cycle of lectures in various areas of Piedmont;
• to collaborate with the Museum in the installations of the galleries, special exhibitions and conferences, organised study days.
The directive Council is now made up of Alessandro Bongioanni (President), Tiziana Baldacci, Aldo Moretti (Vicepresidents), Fiorella Ciarlo, Alfredo Luvino, Alessandro Rolle.
Following the Anglo-Saxon model of private sponsorship, the Museo Egizio has created “Gli Scarabei”, an association of individual sponsors.
Constituted on March 6, 2007, the Association counts more than 200 members ranging from private individuals to public personalities, particularly, but not exclusively, from the Piedmont region.
The essential idea was to involve Turin’s citizens in raising awareness of the Egyptian Museum and its cultural heritage value for the region.
The main aim of the Association is to fund conservation and restoration of the works of art in the Museum. In less than three years Gli Scarabei have sponsored important restorations costing some €80.000. In particular, they have financed all of the restoration to date on the material from the Tomb of Kha, an important collection of masterpieces of the Museo Egizio. The work has involved delicate operations such as the removal of old restorations, the cleaning of textiles, consolidation, stabilisation and cleaning of a wide range of material finds in the tomb.