THE NIGHT OF THE ARCHIVES
9:00 AM to 10:30 PM
European Heritage Days
Saturday 23th September
9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Starting from 6:30 PM the entrance fee is € 5,00.
The exhibition aims to tell the activities of the Missione Archeologica Italiana (M.A.I.) and its founder Ernesto Schiaparelli in Egypt .
The path, through the exhibition of more than 400 objects including finds, documents, letters, films, photographs and historic posters, aims to transport you to the time of archaeological discoveries that have been at the base of the formation of the Museum’s collection.
A journey that takes the visitor back in time to discover a never-seen-before Turin, Europe and Egypt.
The decades around the turn of the century are characterized by the European scramble for the conquest of Africa. Italy takes advantage of the few power holes on the African arena to start a colonial policy. The unfortunate Ethiopian campaign of the 1887-1896 moves the Italian attention towards the territories of the decadent Turkish empire: Libya, since 1911, and the Dodecanese, since 1912. The presence of Italian archaeologists in North Africa, Greece and the eastern Mediterranean, therefore, is based on scientific and cultural reasons, often supported by nationalist ideological beliefs and inserted in more general political interest in these territories.
In addition to the many artifacts found during the mission, we can reconstruct the story through meticulous documentation kept by Schiaparelli, Marro and the others in the form of diaries, letters and other writings.