Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives | A collaboration with the Powerhouse Museum + British Museum
studioplusthree were appointed as exhibition designer for the Powerhouse Museum’s major 2016 summer exhibition, in collaboration with the British Museum. The exhibition consisted of a significant object loan from the BM, and featured latest-technology interactive CT scans of the mummies to allow visitors to discover the hidden secrets of mummification and gain an insight into the everyday lives of ancient Egyptians.
Featuring theatrical elements such as a double-height ‘transition’ space to bookend the main spaces, the exhibition also features playful elements such as crawl tunnels and peep holes for younger visitors, revealing a different perspective. With a palette of deep blues, turquoises and pale whites, the exhibition seeks to present the content in an evocative but understated manner.
In collaboration with graphic designer Maria Mosquera, we developed a restrained colour palette and selective graphics that sought to give prominence to the objects. This was combined with large-format supergraphics which give a sense of context. We also worked with a theatrical lighting designer, Chris Page, to create an atmospheric mood throughout the exhibition.
2017 Australian Interior Design Awards - Winner - Installation Design
2017 NSW Architecture Awards - Shortlisted - Small Projects
2017 Museums and Galleries National Awards - Highly Commended - Temporary Exhibition
2017 Dulux Colour Awards - Commendation - Commercial Interior Public and Hospitality
Arts Hub: "this summer's must-see exhibition" - 4.5 stars
Sydney Morning Herald: "Powerhouse Museum Exhibition goes beneath the bandages"
TimeOut Sydney: "Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives"
The Australian: "Egyptian Mummies reveal their secrets at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum"
The Telegraph: "Technology takes the sting out of the ancient curse of the mummy"
New Scientist: "Unlocking mummies’ secrets"
ArtDaily: "Egyptian Mummies virtually unwrapped at the Powerhouse Museum"
The AU Review: "The British Museum to bring Egyptian mummies to Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum"
Broadsheet: "Your chance to delve into the ancient world is on it's way"
VICE Creators Project: "Mummy X-Rays Reconstruct Ancient Egyptian Lives"