National Museum of Antiquities Leiden
Some fifty years ago, four Egyptian temples on the banks of the Nile were transported to Madrid, Turin, New York, and Leiden. Endangered by the arrival of a new dam, the ancient cultural treasures were rescued in a major operation run by UNESCO. As thanks for the help received, Egypt gave the four countries an authentic temple.
The National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden wants to focus attention on the special history of these temples – now well over 2000 years old – and their rescue operation. The museum asked XPEX to design an exhibition concept that can be applied in all four countries. Our concept brings the whole operation back to life through, for instance, videomapping on the temples and presentations held in tents, explaining and showing how the rescue and reconstruction efforts happened in their own time.