Ancient Iraqi artifacts on display at 57th Venice Biennale national pavilion

The exhibition at the 57th Venice Biennale for the National Pavilion of Iraq, entitled “Archaic,” will feature 40 Iraqi stone, glass and clay artifacts from the Neolithic Age to the Neo-Babylonian period. In an unprecedented loan from the Iraq Museum, most of these objects have never left their native terrain.

The artifacts are everyday items such as jugs and toys, as well as medical objects, a musical instrument and figurines. The selection was made by co-curator Tamara Chalabi (co-founder of the Iraqi non-governmental non-profit Ruya Foundation) in collaboration with the Director of the Department of Antiquities at the Iraq Museum and an archaeologist. The selection will juxtapose the nation’s “immense ancient inheritance, in the context of today’s fragile reality,” the curators said in a statement.

These extremely important historical archives will be shown in…

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