At the royal consent of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz (may Allah protect him), a Saudi archeological exhibition is to be hosted in a number of major European cities and the United States of America, which reflects the historic and cultural importance of the kingdom, as well as the importance of the effects that are presented for the first time outside the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, both in such a size in their rarity.
The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, will host the third exhibition of the “Saudi Archeological Masterpieces through the ages” exhibition starting from May 16, 2011. http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/ The Hermitage Museum’s leg follows the successful exhibitions at the Louvre Museum, in Paris, France, and La Caixa Foundation in Barcelona, Spain.
The exhibition will showcase 320 relics to be displayed for the first time outside the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which have been carefully selected from the National Museum in Riyadh, King Saud University Museum, and also from a number of provincial museums, in addition to relics found in the latest excavations. The relics cover a period stretching from the Stone Age (one million years before Christ) to the establishment of the modern Saudi state.
The “Saudi Archeological Masterpieces through the ages” exhibition aims to introduce the historical and cultural importance of the kingdom and its rich treasure of successive civilizations and heritage. The carefully-selected relics of exhibition reflect the effective contribution of man in this land over the centuries in the making of the human history and its role in the international economy, as well as its impact on different cultures when taking into account the geographic location of the Arabian Peninsula, which was a center of peaceful and cultural and economic relations between the east and the west, as well as a communication bridge between civilizations.
For more information, please visit: http://www.scta.gov.sa/en/Antiquities-Museums/ArcheologicalMasterpieces/Pages/HermitageMuseum.aspx