The Museum of Ancient Wonders – Where past enlightens present guiding a path to the future…
Posted on November 17, 2023
November 17, 2023 MoAW presents
Sleeping Hermaphroditus Gian Lorenzo Bernini (7 December 1598 – 28 November 1680) Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Announcing the Future LGBTQ+ World History Museum In association with the Museum of Ancient Wonders presents BCE to LGBTQ+Out of the darkness, into the light. 10,000 Years of LGBTQ+ Experiences In one exhibition, BCE to LGBTQ+ dramatically illustrates a vast and universal depiction of LGBTQ+ history, from the mythological to the rulers, warriors, artists, scientists, and activists who have contributed to civilization, from ancient epochs and periods to modern society, experienced in a geographical, chronological timeline. Encompassing 10,000 years, from Mediterranean rock art of 9,600 years ago to ancient Africa, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and on to the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Early, Middle, and Late civilization, with a gender-diverse history presented in a global perspective. This unprecedented exhibition allows visitors to explore and appreciate the human history of LGBTQ+ experiences, contributions, tribulations, and triumphs throughout the millennia to the 21st Century. An immersive experience, BCE to LGBTQ+, Out of the Darkness, Into the Light is a vivid history of humankind’s natural diversity, adaptation, and resilience to thrive in the face of adversity.
CURRENT EXHIBTIONS ON DISPLAY
BEHIND THE MASK: Ancient African Traditions and Mysticism
From the continent of Africa, thirty-seven ancient masks and sculptures dating from 2,000 years ago until the mid-1800s, representing 12 Central African countries and 27 indigenous communities are presented in the Museum of Ancient Wonders Behind the Mask: Ancient African Traditions and Mysticism, a very special gift from Heather James Fine Art Gallery. From a Nok terracotta head of 100 C.E. (Current Era) to the beginning of the 19th Century, this diverse collection of masks and sculptures from antiquity celebrates the tradition of ritual and mysticism from time immemorial. These once-used sacred and revered objects are honored and beloved in addition to being a feared and dangerous entity.For the people of ancient civilization, masks and sculptures represented the invisible force of nature assigned to them, which may be the spirit of a wise ancestor, a tutelary deity, or any embodiment of supernatural power from the animal kingdom. Used to commemorate the events in their lives, whoever wears a mask combines and unites their strength with the spirit, enhancing value and heightening power, creating a mystical empyreal bond between the past and present, the honored living and the sacred dead. Together for the first time, and a permanent addition to MoAW’s inventory of exhibitions, this stunning collection is currently on view exclusively at the Museum of Ancient Wonders.