The Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) in collaboration with the British Museum, opens A History of the World in 100 Objects – an exhibition that captures a history of the world through a vivid display of compelling objects.
Open for 100 days from 23 April – 1 August at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island, the exhibition will allow visitors to travel back in time and across the globe to see how humans have shaped the world, and been shaped by it.
Curated by Becky Allen from the British Museum, A History of the World in 100 Objects presents 100 significant objects in a narrative that brings contemporary audiences face-to-face with cultures across time and space. Bringing to life the material culture of the past, the exhibition will feature a variety of objects such as a lifelike cast bronze hand from Yemen that was made between 100 and 300 CE, an Egyptian granite statue of the Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II discovered on Elephantine Island at the Temple of Khnum, and the famous Royal Game of Ur, found in a royal cemetery in southern Iraq and estimated to be around 4,500 years old. Within the exhibition narrative the story continues to contemporary time and to the celebration of today’s objects such as Reem Al Marzouqi’s recently conceived Prototype Foot-controlled Car. An Emirati student from the UAE University, Reem’s car showcases how inventors of today create objects that add new stories to our history.