Gilgamesh Exhibition Catalogue
About the project

In 2007/2008, the exhibition “Gilgamesch. Archäologie einer unsterblichen Gestalt im Alten Orient” took place at the August Kestner Museum in Hannover. It provided an insight into one of the oldest literary texts known today – the epic of Gilgamesh, the mythical king of ancient Uruk. This fascinating 5-millenia-old epic tells the story of Gilgamesh and his profound catharsis, charting his transformation from despotic and unjust ruler to wise and righteous king.

What began entirely as a student project in 2005 resulted in a fruitful cooperation with the August Kestner Museum, Hannover, in 2007/2008, and a subsequent exhibition in the Museum für Natur und Mensch, Oldenburg, in 2009.

We undertook the exhibition’s concept development and planning, together with students from the Freie Universität Berlin, who also provided the articles for the catalogue.

To illustrate scenes from the epic, the young artist Franziska Leischker produced a series of screen prints exclusively for the exhibition and the catalogue.

Literature
Bonatz, D./Siebert, V. (Eds.) 2008: Gilgamesch. Archäologie einer unsterblichen Gestalt im Alten Orient, Hannover. (Exhibition Catalogue).

Schott, A. 1958: Das Gilgamesch-Epos, newly ed. v. W. von Soden, Stuttgart (2003).

Project
Concept development, conceptual and graphic design, catalogue design
Client
Project cooperation between the Museum August Kestner, Hannover, and the Institute for Near Eastern Archaeology at the Freie Universität Berlin
Status
Completed in 2009
View of the exhibition catalogue. All articles were written by students of the Institute of Near Eastern Archaeology at the Freie Universität Berlin.
Wonderful illustrations by the young artist Franziska Leischker, who produced these screen prints exclusively for the exhibition.