Age Old Cities: A Virtual Journey from Palmyra to Mosul

January 25, 2020 – October 25, 2020

Image credit: Iconem – DOA – MAFL – La mécanique du plastique

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Gallery 28 Floor Plan

Journey to three cities in the Middle East—Palmyra and Aleppo in Syria and Mosul in Iraq—in this virtual exhibition organized by the Arab World Institute, Paris, and created in collaboration with UNESCO. These cities, among the oldest uninterrupted human settlements in the world, have recently been devastated by war. To preserve these sites for future generations, Age Old Cities offers large-scale projections and digital reconstructions (more than eleven feet tall) of iconic monuments and ancient structures rising from ruins to their former glory. The dynamic images in this immersive experience underscore the critical importance of cultural heritage and architectural preservation as well as the vital role digital reconstruction can play in safeguarding the past.

Exhibition created by the Arab World Institute, Paris, in collaboration with Iconem and in partnership with UNESCO and Ubisoft, with support from the University of Lausanne and L’Oeuvre d’Orient.