ONE MONTH TO GO Alexander the Great: 2000 years of treasures opens 24 November 2012

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One month to go

Alexander the Great: 2000 years of treasures opens on 24 November

With just one month to go until the 24 November opening of Alexander the Great: 2000 Years of treasures at the Australian Museum, the staff of the State Hermitage in St Petersburg are busily preparing the exhibition for transport to Sydney.

“This will be the first time this outstanding collection has been seen outside the Hermitages in St Petersburg and Amsterdam,” says Frank Howarth, Director of the Australian Museum.

“Massive resources are involved in bringing this exhibition from St Petersburg to Sydney. There will be a total of 29 curators and conservators accompanying the exhibition to and from Australia – quite apart from our own team working on the project at the Australian Museum.”

“This extraordinary exhibition largely focuses on the legacy of Alexander and how his story has lived on through the centuries,” Elizabeth Cowell, the exhibition’s Project Manager.

Catherine the Great, 18th century Empress of Russia and founder of the State Hermitage, was fascinated by Alexander. She began this collection of treasures relating to Alexander and it is unsurpassed in terms of its breadth.

“The diversity is incredible, from an enormous tapestry that’s over four by seven metres, going down to small coins and tiny exquisite cameos made of precious stones,” says Elizabeth. “There’s a lot of gold jewellery, marble statues, terracotta pottery and so much more – from Alexander’s time right up to the 19th century.”

“Anyone who comes to the exhibition will not only marvel at the incredible objects, but also as they discover more about the man and his incredible achievements,” says Fran Dorey, researcher for the exhibition. “He led the world’s first professional army, numbered at over 100,000 at its peak. He led this mind-blowing number of personnel into battles which modern military strategists still study and teach, some two thousand years later.”

“This is a special opportunity’ says Frank Howarth. ‘The story of one of history’s most iconic figures will be told here in Sydney thanks to the exceptional collection of the State Hermitage. This is an exhibition that should not be missed.”

Alexander the Great: 2000 years of treasures

From 24 November, 2012 Exclusive in Australia to the Australian Museum in Sydney

Register to keep up to date with news of the exhibition at http://www.alexandersydney.com.au

Purchase tickets at http://www.ticketmaster.com.au or by calling 136 100

For further media enquiries only:

Bruce Pollack, Pollack Consulting (02) 9331 5276 or bruce@pollackconsulting.com

Steven Godbee, Steven Godbee Publicity, 0408 706 099 or steven@stevengodbee.com.au

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