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Cleopatra and the Oriental Garden: Exhibition at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn

Few historical figures divide public opinion as much as Cleopatra VII, the last queen of Ancient Egypt (69–30 BC). Her beauty is the stuff of legends.  The Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, 30 minutes away from Cologne center, is now presenting a selection of outstanding sculptures, paintings and photographs as well as films and video works of Cleopatra througout the centuries.

Coinciding with the exhibition Cleopatra. The Eternal Diva, the roof of the Art and Exhibition Hall will be transformed into an oriental garden inspired by the key elements of Egyptian garden design.

Crisscrossed by lush palm-lined walkways, the garden will be divided into several thematically defined areas showcasing different plants cultivated in ancient Egypt. The garden will feature an oasis as well as horticultural environments designed around the ideas of ‘Colour’, ‘Water’, ‘Smell’ and ‘Tribute to Cleopatra’. Pyramid tents will be set up in the different areas of the garden to provide further information on the planting scheme and to give visitors a rich sensory experience of the heady scents and fragrances of the Orient.

If you are in Cologne for the spoga+gafa 2013 and still have some time at your hands, the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn is really worth a trip. The Cleopatra exhibition and the oriental garden can be visited up until October 6th 2013.

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