From Egypt to Toledo
Toledo Museum of Art
The Toledo Museum of Art called on Madhouse to design and market their special installation featuring Egyptian artifacts and mummies.
Alongside showcasing Egyptian culture, the museum looked to spark a larger community dialogue on the ethics and conservation concerns surrounding the display of mummies in cultural institutions. Madhouse worked with TMA to balance education and celebration — creating an interactive and informative exhibition experience.
Ancient Egyptian motifs, commonly featured in their art and religion, are used as continuing design elements throughout the exhibition. The scarab beetle — often symbolizing the renewal of life — was paired with lotus flowers and sun disks and marked above doorways.
The exhibition entrance was inspired by Egyptian architecture, replicating the entrance to a tomb. Inside the exhibition, Madhouse designed informational and interactive panels to lead patrons throughout the space.
Madhouse also created a booklet as an exhibition companion piece. Sharing more in-depth information on the featured artwork and Egyptian history, the booklet serves as a tangible guide and keepsake for the mummies experience.