Egyptomania takes over SF antiques event

Lisa Podos, the strategic and creative consultant for the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, previews this year’s exciting theme: Egyptomania. The show opens Thursday and runs through Sunday at Fort Mason.

How did you come up with the Egyptomania theme? I really believe the show should be an experience, so I try to pick a theme that can be immersive, have a broad appeal and allow for collaborations with other arts and design organizations. In thinking about 2009, the [King] Tut exhibition at the de Young [Museum] immediately struck me as a cultural highlight of the year in San Francisco.

What exactly is Egyptomania? The term Egyptomania means Western fascination with ancient Egyptian arts and design. It has been a source of artistic inspiration throughout the centuries. In fact, I now see Egyptian motifs in popular culture everywhere.

What’s different about this year’s show? A monumental entrance based on the temples at Abu Simbel. A designer vignette inspired by Nefertiti’s garden. A special exhibition called “Nile Style in the Decorative Arts” displayed in huge glass cases surrounding the cafe right in the center of the show.

Will any of the lectures address current controversies around Egyptian antiquities? Sharon Waxman — formerly a reporter for The New York Times and author of “Loot: The Battle Over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World” — will discuss the complicated issues of repatriation.

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