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Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, Collection of Classical Antiquities, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte
6 November 2009
A surprise visitor appeared in the Neues Museum on the morning of 6 November 2009: the guitarist from U2. The rock band U2 had given a free concert in front of the Brandenburg Gate the night before as part of the MTV European Music Awards, during which they had also received the Award for Best Live Act.
Friederike Seyfried, director of the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, took The Edge on a personal tour around the museum and not only showed him artefacts of Egyptian high culture, but also told him about the eventful history of the building itself, which was nearly completely destroyed in the Second World War and has since been elaborately renovated by the British star architect, David Chipperfield. Apart from Chipperfields architectural designs, The Edge also expressed a particular interest in both the treasures from the reign of the Pharaoh Akhenaten (who placed Aten the Sun God above all the other gods of Egypt and named a new capital after him) as well as the world renowned Berlin Golden Hat.
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