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'Hidden Treasures' Exhibit Opens in Houston

The acclaimed exhibit "Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures of the National Museum, Kabul" opened at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston on March 1. It will remain there until May 17.

The exhibit's 228 artifacts have marveled crowds across the U.S. over the last year. In an editorial, the Houston Chronicle stated of the exhibit: "Beautiful, priceless works of art illuminate a rich, historic mosaic of cultures, civilizations and trade along the fabled Silk Road of Central Asia." Former First Lady Laura Bush, long an advocate for Afghanistan, attended a number of opening events for the exhibit. In an article, she said, "It is important for us to get to know each other, not just through the news. This show gives people a chance to see how old Afghan society is."

This is the third of the four locations where the exhibit will be displayed during its 18-month stay in the U.S. It was previously as the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where it received 215,000 visitors, and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, where 115,000 visitors came to see it. It will close at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York from June-September 2009.

Related News: Afghan Treasures Give Peek Into History (Houston Chronicle)
                      Laura Bush's Work Isn't Done (Houston Chronicle)

                           Afghanistan Yields Historic Treasures (My Fox Houston)

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