“The countless aspects of Beauty in ancient art” Exhibition

The Foundation supported the organisation of the temporary exhibition of the National Archaeological Museum “The countless aspects of Beauty in ancient art”, which constitutes the third part of the exhibition trilogy designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the National Archaeological Museum from the foundation of the emblematic building that houses it.

The trilogy opened in 2015 with the exhibition “A dream among splendid ruins ... Strolling through the Athens of travellers, 17th–19th century”, where, among other things, the cultural environment in which the need for the establishment of the National Museum arose, and continued with “Odysseys”, an exhibition that depicted abstractly and symbolically the long-standing endeavours of man for creation and evolution. The narrative of the third consecutive exhibition, which ran from May 26 to December 31, 2018, is formulated in four parts and showcases the different expressions of aesthetics in heterogeneous social and cultural environments from the Neolithic to Late Antiquity, capitalising on the wide chronological range covered by the collections of the National Archaeological Museum.

Many experimental workshops ran alongside the exhibition. Scientists, artists and craftsmen from Greece and abroad offered their special knowledge to explain to visitors their experimental approaches to Neolithic textiles, clothing in the Aegean in the second millennium B.C., Mycenaean apparel, polychromy of ancient sculptures and the rendition of Beauty in ancient Greek music.

  • 340 antiquities from the rich collections of the National Archaeological Museum in combination with modern digital media were presented within the framework of the exhibition.
  • 380,941 people visited the exhibition during the period June – December 2018.