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EXHIBITION Cycladic Society: 5,000 Years of Culture on the Greek Islands
For its 30th anniversary, the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens presents an exhibition that seeks to understand the people that made the famous Cycladic figurines some 5,000 years ago.

Installation view at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens. Photo by Paris Tavitian

On the occasion of its 30-year anniversary, the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens presents the exhibition "Cycladic Society: 5,000 Years Ago" with 191 artefacts assorted from several private and public collections in Greece. Curated by the museum's director, Nikos Stampolidis, the exhibition explores the activities, social customs and technology used by the Cycladic people in the Early Bronze Age (3,200-2,000 BCE) as seen through their creations, namely statues, tools and other objects found on the Cycladic isles by archaeologists.

Marble female figurine. Pre-canonical type (ca. 3200-2800 BC). Athens, Paul and Alexandra Kanellopoulos Museum, inv. no. Δ 1921. Photo © Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports – Ephorate of Antiquities of Athens/I. Miari

Installation view at the exhibition Cycladic Society. Photo copyright Paris Tativian and the Museum of Cycladic Art.

Up to now, the famous Cycladic figurines have been appreciated as minimalist works of art and in association with 20th-century artists such as Modigliani, Brancusi, Matisse, and Picasso. The current exhibition seeks to place these figurines within a more accurate cultural context, in order to understand them as part of ritual, interpersonal relationships, religion and economy.



Kiriakos Spirou

Courtesy of the Museum of Cycladic Art


Polis Ioannou

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