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.
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.
Courtesy of the Museum of Cycladic Art