Museum of Cycladic Art
Museum of Cycladic Art
Neofytou Douka 14, Athens
20 - 31 May 2022
A dynamic cultural institution in the centre of Athens, the Museum of Cycladic Art focuses on promoting the ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with particular emphasis on Cycladic art of the third millennium BC.
Since it was founded in 1986 to house the private collection of Dolly and Nikolaos Goulandris, the Museum has expanded significantly and now houses one of the most complete private collections of Cycladic Art worldwide, with representative examples of the world renown Cycladic marble figurines. The nucleus of the Museum’s Cycladic Art Collection is the marble figurines depicting naked human figures that fascinate the visitor with their simplicity and abstractness, elements that have inspired some of the 20th-century’s greatest artists, such as Konstantin Brancusi, Amedeo Modigliani, Alberto Giacometti, Barbara Hepworth, and Henry Moore.
The Museum’s permanent collections include 3000 Cycladic, ancient Greek, and ancient Cypriot artefacts, testimonies to the civilizations that flourished in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean from the 4th millennium BC to approximately the 6th century AD.
Four permanent exhibitions are displayed in four floors of the Museum’s main building: “Cycladic Art” Ancient Greek Art – “A history in images” “Cyprus – Ancient Art & Culture” Ancient Greek Art – “Scenes from Daily Life in Antiquity”.
The Museum’s temporary exhibitions focus on both archaeology and modern and contemporary art and aim to connect the public not only to antiquity but also to important 20th and 21st-century artists, by exploring the links between ancient civilizations and contemporary artistic creation. So far, it has hosted works by and exhibitions on Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Thomas Struth, Louise Bourgeois, Sarah Lucas, Ugo Rondinone, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Ai Weiwei, Cy Twombly, and George Condo, among others.
From May 20 until August 29 the Museum of Cycladic Art hosts the temporary exhibition “Brice Marden and Greek Antiquity”. As part of the exhibition series “Divine Dialogues”, this year the Museum of Cycladic Art invites American artist Brice Marden to present his work in dialogue with selected antiquities from the Museum’s permanent collections. This is the first museum exhibition devoted to this renowned artist to be held in Greece, and is organized by the Museum of Cycladic Art in close collaboration with Marden and curator and artist Dimitrios Antonitsis. Marden, now in his eighties with a career that spans six decades, continues to fascinate with the gestural simplicity of his paintings and drawings. His work draws from art’s long history, combining elements of Minimalism, Abstract Expressionism, as well as ancient calligraphy and poetry. The exhibition at the Museum of Cycladic Art will include artworks from a wide range of Marden’s artistic output, revealing a resonance with the metaphysics of ancient Greek heritage. Paintings, drawings, and notebooks that highlight his sharp observation and unique abstract gaze, will be presented in dialogue with selected antiquities from the Museum’s permanent collections, inviting the viewer to interpret the visual vocabulary of this great artist.
*Friday 6, 13 & 20 Μay: 10:00–20:00
All required guidelines of the public health authority to prevent the spread of COVID 19, will be applied.
Closest Metro Station: Evaggelismos
Metro to Venue: 5 minutes walking
Wheelchair Accessibility YES