Benaki Museum CEO, John Tatoulis is currently in Melbourne discussing the procedures of this 10-year deal. In April 2014 the “Treasures from the Greek Benaki Museum” collection will be open to public and will continue to be there for the unprecedented period of 10 years.
This unique joint venture brings treasures spanning 8,000 years, from pre-historic times through to modern-day. Over the next decade, the collaboration between the Hellenic Museum and the Benaki Museum will be bringing to Melbourne: Neolithic pottery, Cycladic statues, Minoan figurines, Mycenaean jewelry, Hellenistic sculptures, Byzantine icons and manuscripts, Post Byzantine secular art and costumes, and Neo-Hellenic art and weaponry, including ornate swords and pistols belonging to Greek revolutionary heroes Kolokotronis and Mavromichalis.
These antiquities recognize and celebrate the development of history, when dynasties reigned, kings conquered, and cities fell. Through the exploration of the cultures and technologies of the past, visitors are provided the opportunity to immerse themselves in history while gaining new perspectives on today.
The Benaki and Hellenic Museum collaboration allows visitors to experience the history of civilization. The collections move from mythology to representation. It allows visitors to engage the foundations of our society and culture in a sensorial and experiential manner, while investigating the conceptions and misconceptions of observation, and the benefit of time on forming knowledge and understanding.
In addition to the vast collection of Greek antiquities, the partnership also includes access to the Benaki collections of Coptic, Chinese, Indian, and African works, as well as one of the world’s most significant Islamic art collections.