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Greek Masterpieces Loaned by the British Museum Displayed in Australia

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The exhibition is dedicated to the competitve spirit of the ancient Greeks. Credit: Museum of Western Australia

Ancient Greek masterpieces loaned by the British Museum are on display starting Friday at the National Museum of Australia.

The artifacts form part of an exhibition titled “Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes,” which explores the triumphs, conquests and epic tales found throughout Ancient Greek history.

The museum says that the exhibition is a celebration of the creativity of the ancient Greeks: “The visitor is experiencing their craftsmanship firsthand, expressing one of their most renowned traits – a competitive spirit.”

From large marble statues of athletes and gods to exquisite jewelry, from richly illustrated pottery to bronze weapons, the objects reveal a vibrant and innovative society that endures in its art, culture and legends.

The British Museum has partnered with multiple museums in Australia and New Zealand to bring over enough objects for this major Ancient Greek exhibit in the Southern Hemisphere.

Greek exhibition in Australia

Although the exhibition was originally going to touch down in Australia in 2020, due to logistical challenges with transporting the pieces amid the coronavirus pandemic it was delayed.

After the exhibition at the Western Australian Museum, in Perth, the artifacts were transported to the National Museum of Australia, on the east coast, in Canberra. The exhibition will last until May 1, 2022.

Finally, the tour will conclude in New Zealand, at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, from June 10 to October 16, 2022.

The Greek exhibition in Australia features some 180 objects which explore the theme of competition through sports, politics, drama, music and warfare.

The National Museum of Australia’s Director, Dr. Mathew Trinca, shared his excitement about the show to the press, saying, “We are thrilled that we can finally bring Ancient Greeks to east coast audiences after a 12-month delay. With COVID still among us and Australians looking for exciting experiences at home, this show really fits the bill.

“I know audiences will be mesmerized by the stories of competition in the Ancient Greek world and by the beautiful depictions of athletes, the ceramics, sculptures, armor and jewelry featured in the show,” Dr. Trinca stated.


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