"It’s what the show does with the material that really counts: It uses objects to tell a human story, one that changes our view of the past, brings it into the present; makes it ours."
- Holland Cotter, The New York Times
Bringing to vivid life the emotions of the people of ancient Greece, and prompting questions about how we express, control, and manipulate feelings in our own society, the Onassis Cultural Center New York presented the path-breaking exhibition A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD.
The exhibition of more than 130 masterpieces from some of the finest museums in the world including the Acropolis Museum, the National Archaeological Museum Athens, the Louvre, the British Museum, the Vatican Museums, among many others, explored the ideas and attitudes of people in classical antiquity toward emotion and the ways in which the emotions were depicted, revealing how some are strikingly familiar to us and some shockingly alien.
The exhibition featured vase paintings, sculptures (ranging from life-size statues from the Acropolis to relief carvings from cemeteries), theatrical masks, amulets, coins, and votive offerings, among other artifacts from the early 7th century BC to the late 2nd century AD.
You can still enjoy the exhibition by exploring these multimedia links. We will be adding more media in the coming weeks.
Installation Views - see here
A World of Emotions Video - watch here