A World of Emotions

Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD

March 9-June 24, 2017

photo by Rüdi Habegger

"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.


Exhibition Walk-Through with Curator Angelos Chaniotis

Off Center Journal

A World of Emotions on PBS's NYC-ARTS hosted by Paula Zahn 

A World of Emotions on WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show

Installation Views - see here

A World of Emotions Video - watch here

Exhibition Playlist Curated by Carnegie Hall - In partnership with the Onassis Cultural Center New York, Carnegie Hall created A World of Emotions playlist. Listen on Spotify - full description here.

Exhibition Images