photo by Nathalie Schueller

published 7.05.2017

A World of Emotions at Acropolis Museum Through November 2017

by Onassis Foundation USA

The highly successful Onassis Cultural Center New York exhibition A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD (March 9 – June 24, 2017) was on view at the Acropolis Museum in Athens (July 18 – November 19, 2017). In a clever reworking for Greek and international audiences, the title was changed to εmotions, using the Greek epsilon for the first letter.

The Onassis Foundation of Athens initiated the presentation of the exhibition at the Acropolis Museum, which is partner and co-organizer of this critically acclaimed ancient art exhibition. Acropolis Museum President Dimitris Pandermalis said, “This is an unusual archaeological exhibition, which focuses on the portrayal of the ethos of the soul in 129 ancient artworks. Using surprisingly simple but powerful means, the ancient artists depicted bright emotions like desire, love, lust, and shame, but also dark passions like madness, fury, revenge, and heartbreak.”

Onassis Foundation President Anthony Papadimitriou expressed joy at seeing the outstanding exhibition transferred to Greece so successfully: “The journey through time and space goes on. After the impressive exhibition at the Onassis Cultural Center in New York, 129 relics from the collections of the great Greek and international museums are on their way to the Acropolis Museum. Their mission is the same: to help us empathize with the ancient world and the emotions that ruled it.”