published 6.02.2017

Acclaimed exhibition – A World of Emotions – closes June 24

by Onassis Foundation USA

 June 2, 2017




CLOSES JUNE 24, 2017

Admission to exhibition, tours, and public programs is free


The Onassis Cultural Center New York’s critically acclaimed exhibition A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece 700 BC‒200 AD closes on June 24, 2017. Last chance to experience the groundbreaking presentation featuring over 130 works from leading museums—including the Acropolis Museum; National Archaeological Museum, Athens; Musée du Louvre, Paris; British Museum, London; and Musei Vaticani, Vatican City—many never before seen outside of Greece. Explore the ideas and attitudes of people in classical antiquity toward emotion and the ways in which emotions were depicted and conveyed in private, public, and divine relationships. Exhibition highlights include vase paintings portraying ancient myths, sculptures (ranging from life-size statues from the Acropolis to poignant relief carvings from cemeteries), theatrical masks, amulets, coins, and votive offerings, among other artifacts. The objects date from the early 7th century BC (the traditional date of the Iliad) to the late 2nd century AD. Stories about the gods are presented alongside those of mortals, weaving compelling narratives resonating through millennia.

Accessible to all ages, the exhibition prompts timely questions about how we express, control, suppress, manipulate, evoke, and simulate feelings as individuals and citizens in contemporary society.


A World of Emotions is on view through June 24, 2017, in the Onassis Cultural Center Gallery: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10 am–6pm; Thursday 10 am‒9 pm.

Black Frames (2017) by Jannis Varelas, a related installation, is on view in the Olympic Tower Atrium: daily 8 am–10 pm.


Onassis Cultural Center New York

Olympic Tower

645 Fifth Avenue (at East 51st Street)

New York, NY


Angelos Chaniotis, Professor of Ancient History and Classics, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; Nikolaos Kaltsas, Director Emeritus, National Archaeological Museum, Athens; and Ioannis Mylonopoulos, Associate Professor of Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology, Columbia University.


The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring essays by scholars including the co-curators, David Konstan and Joseph E. LeDoux, as well as contributions from nearly 60 European and American authors.


The Onassis Cultural Center New York explores Greek culture from antiquity to today through a diverse program of exhibitions, events, and online engagement for audiences of all ages and interests. All programs and exhibitions—from scholarly to those designed for families, novices, and experts—are presented free of charge to make the experience accessible to all.


The Onassis Foundation USA, an affiliate to the parent Foundation in Greece, is committed to the promotion of Greek culture. By cooperating with educational and cultural institutions in Greece and throughout the Americas, the Onassis Foundation USA promotes cultural relations. The mission of the Onassis Foundation USA is realized through two major initiatives, one cultural and educational for the general public through its Onassis Cultural Center New York, and one academic, the University Seminar Program, that places eminent scholars from all over the world in universities in North and Latin America for seminars and courses on topics related to Hellenic civilization. To learn more about the Foundation and the Onassis Cultural Center New York, please visit:

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Images: Heads of Achilles and Penthesileia, 2nd century AD, copy of a Hellenistic original, Marble, Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig, BS 298, BS 214 © Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig, Photography Rüdi Habegger


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