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Cycladic Society 5000 years ago

Featured Cycladic Society 5000 years ago Mario Merz, Individual exhibition at Bernier/Eliades Gallery

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In 2016 the Museum of Cycladic Art celebrates 30 years of creative presence with an exhibition entitled “Cycladic Society 5,000 Years Ago” open from early December 2016 to late March 2017.

What was Cycladic flora and fauna like 5,000 years ago?
What were the nuclei of Cycladic society?
How was Cycladic society stratified? 
How did the islanders subsist? (farming, animal husbandry, hunting, fishing, farming?) 
Did the islanders practice shipbuilding, weaving, and basketry? 
What were their forms of entertainment?
What role did music, drink, and dance play in their lives?
What were their rituals and cults?
What do we know about their religious beliefs?


In 2016 the Museum of Cycladic Art celebrates 30 years of creative presence with an exhibition entitled “Cycladic Society 5,000 Years Ago” open from early December 2016 to late March 2017.

Since no written documents of the Early Cycladic period survive, this exhibition attempts to “read” in a simple and straightforward manner the social structure, activities, living environment, and, where possible, convictions and beliefs of the Cycladic islanders in the Early Bronze Age (3,200-2,000 BC) through their creations.

Τhe exhibition is organized  by the Museum of Cycladic Art in collaboration with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades and it houses 191 ancient artefacts:from its own collections,  the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades (98 artefacts  come from the Museums of Naxos, Apeiranthos,

Syros and Paros) as well as the National Archaeological Museum and the Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Museum.  

The exhibition is organized with the financial contribution of the Associated Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation.

Cycladic figurines, in their present form, with their simple shape and clean outline, became popular through their association with abstract art by 20th-century artists like Modigliani, Brancusi, Matisse, and Picasso. Viewed primarily as works of art, they were often presented in a strictly typological manner, without reference to their creators’ cultural sphere.

The exhibition “Cycladic Society 5,000 Years Ago” aims to fill that void and explore the daily life and undertakings of the Cycladic islanders 5,000 ago!

The exhibition is organized with the financial contribution of the Associated Paul and Alexandra Kanellopoulos Foundation.

Sections

1.    Social nuclei
2.    Activities
3.    Social life
4.    Social hierarchy
5.    Life and death – Beliefs and cults

More information: Cycladic Art Museum

Last modified onThursday, 22 December 2016 07:49
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