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Cycladic Society 5,000 Years Ago

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.

Organized in collaboration with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture (Antiquities Ephorate of the Cyclades, National Archaeological Museum, Antiquities Ephorate of Athens), the exhibition showcases 200 ancient artefacts from the collections of the Museum of Cycladic Art, the National Archaeological Museum, the Archaeological Museums of Naxos, Syros, Apeiranthos, and Paros, and the Paul and Alexandra Kanellopoulos Museum.

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 divided into five thematic sections:
Social nuclei
Social life
Social hierarchy
Life and death – Beliefs and cults

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Cycladic Society 5,000 Years Ago

01/12/2016 - 31/03/2017

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Dates: 1/12/2016 – 31/03/2017. Place: Athens. Venue: Museum of Cycladic Art, 4, Neofytou Douka St. Op. H.: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00 Thursday: 10:00 – 20:00 Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00 Tuesday: closed.

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