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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Acropolis Museum ‘Pericles, Son of Xanthippos’

‘This is a new type of exhibition introduced by the Museum – the idea of small ‘vignette’ exhibitions that build on our permanent collection and give visitors the opportunity to understand the permanent exhibit within a richer historical context, by providing information on other related individuals and events of antiquity’.

Dimitrios Pandermalis is talking about the first temporary exhibition of the Acropolis Museum ‘Pericles, Son of Xanthippos’ that opened on 20 June, 2010 and runs through 31 January, 2011.

The exhibition accessible to all visitors at no charge is mounted in the Museum foyer, prior to entry to the permanent collection. The exhibition presents a small number of highly significant archaeological exhibits, including a portrait of Pericles, marble reliefs, inscriptions, coins and remuneration tokens.

The exhibition provides insights into the actions and personality of the prominent and influential statesman Pericles (c. 495 – 429 BC) perhaps most known in contemporary times for his ambitious project that built most of the surviving structures on the Acropolis and the famous Parthenon sculptures that are exhibited on the Museum’s third floor Parthenon Gallery. However, Pericles also influenced dramatically the internal and external affairs, the city’s finance and social functionality, from the mid 5th century until the beginning of the Peloponnesian War.
 
The exhibition is curated by Professor Dimitrios Pandermalis. Dr. Themistoklis Vakoulis collaborated on the project and exhibition design is by architect Eleni Spartsis of Schema 4.

Directed by Eric Giovon

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