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New Sabancı exhibit stirs Greece April 26, 2011

Posted by Yilan in Turkey, Yunanistan.
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A new exhibition organized by Istanbul’s Sakıp Sabancı Museum will concentrate on the civilization and culture of the Aegean Sea region 5,000 years ago. The Greek National Archaeology Museum in Athens and the N.P. Goulandris Foundation Cycladic Art Museum will provide material for the exhibition ‘From One Side to Another’ that is already making headlines in Greece
The exhibition concentrates on the civilization and culture of the Aegean Sea region 5,000 years ago.
The exhibition concentrates on the civilization and culture of the Aegean Sea region 5,000 years ago.

A new exhibit at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum scheduled to open at the end of May is the first exhibition of Cycladic Art ever held in Turkey and will feature 600 pieces from Greece and various pieces from Turkey, in a large-scale collaboration between the two countries. The exhibit “Karşıdan Karşıya” (From One Side To Another) concentrates on the civilization and culture of the Aegean Sea region 5,000 years ago.

The inhabitants of the Aegean islands known as the Cyclades produced unique marble figurines and vessels, bronze tools and weapons as well as pottery between 3200 B.C. and 1100 B.C. These physical items demonstrate the extensive commercial and cultural relations between both sides of the Aegean Sea through the islands. While this is not the first time museums in Greece and Turkey have cooperated, it is a first in terms of scale. The Greek National Archaeology Museum in Athens and the N.P. Goulandris Foundation Cycladic Art Museum are providing material to add to works of art from 14 museums in Turkey.

While Athen’s National Archaeology Museum is world famous, the Museum of Cycladic Art, or MCA, is not well known outside of circles particularly interested in its holdings. It is dedicated to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic art of the 3rd millennium BC.

Founded in 1986 to house the collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris, it has since accommodated new acquisitions, obtained either through direct purchases or through donations by important collectors and institutions. The MCA collection is one of the most comprehensive collections of Cycladic antiquities worldwide, comprising an astonishing variety of from all phases of the Early Cycladic period.

MCA Director, Professor Nikos Stampolidis, and Sabancı Museum Director Nazan Ölçer spent months organizing and choosing the 68 artifacts that will be Greece’s contribution to the exhibition. According to Stampolidis, the items in the exhibition will range in date from 3200 B.C. to 2600 B.C. In addition to the 68 pieces from Greece, another 200 will be added from the Istanbul Archaeological Museums, museums in İzmir, Troy and others.

The exhibition, which will be the first exhibition of Cycladic Art ever held in Turkey, will open on May 24 at Istanbul’s Sakıp Sabancı Museum and continue until Aug. 28.

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