Greece, Russia launch cultural cooperation with exhibition at Acropolis Museum
The presentation of these objects is a precursor to a larger exhibition which will take place in during the year. On its side, Greece will lend Hermitage a marble statue of a 7th century BC archaic Kore from the collections of the Acropolis Museum.
Culture Minister Aristidis Baltas and Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko inaugurated the event at the Acropolis Museum by signing an agreement certifying the program exchanges and events organized by the two countries.
|Golden vessel with scenes depicting Scythian warriors in relief. From the royal |
Kul Oba tumulus in Crimea. 4th c. BC [Credit: Acropolis Museum]
“It is a great pleasure for us to inaugurate today officially the Greece-Russia year between two countries with a long history and fraternal relations," said Baltas, noting that this cooperation involves two very well worked for both countries. “It is a dedicatory year that wants to highlight not only the ties with the past and the friendship of the two peoples but also to respond to the crisis facing Greece, Russia and the surrounding region,” he added.
|Golden phiale decorated in relief with Medusa’s heads, Scythians with pointed hats |
and animals. From the royal Kul Oba tumulus in Crimea. 4th c. BC
[Credit: Acropolis Museum]
Commenting on the exhibition, the president of the Acropolis Museum Dimitris Pandermalis welcomed the event saying it is a testament to the close relations between Greeks and Scythians. “There could not be a better selection of items, which are the ambassadors of this year of friendship; these three articles which show in the most vivid way the close relationship between the Greeks and the Scythians,” he said.
|Golden necklace ending in Scythian riders. From the royal Kul Oba |
tumulus in Crimea. 4th c. BC [Credit: Acropolis Museum]
He also said that officials at Hermitage are already preparing the area where the Kore will be exhibited, noting that this will be followed by a Byzantine exhibition, which will be a joint collaboration between the two museums.
The event was attended by State Minister for Coordinating Government Operations Alekos Flambouraris, Alternate Education Minister for Research and Innovation Kostas Fotakis, Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Amanatidis, as well as other officials, from the foreign ministry and the Russian embassy in Greece.
The three objects will be exhibited at the ground floor of the Acropolis Museum from March 11 until October 2, 2016.
Source: ANA-MPA [March 11, 2016]