'Vanity: Stories of Jewelry in the Cyclades' at Mykonos Archaeological Museum
The island of Myconos is internationally renowned as a summertime playground for the rich and famous. However, its history is vastly underrated and goes largely unnoticed by most of today’s visitors, which is a shame, because it boasts a rich past that can be traced to prehistoric times and which is closely connected to that of the other islands in the Cyclades group.
“Through this exhibition, the ephorate’s aim, besides everything else, was to relaunch the renovated Archaeological Museum of Myconos as the center of the Cycladic islands, as well as a place to visit for those coming to the island,” said ephorate chief Dimitris Athanasoulis, who is also the exhibition’s coordinator. The renovation of the Myconos museum is a part of a broader effort to upgrade museums in the Cyclades and turn them into state-of-the-art showcases that will do justice to the historical and archaeological wealth that they house and address the needs of the modern visitor.
The local community has played a role in the exhibition’s organization through sponsorships and donations, while the show is taking place with the support of the Municipality of Myconos.
“Such an effort cannot bare fruit without the input of local authorities. They are the ones who will promote the show and who will assist us in our efforts to develop the museum’s new profile,” noted Athanasoulis.
“Vanity” will remain on display on Myconos for a year, before traveling to other Cycladic museums.
Author: Emilios Harbis | Source: Kathimerini [August 08, 2016]