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An original exhibition about Cavafy at the Museum of Cycladic Art

The Museum of Cycladic Art is organising together with the Cavafy Archive/Onassis Foundation and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports the exhibition entitled ‘Figures’ loved and idealised: Illustrating poems by C. P. Cavafy which will last until March 30, 2014.

Inspired by the verse “Voices, loved and idealised” from Cavafy’s poem Voices, the exhibition uses archaeological artefacts to illustrate a selection of poems with mythological and, especially, historical subjects, which experts believe comprise approximately one third of Cavafy’s work.

The 67 ancient artefacts, which accompany and illustrate the 27 selected poems, come from 14 Greek museums, antiquities’ Ephorates, and private collections. They include sculptures (primarily marble heads, busts, statuettes, and groups), bronze vessels, terracotta figurines and clay vases, faience objects, coins, funerary portraits, grave stelai, as well as icons and ecclesiastical vessels of the Post-Byzantine period.

This exhibition is an evocative exposition of the true meaning of some of Cavafy’s most important poems, bolstered by the museographical display and scenography.

The exhibition focuses on figures that play a leading role in Cavafy's poetry. These are drawn either from myth or from the pages of history and, especially, the broader horizon of the Hellenistic world as it formed under the successors and descendants of Alexander the Great. Other sections relate to historical figures and events of the Roman period and Late Antiquity, to the transitional period before Christianity’s predominance, and to the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine periods.

To coincide with the exhibition, educational programmes for schools, workshops for children and families, guided tours and lectures for the public are organised.

This exhibition takes place as part of the celebrations for the Year of Constantine Cavafy in 2013, which marks 150 years from the birth and 80 years from the death of the great Alexandrian poet.

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Marble bust of Herodes Atticus (AD 101-178), Mid-2nd century AD, National Archaeological Museum

Marble bust of Herodes Atticus (AD 101-178), Mid-2nd century AD, National Archaeological Museum

27/11/2013 - 30/03/2014

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Dates: 27/11/2013 – 30/03/2014. Place: Athens. Venue: Museum of Cycladic Art (The Stathatos Mansion), Vas. Sofias Ave. & 1, Irodotou 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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