The adventurous journey of man through time: Odysseys exhibition at the National Archaeological Museum

The new exhibition of the National Archaeological Museum "Odysseys" is the main commemorative event on the occasion of the 150th anniversary since the foundation of the Museum. It attempts to give an account of the adventurous journey of man through time considered from an abstract and symbolic perspective that draws its inspiration from the Homeric Odyssey. Without reciting the mythological epic of Homer the exhibition is inspired by the archetypal character of Odysseus and recounts through the emblematic, as well as the lesser-known ancient works of the National Archaeological Museum, the long chronicle of the beleaguered man, his incessant endeavour to tame his environment, conquer new places, broaden his horizons, establish well-governed societies and fight against the perishable nature of his existence with the aid of love and creative act.
 
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View of the first thematic axis: THE JOURNEY © NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
 
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View of the first thematic axis: THE JOURNEY © NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
 
One hundred and eighty-four works that come either from the permanent exhibition or the rich in archaeological material storerooms of the Museum's Collections and six loans, three from the Epigraphic Museum and three from the Acropolis Museum, are presented in an enchanting sequence of cultural stratification, enabling the visitor to discern the differentiations and changes and simultaneously detect those elements that reside and remain unaffected in time and constitute the shared imprint which man has left on the centuries, the ages and the civilizations.
The interpretation of the ancient works through the symbolically charged poetry of C. P. Cavafy, G. Seferis, O. Elytis and Y. Ritsos imparts to the exhibits perhaps the most astute and exciting meaning, setting simultaneously a bridge with today through the modern poetic language. The audio-visual and digital applications of the exhibition denote in a discreet manner all these notional connections.
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Second thematic axis ITHACAS – The unit of Death © NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
 
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Second thematic axis ITHACAS – The unit of Love © NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
 
Three thematic axes run through the exhibition narrative: THE JOURNEY presents tangible evidence of the ceaseless quest of man for raw materials, knowledge and ideas. Τhe variegated cargo of a conceptual ship and the myths that accompanied the sea journeys of ancient people create an allusive environment of adventure and knowledge. ITHACAS are inspired by the homecoming (nostos) of Odysseus and devoted to the homelands of all people. Ecumenical ideas and concepts are exemplified by works that embody the collective effort of societies to ensure development and prosperity, as well as the urge of human existence to defy its perishability. In the EXODUS, ancient creations symbolically demarcate great achievements of the human mind and spirit inviting each one of us to pick up the torch of creativity.
 
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Second thematic axis ITHACAS – The unit of The Place © NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
 
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Second thematic axis ITHACAS. In the foreground, the marble statue of Odysseus from the Antikythera shipwreck, 1st c. BC. © NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
 
The exhibition will be open until October 2017


Visiting
General admission: Full price € 10,00 (no extra charge for the temporary exhibition)
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 08:00-20:00
 
Getting there
Address: 44 Patission str., Athens 10682 (see map below)
Metro: M1 (Victoria Station) and M1,M2 (Omonia Station)
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