Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Cycladic Art

Cycladic ArtI have a huge fascination for these prehistoric sculptures. They are 5,000 years old (early Cycladic period starts at 3,200 B.C.) but so simple and minimalistic they could come straight out of a Contemporary Art Gallery. The figurines of the ancient Cycladic Civilization are a big inspiration for my work as a designer.
The Museum of Cycladic Art is in the heart of Kolonaki, -my favorite neighborhood in Athens- and it is worth visiting. I love how they sponsor exhibitions of contemporary artists in the neoclassic mansion that is connected to the new building, where they expose the ancient Greek and Cycladic collections


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  2. Few people know about Cycladic art. It is very strange to think that these sculptures look more abstract and modern than ancient Greek classical sculpture that came two millenia later or even Renaissance that came more than four thousand years after. If you look at their refinement and harmony it does not remind you a primitive art but 20 century. I think that Cycladic art it is the best kept secret in Greece. Nevertheless it is usually ignored by most visitors that focus on classical antiquities. Who were this people? Hard to know. However there was an immense volcano eruption in the area and many things disappeared.