Museum of Cycladic Art

The lost world of old Europe; The Danube Valley, 5000-3500 BC


Grant to the Museum of Cycladic Art – Nicholas P Goulandris Foundation towards the exhibition “The lost world of old Europe; The Danube Valley, 5000-3500 BC”, hosted at the Museum of Cycladic Art (October 2010 – January 2011).

The unknown world of “Old Europe” was revealed in this exhibition, which featured over 200 Neolithic finds from Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova. Among the exhibits are impressive models of the human form reminiscent of modern art, stunning painted pottery and bronze objects and the world’s earliest known assemblage of gold artefacts from the cemetery of Varna.

The Museum of Cycladic Art is dedicated to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic Art of the 3rd millennium BC. It was founded in 1986, initially to house the collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris, and was gradually expanded to accommodate new important acquisitions obtained through donations.

The Museum presents three major cultural areas: the Cycladic Civilisation of the Early Bronze Age (3200 – 2000 BC), Ancient Greek Art from prehistoric to Roman times (2nd mil. BC – 4th c. AD) and the Cypriot Civilisation from the Chalcolithic  period to the early Byzantine years (4th mil. BC – 6th c. AD).

Numerous thematic archaeological exhibitions are also organised to showcase important creations of the ancient art of the Greek and other civilisations of the Eastern Mediterranean from major museums in Greece and abroad, while contemporary art exhibitions bring its public into contact with major artists of the 20th century (Dali, Picasso, etc.) and explore the links between ancient art and modern artistic creation.