The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY is mostly known for its showcase of contemporary and modern art. However, in a new installment that began July 27 and goes through April 2013, the gallery is exhibiting ancient Greek pieces in “Beauty, Life and Spirit: A Celebration of Greek Culture.”
The exhibition is in the Gallery for Small Sculpture at the museum, and presents various aspects of Greek culture. Included in the showing are oil lamps, perfume and scented oil containers, animal and human figures, and ceramic vessels with images of wool carding, hunting and marriage. Two icons from later centuries borrowed from the Hellenic Orthodox Church are also on display.
More contemporary artwork that shows the influence of ancient Greek culture can be viewed as well, including Richard Hunt’s 1956 steel sculpture, Icarus; Jirí Kolár’s 1976 creation, Cycladic Heads; Pablo Picasso’s 1964 blue glass sculptures, Nymphs and Satyrs; and Greek-born artist Nassos Daphnis’ 1938 painting of washerwomen, Monday in Greece.
The installment was organized by the museum’s Curator of Education Mariann Smith in partnership with the Buffalo Museum of Science. For more information, call 716.882.8700, or visit their website: AlbrightKnox.org.