A hundred and more items from archaeological museums around Greece will enrich two very important exhibitions that will open next year in the US and Spain. The first, will take place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the United States, located in New York City from 15 September, 2014 to 25 January, 2015. The title is, From Assyria to Iberia: Crossing Continents at the Dawn of the Classical Age, and the last part of a trilogy of exhibitions.
The upcoming exhibition will present the beginning and the development of artistic tradition in the western world, which has its roots in the interaction between the Near East and the coastal regions of the Mediterranean during ancient times.
Among the very famous museums that will lend around 400 works to the exhibition are the following in Greece: the National Archaeological Museum, the Archaeological Museums of Heraklion, Sparta, Thera, Olympia, Delphoi, Eretria and Samos. However, for some of the items requested by the Metropolitan Museum of Art the competent Committees had objections concerning their transfer because of their vulnerability or due to their uniqueness. Some of them also belong to the list of the “immovable” works.
The second exhibition will take place in February 2014 until January 2015, firstly in the museum CaixaForum Barcelona (from February 27 to June 24, 2014) and then at the museum CaixaForum Madrid (from July 24, 2014 to January 6, 2015) and bears the title, Mediterranean: a shared space.