Boston Museum Reorganizes Ancient Greek Collection

boston's museumThe Boston Museum of Fine Arts proceeded with the reorganization of its collection of ancient Greek exhibits dated between the 6th and 4th century B.C.

On Tuesday, the museum will launch three interconnected permanent galleries, in a renovated space, which will feature 230 pieces thematically divided into “Homer and the Epics,” “Dionysus and the Symposium” and “Theater and Performance.”

The gallery renovation is held on the occasion of the opening of new galleries with similar thematic organization in other parts of the museum. However, these thematic presentations don’t necessarily represent a broader trend within the museum, curator of Greek and Roman art Christine Kondoleon said, describing the Greek presentation as “very specific to this group of objects, this installation, this curator.”

The museum’s Homer gallery is focused on his broad influence on Greek culture, including marble sculptures, terra-cotta statuettes, bronze mirrors, coins, gems and a first-edition copy of Chapman’s English translation of “The Iliad.”

The second gallery, dedicated to Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and theater, features a silver case with wine-related pieces used in symposiums, including a cup humorously shaped like a donkey’s head from around 480 B.C.

The third gallery “Theater and Performance,” includes terra-cotta pieces illustrating scenes from lost plays. The museum will launch a project called “Looking Closer,” explaining the illustrations through an iPad.