WHAT: Admire a riveting argument for a merger between antiquity and contemporary art at this arresting new installation.
Liquid Antiquity, recently launched at the Benaki Museum by the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, explores the possibility of reinventing classicism and argues for its enduring influence on contemporary art.
Conceived by Brooke Holmes, Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Classics at Princeton University, in collaboration with Polina Kosmadaki, curator at the Benaki Museum, and Yorgos Tzirtzilakis, artistic advisor to the DESTE Foundation, the project includes a book with critical contributions by renowned scholars and conversations with prominent artists. The book is a critical reflection on the fluid and open-ended relationship between antiquity and contemporary art.
A video installation, “Liquid Antiquity: Conversations” will feature at the exhibition, with six conversations with Holmes and artists Matthew Barney, Paul Chan, Urs Fischer, Jeff Koons, Asad Raza, and Kaari Upson, in dialogue with the Benaki Museum’s permanent collection of antiquities.
Entrance to Liquid Antiquity is included in the regular Benaki Museum ticket.
WHEN: Until September 17. Opening hours are Wednesday and Friday from 9am-5pm; Thursday and Saturday from 9am-12am; and Sunday from 9am-3pm. (Closed Monday and Tuesday).
WHERE: Benaki Museum, Koumbari 1 & Vasilisis Sofias Ave, Kolonaki, www.benaki.gr