WHAT: From the earliest forms of coinage to ancient Greek banking practices and the evolution of currency, this new exhibition taking place at the Museum of Cycladic Art (in cooperation with the Alpha Bank Numismatic Collection) explores money and its enduring symbology.
‘MONEY. Tangible symbols in ancient Greece’ presents a different side of coins, which first appeared in the late 7th century BC. The coin is, primarily, man’s basic means of transaction, with which he covers his daily needs, makes payments and meets his obligations, but historically, has also been used to transmit ideas, status and propaganda. During antiquity, the coin also had another use, one that is related to its iconography: it was a symbol as well as something that people could hold in their hands, it was a tangible symbol.
The exhibition is structured along eight thematic units, in which 85 coins from the Alpha Bank Collection are exhibited together with 159 objects (clay vases, terracotta figurines, marble and bronze statuettes, reliefs, gold jewellery, measuring vessels, coins from closed assemblages and inscriptions) from 32 archaeological museums and collections in Greece, Italy, France and the United Kingdom, whose iconography is linked directly to each unit’s content
WHEN: From November 2-April 15, 2018. Admission is 8 euros and opening hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Museum of Cycladic Art, 4 Neofytou Douka, tel 210.722.8321-3, www.cycladic.gr
Insider Weekly, November 8, 2017.