Ancient and Modern Meet in the Cyclades

A remarkable exhibition of contemporary sculpture by British artist Antony Gormley is on display from now through October 2019 at the extraordinary archaeological site of the Greek island of Delos. The non-profit organization NEON  is presenting the collection of anthropomorphic sculptures scattered across the Aegen island. Gormley populates the sacred island with 29 iron “bodyforms.”

I was fortunate to get to visit Delos about 25 years ago when I was staying on the nearby Cycladic island of Naxos. The small island is now uninhabited, but maintains ruined temples, homes, and theaters going back more than 5,000 years. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is now entirely an open-air archaeological museum. It’s a unique place not to be missed if you are in the region.

Gormley’s exhibition, titled “SIGHT “, reinterprets the function and purpose of sculpture, re-imagining the traditional statues of the ancient world that once adorned public spaces, temples and private buildings into sites of empathy and imaginative projection.

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2 Responses to Ancient and Modern Meet in the Cyclades

  1. Sherry Felix says:

    It always saddens me when i see installations like this. I prefer to see the ruins unaltered. I get the point. Nicely done and all that, but…

    • I was a bit ambivalent about the project. Gormley recently did a wonderful, and very appropriate, installation here outside of the Philadelphia Museum of Art which I loved. However, I was blown away by the island of Delos as it is and have mixed feelings about altering the space in any way.

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