On Tuesday, Boston's esteemed Museum of Fine Arts will open a a trifecta of galleries dedicated to ancient Greek life, the contents of which still resonate today. I'm talking wine, poetry and performances here, patrons. “Homer and the Epics,” “Dionysos and the Symposium” and “Theater and Performance will each focus specifically on these three themes to the enjoyment and appreciation of us all.
“Boston has long been known as the Athens of America and there is no more fitting place than the MFA for a suite of galleries that bring alive the artistic and literary traditions of the ancient Greeks,”said Malcolm Rogers, Ann and Graham Gund Director at the MFA, who just celebrated his 20th anniversary at the helm. “I am particularly excited that technology enables us to watch scenes from the Trojan War as they unfold on vases that are thousands of years old.”
As noted by the Wall Street Journal, the MFA's default has been to showcase it's Greek collection in chronological order, "dated largely between the 6th and 4th centuries B.C.," without little differentiation for over 100 years. It's a move, suggests the WSJ, that's part of a larger trend to inject more of a narrative into museum exhibits which subsequently allows the viewer to have more of a personal connection with the works.
This seems to be the intention of the MFA, which noted in a press release that "these three galleries have been renovated in order to present the MFA’s renowned Greek collection in a thematic way for the first time."
The staples of the collection include 230 pieces of poetry, marble and bronze sculptures, ceramic and metal vases, and terracotta figurines.
If you plan on checking out the exhibits, keep an eye out for such celebrated busts as those of epic writer Homer, philosophical genius Socrates and plenty more.