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Mediterranean. From Myth to Reason. CaixaForum Barcelona
Barcelona, 27 February 2014
From the Middle East to Egypt and then to Greece and, later, to Rome, the Mediterranean provided the route for the communication of beliefs, ideas, knowledge and cultural forms whose influence extends even to our day. Mediterranean. From Myth to Reason, the latest archaeological exhibition organised by ”la Caixa” Foundation, brings together an exceptional selection of works from Greco-Latin Antiquity to illustrate a central theme: the creation of the European spirit.
The show explores the development of thought from the 6th century BC to the 4th century AD through 165 Greek and Roman works sculptures, reliefs, ceramic, frescoes, mosaics and jewellery from European museums, including outstanding public collections in Greece and Italy. These pieces illustrate the evolution from a Mediterranean explained through the mythical voyages of Ulysses, Jason and Heracles a Mediterranean hero revered by most peoples in the region to the organisation of the human space by Greek colonial cities and a concept of man, imbued with a soul, who takes on the virtues and trials of the ancient heroes that survive in our collective imagination.
The exhibition forms part of an innovative project launched by ”la Caixa” Foundation to carry out in-depth research into the past, present and future of the Mediterranean from different viewpoints, and which will be completed by another show staged simultaneously at CosmoCaixa Barcelona.
Mediterranean. From Myth to Reason. Dates: : from 28 February to 15 June 2014.. Place: CaixaForum Barcelona (Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8).