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Benaki Museum artworks travel to Lisbon October 12, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Museums, Hellenic Light Americas, Hellenic Light Europe.
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Rare artefacts from the Benaki Museum collection will be on display at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon through to 6 January 2008.

“The Greeks: Art Treasures from the Benaki Museum, Athens” features 157 items that highlight Hellenism’s continuation throughout eight millenia, from the Prehistoric and Hellenistic times to the Roman and Byzantine years. The same exhibition, with a few variations, will travel to Canada in 2008 and Chile in 2009.

In exchange for the Benaki works, the Gulbenkian Museum will send Islamic art masterpieces to Athens in 2009. Within the framework of the two Museums’ collaboration, Greek icons from the prestigious Velimezis Collection travelled to Portugal in 1999, while the Gulbenkian was represented in 2002 at the Benaki’s international show Glass of the Sultans.

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