Exhibition to form the basis for a cultural exchange between Sicily and Cleveland
The Cleveland Museum of Art will be opening the new exhibit “Sicily: Art and Invention Between Greece and Rome” on Sunday, September 29, 2013. Through a cooperative agreement between the museums, the government of the Region of Sicily and the Getty Museum of Art the collection will include objects from the recently closed J. Paul Getty Museum exhibition, most notably the Mozia Charioteer and Phiale Mesomphalos.
“Our discussions with the government of Sicily resulted in a very favorable agreement that will benefit both the museum and the Sicilian public,” said David Franklin, Sarah S. and Alexander M. Cutler director. “Cleveland has a rich Italian heritage and we are excited to be able to present this exhibition as originally planned and scheduled.”
“Our hope is that this exhibition and the reciprocal exhibition in Sicily of several masterworks from our collection of Italian paintings, including Caravaggio’s Crucifixion of Saint Andrew, will be just the beginning of a period of long term cultural cooperation with Sicily,” added Franklin.
The exhibition is in celebration of ancient Sicilian culture during the fifth to third centuries BC when the art, architecture, theater, poetry, philosophy and science of the region left an enduring influence in Greece and Rome. On display will be 150 objects that personify the military and athletic victories, religious and civic rituals, and opulent lifestyles as well as the scientific advancements that shaped western Greek culture.
The exhibition will be on view at the Cleveland venue through January 5, 2014.
About the Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes almost 45,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. Currently undergoing an ambitious, multi-phase renovation and expansion project across its campus, the museum is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, performing arts and art education. One of the top five comprehensive art museums in the nation, and the only one that is free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the dynamic University Circle neighborhood.
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