The influence of the Acropolis on western art and architecture is the message of the exhibition The Periklean Acropolis: From Antiquity to Modernity, at the National Hellenic Museum, in Chicago.
The new exhibit is curated by Prof. Robin Rhodes, Department of Art, Art History, and Design School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame and Dr. Michael Lykoudis, Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame. AHEPA District 13 is the sponsor of the exhibit. The formal public unveiling will be Thursday November 13th.
The Acropolis of Athens and its monuments are the most ambitious construction project in Greek history and considered a turning point in Western architecture. These monuments, which were built in honor of the city's patron goddess Athena, in perfect harmony with the natural environment, introduced a new vocabulary in Western art and architecture.
The monumental landscape is uniquely beautiful and has inspired mankind for over 2500 years.
The report "illuminates" the unique and revolutionary, for that time, classical architecture and describes the use bythe Athenians of monumental architecture as a tool to bring people closer to the divine. The exhibition hosts images of modern Athens, used to show how classical art and architecture was coopted for the creation of the Greek national identity in the 19th century.
The significant influence of the Acropolis in the US is highlighted through images of American landmarks, such as the Library of Congress, the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, and the Field Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
Drawings of famous architect and archaeologist Manolis Korres, who served as project manager for the restoration of the Parthenon, illustrate how large pieces of marble were detached and transported from Mount Penteli, to the top of the Acropolis.
The exhibition is accompanied by specially designed educational programs and interactive models of the Parthenon, which were built by architecture students at the University of Notre Dame.