Update Jul 13 2016: Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today that two ancient marble sculptures from the famed collection of the Pergamon Museum (Antikensammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin) will remain on loan to The Met for two years. The works are currently among the highlights of the exhibition Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World (on view through July 17). After the exhibition closes, the two sculptures—a monumental statue of the goddess Athena and a fragmentary colossal head of a youth, both carved in the second century B.C.—will be displayed on the southern side of the Museum’s Great Hall and in The Robert and Renée Belfer Court, respectively. They will be on view from early August until fall 2018.
Coin collectors will join connoisseurs of the sublime in their appreciation of masterpieces in this thrillingly huge collection from Hellenistic artists who so profoundly influenced the Romans (some of the works are Roman copies), including marble, bronze, and terracotta sculptures, gold jewelry, vessels of glass and precious metals, engraved gems and rare early coins in perfect condition with lifelike portraits stamped upon them, including works recovered from two shipwrecks. Covering Alexander the Great’s death (323BC) to the death of Cleopatra (30BC), and drawn from Pergamon, the ancient city unearthed in the 1860s which was the capital of the large part of Asia Minor ruled by the Attalid Dynasty (281-`133BC) now Bergama in Turkey, this huge international loan assembly is a first for the US, and includes a computer reconstructed projected panorama of Pergamon from around 129AD.
April 18–July 17, 2016
The Tisch Galleries (Gallery 899), Floor 2
April 11, 10:00 a.m.–noon
The conquests of Alexander the Great transformed the ancient world, making trade and cultural exchange possible across great distances. Alexander’s retinue of court artists and extensive artistic patronage provided a model for his successors, the Hellenistic kings, who came to rule over much of his empire. In spring 2016, for the first time in the United States, a major international loan exhibition will focus on the astonishing wealth, outstanding artistry, and technical achievements of the Hellenistic period (323-30 B.C.)—the three centuries between Alexander and Cleopatra. Opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on April 18, Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World brings together more than 265 exquisite objects that were created through the patronage of the royal courts of the Hellenistic kingdoms, with an emphasis on the ancient city of Pergamon. Examples in diverse media—from marble, bronze, and terracotta sculptures to gold jewelry, vessels of glass and engraved gems, and precious metals and coins—reveal the enduring legacy of Hellenistic artists and their profound influence on Roman art. The ancient city of Pergamon (now known as Bergama, in present-day Turkey) was the capital of the Attalid Dynasty that ruled over large parts of Asia Minor.