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Exhibitions

26 February 2015 Start
5 July 2015 End
Monday–Thursday 10.00–17.30 Friday 10.00–20.30 Saturday–Sunday 09.00–17.30 Time
UK The British Museum, Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

Tel.: +44 (0)20 7323 8181
e-mail.: tickets@britishmuseum.org
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Defining beauty: The body in ancient Greek art

26 March – 5 July 2015

This exhibition will explore the Greek experience and its preoccupation with the human form. To the ancient Greeks the body was a thing of beauty and a bearer of meaning. The remarkable works of art in the exhibition range from the abstract simplicity of prehistoric figurines to breathtaking realism in the age of Alexander the Great. Giving form to thought, these works continued to inspire artists for hundreds of years and, over time, shaped the way we think of ourselves.

The exhibition will feature around 150 objects, including some of the most beautiful Greek sculpture to have survived from antiquity. In addition to iconic white marble statues, the exhibition will include exquisite works in terracotta, beautiful bronzes and fascinating vases that demonstrate the quality and inventiveness of ancient Greek craftsmen. Outstanding objects from the British Museum, one of the most important collections of Greek art in the world, will be shown alongside extraordinary loans from other world-class collections.

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