Compelling stories of victory and competition will be at the heart of a major new exhibition, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes, opening at the WA Museum Boola Bardip next month.
The exhibition from the British Museum features around 180 extraordinary objects. It includes some of the finest examples of Greek armour, sculpture, jewellery and coins with some pieces in the exhibition being toured in the Southern Hemisphere for the first time.
Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes explores the spirit of competition that was prevalent in Ancient Greek society – in the fields of sport, arts, warfare and politics.
The Western Australian Museum, the National Museum of Australia and Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum have collaborated to bring the exhibition to the region.
Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes opens at the WA Museum Boola Bardip on June 20, 2021.
Tickets to the exhibition can be purchased through the WA Museum Boola Bardip website at https://www.museum.wa.gov.au/ancientgreeks
Admission to the permanent exhibitions at the WA Museum Boola Bardip remains free.
As stated by Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:
“Western Australian audiences will be the first in the Southern Hemisphere to see this remarkable exhibition at the WA Museum Boola Bardip, direct from the British Museum.
“It features incredible objects from the British Museum’s renowned collections which have never been seen in Australia before.
“This is a unique opportunity to see jewellery, weapons, statues and coins, all linked by the theme of competition in Ancient Greece. It is particularly pleasing that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, this exhibition is able to tour.
“I encourage all Western Australians to visit the stunning WA Museum Boola Bardip to see this remarkable exhibition before it heads to the National Museum of Australia and the Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum.
“There is an admission fee for this special touring exhibition, but general admission to the Museum remains free.”