More Greek Archaeology

From the Ottawa Citizen, via my friend Robert Black:


The biggest travelling exhibition on Ancient Greece ever assembled opens Dec. 12 in Montreal. And the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, which will host the stunning exhibition next summer, played a key role in making it happen.

Entitled The Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great, the show spans nearly 6,000 years of history and features more than 500 precious archaeological treasures from 21 Greek museums. About 300 have never before left the country.

After its run at Montreal’s Pointe-à-Callière Museum ends in April, the exhibition will shift to the Canadian Museum of History for four months starting June 5. Then it’s off to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and the National Geographic Museum in Washington, where it will wrap up on Oct. 9, 2016.

“I really think it’s a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition,” says Mark O’Neill, the Canadian Museum of History’s president and CEO. “It’s going to make Ottawa a real cultural destination next year.”

You can build audiences with exhibitions like this, O’Neill says. “I have every expectation that we will with this exhibition, as well.” The museum expects to attract 150,000 visitors. Pointe-à-Callière is projecting a similar number.

The Gatineau museum heads a four-museum consortium that, in conjunction with Greek authorities, organized the exhibition; something it had never done in its 25-year history. How it came to play the leading role is a tale of luck, timing and interests aligning.

In the spring of 2012 Jean-Marc Blais, the museum’s director general, raised the idea of a Greek exhibit with Eleftherios Aggelopoulos, then Greece’s ambassador to Canada.


More at the link.