The multiple aspects of the concept of Kallos in the everyday life and the philosophical discourse of ancient Greece are presented in the major, emblematic, archaeological exhibition of the Museum of Cycladic Art, titled “ΚΑLLOS. The Ultimate Beauty”, which will run from 29 September 2021 to 16 January 2022. The exhibition, created by the former Director of the Museum of Cycladic Art, General Director of the Acropolis Museum Professor Nikolaos Chr. Stampolidis and curated by himself and the Curator of Antiquities, Dr Ioannis D. Fappas, is mounted in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Sports, with the generous support of L’Oréal.
This exhibition displays three hundred emblematic antiquities from fifty-two museums, collections, and Ephorates of Antiquities throughout Greece, as well as from Italy (the Italian peninsula and Sicily), and the Vatican. The overwhelming majority appear for the first time outside of the museums of their provenance. They meet and mingle in the Museum of Cycladic Art, so as to give an integrated picture of the ideal of Kallos, inadequately translated into English as Beauty. The selected exhibits date mainly from the seventh to the first century BC – that is, from the Archaic to the Hellenistic period – and are complemented by a handful of works of Roman times in those cases where the original creations of earlier periods have survived only in copies.