Cycladic figurines, with their simple shapes and clean outlines, became popular through their association with abstract art by 20th century artists like Modigliani, Brancusi, Matisse, and Picasso. Viewed primarily as works of art, they were often presented without a cultural context.
Cycladic Society 5,000 years ago
Divided over five themes (‘Social Nuclei’, Activities’, ‘Social Life’, ‘Social Hierarchy,’ ‘Life and Death’), this latest exhibition, Cycladic Society 5,000 Years Ago at the Museum of Cycladic Art, aims to fill that void and explore the daily life and undertakings of the Cycladic islanders five millennia ago.
Since no written documents of the early Cycladic period survive, this exhibition attempts to interpret the social structure, activities, living environment and also suggest the possible convictions and beliefs of the Cycladic islanders in the early Bronze Age (3,200-2,000 BC) through the objects they created.
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