Liquid Antiquity Benaki museum
Liquid Antiquity: Conversation. Benaki Museum. Video interview with Jeff Koons.


Where: Benaki Museum
When: On now – 17th September, 2017
Why Go: See an artistic portrayal of antiquity and contemporary art

The DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce Liquid Antiquity at the Benaki Museum, a project that explores the possibility of reinventing classicism and argues for its enduring influence on contemporary art.

Conceived by Brooke Holmes, Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Classics at Princeton University, in collaboration with Polina Kosmadaki, curator at the Benaki Museum, and Yorgos Tzirtzilakis, artistic advisor to the DESTE Foundation, the project includes a book with critical contributions by renowned scholars and conversations with prominent artists. The book is a critical reflection on the fluid and open-ended relationship between antiquity and contemporary art.

Liquid Antiquity Benaki museum

Images from the publication Liquid Antiquity. Left – Charles Ray, Shoe Tie, 2012. Solid stainless steel. Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York. Middle – 23. Urs Fischer, Untitled, 2011 (detail). Wax, pigment, wicks, steel: Giambologna. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich. Photo: Stefan Altenburger. Right – Charles Ray, Aluminum Girl, 2003. Painted aluminum. Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York. Photo: Joshua White.

A video installation, “Liquid Antiquity: Conversations” will feature at the exhibition, with six conversations with Holmes and artists Matthew Barney, Paul Chan, Urs Fischer, Jeff Koons, Asad Raza, and Kaari Upson, in dialogue with the Benaki Museum’s permanent collection of antiquities.

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