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The Sculptures of The Acropolis - A Retrospective

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A History of the Acropolis
The Sculptures of The Acropolis - A Retrospective is a first time exhibition for Adelaide of the Acropolis Structures. The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop above the city which contains the remains of several ancient buildings of historical significance. The most famous of these buildings is the Parthenon, a temple of the Acropolis which has survived revolutions, wars, invasions and various philosophies.

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Parthenon Photo Courtesy of Harrieta171, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license


The Exhibition, presented by the Foundation for Hellenic Studies, is on at the Adelaide Festival Centre Foyer from Thursday 31 March to Tuesday 31 May 2016 and comprises 15 full size replicas of sculptures such as Poseidon's bust; a two metre tall and 450 kg Caryatid (a sculpted female figure used as a supporting pillar) and includes elements from the Parthenon's frieze and metopes. This exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to closely view these life size replicas and majestic forms of Ancient Greece that were used to symbolise democracy, equality, community and philosophy. The Parthenon was severely damaged in 1687 and experienced systematic sacking in 1801-02 by Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin.

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Caryatid Photo Courtesy of Zanner, Public Domain


The surviving original sculptures are on display in museums throughout Europe with the majority being divided between The British Museum in London and the Acropolis Museum in Athens. This exhibition gives you the ability to view replicas of these amazing historical artefacts.

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Acropolis of Athens Photo Courtesy of Francesco Bandarin, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO license


The official opening of the Exhibition is 10 am to 11.30 am Thursday 31 March 2016. Entry to the exhibition is free and opening hours are 9 am to 5 pm daily with extended hours of 9 am to 9 pm on opening day 31 March 2016.

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Example of Elgin Marbles Photo Courtesy of w en User Adam Carr, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported


Other events during the exhibition include an open afternoon on 3 April to celebrate Greek Independence Day. This event will include a food truck, dancing, backgammon and other family activities and will be held on the Festival Centre Terrace.
Marbled Monday drinks will be held on Monday 4th April, and will feature live sketching by artists and a presentation on The Parthenon and Greek Art.

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Example of Elgin Marbles Photo Courtesy of Urban, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic


A formal dinner amongst the marbles will be held on 6th May.

The Exhibition is made possible through the support of the Government of South Australia, Adelaide Festival Centre, Olympic Industries, Karidis Corporation and Guardian Insurance Brokers together with the Greek Government's Ministry of Culture and Sports.

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Example of Elgin Marbles Photo Courtesy of Urban, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic


Parking information is available on the Adelaide Festival Centre website or go to Adelaide Metro for public transport information.
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Why? See the Acropolis Sculptures
When: 31 March to 31 May 2016
Where: Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Road, Adelaide
Cost: Free
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Love this! Having visited the Acropolis and Museum many times over the past year it's great to be able to see and take other people in my own home town! x
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