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Actor Pierce Brosnan supports Parthenon Marbles return

Pierce Brosnan has expressed support for the return of the Parthenon Marbles in an interview.

Interviewer: I have a question about the Parthenon Marbles which are now in the British Museum

Pierce: The Elgin Marbles?

Interviewer: The Parthenon, as we say…

Pierce: The Parthenon. They Should come back. They should come back. Sure. You should have them. They’re yours.

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New York lecture on the New Acropolis Museum

Dimitrios Pantermalis, the New Acropolis Museum's director, has given a lecture about the New Acropolis Museum in New York, to tie in with an exhibition there about the building.

Lecture on New Acropolis Museum in NY

New York (ANA-MPA/P. Panagiotou) — Dimitrios Pandermalis, President of the Board of Directors of the New Acropolis Museum and Professor of Classical Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, presented a lecture on “the Acropolis Museum and Its Collections” on Saturday evening at Columbia University in New York, in Schermerhorn Hall at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP).

Pandermalis made a historic review of the landmarks in the search for the appropriate site for the New Acropolis Museum, the obstacles that arose along the way, the excavations that necessitated a change of plan, and the final result that he said enchanted humanity.

Speaking to a packed auditorium, which also included the Museum’s architect, Bernard Tschumi, Pandermalis also outlined aspects unknown to the wider public concerning the entire course from inception of the idea of the New Acropolis Museum to the completion of the project.

Pandermalis also noted the “great advantages” of the Museum, such as the exploitation of natural light, and its roof, which functions as a “fifth facade”.

The lecture was given in conjunction with the exhibition on the New Acropolis Museum running at Columbia University’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery through December 19.

Opening just four months (October 21) after the new Acropolis Museum itself (June 20), the exhibition focuses on the building itself – its innovative architecture and the major role it plays at the nexus of Greco-Roman cultural and archaeological history, according to the organisers.

Sited to be in visual dialogue with the Acropolis, The new Acropolis Museum creates a direct association between the displayed objects and their original context. For the first time, all significant archaeological finds from the area are consolidated into one, state-of-the-art museum, highlighting the importance of the site in shaping artistic expression in Greco-Roman antiquity and its continuing influence on perceptions of Greek art. At the heart of the Wallach exhibition is an array of full-scale casts of prime examples of the sculpture that the museum was built to house, together with casts of pottery that was unearthed during excavations for its foundation. The casts, on loan from the museum in Athens, are complemented by color photographs of the building.

Introducing the exhibition are planning documents from Bernard Tschumi Architects, the firm that designed the museum. These materials include preparatory sketches, working drawings and architectural models. Tschumi, a New York-based Swiss architect, is a member of the faculty of Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he served as dean from 1988 to 2003.

Early archaeological work on the Acropolis is illuminated by illustrated books from Columbia’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library. Copies of archival documents from the American School of Classical Studies in Athens outline the pioneering studies of William Bell Dinsmoor, a Columbia faculty member from 1919 to 1963 and one of the few foreign scholars allowed to conduct excavations on the Sacred Rock. Ioannis Mylonopoulos, professor of Ancient Greek art and archaeology in Columbia’s department of art history and archaeology, is serving as curator of this exhibition.

The exhibition winds up on December 19.

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Get the latest news about the reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures on Facebook

The Elginism website, which is run by Matthew Taylor (who is also treasurer of the Marbles Reunited campaign & of the International Association) is now available as a Facebook page.

Becoming a fan of the page enables you to eaily see the lates news about the reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures in your news feed.

You can follow Elginism on Facebook here.

Quarter of a million people have visited the New Acropolis Museum since it opened

In the first month since its official opening, over 250,000 people have visited the New Acropolis Museum in Athens.

New Acropolis Museum a tourist hot spot for Athens

2009-08-11 10:46:25

by Xinhua writer Liang Yeqian

ATHENS, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) — Tourists are flocking to the newly opened Acropolis Museum in Athens this summer, despite the annual exodus of Athenians on vacation to Greece’s islands and countryside.

Dimitrios Pantermalis, director of the new Acropolis Museum, told Xinhua in a recent interview that the new museum attracted more than 250,000 visitors from all over the world in the first month since its opening on June 20.

He said, with more than 14,000 square meters of exhibition space, the new museum was about 10 times larger than its predecessor, ensuring many new delights would be discovered among its expanded exhibits.

Unlike the old museum, visitors did not have to queue up and move together along a single route through the building. Now, it was possible to explore the museum in a more relaxed and informal way, with the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of ancient sculptures and artifacts up close.

The new Acropolis Museum is located some 300 meters from the Acropolis. It is a modern building with glass walls and floors. Visitors can enjoy the antiquities from the ancient temples while looking at the Acropolis through the glass.

From the underground excavations to the stunning Parthenon Gallery on the third floor, the museum offers visitors a refreshing, absorbing experience from top to bottom.

A visit to the museum is a pleasant, satisfying experience from the moment visitors step into the building, due to the museum’s courteous, receptive staff, air-conditioned environment and a splendid collection of unique artifacts that reveal the fascinating story of the ancient Athenian Acropolis in all of its complexity.

This fresh approach is apparent even before entering the museum. The first displays visitors encounter are the excavated exposed remains of a 4th-7th century AD Athenian neighborhood, visible through glass panels beneath the museum’s entrance.

Passing over these foundations into the lobby, visitors can move back in time. After the ticket turnstiles, the floor slopes upward to a wide staircase in reflection of the rising ground around the Acropolis.

The cafeteria, multimedia center and VIP lounge are located on the second floor of the museum. Outside the cafeteria is a big balcony where you can have coffee or meals with a splendid view of the Acropolis right ahead of you.

“We have always tried our best to make this new museum friendly to people and a pleasant place to stay, not only for people to visit the museum, but also for people to have coffee, meet friends and even read here,” Pantermalis said.

He said he and his colleagues were now working hard to make the underground excavations more interesting and organized. He said this new museum inside the Acropolis Museum will be open to visitors in about a year’s time.

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