May 25, 2011

5000-year-old Cycladic art exhibit opens at Sabancı Museum

The images are striking, memorable and Pablo Picasso would have probably eaten his heart out to have created them, not to mention Salvador Dali. They are probably the first truly abstract sculptures the world ever saw, for they were created around 3000 BC.


Round, almost one-dimensional bodies, which appear like stones found on a beach perfect to be then sent skipping across the surface of the water. Who were the sculptors? What do these figurines represent? Where did the first idea come from? We know so little, but have destroyed so much.

A visit to the new exhibition, which just opened at the Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum, will introduce viewers to a world that is rarely seen and never before in Turkey on such a large scale as “Across - The Cyclades and Western Anatolia During the 3rd Millennium BC.” Around 340 artifacts have been collected to form this new exhibition, which opened on Monday and will continue until Aug. 28.

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