Ancient Worlds. Greeks, Etruscans and Romans

24.02.2011 until further notice
Altes Museum

Since 24 February 2011, ancient worlds are opened up for people to explore in a completely new display in the Altes Museum. Now that the Etruscans and Romans on the building's upper floor have already enthralled thousands of visitors since their unveiling in July 2010, the Collection of Classical Antiquities is about to present its world-famous collection of Greek art in a wholly new guise on the main floor.

The tour through the new exhibition on the main floor of the Altes Museum starts with the 'Age of Heroes', from 1000 to 700 BCE. Statues of warriors and helmets stand alongside images of griffins and lions that are distinctly Eastern in character. Right from the outset, the visitor's gaze is drawn towards the next rooms containing archaic temples and tomb monuments dating from the 6th century BCE, in the form of a 'Holy Way' that leads to the colossal kouros of Didyma, where the colourful 'Berlin Goddess' can also be seen looking the 'Sabouroff Head' straight in the eye.

The world inhabited by gods, heroes and myths from the classical era unfold before the visitor's eyes in the north room, in a blaze of spectacular, well known vase paintings and sculptures. In the centre of this section, the 'Praying Boy' stands encircled by masterpieces of the art of classical antiquity, such as the spear bearer and the Amazon by Polykleitos, as well as vases by such master potters as Andokides and Euphronios. The section 'Life and Death in Athens', meanwhile, sheds light on all facets of everyday life in the capital of classical antiquity.

Rulers and Their People in Their Living Environment

The theatre in Greece and Southern Italy leads us to the Greeks in the West, with the 'Enthroned Goddess' from Tarent taking centre stage. In the section on Hellenism, the rulers are juxtaposed with ordinary people - in portraits and the recreation of the worlds they inhabited. Following on from that, the finds from houses in Priene, the 'Pompeii of Asia Minor', have also been rearranged to form a new lively display.

The Numismatic Collection's expansive holdings of ancient coins, formerly exhibited in the Pergamonmuseum, are now on view in their own separate room beneath the blue firmament of Schinkel's ceiling design. The final stage in the exhibition is the section offering visitors a whirlwind tour through '350 Years of the Collection of Classical Antiquities'.

In short, the second part of the new permanent collection now on show in the Altes Museum creates a fascinating overview of the art of the ancient world - in displays divided not by genre, but arranged according to content and aesthetic parallels between the objects.

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© Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin / Hans Christian Krass

Sun 20.10.2019 11:00 am
Museumsinsel Berlin
Public tour
Adults
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© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Valerie Schmidt

Thu 24.10.2019 06:00 pm
Altes Museum
Curator tour
Adults
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© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung / Jürgen Liepe

Sat 26.10.2019 03:00 pm
Altes Museum
Public tour
Adults
More Dates : Sat 16.11.2019   Sat 28.12.2019  

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung / Maximilian Meisse
Temple of Art: Masterpieces of the Ancient World at the Altes Museum (in English)

Sun 27.10.2019 11:00 am
Altes Museum
Public tour
Adults
More Dates : Sun 27.10.2019   Sun 24.11.2019   Sun 22.12.2019  

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Altes Museum / Hans Christian Krass

Sat 02.11.2019 03:00 pm
Altes Museum
Public tour
Adults
More Dates : Sat 07.12.2019  

© Staatliche Antikensammlungen und Glyptothek München / Renate Kühling

Sat 09.11.2019 03:00 pm
Altes Museum
Public tour
Adults
More Dates : Sat 14.12.2019  

Tontafel von einem Grabbau in Athen, Fragment
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung / Johannes Laurentius

Sat 23.11.2019 03:00 pm
Altes Museum
Public tour
Adults

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung / Ingrid Geske-Heiden

Sat 30.11.2019 03:00 pm
Altes Museum
Public tour
Adults
More Dates : Sat 21.12.2019  

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Altes Museum , 2014 / Anika Büssemeier

Sat 02.11.2019 02:00 pm
Altes Museum
Workshop
Children 9 – 12 years
More Dates : Sat 21.12.2019  

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Valerie Schmidt

Sat 16.11.2019 02:00 pm
Altes Museum
Workshop
Children 9 – 12 years
More Dates : Sat 07.12.2019  

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Valerie Schmidt

Sat 30.11.2019 02:00 pm
Altes Museum
Workshop
Children 9 – 12 years

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Altes Museum / Anika Büssemeier
Alltag im antiken Griechenland


Ausstellungsgespräch

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Altes Museum / Anika Büssemeier
Aus aller Welt – Zusammenleben in der Antike


Workshop

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Altes Museum / Valerie Schmidt
Götter und Helden der Griechen


Ausstellungsgespräch

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Altes Museum / Nadine Herrmann
Mode im antiken Rom


Workshop

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung / Johannes Laurentius
Römisches Leben im Luxus


Ausstellungsgespräch

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Altes Museum / Anika Büssemeier
Zeus' Adler und Athenas Waffen


Workshop

Die Rotunde im Alten Museum.
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung / Achim Kleuker
Das Alte Museum – Highlights der griechischen und römischen Antike

Altes Museum
Führung (60 min)

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung / Achim Kleuker
The Altes Museum – highlights of Greek and Roman antiquity

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Führung (60 min) englisch

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