The Unseen Museum is the successful project of the National Archaeological Museum that presents select antiquities from the world of the storerooms. Following the 15 marvelous artifacts that have been displayed to date, the Unseen Museum welcomes Hadrian and Antinous to a meeting after 19 centuries.
It is an exhibition of the inscribed base of a monument in honour of the emperor Hadrian and an outstanding portrait of Antinous, his attendant and favourite. The works are being displayed for the first time in the heart of the Museum, 19 centuries after the emperor’s visit to Athens.
* Hadrian and Athens Conversing with an Ideal World – from 28th November 2017 at the Archaeological Museum of Athens (Greece)
The National Archaeological Museum, in collaboration with the Italian Archaeological School at Athens, organizes the temporary exhibition “Hadrian and Athens. Conversing with an Ideal World“ in the Gallery 31a of the Sculpture Collection. The exhibition marks the 1900 years since the beginning of Hadrian’s reign in 117 AD, an anniversary that is being celebrated in manifold ways by major European museums and cultural institutions.
The exhibition aims to give visitors a unique opportunity to view exhibits which showcase Hadrian’s philhellenism and highlight his immense and enduring legacy. By promoting the integration of Greek intelligentsia with Roman tradition, Hadrian contributed decisively to forging a common cultural base that served as a fundamental element of western culture. From this viewpoint, the exhibition marks and heralds the launch of the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018. All of the exhibits featured, 40 in all, come from the National Archaeological Museum’s collections.
The exhibition will have a year-long duration.
* Hadrian 2017. Metamorphosis: The birth of a new Rome – from November 2017 to April 2018 at the Archaeological Museum of Seville (Spain)
The Archaeological Museum of Seville in southern Spain is hosting an exhibition to commemorate the 1900th anniversary of the accession of Hadrian to the imperial throne.