Rhodes: A Greek Island and Gateway to the East

Colossus of Rhodes

An exhibition showcasing Rhodian archaeology through the ages is due to run at the Louvre Museum in Paris from 14th November 2014 – 10th February 2015, shedding light on the vibrant history of this stunning Grecian region.

Previously home of the Colossus (one of the Seven Wonders of the World), Rhodes is famed for its rich archaeological and cultural treasures. The exhibition at the Louvre, entitled ‘Rhodes: A Greek Island and Gateway to the East’, brings together artifacts that have previously been scattered in museums across the world, from Copenhagen Museum to the British Museum.




Including pieces from the Late Bronze Age to the Archaic Period, spanning over eight centuries, visitors to the exhibition have a rare opportunity to see the findings of historical excavations by French, English, Danish, Italian and Greek archaeologists first-hand. It also gives an insight into the Orientalist history of some of the artworks.

The Vice Governor of Tourism, Mrs. Marieta Vakiani-Papavasileiou, stated that the Louvre museum has chosen the island of Rhodes in order to present a land that is home to invaluable treasures and added that the region of South Aegean as a whole includes over 50 islands, all with their own unique characteristics.

The exhibition is organised by Anne Coulie from the Louvre Museum and Melina Filimonos-Tsopotou, 22nd Ephorate of Antiquities of Rhodes. It was also made possible by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the primary donor, supported by Ipsen.

Following the initiative of Mr. George Hatzimarkos, the Governor of the region of South Aegean and a discussion with Mr. Martinez, director of the Louvre Museum yesterday, it has now been mutually agreed that the exhibition will move to Rhodes in Spring 2015.

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