[MGSA-L] Canada and Greece exchange historic exhibitions

June Samaras june.samaras at gmail.com
Sat Nov 8 16:26:17 PST 2014

Canada and Greece exchange historic exhibitions


Published Friday, Nov. 07 2014, 3:48 PM EST
Last updated Friday, Nov. 07 2014, 3:51 PM EST

More than 120 Haida artifacts are expected to travel to Greece, perhaps as
early as next year, in what’s being billed as the first-ever touring
exhibition of Canadian aboriginal art to that European nation.

Announcement of the loan was made in Thessaloniki, Greece, this week by
Jean-Marc Blais, director-general of the Canadian Museum of History in

The Royal British Columbia Museum is loaning 25 Emily Carr works from its
collection to London's Dulwich Gallery. The museum's director says lending
the paintings out is part of their "international strategy."

The museum, along with Montreal’s McCord Museum, would be the primary
supplier of historical artifacts, while contemporary works would come from
Haida Gwaii sources on British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Islands.

Blais was in this historic Greek city as part of a media conference
announcing details of The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great. This
unprecedented exhibition, beginning next month in Montreal, then travelling
to Chicago and Washington, will showcase more than 500 antiquities culled
from 21 Greek museums – “the most significant exhibition Greece has ever
sent abroad,” according to Maria Vlazaki, former director of antiquities
for Greece.

Blais said the Haida show is a demonstration that Greek-Canadian cultural
relations are not a “one-dimensional type of relationship of Greece sending
its heritage out to us.”

Blais said he hopes other European countries will take the Haida show after
Greece. No locale in Greece has been determined, but it’s known the
Canadian ambassador to the country, Robert Peck, would like it shown at the
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.

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