The Classical Now, Bronze head of Apollo, first to second centuries AD, 40 × 25 × 27 cm. © MACM (Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins).
King's College London

The Classical Now

02 Mar – 28 Apr 2018
Tue – Sat 11.00 - 17.00
Inigo Rooms
East Wing

What is it about Greek and Roman art that still captivates the modern imagination? How can contemporary art help us to see the classical legacy with new eyes? And what can such modern-day responses – set against the backdrop of others over the last two millennia – tell us about our own cultural preoccupations in the twenty-first century?

Damien Hirst, The Severed Head of Medusa,2013, gold, silver,32 × 39.7 × 39.7 cm
Damien Hirst, The Severed Head of Medusa, 2013
Marc Quinn,All About Love ‘Heaven’,2016–2017, glass reinforced polyester and biresin polyurethane, stainless steel plate & rod, split shaft collars, softwood and far eastern ply, 214 × 66 × 76 cm. Reproduced courtesy of Marc Quinn. © Marc Quinn studio.
Marc Quinn, All About Love ‘Heaven’, 2016–2017

Presented in partnership with Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins (MACM), The Classical Now is a major new exhibition at King’s College London.

Staged across two spaces, the newly renovated Arcade of Bush House, and the Inigo Rooms in Somerset House East Wing, the exhibition features classical, modern and contemporary works.

Through the pairing of modern and contemporary art with classical Greek and Roman antiquities. The Classical Now explores the ways in which Graeco-Roman art has captured and permeated the modern imagination.

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