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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cleveland Museum of Art’s Antiquity Exhibition has been Cancelled

Statue of a Youth (the Mozia Charioteer, detail), 470–460 B.C. Statue of a Youth (the Mozia Charioteer, detail), 470–460 B.C. Courtesy of the Servizio Parco archeologico e ambientale presso le isole dello Stagnone e delle aree archeologiche di Marsala e dei Comuni limitrofi—Museo Archeologico Baglio Anselmi.

Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome will not go on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art as previously expected. Sicilian officials claim that the loan has been hurting the island’s economy and have called off the traveling exhibition, which was slated to open at the institution in September.

 The show features 145 objects that celebrate the Greek culture that dominated Sicily between the 5th and 3rd centuries, B.C.E. Highlights include a statue of a charioteer that measures six feet tall and a gold libation bowl, both of which are popular tourist attractions. The works are typically displayed at the Whitaker Villa on the tiny island of Mozia off of Sicily’s main landmass.

 Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome is currently on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles through August 19, 2013. The Getty has offered to cover the Cleveland Museum of Art’s costs, which were to be shared between the institutions.

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