from Apr 23 2014 to Mar 15 2015


Masters of Olympus


Exhibition - Musée de la civilisation

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Musée de la civilisation

85, rue Dalhousie
Quebec City (Québec) G1K 8R2
T. 418 643-2158
Toll-free 1 866 710-8031

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Musée de la civilisation

Musée de la civilisation

85, rue Dalhousie
Quebec City (Québec) G1K 8R2
T. 418 643-2158
Toll-free 1 866 710-8031

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- Date -

from Apr 23 2014 to Mar 15 2015

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Admission Fees

Adults (31+)$16
18 to 30 $10
12 to $5
11 and under$0
Families$36

MembersFree

Adults (31+)$22
18 to 30 $15
12 to $7
11 and under$0
Families$45

MembersFree

view rates

Adults (31+)$16
18 to 30 $10
12 to $5
11 and under$0
Families$36

MembersFree

Adults (31+)$22
18 to 30 $15
12 to $7
11 and under$0
Families$45

MembersFree

Masters of Olympus

Treasures from the Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin

This exhibition presents the mythical era of the god-heroes who created the world. Discover these grandiose and unique beings through one of the most prestigious collections of Greco-Roman works in the world, the Berlin Antiquity Museum Collection.

Everyone knows their names - Zeus, Aphrodite, Poseidon, Hera, Demeter, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Dionysus, Hermes, Hades and Asclepius...Over 160 masterpieces — statues, sculptures, ceramics, jewellery — are exhibited for the first time in North America.

Meeting the Gods of Olympus

The exhibition goes back to the advent of the gods, their conquest of Olympus and the development of their mythology. Mirrors of the soul, the Greek and Roman gods have complex relationships, each deity having a specific role to play. In addition to interacting with each other, these gods and goddesses maintain rather special relationships with mortals while ruling over the religious world.
They are at the origin of mythology, institutions, and rituals dedicated to their glory in a variety of Roman gardens and sanctuaries. Under their watchful gaze, the arts of architecture, sculpture, painting and theatre flourish and grow. Discover how they act as the driving force for the transmission of knowledge through writing and the creation of schools, paving the way to knowledge and democracy.

Rare and Exceptional Collections

All of the artifacts presented in the exhibition come from the Greco-Roman Collections of the Berlin Antiquity Museum (Antikensammlung Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin), which boasts one of the most prestigious and significant collections of Greco-Roman art in the world. Its historical, cultural and artistic importance is unique.

Among the exceptional treasures presented are:

  • The head of the Dresden Zeus (2nd century A.D.), based on an original Greek model, circa 440 to 420 B.C.
  • A neck amphora decorated with a scene of Heracles and the Erymanthian Boar (6th century B.C.)
  • The torso of a statue of the goddess Artemis (150 A.D.), based on an original dating back to 320 B.C.
  • A bronze statuette of the god Apollo (1st century B.C.)
  • A marble relief depicting a Winged Victory sacrificing a bull (1st century B.C.)

The exhibition is rounded out with other wondrous objects - jewels, ceramics, vases, amulets, etc.

 For the presentation of the exhibition, Les Musées chose to support the restoration of rare and important works: 

    •    The relief of a Winged Victory sacrificing a bull
    •    A relief of one of the Dioscuri heroes, either Castor or Pollux, dating back to the beginning of the Roman Imperial Period

These works were chosen for this delicate restoration because of their strong symbolism in relation to sacrifices.

A Guided Tour with Homer and Hesiod

Along the way, the visitor discovers each of the masters of Olympus, their powers and roles, the cult of Dionysus, sanctuaries and offerings, rites and festivities, and, finally, the gardens of Rome.
Using audio guides, the visitor is invited to explore the exhibition with Homer and Hesiod. Through their astute comments and witty exchanges, the poets will help visitors learn all about the fascinating world of these gods who claimed supreme power and took up residence atop Mount Olympus. 

An Evocative Design: A Gradual Climb to the Top of Mount Olympus

All of the exhibition's remarkable objects are showcased in an evocative design dominated by three main elements: sky, earth and water. A gently sloping platform traverses the large gallery, suggesting a slow climb to the top of Mount Olympus to see where the gods and goddesses once lived. The distinctly contemporary setting, designed by Daniel Castonguay, set designer, and Caroline Lajoie from the architectural firm Bisson et associés, offers a real sense of place…open skies, the sea, sundrenched landscapes...and Mount Olympus, including the great cypress trees the inhabitants of these ancient regions could see.

Return to the Source to Decode the Contemporary World

 "The exhibition Masters of Olympus. Treasures from the Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin is proportionate with its subject - majestic! It addresses two of the Museum's concerns - handling the theme of mythology and presenting objects from an exceptional collection", stated the Executive Director of Les Musées de la civilisation, Mr. Michel Côté. 

Moreover, this exhibition gives us the privilege to present, for the first time in North America, prestigious and significant pieces of Greco-Roman art from the Berlin Antiquity Museum, whose collection has become a global standard", concluded Mr. Côté.

Designed and produced by Musées de la civilisation from the collections of the Antikensammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Berlin Antiquity Museum). With the collaboration of the Secrétariat à la Capitale-Nationale, Air Transat, Tourisme Québec, Quebec City Tourism, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, official hotel, and Le Soleil daily newspaper. We would also like to thank the Department of Canadian Heritage for its support through the Canada Travelling Exhibitions Indemnification Program.

Designed and produced by Les Musées de la civilisation with pieces from the Collections of the Antikensammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Berlin Antiquity Museum). With the collaboration of the Secrétariat à la Capitale-Nationale, Air Transat, Tourisme Québec, Québec City Tourism, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, official hotel, and Le Soleil daily newspaper. We would also like to thank the Department of Canadian Heritage for its support through the Canada Travelling Exhibitions Indemnification Program.

Alcoa is a partner in all Musée de la civilisation's exhibition programming.