Culture and Sports Μinister Lina Mendoni inaugurated the “Under the Light of Apollo: The Louvre in Delphi” exhibition at the Archaeological Museum of Delphi.
The Honorary President-Director of the Louvre Museum, Jean-Luc Martinez, was also at the event alongside Mendoni.
The exhibition, which will last until January 31, 2022, is a collaboration of the Louvre Museum and the Ephorate of Antiquities of Fokis region.
Mendoni said in her greeting that it is part of the celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821 and is closely connected – in the context of reciprocity – with the major anniversary exhibition, which is dedicated to Greece and is organised by the Louvre Museum entitled “Paris – Athens. The birth of modern Greece, 1675-1919 “.
The exhibition at the Louvre, in which Greek museums participate with works of exceptional importance, will be inaugurated on September 27 by French President, Emmanuel Macron and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
In her greeting, Mendoni also stated that “the evolution of Delphi into the centre of the ancient world was not a coincidence, nor is it a coincidence and it has preserved its glamour and radiance to the present day, which led to the recognition of the sacred and the wider natural environment as a world cultural asset.
“The Delphic Landscape is rightly a symbol of outstanding universal significance, inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
“At the same time, it is an internationally recognised name, a brand name with a clear growth potential.
“The Exhibition “Under the Light of Apollo: The Louvre in Delphi” pays homage to these elements of universal and timeless value in Delphi.
“The exhibition of Delphi includes 28 rare masterpieces from the Louvre collections – antiquities of Greek, Egyptian and Cypriot origin, the oldest of which date back to 1400 BC, as well as works of art of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries – that have been distributed in sections on the premises of the permanent exhibition of the Museum, in such a way that they are in direct conversation with some of its most important exhibits.”