Exhibition In the kingdom of Alexander the Great – Ancient Macedonia
from October 13, 2011 to January 16, 2012
Exposition - Au royaume d'Alexandre le grand - Portrait d'Alexandre III Fin du IVe siècle av. J.-C. Découverte : région de Pella Marbre Pella, Musée archéologique
© Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism / Archaeological Receipts Fund
Exhibition organized by the Musée du Louvre and the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Culture.
This exhibition is sponsored by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Lusis, the Total Foundation, and Château Margaux.
The catalogue was produced with the support of the J.F. COSTOPOULOS FOUNDATION.
The 3D rendering presented in the exhibition is scientific sponsorship from the Foundation of the Hellenic World.
The exhibition enjoys the backing of the Office National Hellénique du Tourisme de Paris.
In partnership with Thalys.
Exhibition media partners: Le Parisien, Le Point, France 3 National, and France Culture.
Nearly five hundred pieces, most of which are presented for the first time in France, retrace the history of ancient Macedonia from the fifteenth century BC until Imperial Roman times.
The exhibition charts, in particular, the rise of the kingdom of Macedonia against the Greek city-states, thanks to the political acumen of its rulers, the most famous of whom being Alexander the Great.
It was not until 1977 and the discovery of several royal burial sites in Vergina, including the intact tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, that the exceptional archeological potential of northern Greece was truly recognized. These excavations and those of several other Macedonian necropolises revealed the splendor of a class of notables and an elite close to the kings, as well as the development of a particularly sophisticated form of court art. They attest to the intense trade relations between Macedonia and other parts of the Greek world.
While complete ensemble of grave goods illustrate the chronological timeline, thematic approaches allow us to address various aspects of Macedonian civilization: artistic production, the way the kingdom was organized, education, daily life of men and women, religion and death, not to mention the genesis of the legend of Alexander in classical antiquity.
Spectacular works—sculptures, vases, ceramics, jewelry, and two gold warrior wreaths in particular—reveal the richness and extraordinary virtuosity of ancient Macedonian production.
Sophie Descamps-Lequime, Chief curator, Musée du Louvre, Department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities.
Maria Akamati, Director emeritus of the 17th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities,
Lilian Acheilara and Polyxeni Adam-Véleni.
Napoleon hall, under the pyramid
Open every day except Tuesday.
From 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. (9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays).
Combined ticket (permanent collection and the exhibition): €14
Multimedia guides are available in French, English, and Spanish.
Full price: €6
Concessionary rate: €4
Under 18 years: €2