jeffrey carson and the summer in greece
Post #309 • June 29, 2004, 7:48 AM • 12 Comments
Culture ministry officials, who had hoped to have the city's landmark monument, the Acropolis, looking its best by August, have conceded that scaffolding will be obscuring the view when Olympic tourists arrive.
"It's a disgrace," said Jeffrey Carson, a United States art historian and classical scholar who lives in Greece.
"The Acropolis has been deconstructed and it's inconceivable that it will be put back exactly as it was."
"This was built by the greatest architect the world has known," he added.
Greece had a chance to shine this summer with the return of the Olympic Games to its homeland. Instead, the Parthenon will be under scaffolding, the new Akropolis Museum will "not even be partially ready," and the National Archeological Museum will be "will only partially reopen in August."
The good news is that the smaller museums got their acts together; special exhibits will be on display in their entirety at the Cultural Centre of Athens, the Frissiras Gallery, the National History Museum, the newly expanded Byzantium and Christian Museum, the "new National Sculpture Gallery" (actually an extension of the National Gallery of Art), and the "new Museum of Islamic Art" (I'm fairly sure the article means the new extension of the Benaki).