Exhibition at the Aquarium of Milan
DISCOVERING THE BEAUTY OF THE CYCLADES by W. M. Wilman had a solo exhibition at the prestigious Aquarium of Milan officially approved and promoted by the Department of Culture of the Milan Municipality from May 10th to June 5th 2019.
The Aquarium dates back to 1906 and is the third oldest in Europe. It is situated in Sempione Park close to the Sforzesco Castle, a few minutes' walk from the Duomo.
The theme at the exhibition was specifically land and sea, with one exception.
With permission from the direction at the Aquarium, a photograph from the 'Lost Lady of Sikinos, Neiko' gallery became the centrepiece at the event because of its archeological relevance, anticipating by two years the discovery of a tomb containing the remains of a noble woman (see article in the Daily Mail) buried in the 3rd century A.D. under the monumental church of Episkopi in a remote part of the island. It is considered one of the most significant discoveries in recent Greek history.
The director of the Ephorate of Antiquities of the Cyclades found the photos of the Lost Lady of Sikinos, Neiko ''very interesting'', permitting me to quote him publicly.
The exhibition, presented by the Greek Embassy Rome and British Embassy Athens on their social media platforms, as well as leading journals in Italy and Greece (see the Media page), was dedicated to the late Professor Angelos Delivorias, a foremost archeologist and director of the preeminent Benaki Museum in Athens for more than 40 years. Over the two decades the Professor and W. Mark Wilman knew each other, his explanations about antiquity were of great use, particularly during the exploration of the archipelago for the making of the project, which has been proposed to UNESCO to encourage the conservation of the Cyclades for future generations.
500 posters advertising the event were visible around the city and particularly inside Milan's impressive metro network.
The inauguration on 9th May was attended by a good number of participants who enjoyed a generous buffet offered by Mykonos Taverna Greca, a well established Greek restaurant in Milan, that sponsored the event.
Since the exhibition, the islands of Kythnos, Sifnos and Anafi have been researched and added to the project, with ANEK LINES, a historical passenger and cargo shipping company amongst the leaders in the Mediterranean, sponsoring further research (see the Project & Sponsors' Page).
See the Introduction to the Milan Exhibition and Interviews with me about the project.
Here are details about the Aquarium of Milan:
Aquarium of Milan:
Viale G. Gadio, 2 Milano
+39. 02. 88 45 33 14