TITLE: "Putting on a Show at The Met: The Creation of Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World"
ABSTRACT: In 2016, The Met presented a landmark exhibition of art from the Hellenistic Age in an historic collaboration between the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Pergamon Museum in Berlin whose celebrated sculptures comprised approximately one third of the 264 artworks in the exhibition, many of them traveling to the United States for the first time. The Hellenistic period, the three centuries between the death of Alexander the Great of Macedon in 323 B.C. and the establishment of the Roman Principate in 27 B.C., was a critical era in the history of Greek art that has traditionally received less attention than earlier periods. This major international loan exhibition examined the rich diversity of art forms that arose through the patronage of the royal courts of the Hellenistic Kingdoms placing a special emphasis on Pergamon, capital of the Attalid dynasty which ruled over large parts of Asia Minor. Seán Hemingway, a lead curator of the exhibition, takes a behind the scenes look at the conceptualizing of such an elaborate show and the complex process of bringing it and its catalogue to completion over the course of more than five years of dedicated work in collaboration with a large team of professionals at the Met and colleagues from twelve countries around the world.