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DIVINA NATURA, Art in Ancient Civilisations: An accessible exhibition for all

12 September, 2016 - 21 October, 2016

Coming to Philanthropy House this autumn:

A collaborative project between
The European Foundation Centre and The Artesens Association
in partnership with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Read the EFC Press Release

Visiting the Divina Natura exhibition means making use of different senses. You don’t just look at the objects: you need to touch, listen and smell them to bring them to life and experience the myths of nature from different ancient civilisations.

Divina Natura is an exhibition that explores the way in which ancient civilisations expressed their relationship to the earth and its fertility. Reproductions of artworks from five civilisations bring to life the philosophy, mythology and spirituality of each of these different perspectives on the world. Discover relics from Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece, Celtic Europe and Ancient Dogan and Aztec civilisations!

This innovative exhibition comes to Philanthropy House as a result of a collaboration between the European Foundation Centre and The Artesens Association, and with support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. All partners hope that Divina Natura will excite visitors and provide a unique example of how an exhibition can be inspiring for those with diverse abilities.

Before its installation at Philanthropy House, Divina Natura has been exhibited in Vienna, Austria and in France at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris and in several cultural institutions in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, such as the Archeological Museum of Cimiez, in Nice.

Find out more about the EFC’s partners for this exhibition

The Artesens Association

For the past 20 years Artesens has been creating touring exhibitions helping sighted and visually-impaired children and adults to discover artworks belonging to our ancient and modern heritage. Françoise Reynette is the driving force behind Artesens; she founded the association after gaining experience in museology and museography working in a number of museums. 

Stavros Niarchos Foundation

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is one of the world’s leading private international philanthropic organisations, making grants in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and sports, and social welfare. The Foundation funds organisations and projects that are expected to achieve a broad, lasting and positive impact for society at large, focusing on vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly, and also exhibit strong leadership and sound management. The foundation also actively seeks to support projects that facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships as an effective means for serving public welfare.

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