The Museum of Cycladic Art received the “Youniversal” (people’s choice) prize, given out by the Global Fine Arts Awards, for the exhibition “Picasso and Antiquity. Line and Clay”, curated by the museum’s director Nikos Stampolidis.
The Cycladic Art Museum’s exhibition garnered the most votes from the public during the online voting, standing out among 99 nominations from 27 countries and 74 cities. The initial selection was made among more than 2,000 exhibitions presented at the world’s largest museums.
The exhibition, held from June to October 2019, featured together for the first time, 68 rare ceramics and drawings by Picasso that dialogue with 67 ancient Greek works of art. The great Spanish painter depicts fantastic beings, people, mythological beasts, figures inspired by ancient Greek tragedy and comedy, which attest the influence of Greek art and mythology on his work.
The works were selected, in collaboration with art historian Olivier Berggruen, on the basis of Picasso’s inspiration he received from the works of anonymous ancient artists, proving, among other things, the timelessness of ancient Greek art.
The Global Fine Arts Awards committee selected one winner for 13 categories, while the two final awards, Youniversal and YOU-2, were chosen by the public’s votes on GFAA’s website and social media.