13 July - 03 October 2010. "Colourful Gods" shatters the myth that ancient cities and temples consisted of acres of white marble and unadorned living spaces. The reality was quite the opposite: these temples and forums were places of strong colours.
In comparison to modern day interior design with its often minimalist, subtle hues enlivened with the occasional splash of colour, designers in ancient times painted both the interior and exterior with wildly bright colours; such was their enthusiasm they even painted over sculptures.
The Pergamonmuseum, thanks to modern technology, has literally been able to peel back the layers of paint and plaster, and glimpse into a technicolour past. In addition they have matched the type of paint used and applied it to contemporary reconstructions.
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Colourful Gods: The Vibrant Colours of Ancient Sculpture
Pergamonmuseum, Am Kupfergraben 5, 10117 Berlin, tel. +49 (0) 30 2090 5577. www.smb.museum