Truth about Babylon in Pergamon Museum

Lion. 6thC B.C. Ceramics, glaze. Staatliche Museen, Berlin

On June, 20 the Berlin Pergamon Museum launched the exhibition named Babylon: Myth and the Truth which represents the unique collection of artifacts of the Chaldean Empire. The exposition consists of the collection of the museum which includes the largest in Europe collection of the archeological values supplemented with objects from Louvre, the British Museum and many other European collections.

The biggest section of the exhibition named the Truth is devoted to the history of the ancient city. It features more than 800 exhibits including statues, bas-reliefs, fragments of architectural constructions, documents.

The second section of the exposition named Myth is as a narration of the dark, mythological side of the ancient civilization. It is a history of the golden age and the fall of great Babylon, a city of greatness, sin, tyranny and constant apocalypse. The metaphor “city of sin” cast by the history of Babylon was elaborated in the historical parallels of the 20th century and, in particular, reflected in the art of the German expressionism of 1920s.

The exhibition is opened till October, 6.

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