Aphrodite in the style of the Capitoline Venus, ca. 150 AD, marble, Antikensammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Inv. Sk 30)

Attic black-figure neck amphora with Herakles and the Erymanthian Boar, 530-520 BC, earthenware, Vulci, Latium, Italy, Antikensammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Inv. F 1849)

Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin

April 26, 2015 to April 17, 2016

Honorary Patrons:

  • His Excellency Werner Franz Wnendt, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Canada
  • His Excellency Gian Lorenzo Cornado, Ambassador of the Italian Republic to Canada
  • His Excellency George Marcantonatos, Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic to Canada
  • The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin is the first major exhibition of classical antiquities in Manitoba in over half a century. The WAG is one of only two venues in North America to present this monumental show of ancient Greek and Roman art dating from the 7th century BC to the 2nd century AD, through a partnership with the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin). When it comes to classical art, it doesn’t get much better than this!

Olympus features over 160 works, including marble statues and reliefs, bronze statuettes, terracotta vases, and jewellery from the National Museums in Berlin's Antikensammlung (Collection of Classical Antiquities), drawn from the Altes Museum (Old Museum), the Neues Museum (New Museum), and the Pergamonmuseum (Pergamon Museum). Originating in the 17th century with the Electors of Brandenburg, the collection was built over three centuries from archaeological excavations in Italy, Greece, and Asia Minor from such sites as Olympia in 1845, Vulci in 1852, and Pergamon in 1878. Rarely seen outside of Europe, the collection survived the Napoleonic Wars, two World Wars, and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Olympus also features exciting viewports built by the Manitoba LEGO® Users Group!

This is a unique opportunity to see an astonishing number of representations of Greek and Roman gods and other classical personalities in artworks of exceedingly high quality, known for their historic, cultural, and aesthetic merit. Olympus explores the fascinating world of mythology and religion, reflecting the universal preoccupation with creation, the nature of god and humankind, the afterlife, and other aspects of spirituality. From the times of Homer and Hesiod, intriguing myths and legends have remained constant because of their beauty and power. A longstanding source of inspiration for the world, these stories have been renewed and interpreted with infinite variations, expressed in exciting and challenging new ways through literature, visual art, music, dance, and film.

Outreach to schools and post-secondary institutions is extensive. To find out more, visit olympus.wag.ca/learn

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Past Programs & Events

  • Volunteer Information Night

    Participate in your community by volunteering at the WAG. Attend an information night March 20 to learn more about the many opportunities that exists in your own city.

    Friday March 20, 2015 at 6pm

  • Let Go of Your LEGO: Youth Programs LEGO Drive

    Donate your used LEGO to our Summer Art Camps where it will be transformed into incredible architectural and mixed-media projects by the children attending camp!

    Thursday, April 2, 2015 to Tuesday, August 4, 2015

  • Video: Special Edition - 2015 Architecture + Design Film Festival Screening

    The WAG is thrilled to offer a special screening of Secrets of the Parthenon in collaboration with the 2015 Architecture and Design Film Festival.

    Wednesday April 15, 2015 at 12pm

  • Members' Preview: Olympus

    Members, join us for a preview of Olympus.

    Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 1pm to 6pm

  • Olympus Odyssey: Mini-Tour and Activity Booklet

    Use this mini tour and activity guide to discover the treasures of ancient Greece and Rome.

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015 to Sunday, April 3, 2016

  • Olympus Viewports

    Find the hidden viewports within Olympus and watch ancient myths come to life in these fascinating animations.

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015 to Sunday, April 3, 2016

  • Tour: Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin with Angeliki Bogiatji

    Enjoy an inspiring tour of this monumental exhibition of ancient Greek and Roman art.

    Wednesday April 29, 2015 at 12pm

  • Wine & Words

    In partnership with Theatre by the River, a medley of local actors and celebrities performing written works themed to Olympus!

    Friday May 1, 2015 at 7pm

  • Talk: Greek Mythology I: Statues & Stories with Dr. Jane Cahill

    Explore Greek mythology with expert and performing storyteller, Dr. Jane Cahill as she brings several ancient statues from the Olympus exhibition to life.

    Wednesday May 6, 2015 at 12pm

  • Feast with Gods & Goddesses

    The WAG’s signature dinner-and-tour program features a three-course exhibition-inspired fixed-menu at TABLE Restaurant, new on the Penthouse Level.

    Thursday May 14, 2015 at 6pm
    Thursday June 18, 2015 at 6pm
    Thursday July 23, 2015 at 6pm
    Thursday August 13, 2015 at 6pm
    Thursday September 17, 2015 at 6pm
    Thursday October 29, 2015 at 6pm
    Thursday November 19, 2015 at 6pm
    Thursday January 21 at 6pm
    Sunday February 14 at 6pm
    Thursday March 17 at 6pm

  • Talk: Greek Mythology II: Every Picture Tells a Tale with Dr. Jane Cahill

    Learn more about Greek mythology with expert Dr. Jane Cahill as she explores ancient tales illustrated on centuries-old terracotta Greek vases from the Olympus collection.

    Wednesday May 20, 2015 at 12pm

  • Film Nights@WAG

    Explore the classical world through film with Dr. Laurence Broadhurst, from the Dept. of Religion and Culture and the Dept. of Classics at the University of Winnipeg. Discover the many ways in which film and popular culture have been influenced by the ancient world.

    Friday, May 22, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm
    Friday, June 5, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm

  • Family Sunday: Behold Olympus!

    Enjoy an afternoon of fun activities inspired by Olympus.

    Sunday, May 24, 2015 from 1:30pm to 4pm

  • Olympus Seminar Series

    Olympus seminars are fun, interactive sessions led by local experts in their fields.

    Sunday, May 31, 2015 from 2pm to 4pm
    Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 2pm to 4pm
    Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 2pm to 4pm

  • Olympus Kids' Launch

    This Father’s Day, bring your family to the WAG and be among the first to see a spectacular collection of viewports created by the Manitoba LEGO® Users Group.

    Sunday, June 21, 2015 from 1:30pm to 4pm

  • Annual General Meeting of the Winnipeg Art Gallery

    Thursday June 25, 2015 at 6:30pm

  • Summer Art Camp

    Summer Art Camps at the Winnipeg Art Gallery explore weekly themes based on the monumental exhibition Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin. There is a new theme every week where campers will investigate either architecture, mythology, or the wonderful world of clay.

    Monday, July 6, 2015 to Friday, August 21, 2015

  • Shakespeare in the Ruins: Antony and Cleopatra

    A special edited presentation by Shakespeare in the Ruins of this classic tale.

    Wednesday July 8, 2015 at 3pm
    Wednesday July 8, 2015 at 7pm
    Thursday July 9, 2015 at 3pm
    Thursday July 9, 2015 at 7pm

  • Brick Building Workshops

    Are you an avid LEGO builder?

    Sunday, July 19, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm
    Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm
    Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm
    Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm

  • Talk: Redefining the Female Body in Ancient Greece

    Join classicist Robert Gold for an intriguing look at the evolving representation of the female body in ancient Greek sculpture from objects of abstract simplicity to visions of breathtaking realism.

    Wednesday September 9, 2015 at 12pm

  • Talk: Homer and Archaeology: A New Mycenaean Palace at Iklaina, Pylos

    This lecture will discuss the exciting discoveries made by the UM-St. Louis archaeological expedition at Iklaina.

    Saturday September 19, 2015 at 3pm

  • FREE Day @ WAG

    Enjoy facilitated art making activities and a FREE visit to Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin. Join us for a fun, relaxed, Sunday afternoon.

    Sunday September 20, 2015

  • Talk: Fashion and Elegance in Ancient Rome

    Dr. Kelly Olson from the University of Western Ontario leads us on a fascinating journey into the world of ancient Roman fashion to discover how men and women dressed to impress.

    Friday September 25, 2015 at 12pm

  • Family Sunday: Games of Olympia

    Visit the WAG with your family and reimagine yourself as an ancient Olympian.

    Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 1:30pm to 4pm

  • Tour: Discovering Dionysos, Greek God of Wine and Revelry

    Join Dr. Allison Surtees for a unique tour of the Olympus exhibition that explores fascinating and multifarious representations of Dionysus.

    Wednesday October 7, 2015 at 12pm

  • Video: Who Were the Greeks? Episode I

    Enjoy the first episode of a two-part BBC documentary series in which Classical historian Michael Scott travels across Greece.

    Wednesday October 21, 2015 at 12pm

  • Seminar: From Pet to Provider to Sacrificial Victim: The Multiple Roles of Animals in Greek and Roman Antiquity

    Join University of Winnipeg's Dr. Michael MacKinnon for a discussion of the great range of roles animals played in Greek and Roman culture.

    Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 2pm to 4pm

  • Drama: Unmasking Greek Tragedy – Part 1

    Explore Greek tragedy like never before during this exciting dramatic lecture, the first of two presentations by University of Winnipeg professor Dr. Allison Surtees and Greek mythology specialist, Jane Cahill.

    Wednesday November 4, 2015 at 12pm

  • Video: Who Were the Greeks? Episode II

    Discover the legacies of the ancient Greeks, including democracy, art, architecture, philosophy, science, sport, and theatre.

    Wednesday November 4, 2015 at 12pm

  • Lecture - Olive-Tinted Spectacles: Myths in the Histories of the Ancient and Modern Olympics

    Join Dr. Mark Golden, classics professor and author of three books on ancient sport, for a fascinating exploration of the ancient world.

    Sunday November 15, 2015 at 2pm

  • Talk: Gods and Goddesses Behaving Badly

    Savour a delightful presentation by chef and author Karen Dudley, based on her award-winning novels set in ancient Greece.

    Wednesday November 18, 2015 at 12pm

  • Lecture - From Athena to Wonder Woman: Pop Culture and Classical Myth

    Join Dr. Christopher Marshall in an exploration of ancient goddesses and pop culture.

    Saturday November 28, 2015 at 2pm

  • Talk - The Mechanics of Ancient Writing

    Learn about ancient writing technology with Dr. Matt Gibbs and Dr. Mike Sampson.

    Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 2pm to 4pm

  • Talk - Rome and Jerusalem: Worlds in Collision

    Join Rabbi Alan Green for an enlightening lecture on the conflict between Hellenistic and Judaic civilization in the ancient world.

    Wednesday December 16, 2015 at 12pm

  • Seminar - It’s Really Roman & You Can Touch It

    Dr. Lea Stirling from the University of Manitoba brings pottery from her excavations at a Roman town in Tunisia and shares about her experience in the field.

    Sunday, January 17 from 2pm to 4pm

  • Drama - Unmasking Greek Tragedy

    Explore Greek tragedy like never before during this exciting dramatic lecture, presented by University of Winnipeg professor Dr. Allison Surtees and Greek mythology specialist, Dr. Jane Cahill.

    Wednesday January 27 at 12pm

  • Lecture - Craft and Craftiness: Cunning Agencies in Greek Art

    Join Dr. Lisa Landram, Professor of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, for an intriguing look into Greek myth.

    Sunday January 31 at 2pm

  • Family Fusion - Aphrodite Valentines

    Express your love this Valentine’s Day creating collaged valentines for your special god or goddess.

    Sunday, February 14 from 1pm to 3pm

  • Video - Meet the Romans: All Roads Lead to Rome

    Join Dr. Mary Beard, Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, in this BBC documentary adventure that doesn’t ask what the Romans did for us, but what the empire did for Rome.

    Wednesday February 17 at 12pm

  • Art & Soul: Clash of the Titans

    Party with the gods from the heights of Mount Olympus to the depths of the underworld.

    Saturday February 20

  • Drop-in Tours - Olympus

    Join one of our tour guides for a look at Olympus.

    Saturday February 27 at 2pm
    Sunday February 28 at 2pm
    Saturday March 5 at 2pm
    Sunday March 6 at 2pm
    Saturday March 12 at 2pm
    Sunday March 13 at 2pm
    Saturday March 19 at 2pm
    Sunday March 20 at 2pm
    Saturday March 26 at 2pm
    Sunday March 27 at 2pm
    Saturday April 2 at 2pm
    Sunday April 3 at 2pm
    Saturday April 9 at 2pm
    Sunday April 10 at 2pm

  • Seminar - Doing No Harm: Doctors, Medical Ethics, and Religion in Ancient Greece

    This seminar explores some of the earliest attempts in the Western world to define the medical profession.

    Sunday, February 28 from 2pm to 4pm

  • Lecture - The Writing on the Wall

    Join visiting scholar Dr. Rebecca Benefiel for a talk that confronts the widespread phenomenon of writing on the wall that occurred in the first century.

    Sunday, March 20 from 3pm to 4pm

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