Quietly Looking at These Beautiful Bodies at the British Museum in Times of Grindr

March 30, 2015 5:15 PM

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I truly believe that the exhibition Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art, which is currently on show at the British Museum, is not only spectacular, but also very necessary. In times of the selfie, Grindr and Instagram, when our relationship with our body has become a source of self-punishment, consumption and shame, this show creates a mirror where to look at to see the good and the bad in us. From those who try to run away by obsessively running marathons to those who can only find a social life in rubbing their muscular bodies against other ones exactly like theirs, our time seems to be one in which the body is more used to cover (and, of course, magnify, our own insecurities) than to disclose.

I am inclined to believe that the Ancient Greeks were well aware of the erotic charge in sculpture. It is clearly demonstrated by the myth of Pygmalion, a kingly sculptor who fell in love with the ivory figure of a girl that he had carved, and reinforced by the record of the cult statue of Aphrodite...

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