Venus, Cupid and Hercules – you probably know the names of the ancient gods and heroes, but who were they really? Why did myths arise about them? And what can we use these stories for today? That is the subject of this new exhibition, in which the museum challenges you to make a contribution in either words or pictures.
Take part on www.gribudfordringen.dk, where you can find the new app The Challenge and via twitter send us your own interpretation of the ancient myths. During the exhibition period some of the contributions submitted will be shown alongside ancient images illustrating the myths. Perhaps yours will be among them?
The ancient myths are swarming with gods, heroes and fantastic creatures. These myths have fascinated and entertained people for thousands of years, but they were originally not just exciting stories. The world of the myth was considered just as real as the world of human beings itself, and the stories were an important part of the conception of the world at that time.
Many ancient myths deal with the great subjects that people at all times have thought about, for example the creation of the world, the essence of love or the character of the divine. And for that reason the stories have been considered relevant in much later periods – not least in Thorvaldsen’s time, when the art and culture of antiquity were important sources of inspiration. Their influence is seen in Thorvaldsen’s works, often representing mythological figures and episodes also portrayed in artefacts in his private collection of antiquities.
In this exhibition, the museum encourages you – in words and pictures – to suggest a potential application for three selected myths today. The exhibition will be on display in the museum’s Collection of Antiquities from March 14, 2012 to January 20, 2013. See more and download the app or take part in The Challenge on www.gribudfordringen.dk