British Museum to Air 30-Minute Greek Art Presentation

Ilissos. Marble statue of a river god from the West pediment of the Parthenon. Designed by Phidias, Athens, Greece, 438BC-432BC.  Height 81cm x 189cm.  © The Trustees of the British Museum.

The British Museum in London has organized a live-streaming presentation of its hit exhibition “Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art,” set to air on Thursday, May 28, at 6:30 pm (local time). The 30-minute live broadcast, sponsored by Julius Baer, will be live-streamed through the Periscope mobile app, revealing to the world the secrets behind the remarkable works of Greek art.

British TV historian Dan Snow will provide a guided tour of the exhibition through the Periscope broadcast to be titled “Discover the naked truth behind Greek art with Dan Snow in this exclusive live tour.” After the museum’s closing hours, Snow will be able to freely roam through the exhibits and provide a close up tour of the ancient Greek white marble, bronze and terracotta statues.

Furthermore, viewers will be able to submit their questions regarding the exhibition via Twitter and the Periscope app. The questions will be answered by museum curator Ian Jenkins in an interactive Q&A hosted by Snow.

“As a museum of the world for the world, we are always looking to experiment with new ways to share our exhibitions with the world, both the huge audiences who do visit us, and the audiences that cannot. Mobile technology and social media offer incredible ways to do that, and Periscope is a brilliant new innovation. The immediacy and intimacy of this way of broadcasting can help bring the wonder of Greek sculpture to a new audience,” said Chris Michaels, Head of Digital and Publishing at the British Museum.

The link for the live broadcast will be shared by the museum’s Twitter account, using #DefiningBeauty. A recording of the guided tour will be available on the British Museum’s Facebook page, YouTube channel and official webpage.


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