The Gods of Olympus will soon fly home.
Over 160 treasures from Greece and Rome are housed inside the Winnipeg Art Gallery until April 17th.
Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin, has been on loan since April, 2015.
Olympus at the WAG
WAG Director and CEO, Dr. Stephen Borys tells 680 CJOB, extending the run of the show for a few more weeks, took some hard negotiations.
“When you put this amount of time and energy into a show like this, the goal is to share it with as many people as possible as long as possible.”
He believes visitors have embraced the art gallery’s salute to the gods.
“In some ways its exceeded our expectations and in other ways its done what we thought it would do.”
A record number of school kids have walked through the doors and over twenty university courses are being taught related to the collection.
Borys believes Olympus, will sit at number two for attendance in WAG history.
The top spot is occupied, by the 100 Masters: Only in Canada exhibition, that marked the gallery’s centennial year in 2013.
The director is effusive when it comes to the efforts of his staff, volunteers and sponsors.
“They rose to the level of the gods”
He calls the exhibition an investment in the community and an incredible gift to visitors.
“We wanted to make Greek and Roman art as accessible, exciting and meaningful to everyone, not just to people that get to visit Greece every year, but have never seen things like this.”
The last time a show of this variety called Winnipeg home was in 1964, with the Treasures of Tutankhamun.
The final weekend will involve a happy hour and tour, on Friday April 15th, between 5-9 p.m.
On the 16th and 17th there will be a mix of Olympus themed events along with a Roman Chariot.
A team from Germany will arrive on Monday April 18th, spending the next two weeks packing up the show.
Borys says, “There will be a huge relief when every piece arrives home safely” and an exhibit such as this, won’t return in his lifetime.