New Acropolis Museum opens

The Acropolis MuseumAfter years of planning, and decades of debate, The New Acropolis Museum opened its doors on Saturday. The concrete and glass museum, designed by Bernard Tschumi, stands near the foot of the Acropolis and offers a view of the Parthenon — a visual argument by the Greek government that the Parthenon sculptures (previously known as the “Elgin Marbles”) now in The British Museum should be returned permanently to Athens. The British Museum had offered a short-term loan of the sculptures for the opening but it was rejected.

The opening has naturally reawakened this debate. Here is a sampling of recent articles, essays and posts in Vanity Fair, Telegraph, The New York Times, the blog Elginism, and of course The British Museum and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture.

via The New York Times (and NYT Slideshow).

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