I like museums. I like archaeology. I really love those two things combined, especially when they are nicely curated. Well today I went to a museum that was curated so perfectly and beautifully, it brought tears to my eyes. So it might have been the particular combination of PMT and the pinnacle of perfectly organised display cabinets, airy and light open spaces with perfectly placed and lit figures, and the most subtle use of an incredible palette of blues, purples and greys plus shining white marble to pick out key pieces, but I was fighting back tears by the end of the tour. Whoever curated this museum, I want them to build me a house, fill it with beautiful things and show me what to post to instagram. Please curate my life with your perfect art.
I'll take you through the perfection that is the Thassos archaeological museum, and encourage you very strongly to go there yourself, and maybe build a tent fort and refuse to leave.
The first thing you see is this impressive kouros (ram-bearer) statue, more that 3 meters tall, in the entrance hall. So nice.
Then the first rom explains the geological history of the island, and has a very very nice collection of pots. I love pots.
These are my fave two. Such little cuties:
Then there were some more perfect little pots:
Then up a small flight of stairs, the first example of some choice lighting
There were lots of perfectly put-together displays, in corners that would have otherwise seemed strangely empty. It was never cluttered though.
The content of each display cabinet was perfectly, perfectly chosen to fit together around a theme, and tones, shapes etc. Were complimentary. Sometimes there was a pop of colour to draw the eye to a specific piece. Foaming at the mouth by this point.
By this point I was having something close to a spiritual experience, as I realised just how beautiful it all was. Each display within the displays was perfect too.
I turned each corner expecting it to end, but it just went on, each new discovery a pleasant, perfectly-lit surprise
Then I walked into the room that finally brought the tears to my eyes. As I gasped at the quality of the light and felt the corners of my eyes get hot, I turned to an older American tourist 'this is the most amazingly curated museum I've ever been to' I told him in wonder. 'It's certainly very beautiful, incredible content' he replied. His wife looked around, awestruck (maybe).
The whole thing was labelled so well, and super informative, and presented in Greek, French and English. Have another perfect little corner:
There was such a whole lot of very awesome pieces, but some of my favourite were this grain-measurement bench, and this beautiful necklace
As I followed a short, bright corridor to the end of the museum, I was given a final delightful moment, seeing the kouros from the start from above, in the perfect position to view the impressive carved braids.
After thanking the staff I left, feeling calmer than ever before and with a distinct feeling that everything was right with the world.
I forgot to mention that this museum is €2, €1 for OAP's, and bloody FREE for students. This is what dreams are made of.