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Restoring the Minoans: Elizabeth Price and Sir Arthur Evans

  • edited by: Jennifer Y. Chi
  • contributors: Jennifer Y. Chi, Rachel Herschman, Kenneth Lapatin
  • 2017
  • Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 9780691178691

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How do artists and archaeologists recover long-silent civilizations and make them meaningful for us today? How do contemporary conditions influence the way we understand the ancient past? This innovative book considers two imaginative restorations of the ancient world that test the boundaries of interpretation and invention by bringing together the work of the Turner Prize–winning video artist Elizabeth Price (b. 1966) with the discovery of Minoan culture by the British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans (1851–1941).

Featured essays examine Evans’s interpretation and restoration of the Knossos palace and present fresh photography of Minoan artifacts and archival photographs of the dig alongside beautiful, previously unpublished watercolors and drawings by the archaeological illustrators and restorers who worked on the site: Émile Gilliéron père (1850–1924), Émile Gilliéron fils (1885–1939), Piet de Jong (1887–1967), and others. An interview with Price explores how her attraction to the Sir Arthur Evans Archive became the basis for her commissioned video installation at the University of Oxford’s Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums and offers insight into her creative practice.


Exhibition dates: October 5, 2017–January 7, 2018

© Institute for the Study of the Ancient World / Butcher Walsh, photographer