A hint of modernity has crept in amongst the ancient figures in the Museum of Classical Archaeology.

Modern sculptors Benedict Carpenter, Denise de Cordova and Brian McCann are displaying their work in an exhibition, called Pressing Flesh, which is open at the Museum until 19 December 2001.

The exhibition aims to display modern art in a new visual, cultural and intellectual environment. The Museum of Classical Archaeology holds one of the few surviving collections of casts of Greek and Roman sculpture in the world, with a public collection made up of over six hundred plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculptures.

The work on show in the Pressing Flesh exhibition is a response to the challenge of displaying articles within a historically charged space. It aims to shed a fresh light on our cultural heritage, exposing the similarities as well as the differences between classical art and modern sculpture.

One of the artists involved in the exhibition, Benedict Carpenter, is the winner of the 2001 Jerwood Sculpture Prize. The £20,000 prize aims to encourage and reward emerging talent in outdoor sculpture and is awarded by the organisers of the prestigious Jerwood Prize for painting.

The Museum of Classical Archaeology is part of the Faculty of Classics, in Sidgwick Avenue.
Opening times: 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays in University term-time from 10am to 1pm.

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