Friday 10 November 2017 saw the official launch of Modern Classicisms here at King’s College London. The workshop was centred around the idea of conversation – between antiquity and modernity, between academics, artists, curators and critics, and between university research and the museums and galleries. In total we had no fewer than 35 speakers and panelists, and we were able to accommodate 250 participants in the Great Hall at King’s College London. The day was run in partnership with the Courtauld Institute of Art, Minerva: The International Review of Ancient Art and Archaeology and the Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins.

Our launch event was packed full of discussion, in keeping with the idea of ‘Classical art and contemporary artists in dialogue’. Particular highlights included the interview with Marc Quinn and the various ‘interventions’ (not least the inaugural UK screening of Mary Reid Kelley’s Thong of Dionysus film). We’ve created a gallery of photographs that document the day, which can be found here on our website.

All sessions were filmed, and videos will be uploaded in the next few weeks. A short documentary about the day is also in production (made by Thom Undrell), and will again be made available on our website.