What does it mean to be custodians of an ancient past, split between two cultures?


Explore the intrinsic cultural connectivity that an individual has with history, and engage in the importance of dialogue between the past and the present.



ONEIROI is a photographic installation by one of Australia’s leading artists, Bill Henson.

Housed permanently at the Hellenic Museum, the photographs that make up ONEIROI incorporate five priceless treasures from the Hellenic Museum's award winning Benaki collection, Gods, Myths & Mortalsrepresenting over 8,000 years of Greek history and culture. 



ONEIROI sets out to inspire discussion about what it means to be custodians of an ancient past and captures the way in which our history, culture and art shape the way in which we view ourselves. Despite spanning millennia, the Benaki treasures included within each of the portraits still appear breathtakingly modern. They are unique pieces individually created by artists and craftspeople whose aesthetics and skill are testament to a culture rich in design and innovation. 


Henson’s technical and aesthetic approach to his work, his structure, composition and his use of light and shadow, add an ethereal quality to the works which lives up to the name ONEIROI. 



The Museum's permanent photographic installation, ONEIROI is a unique collaboration between the Hellenic Museum, Benaki Museum and artist, Bill Henson.


ONEIROI was made possible with the support of Robert Buckingham, and is dedicated to the memory of his father, George Henry Buckingham (1920-2009).



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