Founding Myths

illustrated by Masters from Ancient to Contemporary Art

5th December 2017

Five great myths of humanity: The Ramayana, The Iliad & Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and The Apocalypse.

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What if our founding myths were actually young ? Although they were written thousands of years ago, they keep inspiring us today, and inspiring artists. Their stories of war, exile or love are the foundation of our culture, no matter where you are in the world.   Travel between culture and myths, text and image in virtual reality.

–     The Ramayana, illustrated with Indian miniatures,

–     The Iliad and the Odyssey, illustrated with drawings by Mimmo Paladino,

–     Virgil’s Aeneid, illustrated with Ancient mosaics and murals,

–     Ovid’s Metamorphoses, illustrated with baroque paintings,

–     The Apocalypse of Saint John, illustrated with the tapestry of Angers

An exhibit in collaboration with the Éditions Diane de Selliers


“Myths are the foundation of our humanity, and its mirrors. These legendary tales bring together gods, heroes, and men. They explore, describe, and analyse our ambitions, our feelings, our strengths and weaknesses, and our ability to love and hate. They awaken in us the values that make us live and transcend. They are our guides on the path of life.   Myths fulfill these functions no matter which culture, which religion, which geographical or temporal distance separate us. Our humanity is one, and has always been one. Be it in Valmiki’s Ramayana or in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, exile, war and love are the same and only song. A song that Virgil takes up a few centuries later in the Aeneid, whilst Ovid explores the depths of one’s soul and the actions of man in his Metamorphoses. Around the same time, Saint John is gifted visions of the Apocalypse and prophesies the ruin and the salvation of man.   “Since life trickles away like the waters of a stream, never to return, happiness should be one’s aim—and people have found happiness, or so it is recorded”, underlines Rama in the Ramayana (Book 2, Sarga 98). UMA is a port of entry into happiness because through art, UMA reveals all that unites and beautifies us.”

Diane de Selliers