Anticomania, designed by Pier Luigi Pizzi, was an exhibition held at the Galerie J. Kugel. It illustrated the passion for Greek and Roman art that, from the Renaissance on, became the reference for ideal and unsurpassed beauty in the western world. In the history of art, all the successive styles have been alternating between periods of attraction to antiquity (Renaissance, Classicism, Neoclassicism, Empire, Art Déco) and periods of rejection and challenge towards antiquity (Mannerism, Baroque, Rococo, Art Nouveau). Thus, for centuries, each object, sculpture or painting was defined by its position towards antique art. These references, once well known by art lovers, are now relatively forgotten.