The "Partenon: Arquitectura y Arte" (Parthenon: Architecture and Art) exhibition is designed to send a "message of hope" from Mexico City to Greeks and the people of all nations mired in the economic crisis, curator Alexandros Apostolakis said.

"We want to show Greek culture to the world and how art always overcomes human beings' problems," Apostolakis told Efe before the exhibition's inauguration on Wednesday.

The exhibition, which is being staged at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City, includes large-size photographs and smaller images of the restoration of the Parthenon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and symbol of Greek identity.

The last section of the exhibition shows the Parthenon's influence on monuments in Russia, Spain, Argentina, Germany and Ecuador; and on buildings in Mexico, such as the Teatro de La Paz in San Luis Potosi, the Teatro Juarez and Teatro Manuel Doblado in Guanajuato, and the Chamber of Deputies in Mexico City.

The Parthenon, located on the Acropolis in Athens, was completed in 438 B.C.

The temple, which sustained extensive damage at the hands of Venetian invaders in the 18th century, is considered the best existing example of "the Greek esthetic genius," the National Culture and Arts Council, or Conaculta, said in a statement.

The exhibition, which includes workshops for children, runs until Sept. 22. EFE