Our second “Little Hidden Gems in Athens” visit will amaze you ! When we visited this exhibition to prepare our visit, we were astounded ! We are going to be introduced into the world of “The inventions of the Ancient Greeks” an exhibition at Herakleidon Museum, 16 Herakleidon str. Thission.,
Some words about the exhibition from the museum’s website:
The exhibition “The amazing inventions of the ancient Greeks” presents functional models of some of the most extraordinary ancient Greek inventions, a selection of the exhibits of the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Kostas Kotsanas that operates at Katakolon port and Ancient Olympia. These models were constructed after a long and extensive study of ancient Greek, Latin and Arabic literature, information from vase painting and the few relevant archaeological finds.
This exhibition aims to demonstrate that the technology of the ancient Greeks, just before the end of the ancient Greek world, was shockingly similar to the beginning of our modern technology. An important cultural initiative, which promotes Greece internationally as the foundation of Western civilization.
Please apply as soon as possible, because the size of the group is limited to 17 people
by the museum, as the exhibition rooms are quite small.
If there are more than 17 participants, we can form a second group, either the same day right after the first one (will begin approx. at 14:30), or on another date.
In your application email please inform us if you are coming to the taverna after the tour, because they have to know the number of people coming and fix a menu in advance, so all people could be served on time. (it’s a Saturday)
The Cactuses is a series of sculpures that Memos Makris worked on towards the end of his life (1980 – 1993), and symbolize the denial of human beings to compromise.
Memos Makris (Greek: Μέμος Μακρής, Hungarian: Makrisz Agamemnon) (born April 1, 1913 in Patras – died May 26, 1993 in Athens) was a prominent Greek sculptor. He spent his early childhood in Patras but his family moved to Athens in 1919. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts and soon became involved in the artistic and cultural life of the 1930s. During the German Occupation Makris joined the National Resistance. After the liberation he continued his studies in Paris. He was deported from France in 1950 due to his political allegiance to the Left and sought political asylum in Hungary. In Hungary he became an important figure in the country’s political and cultural life. In 1964 he was deprived of his Greek nationality, which he regained in 1975 after the restoration of democracy in Greece. In 1979 his first retrospective exhibition in Greece took place in the National Art Gallery.
Some of his monumental sculptures include the one dedicated to the victims of the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, the monument to the Hungarian volunteers of the Spanish Civil War in Budapest, the monument of Liberation in Pécs. Many other of his works adorn squares and buildings all over Hungary. In Greece he is most known for his sculpture of the head of a youngster that is located at the entrance of theNTUA commemorating the 1973 Athens Polytechnic uprising, and in Cyprus for the emblematic statue ofarchbishop Makarios in the Presidential Palace. source: wikipedia.org
The exhibition presents sketches, paintings and photographs of the French visual artist Pascaline Bossuwho lives and works in Athens since 2000. Pascaline Bossu speaks of double identity and the ability to meld in a culture that is different from one’s own.
The artist uses her art to meld with a new culture. Dealing with double identity, she also uses complementary techniques: the hand painted photograph and painting inspired by photographs, resulting in a back and forth movement, a mirror effect between Greece and France, between painting and photography, between the lack of identity of carnival masks and the sublime face found in a costume.
The exhibition begins with a series of landscapes, a first visual impression, a sensory experience during which the artist immerses herself in the natural Greek environment. Pascaline Bossu observes and makes the Greek landscape her own, as a decoration resembling the background found in the photographs taken in studios of the 19th century. Also inspired by the landscapes in sanguine of the Renaissance, her works are imbued with Greek nature so as to better express the link between humans and their environment.
Furthermore,Pascaline Bossu researches the various regions, their traditions, dances and costumes: By painting the principal members of her French family in traditional Greek costumes, the artist gives a new personality to each relative to Greek culture, but also gives a nod to the French artists who fervently defended the Greek cause during the war of independence
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Pascaline Bossu SKETCHES-PAINTINGS-PHOTOGRAPHS Impressions of Greece
The most beautiful buildings are situated in Athens. A recording program of the period
photos by monumenta
Thursday September 17th 2015
Opening of the photography exhibition “The most beautiful buildings are situated in Athens. A recording program of the period 1830-1940”
The SNFCC Visitors Center and MONUMENTA present the photography exhibition “The most beautiful buildings are situated in Athens. A recording program of the period 1830-1940”. The exhibition presents the results of the three year research realized by MONUMENTA in collaboration with numerous volunteers and organizations from Athens.
The photographs depict public and private buildings of various functions and diverse architectural styles, as well as the recording program’s history and aspects.
At the opening, Mrs. Irini Gratsia, archeologists and coordinator of MONUMENTA, will present the recording program and its outcome.
For the past three years, the non-profit civil company for the protection of the natural and architectural heritage of Greece and Cyprus MONUMENTA is implementing the program “Recording and Promotion of the 19th and 20th century’s buildings in Athens”, with an exclusive donation from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
Exhibition opening: Thursday September 17th, 18:30
Exhibition duration: Thursday September 17th – Wednesday September 30th 2015
Free admission at the SNFCC Visitors Center.
Information: 210 8778396/8 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
*For your convenience during the opening evening, you can use the free shuttle bus service which connects the SNFCC Visitors Center with Syggrou – Fix metro station (starting point from Kallirrois Avenue and arrival on Evripidou street – beginning of the Esplanade). Scheduled routes will take place 30’ before and after each event.
The exhibition presents the history of Yannis Tsarouchis’ painting through chronological groupings, re-creating the environment in which he lived and investigating the manner in which he was influenced throughout his artistic progress.
The theme “Illustrating an autobiography” will be shown in two parts, each of which will last a full year.
Viewers will begin in Yannis Tsarouchis’s childhood in Piraeus, Athens and Kifissia, and will traverse the artist’s era through his works, what he listened to, his acquaintances, his intimates, his collaborators and his teachers. They will encounter individuals such as Fotis Kontoglou, Konstantinos Parthenis, Dimitris Pikionis, Nikos Velmos, Angeliki Hadjimichali, Eva Palmer-Sikelianou, Ellie Papadimitriou, Teriade, as well as many more in a tour that will be accompanied by photographic material, texts and interviews by the artist himself, as well as audiovisual material from Dimitris Vernikos’ documentary “Study for a portrait”.
The exhibition is part of a group of themed presentations of the holdings of the Yannis Tsarouchis Foundation collection, which will be hosted by the Benaki Museum from November 2012 at the Pireos Street Annexe.
The site of the old workshop at 6 Polyfimou Street houses the “Mentis Donation”. The donation by Spyros, Marina, and Othon Mentis to the Benaki Museums includes the sum total of all the merchandise in storage, as well as the equipment of the MENTIS fibre manufactory, one of the oldest workshop and commercial enterprises in the country in the field of fibre processing and production of passementerie (galloons, ornamental cords – piping, braids, fringes, tassels, brandebourg frogging, curtain tiebacks).
For over one-and-a-half centuries, the products of MENTIS Ltd. decorated Greek traditional costumes, theatrical costumes, clerical vestments and military uniforms, and creations of well-known couturiers in Greece and abroad. When the Mentis family was forced to close the business in 2011, the Benaki Museum accepted the generous offer of the Mentis family, in order to create a space that will be a living workshop / museum.
The goal is to offer visitors an opportunity to learn how a historical workshop functioned; follow every step involved in silk processing and the crafting of masterpieces out of thread, for which the company was renowned.
At the same time, this new space aims to become a centre for the conservation of traditional crafts related to thread/filament processing, weaving and embroidery. Beyond monitoring the living process of production, the Benaki Museum Educational Programme Department is collaborating with highly-skilled workers to arrange a programme of classes for adults about these traditional arts.
At the same time, the Benaki Museum Shop, in its ongoing efforts to connect old know-how with a contemporary look, invites young artists to be inspired by the products of the MENTIS workshop. Their work, objects with a contemporary aesthetic, which use traditional materials, will be put on display for sale at the Piraios Street Building Shop.
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“The Greek Monsters” exhibition was created to celebrate Beetroot’s “consistently brilliant level” in design that won its prestigious distinction: the red-dot Communication Design Award as the Agency of the Year 2011. It is consisted of installations, sculptures, idols, stencil graffiti (resembling a contemporary frieze) and also “invisible” monsters that can be perceived only with the use of audio –visual technology.
All exhibits are inspired by the vivid ancient Greek mythology and are designed in a neo-black-figure style specially devel¬oped by Beetroot. Each exhibit is also accompanied by an exhibition tag that instead of facts and information on its make and history, pre¬sents an original poem on the philosophy or practice it stands for.
With the “Greek Monsters”, Beetroot aims to respond –not without a sense of humor– to the current ill socio-economical image of modern Greece as this is largely presented in the media around the globe, while presenting key philosophical stands and practices in design. The Greek Monsters are used with their dual meaning both as perpetrators and victims, and ultimately as contemporary symbols against racism, generalization and exclusion.
Islands off the beaten track is the name of a series of archaeological exhibitions being organised by and held at the Museum of Cycladic Art, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The exhibitions will focus on the most remote, inaccessible, small and medium-sized islands of the Aegean archipelago. They will include some of the farthest removed and least known regions of Greece in which people have lived and worked, and whose works and culture will be highlighted in separate exhibitions. The exhibitions are curated by the Director of the Museum of Cycladic Art, Professor Nicholas Chr. Stampolidis, and the Museum’s curator and archaeologist George Tassoulas.
These exhibitions will be presented every two or three years in groups of one, two or more islands or regions, grouped according to their similarity or geographic proximity and to the breadth of their archaeological wealth.
A few words about the first exhibition:
The first exhibition starts out in the remotest south eastern corner of Greek territory, the islands of Kastellorizo and Rho, and proceeds from there to the sea between Rhodes and Kos, which embraces Symi, Halki, Tilos and Nisyros, islands whose myth and history go back to very ancient times and are largely unknown.
The exhibition will begin with a presentation of the islands’ geographical, geological, geophysical and other features (size, shape, mountains, harbours, bays, etc.) and goes on to describe their mythology and history through a multitude of architectural and other artefacts (statues, reliefs, vases, weapons, tools, jewellery etc.) thathighlight their human presence: human society, occupations, interests, allegiances, beliefs, customs and manners. In this way their richness and periods of prosperity are illustrated, as is their decline, and their intense presence or silence at specific periods of history. In addition to the ancient artefacts, wall panels and captions, there will also be maps, pictures, photographs and brief videos about each region, as well as time charts showing every island’s main period of development. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue in Greek and in English. Throughout the exhibition, a related microsite will provide information about the exhibition and opportunities to comment (blog).
The community of the islands today
In addition to the scholarly study and presentation of the archaeological finds from these Aegean outposts, the exhibition will also provide short videos documenting the daily problems faced by the inhabitants of these islands, such as the lack of water, medications, regular transport service, etc. Here, the aim of the Museum is to sensitise public opinion by presenting recent videos in which the inhabitants play the leading roles in their own account of everyday life.
Educational programmes and activities are likewise being designed for the schools on these distant routes, as are visits to the exhibition by schools in and around Athens. Through the especially designed section ‘Educational program’, children from different regions will have the opportunity to communicate, by posting their own creative works (videos, images) and exchanging their ideas and experiences.
Future exhibitions – Island groups
1. Gates to and from the Aegean and the eastern Mediterranean: Karpathos – Kasos
2. Agathonisi – Farmakonisi – Lipsi
3. Pserimos – Kalymnos – Leros
4. Psara – Ayios Efstratios – Oinousses
5. Amorgos – Astypalia
6. Donousa – Herakleia – Koufonisia
7. Cycladic and other islands
Note: The above groups and their order of presentation are in all cases provisional.