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#TextMe_FluffyLibrary

#TextMe_FluffyLibrary

Visual Arts

#TextMe_FluffyLibrary
curation: Vassilis Zidianakis

ATOPOS cvc inaugurates, #TextMe project, a year of actions and events around the book and text in media arts in the context of UNESCO’s ‘Athens 2018, World Book Capital’. #TextMe was an original concept by Atopos artistic director Vassilis Zidianakis who invited Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou to design and implement #TextMe_FluffyLibrary, an unusual library/ a participatory installation/ a collective fairy tale. Antigoni’s work merges imaginary and real worlds, childhood memories and adult life and is influenced by feminist and queer theories.

#TextMe_FluffyLibrary occupies the rooms of Atopos CVC, incorporating in the main artwork the rich book collection of the organisation, which consists of more than 2.500 art and visual culture books. The project combines the logic of a large-scale installation with impromptu performances, collective storytellings, plush sculptures and furry costumes. Fluffy Library is an age-and-genderfluid cuddly environment that creates an otherworldly reading and playing area for both young and old.

#TextMe_FluffyLibrary also operates as a workshop that will produce an unconventional fairy tale. Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou, in collaboration with other artists, scientists, story-tellers, educators and the general public, will create the story of ‘Fluffy’. Fluffy, also known amongst scientists as Flufiella Chimaerica, is a symbiotic creature that occupies and inhabits the entire top floor of Atopos CVC. What we know so far is that it eats books from the library and digests them into knowledge through its fuzzy cavities. Besides Fluffy, visitors will get to meet a series of monstrous, hybrid letters – D, for a dragon princess, P for a little masculine (pixie) fairy, M, for a hairy pink mermaid, H, for a horse with breasts and beard, and many more– that will be constructed during the course of the exhibition and will inhabit and reclaim their places inside books, stories and narratives. Fluffy and its co-habitants, will produce a fairy tale that will celebrate alternative narratives around identity, gender and human relations.

#TextMe_Lab is the academic programme taking place parallel to the Fluffy Library activities. The Lab aspires to transform ATOPOS space into a research center with a series of lectures, discussions, workshops, performances and small exhibitions. All events focus on hybrid languages arising at the intersection of text and other artistic media. Programming themes include: 20th century visual poetry, spoken word performance, the relation between poetry and sound art, and contemporary linguistic phenomena, such as internet pop-culture and new media, and the relation between words and screens. #TextMe_Lab is curated and co-ordinated by Fil Ieropoulos

#TextMe_Lab program:
-27-29 April 2018 - PokemonPoetry. (performance, workshops)
-02-07 May 2018 - Aimée Le - Reading, Silence, Slogans. (open studio, various actions)
-12 May 2018 - SPOONS IN HAIR, WINGS ON GLASSES, SOUNDS ON NOTEBOOKS - Tribute to Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven aka Baroness. (workshop,presentation)
-18 May 2018 - Memes and online discourse in Greece. (panel, discussion)
-02 June 2018 - Andriana Minou -"Dream-mine". (performance and Interactive Installation)
-16-18 June 2018 - Film Poetry Festival & Symposium in collaboration with the Greek Film Archive. (screenings, discussions, workshop)

23 April, 2018 to 23 April, 2019
Info: 

ΑΤΟPOS CVC, Salaminos 72 str., 10435 Metaksourgheio, Athens 104 35, Tel: +302105242004, +302108838151, info@atopos.gr, www.atopos.gr, www.text-me.gr

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Supporting Creativity
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With the support of
Athens Culture Net | www.athens2018.gr
Founding donor Stavros Niarchos Foundation

As part of
Athens 2018 World Book Capital | www.athensculturenet.com

Organization / Production: 
ATOPOS CVC
Venue: 
ATOPOS CVC
Duration: 
23 April 2018 - 22 April 2019
Hours: 
Thursday & Friday : 14:00 - 20:00, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 - 18:00
Tickets: 
Free entrance
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23/04/2018 to 22/04/2019
 
Athens 2018 World Book Capital

Athens 2018 World Book Capital

Book

Athens 2018 World Book Capital

From April 2018 to April 2019 the city celebrates the great UNESCO distinction. For one year, true to the slogan “Books Everywhere, Culture in Neighbourhoods”, Athens will be  the place where the universal heart of the written word will be beating!

One year after hosting the most celebrated contemporary art event, documenta 14, UNESCO’s designation of Athens as World Book Capital is one more unique opportunity for the city to establish itself as an independent cultural destination.

23 April, 2018 to 22 April, 2019
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Athens is ready for a great celebration, an experience unlike any other! A whole year full of books, reading, culture and events that promote knowledge. Whether younger or older, Athenian or visitor; all are welcome to join the festivities. Our aim? To bring books to every neighbourhood and to every corner of the city.

Let’s get started! #Athens2018

Email: info@athens2018.gr
Facebook: @athens2018worldbookcapital
Instagram: athens2018worldbookcapital

Venue: 
All over the city
Hours: 
Various
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23/04/2018 to 22/04/2019
 
The countless aspects of Beauty

The countless aspects of Beauty

Exhibition

An inexhaustible source of inspiration and cause of deeply felt emotions, Beauty, is visually perceptible in the ancient works of art, constituting an ever changing picture across the history of human creation. The new temporary exhibition of the National Archaeological Museum «The countless aspects of Beauty» brings out the different versions of aesthetics within variegated social and cultural contexts from the Neolithic period up to late Antiquity, making the best of the exceptionally wide chronological spectrum covered by the collections of the National Archaeological Museum. Three hundred and forty antiquities from its rich collections, in combination with contemporary digital applications, offer an aesthetic feast and promise a journey through time full of aesthetic gratifications.

More precisely, the exhibition narrative unfolds in four parts:
In «Aesthetica Aeterna» we see on display selected objects of everyday life that record the continuous alternations and different facets of aesthetics in human diachrony. «The beautiful and the desirable» attempts an essential approach to the aesthetic preferences of the ancient societies on the basis of what the ancient Greek myths reveal about beauty and the archaeological finds that relate to clothing, hairstyles and beautification. The third part titled «Focusing on the Body» illustrates the expression of beauty in the visual rendering of the human body from the Neolithic period to historic times. At the end, «The endless quest» aims at the aesthetic contemplation on the significance of the beautiful and its value for humans.
Among the age-old secrets of Aphrodite that are presented in the exhibition, the world of perfumes takes a special place. In collaboration with the Korres Company, there were created perfumes inspired from information recorded in the ancient sources.
The exhibition, throughout its duration, will encompass an array of experimental workshops. Scientists, artists and artisans from Greece and abroad, will offer their specialized knowledge to exemplify for the visitors experimental approaches regarding weaving techniques of the Neolithic period, garments of the Aegean world in the second millennium B.C., such as the Mycenaean costumes, the colorfulness of ancient sculptures and the depiction of the Beautiful through the ancient Greek music.

8 August, 2018 to 31 August, 2019
Info: 

Opening hours (summer schedule until 31/10): Monday 13:00-20:00, Tuesday-Sunday 08:00-20:00

Language: 
Greek, English
Duration: 
December 2019
Hours: 
Monday 13:00-20:00, Tuesday-Sunday 08:00-20:00
Special remarks: 
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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08/08/2018 to 31/08/2019
 
from the forbidden city: imperial apartments of Qianlong

from the forbidden city: imperial apartments of Qianlong

Exhibition

A rare exhibition on China's Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799) is going on display at the Acropolis Museum, with a first time presentation to the public of remarkable artifacts representing over 100 years of Chinese culture of the 18th century.

One of the most renowned emperors in Chinese history, Qianlong (Qing Dynasty, 1644-1911) is the Emperor who reformed China, doubled its size and population, tended to the well-being of its citizens and nurtured the arts and letters with passion. He remained on the throne for sixty years (1736-1795) leaving his personal mark on the art of China.

This Acropolis Museum exhibition design was inspired directly by the buildings, colors and forms of the Palaces of the Forbidden City. The exhibition boasts 154 exquisite works of art, ceremonial robes, furniture and functional objects from the Emperor's private apartments in the Palace of Many Splendors (Chonghua Gong) where, as he himself wrote, he spent his youth and drew inspiration for his subsequent plans for the successful management of his vast country.

On first entering the exhibition the visitor meets the Emperor's embroidered gold ceremonial attire and the huge portrait that depicts Him immediately after his ascent to the throne. The Empress’ impressive ritual dress follows, and immediately after, the complete presentation of the Imperial throne with all its accompanying furniture and accessories. A next display presents the tea services used by the Emperor and his guests, his poetic texts and theatrical costumes from the private performances held at the Palace.

The Room of Fragrant Orchids that follows reveals the heated bed of the Imperial couple, wall screens with rare floral decoration and ornamental works of art of the Emperor’s personal choice. Two large exhibits, a second brocaded throne with accessories and the Emperor's study decorated with white jade plaques come after, and it at this desk that the gifted leader spent many hours of his day writing texts about his country's beauties, human relationships and the proper exercise of royal powers.

The exhibition ends with exceptional Buddhist artworks of precious materials: ritual vessels, tributes and great proverbs, but dominating are the statues of the young Buddha, the third Dalai Lama and a Buddhist missionary, demonstrating the predominant role of Buddhism in the Emperor's life.

The exhibition “from the forbidden city: imperial apartments of Qianlong” is organized in cooperation with the Palace Museum in Beijing as part of the cultural program set forth by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture for the “Year Greece-China”.

The exhibition aims to draw the western world closer to a deeper appreciation of Chinese culture, revealing its distinctive qualities during the glorious period of Emperor Qianlong's reign.

14 September, 2018 to 14 February, 2019
Info: 

Gallery talks
Every week, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy this rare exhibition together with Museum Archaeologist-Hosts.
English: every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at 11 a.m.
Greek: every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at 1 p.m.
Duration: 60 minutes
Participation: For registration, please refer to the Information Desk at the Museum entrance on the same day. Limited number of visitors per session. First-in first-served.
The gallery talk is free of charge. Only the admission fee to the temporary exhibition is required (3 euros).

Εxhibition catalogue
The exhibition is accompanied with a three-language catalogue (Chinese, Greek, English). It is available for purchase at the Acropolis Museum Shops.

Venue: 
Temporary Exhibition Gallery, ground floor
Language: 
Chinese, Greek, English
Duration: 
14 September 2018 – 14 February 2019
Hours: 
Monday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: 
Tickets are available for sale at the Museum’s Ticket Desk. Admission fee: 3€
Special remarks: 
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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14/09/2018 to 14/02/2019
 
Sundays guided tours at the Industrial Gas Museum with free admission

Sundays guided tours at the Industrial Gas Museum with free admission

Museum tour

Along with the experienced people of our Museum, we follow the gas production line, ‘listen’ to the workers’ stories, touch the machines that until recently filled the city with power and light.

14 October, 2018 to 28 April, 2019
Info: 

*For adults and families

October 2018 - April 2019
When: Every Sunday
Time: 11 am
Meeting point: Central chimney

*Bookings and more info
T. +30 2130109325, +30 2130109300
gasmuseum@athens-technopolis.gr
www.gasmuseum.gr

Hours: 
11:00
Tickets: 
Free Admission
Special remarks: 
Wheelchair accessible
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14/10/2018 to 28/04/2019
 
Nikos Kazantzakis’ Winged Horse

Nikos Kazantzakis’ Winged Horse

Theatre

MEGARON FOR CHILDREN – THEATRE

3 November, 2018 to 21 April, 2019
Info: 

Megaron for Children presents a never-before published fairy story by Nikos Kazantzakis in an exciting theatrical adaptation by Vassilis Mavrogeorgiou. A fairy story penned by the imagination of the Cretan writer, it’s a journey to the magic of the Far East, for children and adults. The story unfolds engaging the little viewers, evoking in song a world populated by kings and princesses, magicians and dervishes, pedlars and caravans.

Director: Vassilis Mavrogeorgiou
Theatrical adaptation: Andri Theodotou
Music: Nikos Kypourgos
Set designer: Thaleia Melissa
Costume designer: Ifigeneia Daoudaki
Movement director: Elena Gerodimou
Lighting: Stella Kaltsou
Fight choreographer: Thanos Dermatis
Assistant director: Chryssa Vakali
Scientific advisor: Nikos Mathioudakis

Featuring performers:
Michalis Vrettos, Thanassis Dovris, Orfeas Zafeiropoulos, Michalis Koilakos, Irene Konstantinou, Sotiris Mentzelos, Giannis Bisbikopoulos, Grigoris Poimenidis, Giorgos Tsourmas, Giorgos Fountoukos, Thanassis Halkias, Stelios Hatzigeorgiou

- For children aged 5+
- Seats are not numbered

Daily shows for schools and groups
Information + 30 210 8668572 – 210 8665144 (tel & fax)

Organization / Production: 
Kazantzakis Editions
Venue: 
Children's Stage A' New Exhibition Hall
Hours: 
11.30 , 15.00
Tickets: 
General admission: € 12
Special remarks: 
Parking
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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03/11/2018 to 21/04/2019
 
Tonight we improvise - a production based on a theme of Luigi Pirandello

Tonight we improvise - a production based on a theme of Luigi Pirandello

Theatre

Tonight we improvise a production based on a theme of Luigi Pirandello
Translation, direction & adaptation: Dimitris Mavrikios

From: 11 November 2018
To: 24 February 2019

A play by Nobel laureate Luigi Pirandello is once again paired with music by Oscar-winning Manos Hadjidakis, this time given new impetus by director Dimitris Mavrikios and conductor Nikos Kypourgos. The multi-faceted director Dimitris Mavrikios, who has an in-depth knowledge of Pirandello’s works, brings the Sicilian dramatist to the Greek National Theatre.

A theatre company is attempting to adapt Pirandello’s own novella, Leonora, addio!, for the stage. The lack of a script creates ambiguity between the actors, who identify so much with their roles that they dispense with the director in order to live the lives of the characters that they are playing!
The power of the creation over the creator is a dynamic that is essential for art, and especially for Pirandello. The play, which is the third in his ‘theatre in the theatre’ trilogy, investigates his favourite theme of the confusion between the imagination and reality.

Pirandello is not only an extraordinary writer whose works continue to be performed with undiminished success all over the world; he is also a great European intellectual and profound political thinker.

11 November, 2018 to 24 February, 2019
Info: 

Production Team:
Translation, Adaptation, Direction: Dimitris Maurikios
Composer: Manos Hadjidakis
Set design, Assistance in adaptation: Dimitris Polychroniadis
Costume design: Niki Psychogiou
Musical arrangement, adaptation & orchestration: Nikos Kypourgos
Sound design & orchestration: Stathis Skouropoulos
Lighting: Lefteris Pavlopoulos
Movement, Choreography: Valia Papachristou
Associate director: Manolis Dounias
Assistant director, Assistance in adaptation: Maria Vardaka
Second assistant director: Eva Oikonomou-Vamvaka
Dramaturg: Eri Kyrgia

Filmed scenes
Director: Dimitris Mavrikios
Director, Director of photography, special effects: Angelos Papadopoulos
Editor: Ioanna Spiliopoulou

Cast: Konstantinos Arnokouros, Giannis Artemisiadis, Michalis Artemisiadis, Maria Vardaka, Alexandros Varthis, Giannis Voyiatzis, Dimitris Kakavoulas, Dimitris Mavrikios, Giorgos Benos, Lili Dalanika, Rania Ekonomidou, Eva Oikonomou-Vamvaka, Stefanos Papatrechas, Gioulika Skafida, Nektarios Farmakis, Lydia Fotopoulou

Appearing in the filmed scenes: Nikos Karathanos
Song: Lili Dalanika, Rania Ekonomidou, Stefanos Papatrechas

Surtitles in English: Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Info: https://www.n-t.gr/en/events/repertory/apopse-aftosxediazoume

Venue: 
ZILLER BUILDING - MAIN STAGE
Hours: 
Wednesdays 7pm, Thursday, Fridays and Saturday 8.30pm, Sunday 7pm
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11/11/2018 to 24/02/2019
 
Fighting for Peace: Greece – Italy – Spain in the 1980s

Fighting for Peace: Greece – Italy – Spain in the 1980s

exhibition

With posters, pictures, specialized publications, articles and further documentation from public and private collections from Greece and abroad, the exhibition reveals the multidimensional aspect of peace protests in Southern Europe of the 1980s.

15 November, 2018 to 31 March, 2019
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The exhibition presents the antiwar movement in Southern Europe, through a multilayer historical retrospection of the 1980s. The aftermath of the devastating Second World War and the emergence of the Cold War saw thousands of people rallying around the cause of peace and disarmament, thus becoming the core of massive political activism and building new ideological and political identities. During the nuclear weapons crisis peoples not only in the South but also in the whole Europe, attempted to review their past, present and future; their strong mobilization against the installation of new nuclear weapons in Europe depicted the rapid social, cultural and technological transformations of the time that concurred with the wide spread fear of nuclear devastation. This fact gave global impetus to a massive and strong antiwar movement, in close relation with other movements of the time, such as the youth, the feminist, the trades unions, the environmental, which affected profoundly societies and political agendas.

Duration: 
November 2018-March 2019
Hours: 
Daily: 9.00-16.00, Thursday & Friday 9.00-20.00, Weekend 10.00-15.00
Tickets: 
Free entrance
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15/11/2018 to 31/03/2019
 
Bubble Jam

Bubble Jam

Theatre

Daniel Wetzel (Rimini Protokoll)

The interactive installation “Bubble Jam” leads a group into an experiment with itself. On this digital stage, the characters don’t exist in space, but on our screens. We follow and respond to their messages. Who is it on the other end? And who are we in this cloud?

24 November, 2018 to 21 April, 2019
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“Who is on the other end of the internet and what are the processes between us when communicating online?" Asking this question, Daniel Wetzel, founding member of the internationally acclaimed Rimini Protokoll, sets up an interactive installation for the peers of YouTube; for those who use messengers despite the age restriction; for the upcoming generation of digital natives.
 
We, as is usually in theatre, meet in the same space, yet this time a large part of the stage design has been converted into code. An interactive play and an experiment among us, Bubble Jam invites its visitors to act as members of a cloud that explores itself. How are joint decisions made? What happens when algorithms enter that process? And who or what do we “like” and “follow”?

 

CREDITS
Concept and Direction: Daniel Wetzel
Written by: Daniel Wetzel, Nikolas Hanakoulas, Giorgos Panagiotakis
Space: Dido Gkogkou
Light: Guy Stefanou
Software system design and implementation: Dimitris Trakas (ViRA)
Graphics: Dimitris Trakas, Renia Papathanasiou (ViRA)
Sound design and programming: Lambros Pigounis
Script editors: Andreas G. Andreou, Kostis Kapidakis
Project coordinator: Nikos Voyatzis
Trainee: Kristin Brechler
Assistant space designer: Iliana Kaladami
Assistant sound designer: Stefanos Siminelakis
Consultant-psychologist: Florentia Bakomitrou
Production management: Juliane Männel (Rimini Protokoll), Yalena Kleidara (Apparat Athen)
Technical director (Rimini Protokoll): Martin Schwemin
Photo © Stavros Habakis 
In the code: Andreas G. Andreou, Dimitris Trakas
In the crowd: Nikolas Hanakoulas, Kostis Kapidakis 
Special thanks to: Daphne Aidoni, Alexandra Bousiou, Sebastian Drews, Barbara Ehnes, Martha Foka, Dimitris Kalakidis, Marilena Katranidou, Eleni Kolovou, Arianna Kontopanou, Dimitris Lianos, Aimilia Panagiotaki, Victoria Panagiotaki, Jean Peters, Ilias Pantazis, Michalis Papantonopoulos, Natasha Tsintikidi, Mary Voyatzaki, Zoi Wetzel

Produced by: Onassis Stegi and Rimini Apparat
Co-producer: The Cultural Schoolbag Norway / DKS Asker (Asker municipality)
 
Using technology and elements that have been developed for the Rimini Protokoll Project “Dreaming Collectives. Tapping Sheep”, written by Daniel Wetzel and Ioanna Valsamidou  (Staatstheater Dresden and others, 2017).

For teenagers 12+ years old with or without parents

Venue: 
5th floor - Young Theatre Workshop
Duration: 
1 hour and 10 minutes
Hours: 
Evening performances for the public: Saturday & Sunday | 19:00 & Morning performances for schools: Thursday & Friday | 11:00
Tickets: 
5-12 €
Special remarks: 
Parking
Reservations are accepted
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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24/11/2018 to 21/04/2019
 
A Brief Guide for Prospective Tightrope Walkers

A Brief Guide for Prospective Tightrope Walkers

Puppet Theatre

Stathis Markopoulos (Ayusaya Puppet Theatre)

Jumping-in-the-air-and-gravity-defying puppets come to meet you and tell you their big secret: “Nothing ties you to the ground; dance, you shan’t fall!”

30 November, 2018 to 31 May, 2019
Info: 

A modern, lyrical puppet theatre for all ages, with live music and a revolutionary mood; it’s this year’s original ‘away offsite performance produced by the Onassis Stegi for high-school students, teachers and other special audience groups, such as inmates, senior citizens, the chronically ill, people in rehabilitation centres, people with disabilities and everybody who is unable to access the arts easily, or is in remote areas.

We are all tightrope walkers, hence worthy of attaining freedom; this is what Jean Genet seems to be telling us in his famous lyrical manifesto “Le Funambule” (“The Tightrope Walker”, 1955), which has inspired this performance by the Ayusaya Puppet Theatre.

Puppet players, musicians and dancers give life to hand-made puppets. Drawing inspiration from Genet’s instructions to the tightrope walker Abdallah Bentaga, to whom he dedicated his allegorical essay, our troupe invites us to discover the craftsman-artist inside us all and respond to the challenges he sets us in the art of living.

CREDITS
Direction-set design-constructions-puppets-: Stathis Markopoulos (Ayusaya Puppet Theatre)
Dramaturgy: Vicky Georgiadou
Movement: Antonis Koutroumbis (Plefsis Group)
Original Music: George Kastanos
Cast: George Kastanos, Vassilki Maltsaki, Stathis Markopoulos, Anneta Stefanopoulou, Maria Fountouli
Executive Production: Delta Pi 
Produced by: Onassis Stegi 
The performance is based on the translation by Christoforos Liontakis of Jean Genet’s “Le Funambule – Le Condamné à mort” (“The Tightrope Walker – The Man Sentenced to Death”), Ekdoseis Eikostou Protou (21st c. Editions), Athens, 2016.

Venue: 
Outside the Onassis Stegi
Hours: 
11:00-13:00
Tickets: 
Free entrance | Reservation and more info: T. 213 017 8002, Email: education@sgt.gr
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30/11/2018 to 31/05/2019
 
THE UNWRITTEN LIBRARY, AN EXHIBITION TRILOGY | Part 2: After Babel

THE UNWRITTEN LIBRARY, AN EXHIBITION TRILOGY | Part 2: After Babel

Exhibition

The second part of the trilogy focuses on books and texts through their physical, hybrid, or intangible reality.

5 December, 2018 to 10 March, 2019
Info: 

Objects of desire and main characters in new fictions, books generate enchantment and emotion through the exhibits. They cross paths with the vision and other senses. Through processes both linguistic and conceptual, they open an ambiguous, often hermetic space of reading. The viewer-reader crosses its boundaries to go beyond knowledge and meaning, sometimes even beyond writing itself, into uncharted aesthetic territories.
Works on view will include paintings, sculptures, installations, and video installations, artists’ books, and web art, some of which will be new productions.

Organization / Production: 
Megaron-The Athens Concert Hall, Athens 2018 World Book Capital
Venue: 
Main exhibition space, Project Space and other Megaron areas
Hours: 
Tu-We-Thu-Fr-Sun 12:00 – 20:00 | Sat 12:00 – 22:00
Tickets: 
Normal € 5, Reduced € 3 Group tickets (15 people or more): 3 € / person | every Wednesday 15:00-20:00: free admission
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05/12/2018 to 10/03/2019
 
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Theatre

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A musical based on the short story by Charles Dickens with original music by Thodoris Ekonomou
Translation: Giorgos Depastas
Adaptation and direction: Giannis Moschos
Adapted from a version by Jack Thorne

From: 7 December 2018
To: 27 January 2019

The magic of Christmas comes to the Greek National Theatre as the Marika Kotopouli Stage at the Rex Theatre extends a festive embrace to the whole family. Share in all the joy and excitement of Yuletide in a thrilling musical version of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol by the dynamic young director Giannis Moschos, who invites us into the world of dreams and the imagination, revealing the true meaning of Christmas!

Dickens’s most famous creation, Ebenezer Scrooge, is the most iconic miser in modern Western culture, and his trials and tribulations are brought to life on the stage of the Rex Theatre in a unique spectacle that will capture the hearts of young and old alike – especially those who are still able to see the world through the innocent eyes of a child.

Scrooge believes in discipline and hard work and disapproves of Christmas. But this year he has to re-evaluate his life and the people around him when forced to confront his past, present and future by three ghostly apparitions. Will the hard-hearted Scrooge be moved by the holiday spirit? And if he is, then who can possibly resist it?

8 December, 2018 to 27 January, 2019
Info: 

Production Team
Original adaptation: Jack Thorne
Translation of original adaptation: Giorgos Depastas
New adaptation: Giannis Moschos
Lyrics: Stavros Stavrou
Director: Giannis Moschos
Set & Costumes: Tina Tzoka
Movement: Zoe Hatziantoniou
Lighting: Lefteris Pavlopoulos
Music coach: Melina Peonidou
Directing assistant: Evi Nakou

Cast: Aliki Alexandraki, Stella Antipa, Eleni Boukli, Evangelia Karakatsani, Ariadni Kavalierou, Laertis Malkotsis, Christina Maxouri, Zoe Mylona, Alexandros Mylonas, Panagiotis Panagopoulos, Vasilis Papadimitriou, Christos Stergioglou, Paris Thomopoulos, Alexandros Vamvoukos, Kostas Vasardanis, Thanasis Vlavianos

Choristers: Penny Deligianni, Elias Kapantais, Sofia Malama, Nikos Ziaziaris and five on-stage musicians

Surtitles in English: Daily
Info: https://www.n-t.gr/en/events/repertory/xristougenniatiki-istoria

Venue: 
REX THEATER
Hours: 
Wednesday to Saturday 8.30pm, Sunday 7pm
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08/12/2018 to 27/01/2019
 
Crete. Emerging cities: Aptera – Εleutherna – Knossos

Crete. Emerging cities: Aptera – Εleutherna – Knossos

Museum

The Museum of Cycladic Art, the Regional Services of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports (Ephorates of Antiquities of Chania, Rethymno, and Herakleion) and the Region of Crete are co-organizing the exhibition entitled “Crete. Emerging cities: Aptera ― Eleutherna ― Knossos. Three ancient cities revived” from 12 December 2018 to 30 April 2019. This is a multi-faceted exhibition with rich audio-visual aids, including screens, maps, and innovative technologies.

The exhibition focuses on three of Crete’s one-hundred cities, according to Homer (hekatompolis), and their common characteristics: their establishment, acme, decline, destruction, abandonment, and demise. Cities with centuries-long history, cities that were abandoned and forgotten, but are also tangible examples of archaeological investigation using similar or different approaches.

12 December, 2018 to 30 April, 2019
Info: 

The exhibition comprises approximately 500 artefacts dating from the Neolithic (7th-6th millennium BC) to the Byzantine period (8th century AD), some newly discovered, others from old excavations, most of them never presented to the public before: statues, reliefs, figurines, inscriptions, vases, weapons, jewellery, coins, and other artefacts of various materials—limestone, marble, clay, metal (bronze, iron, silver, and gold), faience, glass, ivory, and semi-precious stones. This is the first time that so many artefacts leave the storerooms of the Antiquities Ephorates and display cases of the museums of Crete for a temporary exhibition in Athens.

Antiquities from each one of the three cities speak of its territory, public and private life, religious beliefs, sanctuaries, and cemeteries, fragments of its historical continuum. A special place is given to artefacts relating to each city’s founding myths and also to personal stories: Soterios from Eleutherna who live and died at Aptera, the young man of Eleutherna who died before knowing love, and the child buried with their toys at Knossos.

The exhibition also showcases Renaissance books and maps, including the Vincenzo Maria Coronelli’s map of Crete (1707) with its famous fruit garland inscribed with the names of the 100 Cretan cities mentioned by Homer, including the three presented here.

Language: 
English | Greek
Hours: 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00-17:00, Thursday: 10:00-20:00, Sunday: 11:00-17:00, Tuesday: Closed.
Tickets: 
Entry fee: 7€ | Reduced entry fee: €3.5 | Groups of 15 or more: €5 (per person) | General entry fee on Mondays: € 3.5 | Entry is free for the Friends of the Museum of Cycladic Art
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12/12/2018 to 30/04/2019
 
Κρήτη. Αναδυόμενες πόλεις: Άπτερα ― Ελεύθερνα ― Κνωσός

Κρήτη. Αναδυόμενες πόλεις: Άπτερα ― Ελεύθερνα ― Κνωσός

Μουσείο

Το Μουσείο Κυκλαδικής Τέχνης, οι Περιφερειακές Διευθύνσεις του ΥΠ.ΠΟ.Α. (Εφορείες Αρχαιοτήτων Χανίων, Ρεθύμνου και Ηρακλείου) και η Περιφέρεια Κρήτης συνδιοργανώνουν την έκθεση με τίτλο «Κρήτη. Αναδυόμενες πόλεις: Άπτερα ― Ελεύθερνα ― Κνωσός. Τρεις αρχαίες πόλεις ζωντανεύουν» που θα διαρκέσει από 12 Δεκεμβρίου 2018 έως 30 Απριλίου 2019.

Πρόκειται για μια πολυέκθεση με πλούσιο οπτικό και ηχητικό υλικό, οθόνες, χάρτες αλλά και χρήση των μέσων της νέας τεχνολογίας. Aπό την «εκατόμπολιν» Κρήτη του Ομήρου, η έκθεση εστιάζει σε τρεις σημαντικές πόλεις με βάση τα κοινά τους χαρακτηριστικά: τη δημιουργία τους, την ακμή, την παρακμή, την καταστροφή, την εγκατάλειψη και τον «θάνατό» τους, τη λήθη.

12 December, 2018 to 30 April, 2019
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Πρόκειται για πόλεις με ιστορία αιώνων, που εγκαταλείφθηκαν και ξεχάστηκαν αλλά και για τρία απτά παραδείγματα για τον τρόπο ανασκαφής και αποκάλυψής τους, για τις διαφορετικές ή παρόμοιες προσεγγίσεις ανάδυσής τους. Eίναι η πρώτη φορά που τόσα πολλά αρχαία αντικείμενα, προφυλαγμένα και διατηρημένα στις αποθήκες Εφορειών Αρχαιοτήτων και στις προθήκες Μουσείων της Κρήτης, φεύγουν από τον γενέθλιο χώρο, για μια περιοδική έκθεση στην Αθήνα.

Η έκθεση περιλαμβάνει 500 περίπου αρχαιότητες από παλαιές και νέες ανασκαφές, ευρήματα κάθε είδους που χρονολογούνται από τα νεολιθικά (7η-6η χιλιετία π.Χ.) έως και τα βυζαντινά χρόνια (8ος αιώνας μ.Χ.) και βγαίνουν, τα περισσότερα, για πρώτη φορά στο φως: αγάλματα, ανάγλυφα, ειδώλια, επιγραφές, αγγεία, όπλα, εργαλεία, κοσμήματα, νομίσματα και άλλα έργα, από διαφορετικά υλικά: λίθο, μάρμαρο, ασβεστόλιθο, πηλό, μέταλλο (χαλκό, σίδηρο, άργυρο, χρυσό), φαγεντιανή, γυαλί, ελεφαντόδοτο, ημιπολύτιμους λίθους.

Οι αρχαιότητες κάθε πόλης φανερώνουν την έκταση των επικρατειών τους, τον δημόσιο ή ιδιωτικό χαρακτήρα, τις θρησκευτικές αντιλήψεις, τα ιερά ή τα νεκροταφεία τους, όλα κομμάτια της διαχρονίας τους. Μεταξύ των αρχαιοτήτων ξεχωρίζουν αυτές που σχετίζονται με τους ιδρυτικούς μύθους κάθε πόλης όσον και με συγκεκριμένες ανθρώπινες ιστορίες: από την Άπτερα ο Σωτήριος Ελευθερναίος, από την Ελεύθερνα ο νέος που δεν γεύτηκε τον έρωτα και από την Κνωσό το παιδί με τα παιχνίδια του.

Η έκθεση περιλαμβάνει επίσης χάρτες και αναγεννησιακά βιβλία μεταξύ των οποίων και τον χάρτη του Coronelli (1707) με τον περίφημο φρουτοπλοχμό του, τη γιρλάντα του και τα ονόματα των εκατό πόλεων της Κρήτης που αναφέρονται στον Όμηρο, από τις οποίες ανασύρονται οι τρεις.

Language: 
Ελληνικά | Αγγλικά
Hours: 
Δευτέρα, Τετάρτη, Παρασκευή, Σάββατο: 10.00-17.00, Πέμπτη: 10.00-20.00, Κυριακή: 11.00-17.00, Τρίτη: Κλειστό.
Tickets: 
Είσοδος: 7€ | Μειωμένη είσοδος: € 3,5 | Ομάδες 15 ατόμων και άνω: € 5 (ανά άτομο) | Γενική Είσοδος κάθε Δευτέρα: € 3,5 | Φίλοι Μουσείου Κυκλαδικής Τέχνης, είσοδος ελεύθερη
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12/12/2018 to 30/04/2019
 
The artist on the composer

The artist on the composer

visual arts

The project THE ARTIST ON THE COMPOSER is a long-term collaboration between the Greek National Opera and non-profit institution NEON (www.neon.org.gr) focusing on the relationship between visual arts and opera. The project brings together leading contemporary visual artists and filmmakers with live orchestral performance.

5 January, 2019 to 10 February, 2019
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The artist on the composer

Conductor: Giorgos Ziavras
First commission: Nikos Navridis

PREMIERE 5 JANUARY 2019
5 January 2019
3, 10 February 2019

Music and Visual Arts Cycle in collaboration with NEON Organisation

Greek National Opera - Stavros Niarchos Hall
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Starts at: 18.30 & 21.00

Soloists
Tassis Christoyannis (5/1: 18.30 & 10/2)
Dimitris Tiliakos (5/1: 21.00 & 3/2)

György Kurtág, Quasi una fantasia..., op. 27., no. 1
Gustav Mahler, Kindertotenlieder

With the GNO Orchestra
A collaboration between the Greek National Opera and NEON

Ticket price: 10 euros*
*All proceeds support the activities of the Greek National Opera

The project THE ARTIST ON THE COMPOSER is a long-term collaboration between the Greek National Opera and non-profit institution NEON (www.neon.org.gr) focusing on the relationship between visual arts and opera.

The project brings together leading contemporary visual artists and filmmakers with live orchestral performance.

Through a newly commissioned work, each artist responds to the work of a classical composer stripped of the usual operatic traditions and storytelling; open to audiences that may not have engaged with opera before.

Unfolding inside an opera house emptied of sets and costumes, this abstract interaction is strengthened by what is left out, allowing the artists’ individual responses to push musical performance and audience in new and different directions.

The first commission is to Greek artist Nikos Navridis.

Nikos Navridis was born in Athens. He studied architecture at the National Technical University of Athens and art at the Athens School of Fine Arts, where he is a professor since 2008. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in Greece and abroad. Selected exhibitions include: ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection, documenta 14, Fridericianum, Kassel (2017) / No Country for young men. Contemporary Greek art in time of Crisis. Bozar. Centre for Fine Arts Brussels (2014) / A Thousand Doors. Gennadius Library, Athens, ΝΕΟΝ & Whitechapel Gallery (2014) / / Between the optimism of the will and the pessimism of the intellect. 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (2015) / Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better. Aeschyleia 2013, Eleusis / The First Image, CRAC, Contemporary Art Center, Sete, France (2009) / Transexperiences, Greece 2008, 798 Space, Beijing, China / Take a deep breath, Tate Modern, London (2007) / Nuit Blanche 2004, Hopital Saint Lazare, Paris, France / Nikos Navridis, Difficult Breaths, La Caixa Foundation, Madrid, Spain (2004) and many more in Sweden, Korea, Mexico, Japan and USA. He has represented Greece in the international biennials of Venice (2001 & 2005), Instanbul (1997), Sāo Paolo (1996) and Santa Fe, New Mexico (1999).

Organization / Production: 
NEON
Venue: 
Greek National Opera Stavros Niarchos Hall / Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Hours: 
09.00-21.00
Tickets: 
10 euros* *All proceeds support the activities of the Greek National Opera
Special remarks: 
Parking
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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05/01/2019 to 10/02/2019
 
Thursday's meetings

Thursday's meetings

Presentation

The contemporary Greek photographers' presentations continue..

10 January, 2019 to 24 January, 2019
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“Thursday's meetings”, coordinated by Platon Rivellis and organized in cooperation with the "Photography Circle", aim to introduce the work of contemporary Greek photographers. The photographers, selected by Platon Rivellis and members of the “Photography Circle”, present their work, discuss about their themes, approach and artistic choices. Each presentation is followed by an open discussion with the audience.

The presentations’ schedule for January 2019 is as follows:

> January 10: Hara Kourbana, Yiannis Mathioudakis & Spyros Polytarchou
> January 17: Elena Georgopoulou, Michalis Politopoulos & Fani Tsakiridou
> January 24: Athena Karoki, Anthi Mara & Panagiotis Markolefas

Organization / Production: 
Hellenic American Union, Photography Circle
Venue: 
Hellenic American Union Theater
Language: 
Greek
Hours: 
19:00
Tickets: 
Admission is free
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10/01/2019 to 24/01/2019
 
Surface

Surface

Photo exhibition

Photo exhibition by Maria Bourbou

16 January, 2019 to 5 February, 2019
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The oversized black-and-white photographs on display at the Hellenic American Union depict the surface of the Earth. Maria Bourbou is focusing on nature and natural landscapes, affording them a metaphorical dimension. In her commentary of the works, art historian and visual artist Fiona Mouzakitis notes the following: “The Earth’s floor and nature’s elements (trees, rocks, hills, pieces of wood, etc.) constitute masses, shapes and lines that form an abstract composition. The visual simplicity aims to instill harmony and calm into the viewer. Still, in addition to the abstract visual composition in the photographs of Surface, the artist also aspires to convey a feel of the space that surrounds us. The bare landscapes with the sparse vegetation and the clear horizons prompt us to contemplate the vastness of the earth’s surface, and with it the vastness of time that the earth represents. Maria Bourbou makes us aware of our daily self-evident journey on this surface, the place where our circle of life begins and ends.”

Maria Bourbou was born in Athens in 1971. She studied German Literature at the Kiel University, Germany and the art of photography in Athens. She has lived and worked in various European cities and has created the studio "22Atelier", an independent artistic production and creation space in Arroios, Lisbon.

The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Hellenic American College (HAEC) and with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in Greece.

Organization / Production: 
Hellenic American Union, Hellenic American College (HAEC)
Venue: 
Hellenic American Union, Kennedy Gallery
Hours: 
Opening: Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 19:30 - Gallery hours: Monday-Friday: 12:00-21:00, Saturday: 10:30-14:30, clοsed on Sunday
Tickets: 
Admission is free
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16/01/2019 to 05/02/2019
 
Simon Boccanegra

Simon Boccanegra

Opera

Giuseppe Verdi created one of the most impressive baritone roles for Simon Boccanegra. Through the lips of the historical figure of the first Doge of Genoa, Verdi was able to express his own political thinking and ideals for a united Italy, far from fratricidal wars.

19 January, 2019 to 26 January, 2019
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Giuseppe Verdi

Simon Boccanegra

A Royal Opera House production

Conductors: Zoe Tsokanou (19, 20, 22, 26/1) - Stathis Soulis (23, 25/1)
Director: Elijah Moshinsky

PREMIERE 19 JANUARY 2019
19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26 January 2019

ITALIAN OPERA CYCLE

Greek National Opera - Stavros Niarchos Hall
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Starts at: 20.00 (Sundays at 18.30)

Sets: Michael Yeargan
Costumes: Peter J. Hall
Lighting: John Harrison
Lighting supervisor: Matthew Mulberry
Chorus master: Agathangelos Georgakatos

Simon Boccanegra
Dimitri Platanias (19, 22, 25/1)
Tassis Chistoyannis (20, 23, 26/1)

Maria Boccanegra
Cellia Costea (19, 22, 25/1)
Anna Stylianaki (20, 23, 26/1)

Jacopo Fiesco
TBA (19, 22, 25/1)
Petros Magoulas (20, 23, 26/1)

Gabriele Adorno
Ramón Vargas (19, 20, 26/1)
Dimitris Paksoglou (22, 23, 25/1)

Paolo Albiani
Yannis Selitsaniotis (19, 22, 25/1)
Kyros Patsalides (20, 23, 26/1)

Pietro
Dionysos Tsantinis (19, 22, 25/1)
Alexandros Loutas (20, 23, 26/1)

Captain of the Crossbowmen
Yannis Kalyvas (19, 22, 25/1)
Dionyssis Melogiannidis (20, 23, 26/1)

With the GNO Orchestra and Chorus

Ticket prices: €15, €20, €35, €40, €50, €55, €60, €90
Students, reduced: €15 / Limited visibility: €10

Giuseppe Verdi created one of the most impressive baritone roles for Simon Boccanegra. Through the lips of the historical figure of the first Doge of Genoa, Verdi was able to express his own political thinking and ideals for a united Italy, far from fratricidal wars.

The opera was written in 1857 and Verdi reworked it in 1881 by adding some masterly scenes, based on Petrarch’s letters: one addressed to the historical figure of Boccanegra and another to the then Doge of Venice. Nowadays, Simon Boccanegra counts among Verdi’s most popular operas.

In the magnificent impressive production of the Royal Opera House, Moshinsky attempts an historical direction inspired by the art and architecture of Renaissance. The leitmotifs in his direction are constantly recurring images of the sea, encapsulating a reference to mortality.

Moshinsky is considered one of the most important opera directors worldwide with a considerable, thirty-year long experience in theatre and opera. His repertory varies and comprises, among others, works of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Strauss etc. He has won three times the Laurence Olivier Award for best opera, for his performances Lohengrin, Stiffelio and The Rake's Progress. He has systematically collaborated with the most famous opera houses in the world, such as the Royal Opera House in London, the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Sydney Opera, the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg etc.

Venue: 
Greek National Opera Stavros Niarchos Hall / Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Hours: 
09.00-21.00
Special remarks: 
Parking
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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19/01/2019 to 26/01/2019
 
Patridognosia: Discovering one's homeland

Patridognosia: Discovering one's homeland

Photography

A photography exhibition by Anthi Xenaki.

21 January, 2019 to 17 February, 2019
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Anthi Xenaki, through her lens, focuses on the deterministic outcome of the aspirations for a national reconstruction.

Venue: 
16 Herakleidon Str.
Hours: 
Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 - 18:00
Tickets: 
Just with the exhibition ticket
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21/01/2019 to 17/02/2019
 
The birth of sciences in the 16th and 17th century

The birth of sciences in the 16th and 17th century

Lectures

Cycle of Sciences History Lectures

3rd Lecture: Science and religion in the 17th century: God in nature and the nature of God.

22 January, 2019
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A lecture that shall be given by Dr. Dimitrios Petakos.

Language: 
Greek
Hours: 
18:00 - 20:00
Tickets: 
10 € & 8 €
Special remarks: 
Reservations are accepted
Credit cards are accepted
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22/01/2019