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A walk through the Museum with an archaeologist

A walk through the Museum with an archaeologist

Gallery Talks

Evening walks through the Museum exhibition galleries, making unanticipated stops and various discussions, together with an Archaeologist-Host.

1 July, 2016 to 31 December, 2019
Info: 

For registration, please refer to the Information Desk at the Museum entrance on the same day. First-in first-served.

Venue: 
Museum's exhibition areas
Language: 
English, Greek
Duration: 
60 minutes
Hours: 
English: every Friday at 6 p.m. / Greek: every Friday at 8 p.m.
Tickets: 
The gallery talk is free of charge. Only the general admission fee to the Museum is required.
Special remarks: 
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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01/07/2016 to 31/12/2019
 
A walk through ancient Olympia

A walk through ancient Olympia

Digital Projection

This programme provides a complete tour to the sacred site of ancient Olympia in the 2nd century BC. Monuments and sacred buildings come to life, enabling visitors to participate in the events and the rituals of the Olympic Games and to learn about the history of the city: the temple of Zeus, a model of Doric peripteral temple with magnificent sculpted decoration, the Heraion, the oldest monumental building of the sanctuary, dedicated to the goddess Hera, the Gymnasium, which was used for the training of javelin throwers, discus throwers and runners, the Palaestra, where the wrestlers, jumpers and boxers trained, the Leonidaion, which was where the official guests stayed, the Bouleuterion, where athletes, relatives and judges took a vow that they would upheld the rules of the Games, the Stadium, where most of the events took place, the Treasuries of various cities, where valuable offerings were kept, the Philippeion, which was dedicated by Philip II, king of Macedonia, after his victory in the battle of Chaeronea in 338 BC.

1 March, 2017 to 31 December, 2022
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A complete digital tour in English to the sacred site of Ancient Olympia in the 2nd century BC.

Venue: 
Tholos
Language: 
Greek, English
Duration: 
1 h
Hours: 
13:00
Tickets: 
7€-12€
Special remarks: 
Parking
Reservations are accepted
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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01/03/2017 to 31/12/2022
 
A Walk Through Ancient Miletus

A Walk Through Ancient Miletus

Virtual Reality

The city of Miletus on the western coast of Asia Minor, one of the most important cities in Ionia, comes to life again in the Virtual Reality production
“A Walk Through Ancient Miletus”. This production, in the special environment of immersion of “Tholos”, uses some new technical characteristics, which allow the development of multiple directions of digital life in the virtual space and not a predetermined course.

4 September, 2017 to 31 December, 2022
Info: 

Starting again in September, guided tours are offered in Greek & English for groups.
At the Virtual Reality programme there is a tour at the meninsula and the city of Miletus, as it was 2,000 years ago. Visitors can explore the virtual city and learn about the most important public buildings. Starting from the gate at the Port of the Lions, they enter the sanctuary of Apollo Delphinios. Then, they visit the Ionian Stoa, which housed the stores of the city, the Hellenistic Gymnasium, the North Agora and the Bouleuterion, being able to see even the details of the buildings' architecture. They can “fly” over the city for one last panoramic view of the perfect city planning design, or even “dive” into its port.

Organization / Production: 
FOUNDATION OF THE HELLENIC WORLD
Venue: 
Tholos, Virtual Reality Theatre
Language: 
Greek
Duration: 
30-50 min
Hours: 
Projections offered only by appointment for groups
Tickets: 
5-12 euro
Special remarks: 
Parking
Reservations are accepted
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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04/09/2017 to 31/12/2022
 
Interactive Tour of the Acropolis of Athens

Interactive Tour of the Acropolis of Athens

Virtual reality

"Tholos" Virtual reality theater

Interactive Tour of the Acropolis of Athens
(circa 5th century B.C.)

The new interactive tour at the “Tholos” virtual reality theater
takes visitors back in time…

Visit the dome-shaped Virtual Reality "Theatre" of Hellenic Cosmos and travel through time, in Athens of the 5th century B.C., the so called golden age of Athenian culture under the leadership of Pericles, where you will have the chance to see reconstructed all the temples and statues of the this rich historical site of much archaeological and cultural significance, the Athenian Acropolis.
The show is interactive, controlled by the spectator, and not static. It is a unique experience of immersion into the virtual world, which is characterized by immediate response, flexibility, originality and liveliness.
The spectator takes a tour at the monuments that are still standing today, like the Propylaia, Nike Temple, Parthenon, Erectheion, but also through the buildings that are not visible today like Arrephorion, Sanctuary of Zeus Polieus, Sanctuary of Artemis Brauronia, Chalkotheke e.t.c.
The restoration of the colors on the digital models of Arcropolis created is based on studies, which main source was the descriptions of foreign architects of the 19th century. The accuracy of the historical details is validated by the estimated Archaeology professor of the University of Athens Panos Valavanis. A whole team of experts like painters, 3D modelers, programmers e.t.c. worked on this project which was later adapted to the unique technological infrastructure of the “Tholos” virtual reality theater.
The “Interactive Tour of the Acropolis of Athens” offers a unique opportunity to supplement the traditional experience of the visitor by the introduction of augmented reality components *.

24 March, 2018 to 30 June, 2021
Info: 

Info:
Duration: 45’
Timetable: www.hellenic-cosmos.gr & www.tholos254.gr
Tickets: 10€, 8€

tickets.hellenic-cosmos.gr & Τ. + 30 212 254 0000

*Virtual Reality shows are narrated in Greek.
English narration is available by appointment only. Please check availability before you visit the museum.

Organization / Production: 
FOUNDATION OF THE HELLENIC WORLD
Venue: 
Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre
Language: 
Greek, English
Duration: 
45"
Hours: 
-
Tickets: 
10€, 8€
Special remarks: 
Parking
Reservations are accepted
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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24/03/2018 to 30/06/2021
 
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
 
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
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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
 
2019 - Skalkottas year

2019 - Skalkottas year

Music

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the death of Nikos Skalkottas, the four organizations that are housed in the Athens Concert Hall call 2019 "Skalkottas Year" and organize a series of anniversary events at the Megaron Mousikis, which include, among others, concerts , discussions, exhibition, international conference, composition contest and training programs. This brings together for the first time their artistic and scientific forces in a collective course throughout the year that will give the honor to Nikos Skalkotas.

During "2019 Skalkottas Year", the Friends of Music Society with its Music Library "Lilian Voudouri", the Athens Concert Hall, the Athens State Orchestra and the Greek Composers Union , in collaboration with the Hourmouziou - Papaioannou Foundation, co-organize a series of events that aim to re-recommend us the Greek composer and the genius of his music. They also aspire to show that Skalkotas' music, exciting and unpredictable, can speak directly not only to the "connoisseurs" but also to the wider audience.

1 January, 2019 to 31 December, 2019
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On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the death of Nikos Skalkottas, the four organizations that are housed in the Athens Concert Hall call 2019 "Skalkottos Year" and organize a series of anniversary events at the Megaron Mousikis, which include, among others, concerts , discussions, exhibition, international conference, composition contest and training programs. This brings together for the first time their artistic and scientific forces in a collective course throughout the year that will give the honor to Nikos Skalkotas.

Venue: 
Megaron - The Athens Concert Hall
Hours: 
-
Special remarks: 
Parking
Wheelchair accessible
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01/01/2019 to 31/12/2019
 
George Zongolopoulos: The Vision of Public Sculpture

George Zongolopoulos: The Vision of Public Sculpture

Exhibition

In collaboration with the George Zongolopoulos Foundation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is organizing the first exhibition exclusively dedicated to public sculptures, installed in Greece and other countries, by this iconic artist.

28 January, 2019 to 31 May, 2019
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The exhibition traces how Zongolopoulos’ public sculpture charges and converses with installation sites, locations in which it enters into communication with the public on a daily basis; it moreover highlights the importance of public art – all the more relevant in view of the fact that this exhibition is held at SNFCC, which aspires to redefine the citizens’ relationship with the public space.
As part of this exhibition, eight sculptures will go on display in outdoor areas in the Agora and the Rear Agora.
Twelve more sculptures – four of them for the first time – will go on display at the 4th-floor atrium of the National Library of Greece, supplemented by maquettes, constructions, drawings, videos, photos and interactive exhibits that place these sculptures in the context of the public sites where they have been installed.
The panel from Zongolopoulos’ studio, the maquette of the Monument of Zalongo and the surrounding area, and an umbrella from the life-size Umbrellas sculpture will also go on public display for the first time.
Furthermore, the exhibition features videos on Zongolopoulos’ life and work; educational programs based on the sculptor’s work will be on offer in other SNFCC areas.

*Courtesy of Region of Epirus

Duration:
28/01 - 31/05
09.00 - 22.00

AGORA - REAR AGORA
4th FLOOR ATRIUM NLG

Hours: 
09.00-22.00
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28/01/2019 to 31/05/2019
 
The Good Shepherds. Metropolitans and Chief Rabbis in the Face of the Holocaust

The Good Shepherds. Metropolitans and Chief Rabbis in the Face of the Holocaust

Exhibition

The Jewish Museum of Greece inaugurates its periodic exhibition «The Good Shepherds. Metropolitans and Chief Rabbis in the Face of the Holocaust».

The idea for this exhibition came from Samuel (Makis) Matsas, President of the Jewish Museum of Greece (JMG). A child of the Occupation, who survived thanks to the timely escape of his parents and the generosity of friends and strangers, he asked us to research the conditions under which senior members of the Christian clergy and eminent rabbis decided and acted in various ways to assist persecuted Jews during the years of the Nazi Occupation.
Its purpose is to showcase the positive actions, rescue attempts, gestures of sympathy or support, no matter how large or small, revealed by the JMG research, in order to honour those involved and inspire us today. The exhibition also aims to highlight the importance of individual choice within an extremely complex, suffocating and often contradictory context. These stories are illustrated by original artefacts belonging to some of the senior clerics featured in the exhibition.

29 January, 2019 to 4 October, 2019
Info: 

The exhibition has been realized within the framework of a three-year-long programmatic cooperation between the Museum and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens.
The exhibition will be hosted by the Jewish Museum of Greece from January 23 until October 4, 2019.
Inauguration: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 19:30. Open House: 18:00 – 21:00
For more information you may contact the Jewish Museum of Greece at 39 Nikis St., 105 57 Athens, telephone: 210 – 32 25 582, e-mail: info@jewishmuseum.gr – Working hours: Monday – Friday 09:00 – 14:30.

Organization / Production: 
With the kind support of: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Athens
Hours: 
Monday to Friday: 9.00-14.30 Sundays: 10.00-14.00 Saturdays: closed
Tickets: 
Admission fees: Adults 6 euros, students 3 euros Guided tour fees for groups: 50 € (upon arrangement)
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29/01/2019 to 04/10/2019
 
Dinosaurs at Dusk

Dinosaurs at Dusk

Digital Projection

Dinosaurs at Dusk is a 44-min show produced by Mirage3D for digital dome theatres. It is presented at "THOLOS", the Virtual Reality Theater of Hellenic Cosmos.
A learning adventure of a father and his teenage daughter Lucy, who share a fascination for all things that fly.
You’ll travel back in time to meet the pterosaurs and the ancestors of modern-day birds: the feathered dinosaurs. Lucy and her father navigate from continent to continent, looking for clues about the origins of flight.
When time runs out they experience first-hand the cataclysmic “last day” of the dinosaurs.
Science content includes topics such as continental drift, proper motion of stars, asteroids and impacts, extinctions and the convergent development of flight among species.

2 March, 2019 to 31 December, 2022
Organization / Production: 
HELLENIC COSMOS
Venue: 
Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre
Language: 
Greek
Duration: 
45"
Hours: 
-
Special remarks: 
Parking
Reservations are accepted
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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02/03/2019 to 31/12/2022
 
«Japan and the Book» | Ukiyo-e (Images of a Flowing World), Manga of Hokusai (Random or Strange images) and the books by Lefkadio Hern

«Japan and the Book» | Ukiyo-e (Images of a Flowing World), Manga of Hokusai (Random or Strange images) and the books by Lefkadio Hern

Exchibition

A unique exhibition titled "Japan and the Book", featuring works from one of the richest and most important world collections of Japanese art of the Asian Art Museum of Corfu, such as the 19th century fine works of art, the rare editions of Lefcadio Hearn , and illustrations in fantastic stories, as well as Hokusai manga.
The exhibition under the title «Japan and the Book» Ukiyo-e (Images of a Flowing World), Manga of Hokusai (Random or Strange images) and the books by Lefkadio Hern on Monday, will open at March 4, 2019, at 19:30
at the Municipal Gallery of Athens, and will be held until June 9.

Curated by Despina Zernioti, Ntenis Zaxaropoulos
Duration : 04/03 – 03/05/2019

Municipal Gallery of Athens
Metaxourgio Building, Leonidou & Myllerou str, Athens

Τel. 210 52 02 420-21, Metro station: Metaxourgio
Opening Hours: Tuesday 10:00-21:00 , Wednesday - Saturday 10:00-19:00,
Sunday 10:00-16:00

Co-organization:
City of Athens, Cultural, Sport & Youth Organization (OPANDA)
“Athens 2018, World Book Capital” City of Athens
Ministry of Cultural and Sports
General Directorate of Antiquities & Cultural Heritage
Corfu Museum of Asian Art

4 March, 2019 to 9 June, 2019
Info: 

The exhibition is Under the auspices of the Embassy of Japan in Greece
for the "120 years of diplomatic relations Japan-Greece".

In particular, the exhibition will present 68 works of the Museum, original color shavings by the great representatives of Ukiyo-e, Japan's most important art historian, with a prominent weight in the artwork of the legendary Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), father of today's manga, as well as the special conversation of the two cultures, through the presentation of the work of Greek Lefkadio Hearn (1850-1904), who lived in Japan in the 19th century and had such a critical influence on the spread of Japanese literature and art , who was recognized as a "national writer" of Japan.

Organization / Production: 
Embassy of Japan in Greece, “Athens 2018, World Book Capital” City of Athens, Ministry of Cultural and Sports General Directorate of Antiquities & Cultural Heritage Corfu Museum of Asian Art
Venue: 
Municipal Gallery of Athens Metaxourgio Building
Language: 
Greek-Japanese
Duration: 
During visiting hours
Hours: 
Tuesday 10:00-21:00, Wednesday, Saturday 10:00-19:00, Sunday 10:00-16:00
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04/03/2019 to 09/06/2019
 
Ioanna Papantoniou. «Doulamas» the magnificent An exceptional overcoat

Ioanna Papantoniou. «Doulamas» the magnificent An exceptional overcoat

Exhibition

The Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation organizes the exhibition "Ioanna Papantoniou “Doulamas” the magnificent. An exceptional overcoat."
The aim of the exhibition is to analyse the long time relationship of Ioanna Papantoniou with the doulamas, a relationship based on her research that brought to light the different variations of the garment, but mainly on the inspiration she drew from it during her long career as a stage costume designer. Some of her creations for many theatrical productions for the National Theatre of Greece, the National Theatre of Northern Greece, the Greek National Opera and the Thessaly Theatre will be on display at the exhibition.

Finally, Ioanna Papantoniou took the opportunity of her participation in the 2017 ICOM Costume Committee meeting to propose to a number of Greek designers an experimental exhibition, held at the “Kanari 4”, Athens, leading to a larger one, on the doulamas and the pirpiri, having as an example the Dries van Noten Inspirations exhibition in MoMu, Antwerp 2015.

7 March, 2019 to 26 May, 2019
Info: 

The Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation organizes the exhibition "Ioanna Papantoniou “Doulamas” the magnificent. An exceptional overcoat."
The aim of the exhibition is to analyse the long time relationship of Ioanna Papantoniou with the doulamas, a relationship based on her research that brought to light the different variations of the garment, but mainly on the inspiration she drew from it during her long career as a stage costume designer. Some of her creations for many theatrical productions for the National Theatre of Greece, the National Theatre of Northern Greece, the Greek National Opera and the Thessaly Theatre will be on display at the exhibition.

Organization / Production: 
Benaki Museum, “V. Papantoniou” Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation
Venue: 
Benaki Museum of Greek Culture
Language: 
Greek, English
Duration: 
07/03/2019 - 26/05/2019
Hours: 
Wednesday,Friday: 10:00 - 18:00, Thursday,Saturday: 10:00 - 00:00, Sunday: 10:00 - 16:00
Tickets: 
€ 7, € 3,5
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07/03/2019 to 26/05/2019
 
Pizzamano fecit. An artist from the Ionian Islands at the dawn of a new age

Pizzamano fecit. An artist from the Ionian Islands at the dawn of a new age

Exhibition

A great yet unknown architect and painter of the early 19th century is presented for the first time in the National Historical Museum's exhibition at the Old Parliament Hall, from 8 March to 31 July 2019.
Gerasimos Pitsamanos (Argostoli 1787 - Corfu 1825) lived a life resembling a hero from a novel, at the dawn of a new age, working for the progress and freedom of Greece and the Ionian islands. His testimony, through his art and writings, is valuable.
The National Historical Museum (NHM) presents the whole of his known work through more than 100 paintings, architectural and engravings. The collection of the Museum is complemented by other well-known works, which are preserved in the National Gallery-Museum of Alexandros Skoutos and in the hands of private individuals.

8 March, 2019 to 31 July, 2019
Info: 

The exhibition is part of the events of the National Historical Museum to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Revolution of 1821.

Hours: 
Tuesday to Sunday 8:30-14:30 Closed on Mondays
Tickets: 
Full admission : € 3 Reduced admission : € 1.5 Free admission: Every Sunday, the International Museum Day (May 18th) and the following holidays: March 25th, October 28th.
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08/03/2019 to 31/07/2019
 
SIGHT | ANTONY GORMLEY ON THE ISLAND OF DELOS

SIGHT | ANTONY GORMLEY ON THE ISLAND OF DELOS

Visual Arts

SIGHT | ANTONY GORMLEY ON THE ISLAND OF DELOS
02/05/2019 - 31/10/2019

Archaeological site & museum of Delos island

NEON in collaboration with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades Present:
Antony Gormley | SIGHT, On the sacred island of Delos
Curated by Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery and Elina Kountouri, Director NEON

2 May, 2019 to 31 October, 2019
Info: 

NEON is proud to present SIGHT an unprecedented site-specific exhibition by British artist Antony Gormley, in collaboration with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades, on the archaeological site and the Museum of Delos Island.

From 2 May to 31 October 2019, Gormley repopulates the island of Delos with iron ’bodyforms’, restoring a human presence and creating a journey of potential encounters. He has installed 29 sculptures made during the last twenty years, including 5 new works specially commissioned by NEON, both at the periphery and integrated amongst Delos’s archaeological sites. SIGHT is curated by Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery and Elina Kountouri, Director, NEON.

The works animate the geological and archaeological features of the island: a granite rock in the middle of the Cycladic Islands in the Aegean less than 5 kilometres long and 1.5 kilometres wide, which has a past filled with myths, rituals, religions, politics, multiculturalism and trade. Its intertwined and contrasting identities, as both holy place and commercial town, combined with its topography and geographical location, made the island a singular and cosmopolitan Hellenistic town.

Mythology tells us its first name was «Άδηλος» (A-Delos), meaning ‘the non-visible’ – a floating rock with no fixed location. It became «Δήλος» Delos, ‘the visible’, when Zeus arranged for Leto, his mortal lover, to find refuge there, safe from the wrath of his wife, the goddess Hera. When Leto gave birth to twins Apollo, god of light, and Artemis, goddess of the hunt, the island’s destiny and future prosperity was assured. This unique history is imprinted on Delos’s architecture, sanctuaries and houses, and in the past was animated through rituals that celebrated the gods and protected the island. Later, sanctuaries to foreign deities, including Serapis and Isis, were built here.

Gormley completely reinterprets the function and purpose of sculpture, transforming the traditional statues and totems of the ancient world that once adorned public squares, temples and private dwellings into sites of empathy and imaginative projection. The first connection between visitors and the work is established before they even set foot on Delos. Approaching the rugged northwest coast, they catch sight of a lone figure (from Gormley’s series Another Time, 1999–2013), standing sentinel on a rocky promontory at the water’s edge. Two more works from the same series – also looking towards the distant horizon – stand on Plakes Peak and on Mount Kynthos, and another similar work stands in the waters of the harbour. Further sculptures are integrated with archaeological sites across the island, from the Stadium to the Τheatre district and from the merchant stores to the Museum site.

Visitors to Delos are invited to connect with time, space and nature, which inevitably link to our shared future.

SIGHT is organized and commissioned by NEON and presented in collaboration with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades.

Organization / Production: 
NEON in collaboration with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades
Venue: 
Archaeological site & museum of Delos island
Hours: 
Daily 8:00 – 20:00 Opening hours may vary depending on the month
Tickets: 
The island of Delos is accessible by boat mainly from Mykonos as well as Paros and Naxos Islands. There is no extra charge for entrance to the exhibition.
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02/05/2019 to 31/10/2019
 
Dinosaurs & Monsters of the Sea

Dinosaurs & Monsters of the Sea

Exhibition

Dinosaurs & Monsters of the Sea Exhibition
Feast your eyes on this animatronics showcase comprising several prehistoric sea monsters and two present day ones. The visitor will have the chance to admire and learn everything about massive marine predators, with life-sized replicas of Basilosaurus, Dunkleosteous, Megalodon, Tylosaurus and more...

3 May, 2019 to 30 September, 2019
Info: 

(July 1st to October 1st)
MONDAY CLOSED

TUESDAY - FRIDAY 10:00 - 15:00

SATURDAY CLOSED

SUNDAY 10:00 - 16:00
Hellenic Cosmos, the cultural centre of the Foundation of the Hellenic World, is a buildings complex lies on a former industrial ribbon development at Pireos street, on an axis between Athens and Piraeus, where memory of Athens past meets the city's modern identity.

254 Pireos street,177 78 Tavros
(next to the Athens School of Fine Arts)
Telephone: +30 212 254 0000
Fax: +30 212 254 0123

Organization / Production: 
HELLENIC COSMOS
Venue: 
Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre
Language: 
Greek, English
Duration: 
1 h
Hours: 
-
Special remarks: 
Parking
Reservations are accepted
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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04/05/2019 to 30/09/2019
 
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Opera

One of the most famous operas of the 20th century comes back to the Greek National Opera after almost a quarter of a century. Based on a novel by Nikolai Leskov, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk treats the subject of woman’s position in the provincial society.

12 May, 2019 to 22 May, 2019
Info: 

Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Conductor: Vassilis Christopoulos
Director: Fanny Ardant

PREMIERE 12 MAY 2019
12, 15, 17, 19, 22 May 2019

20th CENTURY CYCLE

Greek National Opera - Stavros Niarchos Hall
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Starts at: 19.30 (Sundays at 18.30)

Sets: Tobias Hoheisel
Costumes: Milena Canonero / Petra Reinhardt
Movement: Collectif LA(HORDE) - Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer, Arthur Harel
Lighting: Luca Bigazzi
Chorus master: Agathangelos Georgakatos

Boris: Yanni Yannissis
Zinoviy: Yannis Christopoulos
Ekaterina Izmailova: Svetlana Sozdateleva
Sergei: Sergei Semishkur
Aksinya: Sofia Kyanidou
Steward / Policeman / Sergeant: Dionisos Tsantinis
Porter / Sentry: Giorgos Matthaiakakis
First workman / Drunk guest: Filippos Dellatolas
Second workman: Babis Velissarios
Third workman: Panayiotis Priftis
Tattered peasant: Nikos Stefanou
Coachman / Teacher: Stamatis Beris
Messenger (Mill-hand) / Police inspector: Vangelis Maniatis
Priest: Dimitris Kassioumis
Old convict: Petros Magoulas
Sonyetka: Victoria Mayfatova
A female convict: Antonia Kalogirou

With the GNO Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists

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The Greek National Opera presents one of the most famous operas of the 20th century, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, on 12, 15, 17, 19 and 22 May 2019 at the Stavros Niarchos Hall of the Greek National Opera at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, in a new and highly ambitious production, directed by Fanny Ardant and conducted by Vassilis Christopoulos.

Based on a novel by Nikolai Leskov, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk treats the subject of woman’s position in provincial pre-revolutionary Russia. At the same time, Shostakovich astutely satirizes institutions of his day, such as the church and the tsarist police. The story is about Katerina Izmailova, the wife of a wealthy merchant, who feels neglected and trapped in her marriage. She falls in love with one of the workers at her homestead and for his sake she ends up murdering her father-in-law and her husband. Katerina marries her beloved one, however when the murders are revealed, the couple is arrested. On the way to Siberia, Katerina gets in a fight with some new prospective mistress of her husband and they both get swept away in the freezing waters of the river.

Dmitri Shostakovich was born in 1906 in Saint Petersburg and ranks among the most influential composers of the 20th century. His relationship with the soviet regime, especially during the Stalinist period, was not an easy one, as his style was incompatible with the directives about art, and he was twice officially accused of formalism. Though influenced by Igor Stravinsky’s neoclassical works, and in his symphonic music by Gustav Mahler, he did shape his own fully recognizable personal idiom. He composed all kinds of works, among which 15 symphonies, 6 concerts, 15 string quartets, choral works, music for ballet and the cinema, works for piano, song cycles and operettas. He completed two operas, The Nose (1930) and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (1934, second edition as Katerina Izmailova, 1962) while leaving behind drafts for many more. He died in 1975 of lung cancer.

The thrilling trajectory of the opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk hides one of the most dramatic pages of censorship but also of universal recognition in both the operatic and the modern European history.

The opera premiered in one of the oldest opera houses of Russia, the Mikhailovsky Theatre, then called Little (Maliy) State Opera Theater of Leningrad, on 22 January 1934, and a while later at Stanislavski’s Moscow Art Theatre. The work was immediately received with enthusiasm in both cities and reported as a musical masterpiece. The clear, unequivocal references to sex and the raw violence imparted an unprecedented sense of realism to the opera. Shostakovich’s musical language, direct, condensed and to the point, was also something unparalleled. Its impressive reception by the audience immediately brought it out as the most important opera of the Soviet period. A few months later, on 26 December 1935, the work was mounted at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. On 26 January 1936 the performance was attended by Joseph Stalin, who left before its end. Two days later, “Pravda” newspaper, the official instrument of the Soviet Union Communist Party, published the today famous article titled “Confusion instead of music: About the opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk district”. The article condemned the music of the opera as “formalistic”, “petit-bourgeois”, “raw”, “vulgar” and was unsigned – today it is considered certain that the text had been approved by Stalin. It was a terrible blow, as the full of impetus and plans Shostakovich, who had not yet turned thirty, did not complete any other opera till his death, although he did leave behind many drafts.

In the mid-50s, after Stalin’s death, Shostakovich revised the score. Nevertheless, the presentation of the opera was still not allowed. The much-desired green light was given almost ten years later. The opera in its new form, titled Katerina Ismailova, was finally staged on 8 January 1963 at the Moscow Art Theatre. In this second form it toured to London, Nice, San Francisco, Brno, Milano, Zagreb, Kiev, Leipzig, Prague, Vienna, New York, Helsinki, Florence and Poznan. It continued to conquer one musical metropolis after the other across the world until 1978, when the initial version of the opera was restored, performed on stage and recorded in the West. As a result, opera houses turned to it and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk toured the whole world anew, as one of the most influential operas of the 20th century. The opera in its initial form was presented again in Russia just in 1996! Today, the work is performed almost exclusively in its initial form, allowing audiences worldwide to enjoy its inspired, powerful and full of nerve music.

Shostakovich was, from the beginning, clear as to his intention to make the murderess protagonist of his opera appear as a victim. At the same time, in Lady Macbeth he leaves behind him the bolder music elements that characterize his preceding opera The Nose. “I tried to make opera’s musical language extremely simple and expressive. Opera is first and foremost a vocal art and singers should be preoccupied with their main obligation, which is to sing, not to discuss, orate or recite”, notes, among others, the composer. A large part of the opera’s power comes from its great musical variety. Bluntly realistic in its action and love scenes, and during Zinoviy’s murder, the music is highly poetical in its cruelty. The work doesn’t stand out only for its rawness and cruelty; it is also deeply moving, and not only in its final scene, which summarizes centuries of pain and deprivation in Russia.

The GNO has commissioned the production of Shostakovich’s masterpiece to Fanny Ardant, a prominent figure of the French cinema and theatre. Ardant, the star of sixty movies and thirty plays, Truffaut’s muse, Zeffirelli and Polanski’s protagonist, the unique “woman next door” alongside Depardieu, collaborates for the first time with the Greek National Opera, after her two musical theatre stagings at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris (Messager’s Véronique in 2008 and Sondheim’s Passion in 2016). Fanny Ardant, who stamps her mark on a bold production –sharp and unconventional– by turning the spotlight on issues such as individual freedom, boldness, incandescent limitations, notes: “Lady Macbeth puts a mirror in front of us. And in it, we look at ourselves. Lady Macbeth is our wild reflection, restless and free. How can the part of ourselves which fights back against the law survive in a conventional and uniform society? To love criminals is a risk. And I take it. I love Katerina Izmailova. She is not only one of Leskov’s characters in an opera of Shostakovich; she is also an ever-present person even in our own time; and if we pay attention, we may meet this person. I love those who are not afraid of the verdict, the sanctions of society, the parties, the groups, the collective thinking. I watch them walking on a tightrope, fragile perhaps, but vibrating and incandescent. I dread the moment they will fall. I understand that they prefer to die than to destroy their dreams. I admit that they are a danger to the society of merchants and profits. I admire the cost they are prepared to pay in order to remain free and follow their passion. Being accountable is part of their own rules of the game. I am glad they have journeyed through life like stars in a solar system whose sun is black. I adore the story of Katerina, the Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk district. To me she is like a picture. I received her as a gift which I would like to offer to you. I told myself: Time, politics don’t matter. Context, circumstances don’t matter. Laws don’t matter. There will always be those who obey and those who order, the follower and the leader, the one waiting in line and the other who just leaves it, one day or another, after having waited for long for the real and violent joy, because life’s calling is more powerful than anything else. And so, I keep Lady Macbeth in the district of Mtsensk, in her province, in the Tsars’ empire, in her environment, the one of merchants. Shostakovich’s music, even richer and with a starker contrast than the text itself, recounts to us the complexity of Katerina and her rivals, how her melancholy was overpowered by anger, blasphemy and the act that cannot be undone, how this contradictory and scandalous heroine makes us want to live, even -and for the most part- dangerously. And since the Greek shores welcomed me, may the Olympian Gods - if they deign to look at me- guide and protect me.”

Aiming at a high-level artistic output of worldwide appeal, Fanny Ardant introduces a great creative team to the Greek audience: Tobias Hoheisel in sets, Milena Canonero and Petra Reinhardt in costumes, Luca Bigazzi in lighting and (LA)HORDE collective in movement coaching.

The sets are designed by the awarded German stage designer Tobias Hoheisel. Hoheisel has stamped his mark on exceptionally successful theatrical productions, among others, at the English National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Almeida, the Royal Court, Schaubühne in Berlin, the Austrian National Theatre, the Edinburg International Festival etc. At the same time, he has distinguished himself in the field of opera, by designing sets for productions for the greatest opera houses in Europe and the States, such as, among others, the English National Opera, the Royal Opera House in London, the Vienna State Opera, the Berlin State Opera, the German Opera of Berlin, the Paris Opera, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, La Scala in Milan, the Opera of Lyon, La Monnaie in Brussels and the Chicago Opera, the San Francisco and the New York City Operas.

The costumes are co-designed by two renowned costume-designers: the multiple Oscar winner Milena Canonero and Petra Reinhardt, famous for her collaboration with Robert Carsen.

The famous costume designer Milena Canonero has won four Oscars for the costumes in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon, Hugh Hadson’s Charriots of Fire, Sophia Coppola’s Maria Antoinette, and Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, while she has also stamped her mark on the costumes of other famous movies (among which A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Midnight express, Out of Africa etc.). Along with the cinema, where she is considered much sought-after and particularly selective in her collaborations (presently she is at the making of Wes Anderson’s new film), she also designs extraordinary costumes for great opera productions in leading theatre houses and festivals, such as the Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opera, La Scala in Milan, Salzburg Festival, the Vienna State Opera etc.

Petra Reinhardt is a distinguished German costume designer, living in Rome. Reinhardt has presented her work across Europe, America and in China. She worked at Bayrische Staatsoper in Munich, Staatsoper Wien, Semperoper Dresden, Muzijektheater Amsterdam, Bejing Opera in Bejing, Festival die due Mondi in Charleston, with directors as Klaus-Maria Brandauer, William Friedkin, Johannes Schaaf, Chen Shi-Zheng and many others. In recent years she has been very closely collaborating with the renowned opera director Robert Carsen in opera houses such as La Scala in Milan, Opéra National Bastille in Paris, the Parisian Opéra Comique, the Berlin’s Komische Oper, the Baden-Baden Festival, La Comédie Française, Opéra de Lausanne and Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris.

As movement coaches in the production Fanny Ardant chose the French artists Collective (LA)HORDE (Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer, Arthur Harel). La Horde was formed in 2014 in Paris and became famous for their choreographies with communities of non-professionals through the internet. They collaborate with people on the fringes of the dominant culture, without being interested in hierarchies, such as with people aged over 65, the blind, teenagers etc. According to Le Nouvel Observateur magazine, La Horde is active in the vital space between dancing, visual arts and performance, and they are inspired by spectacles, movies and books.

The lighting of the production is designed by the internationally acclaimed and multi-awarded Italian photography director, Luca Bigazzi, known from Paolo Sorrentino’s multi-awarded films, and from his collaboration with Abbas Kiarostami.

The production bears the stamp of one of the most important conductors of the younger generation, Vassilis Christopoulos, who had also successfully conducted Strauss’ Elektra, the opening production of the Greek National Opera at its new premises in the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, in October 2017. He had served as director of the Athens State Orchestra (2011/14) and leading conductor at the Southwest German Philharmonic Orchestra of Constance (2005/2015). He has conducted orchestras such as: the London Philarmonia Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Hannover Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire. His operatic repertory covers a very wide range extending from baroque to the 21st century. He has recently conducted with great success Richard Strauss’ works Elektra and Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Wiesbaden State Opera. In 2016 he was elected as professor of orchestra conducting at the Frankfurt Music Academy.

In the title role, the outstanding Russian soprano, with the exceptional vocal capacity and stage presence, Svetlana Sozdateleva, who has successfully interpreted Katerina Izmailova, among others, in Moscow, Oslo, Helsinki, and has appeared at leading opera houses in Brussels, Berlin, Bologna, Munich, Saint Petersburg etc. In 2020 she will make her debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera in the leading role of Prokofiev’s Fiery Angel.

The role of Sergei is interpreted by the tenor Sergei Semishkur, soloist at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg. His repertory includes roles from the Italian opera, the entire Russian school, but also French opera and even Janáček’s operas. He has collaborated with important directors such as Graham Vick, Dmitri Tcherniakov etc. and top conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Philippe Auguin, Placido Domingo, Gianandrea Noseda etc. He has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, the Carnegie Hall, Barbican, Salzburg, Berlin etc.

In the role of Boris, the celebrated Greek bass-baritone Yanni Yannissis, who, in parallel with his career in Greece, has appeared at the world’s greatest opera houses, such as, among others the Metropolitan, La Monnaie, Scotland, Frankfurt etc.

Alongside them, younger and acclaimed Greek soloists such as: Yannis Christopoulos, Sofia Kyanidou, Dionysos Tsantinis, Giorgos Matthaiakakis, Filippos Dellatolas, Babis Velissarios, Panayiotis Priftis, Nikos Stefanou, Stamatis Beris, Vangelis Maniatis, Dimitris Kassioumis, Petros Magoulas, Victoria Mayfatova, Antonia Kalogirou. The GNO Chorus will be conducted by Agathangelos Georgakatos.

Venue: 
Greek National Opera Stavros Niarchos Hall / Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Hours: 
09.00-21.00
Special remarks: 
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12/05/2019 to 22/05/2019