The countless aspects of Beauty
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
Opening hours (summer schedule until 31/10): Monday 13:00-20:00, Tuesday-Sunday 08:00-20:00
Monday 13:00-20:00, Tuesday-Sunday 08:00-20:00
Credit cards are accepted
A Brief Guide for Prospective Tightrope Walkers
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
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.
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.
Outside the Onassis Stegi
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2019 - Skalkottas year
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
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.
Megaron - The Athens Concert Hall
George Zongolopoulos: The Vision of Public Sculpture
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
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
28/01 - 31/05
09.00 - 22.00
AGORA - REAR AGORA
4th FLOOR ATRIUM NLG
Group exhibition by members of the "Photography Circle"
16 May, 2019 to 8 June, 2019
"Laundry has often been used in art, with the self-evident symbolism that goes along with it as a sign of orderliness and cleanliness" notes the exhibition's curator Platon Rivellis. "A laundry does not symbolize a house; it symbolizes a home. Especially for all of us who live in a sunny Mediterranean country, the image of clothes hanging on a line under the sun spawns the feeling that everything is alright and that we have nothing to fear".
The themes of collective exhibitions of the "Photography Circle" serve as an opportunity and a starting point that allows a group of photographers to showcase their interrelatedness as well as the personal proposition each is making . This proposition may be supported through the discourse among his or her photographs, which requires that two or more photos be presented per photographer. "The Laundry" exhibition is an innovative exception, as more than 100 participants present only one photo each. Laundry is in and of itself such a powerful image that it doesn’t leave much room for originality. The theme of the exhibition outweighs the photographers; hence it is important that visitors do not search for individual propositions but grasp the theme in its entirety, along with the variations that support it.
Organization / Production:
Hellenic American Union, Hellenic American College (HAEC), Photography Circle
Kennedy Gallery, Hellenic American Union
Opening: Thursday, May 16, 2019, 20:00 - Gallery hours: Monday-Friday: 12:00-21:00, Saturday: 10:30-14:30, closed on Sunday
19th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival
Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival turns officially 19 years old! This year it returns from 27th May to 2nd June 2019, where else, in Technopolis City of Athens and dedicates its first day to the Greek jazz scene presenting the most fresh and contemporary music the scene has to offer, exactly what happened last year as well.
The Greek entry to this year’s international program of the festival is Petros Klampanis Trio, under the guidance of Petros Klampanis. The widely bold artist promises to take us on a journey to the modern jazz spots of the American city through his performance on the jazziest stage of Athens.
On the same day, the stage of Technopolis welcomes the experimental sound of Grey Paris, a promising ensemble, the new musical suggestion of the festival.
The artistic committee of Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival is composed of Giorgos Charonitis (journalist in Athinorama, publisher of the historic magazine Jazz & Jazz for 20 years), Giorgos Mouchtaridis (director and radio producer of “Pepper 96.6”) and Leonidas Antonopoulos (producer of “Kosmos” radio station) has singled them out amongst 52 candidates, who were reportedly on a very high level.
Let’s get to know them a little better:
Petros Klampanis Trio (Greece)
Petros Klampanis grew up in Greece, surrounded by Mediterranean and Balkan sounds. He studied classical music and jazz in Athens, Amsterdam and New York before establishing himself as a promising musician in the Jazz scene of New York, where he shared the stage with many New York famous jazz players. His bold and unusual compositions, masterfully conducted by himself, showcase his strong influences and offer his audience a charming experience. His album “Minor Dispute” was chosen as one of the best albums of 2015 from NPR (National Public Radio), whereas in 2017 he released his third album, “Chroma”, for the first time in the New York record company Motéma Music (MINOS EMI released it in Greece and Cyprus) and was widely acclaimed from local and international press. In 2019, we expect the release of his fourth personal album, “Irrationalities”, which will introduce Petros Klampanis Trio with Kristjan Randalu in piano and Bodek Janke in drums and percussions.
Petros Klampanis (bass), Kristjan Randalu (piano), Bodek Janke (drums and percussions)
Grey Paris (Greece, promising ensemble)
The music of Grey Paris is heavily inspired by aritsts such as Gogo Penguin, Nils Frahm and Fink and is characterized as an emotional world which becomes a mental yet tangible musical landscape through melodic pathways and rhythmical experiments. Grey Paris were spontaneously formed in Berlin in 2016, when a piano “re-entered” the life of the composer Giorgos Parisis, who had been an active saxophonist up to then. When he invited Arian Stechert, a drummer and piano manufacturer, to repair the piano, the musical chemistry was all over the place and soon after the first music ideas became their first album, “Now is the Moment”. Sometime later, the multi-talented bassist Mark Beumer entered the Trio. Nowadays, the band is under a creative spell and is already recording its second album, “Mideia” which will probably be released in autumn 2019. Grey Paris have already performed in several festivals and events in Germany and abroad (Piano Day Thessaloniki, along with Get the Blessing & Leon of Athens, Greek Embassy, Berlinale, Kantine am Berghain, B-flat etc.)
Giorgos Parisis (piano, electronics), Arian Stechert (drums, electronics), Mark Beumer (bass, electronics)
Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival is getting bigger, better and with more surprises to come! Stay tuned!
#JazzBeThere…and don’t forget: Once you go jazz, you never go back!
27 May, 2019 to 2 June, 2019
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Technopolis City of Athens
100, Pireos Str., Gazi
213 0109300, 213 0109325
Access: Metro: “Keramikos” station, Trolley: No 21 (from Omonia Sq.) ”Fotaerio” station, Buses: 049,815,838,914,B18, Γ18, “Fotaerio” station