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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
 
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
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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
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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
 
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
 
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
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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
 
«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
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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
 
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
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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
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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
 
Bound

Bound

Video Installation

Kalliopi Lemos’ forthcoming solo exhibition titled Bound will open on the 23rd of May at ATOPOS cvc in Athens.

The exhibition will showcase for the first time Lemos’ new film Bound along with an installation of the same woven linen bandages carrying fragments of Greek poetess Sappho, that the artist introduced in 2018 in her solo show All is to be dared in Gazelli Art House, London.
These bandages become the main feature of the film, enabling the story between four people. Bound explores our internal boundaries, the ones we set for ourselves and limit our freedom. These bandages represent ideas, obsessions and desires that we embrace in life, sometimes becoming our own prison.

The exhibition will be enhanced with a parallel program of public talks and events, including a performance by acclaimed theatre director and actor Vasilis Papavasileiou.

The public will be able to access the exhibition from the 16th of May and the opening will take place on the 23rd of May. The exhibition will participate in the International Museum Day, on the 18th of May.

16 May, 2019 to 21 June, 2019
Info: 

Exhibition Opening: 23.05.19, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration of exhibition: 16.05.19 - 21.06.19
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 11:00am - 6:30pm

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

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Venue: 
ATOPOS CVC
Hours: 
Monday - Friday, 11 am - 6:30 pm
Tickets: 
Admision free
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16/05/2019 to 21/06/2019
 
The Laundry

The Laundry

Photo exhibition

Group exhibition by members of the "Photography Circle"

16 May, 2019 to 8 June, 2019
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"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
Venue: 
Kennedy Gallery, Hellenic American Union
Hours: 
Opening: Thursday, May 16, 2019, 20:00 - Gallery hours: Monday-Friday: 12:00-21:00, Saturday: 10:30-14:30, closed on Sunday
Tickets: 
Admission is free
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16/05/2019 to 08/06/2019
 
In the Panathenaia with all my senses

In the Panathenaia with all my senses

Kid, workshop

The Greeks always loved the great celebrations. Especially the Athenians were fascinated by the Panathenaia festival. But what was going on that ancient celebration? You will learn it, you will live it, and above all you will enjoy it together with the the Museum Archaeologist-Hosts.
The activity ends up at the Museum Restaurant for sweet testing!
Parents/escorts are kindly requested to inform the Museum Archaeologist-Hosts about possible allergies.

19 May, 2019 to 16 June, 2019
Info: 

- for children aged 3-5 years old
- Registration is required 30 minutes before the start of each workshop at the Information Office. Participation in order of priority

Venue: 
Museum Exhibition Area
Language: 
Greek
Duration: 
60 minutes
Hours: 
Sunday 19/5, Sunday 2/6 & Sunday 16/6, 11 am.
Tickets: 
Participation for children is free. A general admission fee is required for parents/escorts.
Special remarks: 
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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19/05/2019 to 16/06/2019
 
Alekos Fassianos-Vangelis Chronis | 30 years of friendship: Painting and poetry

Alekos Fassianos-Vangelis Chronis | 30 years of friendship: Painting and poetry

Exhibition

Alekos Fassianos-Vangelis Chronis | 30 years of friendship: Painting and poetry
A unique exhibition at the B. & M. Theocharakis Foundation

Representative paintings, drawings, engravings, as well as objects made of clay, bronze and glass by the great painter Alekos Fassianos, reveal his deep search for the beautiful, through the poetic power of his creation and through his direct relationship with the poetic world of Vangelis Chronis. For thirty years, the poet and the painter have been sharing words and images, and know, the world of their constructive cooperation is being presented.

20 May, 2019 to 29 September, 2019
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Alekos Fasianos studied painting next to Yiannis Moralis at the School of Fine Arts (1956-1960). Between 1960 and 1963, he continued his studies in lithography in Paris with a French state scholarship next to Eugene Clairin and Georges Dayez. His work has been presented in many solo exhibitions in Greece and abroad. Alekos Fassianos also designs theatrical sceneries and illustrates artistic publications. He lives and works in Athens.

Bangelis Chronis was born in 1947 in Stavroupoli, Xanthi. He studied English at the Oxford School of English and Shipping at the City of London Polytechnic. He has been a senior member of Latsis Group since 1971 and a member of the Executive Board of Latsis Foundation. He is the Master of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and has been honoured for his charitable activity. In 2007, his book "Young in Hades" was awarded by the Academy of Athens and in 2016 he was awarded the 1st Odysseus Awards in the international poetry contest during the 9th annual London Greek Film Festival.

Curation: Takis Mavrotas

Hours: 
Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
Tickets: 
7 € | 4 € (reduced) (students and 65+) | free admission for people with unemployement card
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20/05/2019 to 29/09/2019
 
Nicholas Egon: 22 Flowers for the Benaki Museum

Nicholas Egon: 22 Flowers for the Benaki Museum

Exhibition

Nicholas Egon: 22 Flowers for the Benaki Museum
THE GHIKA GALLERY
FROM 22/05/2019 - TO 20/07/2019

22 May, 2019 to 20 July, 2019
Info: 

It is not the first time that Nicholas and Matti Egon support the work of the Benaki Museum. In spring 2007, in conjunction with his major exhibition ‘Nicholas Egon in Greece,’ the artist offered for sale some of the exhibition’s works and the proceeds backed the Museum’s aims. In 2011, the Egons were among the first to respond, with a significant contribution, to Angelos Delivorrias’s call for help towards the completion of The Ghika Gallery.

Now, two years after Nicholas’s passing, Matti Egon has offered 22 paintings to the Benaki Museum on the proviso they will be sold in its benefit. Furthermore, she has allowed the Museum to choose the works.

As a result, 22 of Nicholas Egon’s finest and most beautiful works will be exhibited at The Ghika Gallery and will offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy his superb technique and his special approach to the Greek landscape.

Hours: 
Wednesday - Saturday:10:00 - 18:00
Tickets: 
€ 5
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22/05/2019 to 20/07/2019
 
What happened to the marvelous statue of Athena in the Parthenon?

What happened to the marvelous statue of Athena in the Parthenon?

Kid, workshop

There comes a time when the ancient temples closes and the statues of the gods are sometimes destroyed and sometimes migrate. What happened to the golden statue of Athena? Together with the Archaeologists-Tutors we will ask the mythical beings who accompanied her if they know something! At the end of the activity, our little friends will create their own version of the statue of the goddess Athena.

26 May, 2019 to 9 June, 2019
Info: 

- for children 6-9 years old
- Registration is required 30 minutes before the start of each workshop at the Information Office.
Participation in order of priority

Venue: 
Museum Exhibition Area
Language: 
Greek
Duration: 
60 minutes
Hours: 
Sunday 26/5 & Sunday 9/6, 11 am
Tickets: 
Participation for children is free. A general admission fee is required for parents/escorts.
Special remarks: 
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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26/05/2019 to 09/06/2019
 
Love Story

Love Story

Visual Arts

Candice Breitz
Love Story 
Video installation

What kind of stories are we willing to listen to? What kind of stories move us? Why is it that viewers who will weep when watching movies will remain unmoved in the face of real-life human suffering? This seven-channel video-installation by the South African artist Candice Breitz interrogates the mechanisms of identification and empathy.

30 May, 2019 to 30 June, 2019
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Breitz calls out attention to the firsthand accounts of anonymous refugees, persons who typically remain nameless and faceless, juxtaposing them to the universal allure of celebrities. In the first space of the installation, audiences watch an accessible ‘drama’ performed by two Hollywood stars, Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin, re-enacting excerpts from the interviews of six refugees. The fast-paced montage strips the intimate testimonies of their depth, complexity and nuances, turning them into a facile, mainstream product meant for popular consumption. In the second space, viewers can watch the original, uncut interview footage of refugees and migrants, including the shocking story of 23-year-old Sarah Mardini from Syria. In 2015, Mardini crossed the sea between Turkey and Lesbos, saving 18 of her fellow Syrians from drowning. The next year, she returned to Lesbos to aid activist groups and last year she was arrested, charged with refugee smuggling, an arrest that was met with international reactions.

Commissioned by National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Outset Germany (Berlin), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

Hours: 
19:00 - 24:00
Tickets: 
free admission
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30/05/2019 to 30/06/2019
 
Lullaby Project: Treasured Gifts

Lullaby Project: Treasured Gifts

Music

In partnership with New York’s Carnegie Hall and non-profit music education organization El Sistema Greece

3 June, 2019
Info: 

In collaboration with Carnegie Hall

In partnership with New York’s Carnegie Hall and non-profit music education organization El Sistema Greece, Lullaby Project is back to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center for the second year in a row.

Five composers, exponents of different kinds of music, meet with women in advanced pregnancy, mothers with babies or older children, and grandmothers – women from different backgrounds, refugees, Thiva Women's Correctional Facility inmates, or residents of different Athens neighborhoods, each representing her own family. In collaboration with the composers, they pour their emotions into music, writing and singing lullabies as unique gifts for their children to cherish.

The fruits of this unique encounter will be presented on the Alternative Stage on Monday, 3 June, proving that music is the most powerful means of expression.

Established in December 2011 in New York City by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, Lullaby Project pairs pregnant women and new mothers with professional artists to write and sing personal lullabies for their babies.

In previous concerts, the Lullaby Project has featured artists such as acclaimed mesophone Joyce DiDonato, Fiona Apple, Natalie Merchand and others.
Envisioning music as a means towards social inclusion and cohesion, Carnegie Hall collaborates with El Sistema Greece, a non-profit music education organization for children and youths in vulnerable situations and refugee communities, harnessing the power of music to foster social inclusion and promote education.

The concert features acclaimed Greek and international artists, including Mookie Menuhin, Sun Tailor and Renaud Guy-Rousseau.
Ever since its opening, the SNFCC has hosted ESG students several times, providing them with the unique opportunity to participate in high level music events, and to acquire valuable integrated music experiences.

Composers:
Eleni Arapoglou
Thodoris Matoulas
Thalia-Marie Papadopoulou
Blend Mishkin
Sun Tailor

Free admission by online preregistration

Preregistration starts on Monday 27/05 at 12.00

Late seating may be possible in case of an intermission or pause.

Venue: 
ALTERNATIVE STAGE
Hours: 
21.00
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03/06/2019