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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
 
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
 
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
 
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
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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
 
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
 
What we don’t see is staring at us

What we don’t see is staring at us

Visual Arts

Ilias Poulos
What we don’t see is staring at us 
A visual installation on the drug addicts of the interwar period

There are almost no references to the long history of substance abuse in Greece as a social phenomenon; a phenomenon which for many years was relegated exclusively to the domain of psychiatric institutions. With his visual installation What we don't see is staring at us, the artist Ilias Poulos invites visitors to a conversation with the alienated faces of drug addicts. Approaching its subject matter in a multifaceted way, the installation urges audiences to break through the closed doors of asylums, while at the time, inviting the asylum, a ‘scapegoated’ part of the city, to open up to society.

The installation includes rare photographs of heroin, morphine and cocaine users hospitalized in psychiatric institutions (Dromokaitio Mental Hospital, Eginition University Hospital, Dafni Psychiatric Hospital) in the period 1920-1940. The material was compiled by the sociologist Dimitris Ifantis who conducted a research on substance abuse in Greece between the wars.

An exhibition catalogue will be available to visitors
 

8 June, 2019 to 30 June, 2019
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Two discussions open to the public will be held on the occasion of the exhibition

8 June 2019

19.30-21.00

“Drug abuse and addiction as seen by researchers and artists”

This discussion will shed light to the historic continuity of drug abuse and addiction as a social phenomenon, the significance of research on substance abuse, and its social and artistic representations. The representations of substance abuse in the imaginary of Greek society which even today – even more so in the past – re-ignite feelings of denial, urging people “not to look at” what they perceive as destabilizing, will also be researched. The role of art in approaching the ‘unfamiliar,’ what ‘looks back at us’ through our contact with the disconcerting otherness of substance abusers, will also be discussed.

Participants include Giorgos Chr. Zervas, director, Ira-Iliana Papadopoulou, sociologist-curator, Ilias Poulos, visual artist, Dimitris Ifantis, sociologist-researcher.

The discussion will be followed by a tribute to rembetika songs about substance abuse.

26 June 2019

20.00-21.15

Screening of Giorgos C. Zervas' documentary "Tora Kano Oneira".

21.20-22.30

Discussion: “The therapeutic treatment of substance abuse in the past and the present”

This discussion will focus on the dynamics and history of substance abuse, and its therapeutic treatment in rehabilitation programmes of psychiatric institutions, featuring well-known health professionals. The present situation and the new needs and questions emerging from substance abuse and related therapies will also be discussed.

Participants include Foivos Zafeiridis, psychiatrist, former associate professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and scientific supervisor of the Self-Help Programme of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; Katerina Matsa, psychiatrist, former head of the 18 Ano programme at the Psychiatric Hospital of Attica, and Dimitris Ploumpidis, psychiatrist and academic.

Organization / Production: 
Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Victoria Square Project
Venue: 
Victoria Square Project
Hours: 
Tuesday & Thursday: 11.00-19.00 Wednesday & Friday: 17.00-20.00 Saturday - Sunday: 11.00-17.00 Monday: Closed
Tickets: 
free admission
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08/06/2019 to 30/06/2019
 
Chisel and Memory

Chisel and Memory

Photography

Temporary exhibition ‘CHISEL AND MEMORY. The contribution of marble craftsmanship to the restoration of the Acropolis monuments’
11.06.2019 – 31.10.2019

11 June, 2019 to 31 October, 2019
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Since opening its doors ten years ago, the Acropolis Museum has highlighted the close relationship between the famous sculptures it displays and the monuments from which they originate. It is with great pleasure that the Museum is hosting an exceptional exhibition of photographs of the marble craftsmen of the Acropolis at work. Imbued with a new curatorial spirit, the exhibition was initially organised by the Committee for the Conservation of the Acropolis Monuments and the Acropolis Restoration Service. The exhibition takes place in the ground floor Temporary Exhibition Gallery. Entrance will be free.

Hours: 
Monday - Sunday
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11/06/2019 to 31/10/2019
 
Athens Photo Festival 2019

Athens Photo Festival 2019

Photography

Athens Photo Festival 2019 will be inaugurated on Thursday 13 June (8.30 pm) at the Benaki Museum / Pireos 138. The main exhibitions reflect the diversity of contemporary photography, featuring recent works by 100 emerging and established artists from 32 countries, 10 multimedia projects and a wide selection of photobooks.

Constantly reinventing itself, Athens Photo Festival, furthers its long-standing commitment to encouraging diversity, inclusion, creativity and critical thinking, with the aim to challenge the boundaries and experience of a traditional festival of photography. Through its expanded programming, Athens Photo Festival is committed to offering a dynamic platform for exchange of ideas, artistic expression and engagement with photography in all its forms.

13 June, 2019 to 28 July, 2019
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Exploring critical issues of our times, the festival attempts to bring together a range of different perspectives from emerging and established artists and photographers from all over the world with the aim to raise awareness and foster an understanding of contemporary culture and society through photography in all its forms. The exhibition program of the festival is comprised of a series of solo and group exhibitions, presenting a wide variety of works, ranging from fine art to documentary and photojournalism, photo-based installations to multimedia.

MAIN EXHIBITION PROGRAM

Terje Abusdal (NO), Liza Ambrossio (MX/ES/FR), Marwan Bassiouni (CH), Charles-Henry Bédué (FR), Jacques Brun (CH), Bubi Canal (ES), Alejandra Carles – Tolra (ES), Valeria Cherchi (IT), Chow and Lin (MY/SG), Annick Donkers (BE), Alinka Echeverría (MX/UK), Anna Ehrenstein (DE/AL), John Paul Evans (UK), Takis Zerdevas, Zoi Pirini, Yiasemi Rapti, Makis Faros, Yioula Hatzigeorgiou (GR), Vincent Ferrané (FR), Cristina Galán (ES), Weronika Gęsicka (PL), Μαριάννα Ιγνατάκη (GR), Ina Jang (KR), Sophie Kahn (AU/US), Stelios Kallinikou (CY), Alexandros Katsis (GR), Charlotte Krieger (CH), Matjaz Krivic (SL), Manon Lanjouère (FR), Namsa Leuba (CH), Olivier Lovey (CH), Romain Mader (CH), Alix Marie (FR), Shinya Masuda (JP), Simon Menner (DE), Nikola Mihov (BG), Dimitris Mytas (GR), Sina Niemeyer (DE), Βασίλης Νούλας & Κώστας Τζημούλης (GR), Kim Nuijen (NL), Gloria Oyarzabal (ES), Sara Palmieri (IT), Μυρτώ Παπαδοπούλου (GR), Klaus Pichler (AT), Nina Roeder (DE), Alessia Rollo (IT), Chloe Rosser (UK), Marina Rosso / Fabrica (IT), Irina Rozovsky (US), Robert Schittko (DE), Fabian Schubert (DE), Daniel Szalai (HU), Edouard Taufenbach (FR), Danila Tkachenko (RU), Marinos Tsagarakis (GR), Ana Teresa Vicente (PT), Guanyu Xu (CN), Ksenia Yurkova (RU), Kostis Fokas (GR)

YOUNG GREEK PHOTOGRAPHERS 2019

The exhibition "Young Greek Photographers" attempts to highlight the best photographic production of young artists aged 18-35

With the participation of: Eleni Arletou, Nikos Georgaras, Ilias Georgiadis, Sophia Gaafar, Vagelis Daskalakis, Penelope Thomaides, Antigone Metaxaki, Demosthenis Banavas, Vasilis Ntaopoulos, Vasilis Pantelides, Areta Peristeri, Nikos Pretoras, Katerina Tsakiri, Giorgos Christopoulos

PHOTOBOOK EXHIBITION

In recognition of the increasing importance of the role of the photobook in contemporary visual culture, Athens Photo Festival will present once again an exhibition dedicated to the form of book. The Festival features a selection of over 200+ new photobooks from all over the world, including photobooks independently or commercially published and distributed, handmade, self-published, book dummies, exhibition catalogues, zines and limited edition photography books, etc.

 

Exhibitions of the Festival extend to 10 other venues in Athens.

More information: https://www.photofestival.gr/

Organization / Production: 
Hellenic Center of Photography
Hours: 
Thuesday & Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00, Friday & Saturday:10:00 - 22:00, Monday - Wednseday: closed
Tickets: 
7 € | 5 € (reduced)
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13/06/2019 to 28/07/2019
 
SUMMER CAMP at Technopolis 2019

SUMMER CAMP at Technopolis 2019

Kid

A program specially designed by the Industrial Gas Museum and Artfygio.

As soon as school's out for summer, the most amazing, cool, creative summer learning exprerience for kids starts!
For four weeks, Technopolis City of Athens and the Industrial Gas Museum in cooperation with Artfygio, organise a summer program with lots of games, music, dance, painting, robotics, science, acrobatics and many many more surprises!

18 June, 2019 to 12 July, 2019
Info: 

For kids 6 - 11 years old
Monday to Friday, 08:00 - 16:00

Reservations from 20 Μαΐου 2019, 11.00-17.00
**Early bird: Monday 13 Μαΐου – Tuseday 14 Μαΐου 2019,
11.00-16.00

Cost/week
1st period
18-21 June, 8.00-16.00
Cost: 120 euros
2nd, 3rd or 4th period:
24-28 June, 1-5 July ή 8-12 July, 8.00-16.00
Cost: 125 euros

early bird/week: 95 euros

Hours: 
08.00-16.00
Special remarks: 
Wheelchair accessible
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18/06/2019 to 12/07/2019
 
The same river twice: contemporary art in Athens

The same river twice: contemporary art in Athens

Exhibition

THE SAME RIVER TWICE: CONTEMPORARY ART IN ATHENS
BENAKI MUSEUM, 138 PIREOS ST. 21.6.2019-22.9.2019
Opening: June 20, 2019
Duration: June 21–September 22, 2019

The DESTE Foundation and New Museum, New York, in collaboration with the Benaki Museum, Athens, are pleased to present The Same River Twice, an exhibition of Athens-based artists. The exhibition, opening at the Benaki Museum 138 Pireos St. in June 2019, will focus on the city of Athens and its constantly evolving artistic landscape, which is host to countless artist-run initiatives and exhibition spaces, cross-disciplinary happenings and collaborations, and a dauntless energy that has enticed many non-Greek artists to relocate and call Athens home. Featuring over thirty artists of all ages and nationalities, working across all mediums, the exhibition will offer a portrait of a city with an artistic dynamism that continues to unfold as artists seek new models for creative output and exchange.

21 June, 2019 to 22 September, 2019
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The Same River Twice borrows its title from an aphorism attributed to the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, in which he famously asserted that “one cannot step in the same river twice.” The flow of water offered an apt analogy for the state of constant flux Heraclitus sought to describe, and it applies to the continuous transformations of Athens’ art scene today—and the inherent impossibility of capturing or containing it at any given moment. As a city, Athens is in perpetual transformation, and its artists have long found ways to document its shifting landscapes, whether through visual or material studies of the city’s attributes; meditations on its monuments, relics, and cast-offs; or inquiries into the character of its people and public spaces. Metamorphoses are central to many works in the exhibition: mediums defy stability and trace modulations in form, and artistic practices blur the lines between genres or disciplines. The fluidity evoked by Heraclitus’s metaphor offers a way of thinking of identity at a time when the political struggle of those seeking to define their gender or sexuality is both turbulent and vital within Greece, and worldwide. Throughout the works in the exhibition, change and transfiguration are not only constant but embraced, resonating as fundamental to energy and character that shapes Athens and its many artists.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, designed by An Art Service, featuring an essay by the curators as well as texts by Nadja Argyropoulou, Danai Giannoglou, Delia Gonzalez, and Theophilos Tramboulis. Their contributions aim to establish a resource on Athens’s multifaceted art scene—from underground happenings and activist orientations, to the rise of artist-run spaces, and the critical realm of self-published art zines and journals.

The Same River Twice follows the 2016 exhibition The Equilibrists, which was also organized by the New Museum and DESTE Foundation and was conceived in the spirit of the DESTE Prize, an award given to a promising young Greek artist biannually from 1999 to 2015. The exhibition also embodies one of the aims of the Benaki Museum, a historical museum that aims to bridge the past and the present, and aligns with the New Museum’s commitment to exhibiting emerging artists from around the globe, highlighted by its signature Triennial exhibition, which will be held next in 2021.

This exhibition is curated by Margot Norton and Natalie Bell.
INCLUDES THE WORKS OF: ELENI CHRISTODOULOU, ANASTASIA DOUKA, PAVLOS FYSAKIS, EVA GIANNAKOPOULOU, DELIA GONZALEZ, NAVINE G. KHAN-DOSSOS / GTSA, LAKIS & ARIS IONAS/THE CALLAS, EVI KALOGIROPOULOU, DIONISIS KAVALLIERATOS, KATERINA KOMIANOU, PANAYIOTIS LOUKAS, PETROS MORIS, RALLOU PANAGIOTOU, ANGELOS PAPADIMITRIOU, VASILIS PAPAGEORGIOU, RENA PAPASPYROU, EFTIHIS PATSOURAKIS, ANASTASIA PAVLOU, YORGOS PRINOS, KOSTAS SAHPAZIS, SOCRATIS SOCRATOUS, EVA STEFANI, VALINIA SVORONOU, IRIS TOULIATOU, DIMITRIS TSOUANATOS ,ALEXANDROS TZANNIS ,AMALIA VEKRI, NIKOLAS VENTOURAKIS, VANGELIS VLAHOS, EIRINI VOURLOUMIS, NERITAN ZINXHIRIA

Organization / Production: 
DESTE Foundation, New Museum New York, Benaki Museum
Venue: 
Benaki Museum, 138 Pireos St.
Hours: 
Thu, Sun 10:00–18:00 Fri, Sat 10:00–22:00 Mon, Tue, Wed closed Also closed in August
Tickets: 
Tickets: € 8, € 4
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21/06/2019 to 22/09/2019
 
Summer Nostos Festival

Summer Nostos Festival

Festival

The Summer Nostos Festival (SNFestival) is an international multifaceted arts, sports and education festival. Admission is free for all, and the festival is addressed to visitors of all age groups and interests, aspiring to become a friendly creative platform where people can get together, express themselves and exchange ideas.

Every June, the week-long SNFestival invites us to travel back to our favorite summers, guided by music, dance and melodies, stories and laughter, exercise and play, and live yet another unforgettable beginning of summer!

The SNFestival finds an ideal venue in the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), activating multiple spaces in the SNFCC, both indoors and outdoors, and reaffirming the SNFCC’s mission to offer a dynamic, open public space that is accessible to all. In this way, the SNF returns, once a year, to the “home” it created for all people.

The SNFestival is organized and made possible through the exclusive support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

23 June, 2019 to 30 June, 2019
Info: 

The open events of the 2019 SNFestival will take place from June 23rd to June 30th, at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), with free admission to all. As every year, on June 23rd, on the occasion of World Olympic Day, the evening race SNF RUN: Running into the Future will be held.

As part of the 2019 SNFestival, the 8th SNF Conference will take place from June 24th to June 25th, 2019 at the SNFCC. In addition on June 26th, 2019 the 2nd SNF Agora Institute Workshop will take place, a collaboration between the SNF with the Johns Hopkins University as part of the SNF’s monthly series Dialogues.

Stay tuned at the festival’s website for relevant updates: www.SNFestival.org

Free admission.

Hours: 
TBC
Tickets: 
Free admission.
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23/06/2019 to 30/06/2019
 
Brother

Brother

Dance

Marco da Silva Ferreira
Brother

Why do we dance together? The rising Portuguese choreographer Marco da Silva Ferreira explores the roots of collective dancing, movement as togetherness, from ancient traditions to street dance, seeking those common features which are passed down from one generation to the next and are still present in contemporary dance.

29 June, 2019 to 30 June, 2019
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Brother is a dance about the human as ‘social animal’ feeling the urgency to share things; a performance reviving the very first human community in the heart of a contemporary urban landscape. The union gives birth to rivalry, bonds of brotherhood and pleasure-hunting, combining Krump with African influences. The seven dancers’ movements, akin to a ritual, become an explosion of contagious energy, a constant game of mimicry. They merge into an ensemble through a constantly fragile alchemical process. They are transformed into moving bridges between the present and the remote past. Ferreira, a dance and choreographer with an unorthodox career, was originally active in street dance, became famous when he won his country’s edition of the talent show So you think you can dance and went on to collaborate with big names, such as Hofesh Shechter. Brother (2017) and his previous work, Hu(r)mano (2015), put Ferreira on the map of international dance through their selection by the Aerowaves network.

29 June / Post-performance talk with the choreographer

Artistic direction - Choreography: Marco da Silva Ferreira
Assistant to the artistic director: Mara Andrade
Performers: Anaísa Lopes, André Cabral, Cristina Planas Leitão, Duarte Valadares, Filipe Caldeira, Marco da Silva Ferreira, Max Makowski
Lighting design – Technical direction: Wilma Moutinho
Live music: Rui Lima, Sérgio Martins
Light technician: Cláudia Valente
Sound technician: João Monteiro 
Communication: Bryan Morgado
Executive producer: Joana Costa Santos
Production: Pensamento Avulso, associação de artes performativas
Co-production: São Luiz Teatro Municipal (Portugal), Teatro Municipal do Porto (Portugal), Centre Chorégraphique National de Rillieux-la-Pape / Direction Yuval Pick (France)
Residencies: Centro Cultural Vila Flor, O Espaço do Tempo, Quinta do Rio
Support: República Portuguesa - Cultura I DGArtes – Direção-Geral das Artes and aerowaves – dance across europeu
Marco da Silva Ferreira is an Aerowaves Twenty18 Artist

Duration: 
60'
Hours: 
21:00
Tickets: 
Ticket is required
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29/06/2019 to 30/06/2019
 
Yo-Yo Ma: The 6 Unaccompanied Cello Suites

Yo-Yo Ma: The 6 Unaccompanied Cello Suites

Music

Yo-Yo Ma needs no introduction. Widely considered the greatest cellist in the world, he has received more than 18 Grammy Awards, and accolades including the Polar Music Prize (2012) and the United States National Medal of the Arts (2001). Throughout his career, he has joined partners from around the world and across disciplines — from Carlos Santana and Bobby McFerrin to the global collective of Silkroad musicians – to stretch the boundaries of genre and tradition, exploring how culture connects us.

Last year, Yo-Yo began a new journey, setting out to perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s six suites for solo cello in one sitting in 36 locations around the world, iconic venues that — like the Odeon — encompass our cultural heritage, our current creativity, and the challenges of peace and understanding that will shape our future.

“Bach’s cello suites have been my constant musical companions,” says Yo-Yo. “For almost six decades, they have given me sustenance, comfort, and joy during times of stress, celebration, and loss. What power does this music possess that even today, after three hundred years, it continues to help us navigate through troubled times?”

The Athens Festival audiences will have the chance to answer this question in a single, spellbinding, unforgettable evening.

30 June, 2019
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PROGRAMME

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007

Prélude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Menuet I & II, Gigue

Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008

Prélude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Menuet I & II, Gigue

Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009

Prélude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Bourrée I & II, Gigue

Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010

Prélude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Bourrée I & II, Gigue

Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011

Prélude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gavotte I & II, Gigue

Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012

Prélude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gavotte I & II, Gigue

Venue: 
Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Hours: 
21:00
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30/06/2019