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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
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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
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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
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04/09/2017 to 31/12/2022
 
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
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02/03/2019 to 31/12/2022
 
Pixels

Pixels

Book, Visual Arts

Twelve art publications in print and digital format compose Pixels created by artists from the “To Pikap Community” in Thessaloniki curated by miss dialectic commissioned and supported by the Goethe-Institut Athen

16 February, 2021 to 16 February, 2022
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Departing from the interactive installation “The Disappearing Wall,” organized by the Goethe-Institut and presented in different European cities (including Thessaloniki) in Fall 2020, miss dialectic curates Pixels, an art publication that unfolds both as an online and an offline project. With the aim to unravel the connection between Thessaloniki’s urban imprint and its visual arts community, miss dialectic invited twelve artists from the “To Pikap Community” to open a dialogue with quotes that found their place in “The Disappearing Wall.”

The city, architecture and nature, domesticity, sensuality and affection, everyday rituals and ruptures, were only a few of the themes that emerged. Works in progress, drawings, photographs, and collages form the backbone of a collective publication project devised by twelve graphic designers living in Thessaloniki and orchestrated by Post-Spectacular Office. Pixels, comprising twelve hybrid artists’ books, aims to mark a certain moment in the creative history of Thessaloniki.

Each artist, similarly to a single pixel, allows us to experience a sample of their worlds, adding to a fragmented but authentic image.

Curated by: miss dialectic (Klea Charitou, Eleanna Papathanasiadi, Kelly Tsipni-Kolaza)

Artists: Maria Andrikopoulou, Dimosthenis Bogiatzis, Stelios Chatzivasileiou, Fousti Lamé, Sofia Karasavvidou, Giannis Karavasilis, Maria Kriara, Loopo, Ilektra Maipa, Theofanis Nouskas, Theodora Prassa, Stella Tsoumatidou

Publications’ Graphic Design: Andreas Avakoumidis, Elli Christaki, Stergios Galikas, Evelina Garantzioti, Tasos Gkaintatzis, Vasilis Gkountinas, Olympia Kokkorou, Vasilis Kotsikas, Dimitris Lelakis, Achilleas Polychronidis, Juan Solano, Mariza Tsakona
& Post-Spectacular Office

Discover the Pixels here: pixelsthedisappearingwall.com

Organization / Production: 
miss dialectic, Goethe Institut
Venue: 
online
Hours: 
-
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16/02/2021 to 16/02/2022
 
The Parthenon

The Parthenon

Lecture

The director of the Cultural Center of Thessaloniki’s MIET, Giannis Epamineondas, presents in five parts the history of the construction of the Parthenon and an understandable analysis of its engravings and visual refinements, its sculpture and architecture. A flashback to the adventures of the monument during the 25 centuries of its existence, to the transformations, the explosion, the looting, until the last restoration that already completes more than 40 years (1979-2021).

19 February, 2021
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Speaker: Giannis Epamineondas, architect - director of the Cultural Center of Thessaloniki’s MIET
Production: Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece [MIET], 2019
Direction-editing: Eleni Pneumatikou
Duration: 4 hours

Venue: 
Online Lecture.
Language: 
Greek
Duration: 
4 hours (5 parts)
Hours: 
-
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19/02/2021 to 19/02/2022
 
National Archaeological Museum goes Digital

National Archaeological Museum goes Digital

Έκθεση

Digital exhibitions, 360° exhibition tours, micro-sites, videos and ebooks have been the National Archaeological Museum’s allies in its efforts to keep in touch with its friends and audience.

19 February, 2021 to 28 February, 2022
Venue: 
Online Exhibitions
Language: 
Greek, English
Hours: 
-
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19/02/2021 to 28/02/2022
 
"1821 Before and After" exhibition

"1821 Before and After" exhibition

Exhibition

Under the Patronage of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Ms. Katerina Sakellaropoulou

3 March, 2021 to 7 November, 2021
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The Benaki Museum, in cooperation with the Bank of Greece, the National Bank of Greece and Alpha Bank, presents a major anniversary exhibition to celebrate the bicentenary of the pivotal year in modern Greek history, 1821, the year when the revolution which resulted in the country’s independence was declared. One thousand and two hundred objects will unfold more than 100 years of history (1770-1870) over 2,500 square metres for 8 months. This fascinating process of national emancipation, beginning before the 1770 ‘Orlov Revolt’ and concluding in the 1880s, will be narrated in ‘1821 before and after’. The exhibition, arranged in three parts and featuring some 1,200 exhibits, will unfold more than 100 years of history across 3,500 square metres over 8 months (from March to November 2021). This will be the first exhibition on modern Greek history of such scale and scope internationally. The narrative will deploy exhibits held in the collections of the three banks and the Benaki Museum, itself a rich repository created on bonds of trust with the families of those who held centre-stage in the Greek Revolution. Loans have also been secured from important museums and private collections in Greece, France and the United Kingdom. Paintings, sculpture, personal items belonging to key revolutionaries, historic documents and heirlooms will be arranged into three sections which will bring to life the progress towards a national revolution (Section I: 1770–1821), the events of the War of Independence and its conclusion (Section II: 1821–1831), as well as the creation of the modern Greek state and its development and operation during its first half-century (Section III: 1831–1870). The "1821 Before and After" exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Angelos Delivorrias and Marinos Geroulanos. RELATED VIDEOS Unfolding 100 years of history within an exhibition ‘1821 Before and After’ The live streaming first presentation of the ‘1821 Before and After’ that took part on Thursday, Decenber 17th, 2020.
Venue: 
Benaki Museum / Pireos 138
Language: 
Greek, English
Duration: 
03/03/2021 - 07/11/2021
Hours: 
Thursday - Sunday:10:00 - 18:00, Friday - Saturday:10:00 - 22:00
Tickets: 
€ 15, €12 The purchase of an e-ticket and the selection of a time slot for arrival are necessary to access the exhibition. To do so, please visit "tickets.benaki.org" or call +30 210 34 53 322, everyday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
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Parking
Reservations are accepted
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03/03/2021 to 07/11/2021
 
WalkThrough | An interactive virtual tour of Kotsanas Museum

WalkThrough | An interactive virtual tour of Kotsanas Museum

Virtual Exhibition

The technological inventions of the ancient Greeks unfold interactively in front of you!

Heron, Philon, Archimedes, Ktesibios, Pythagoras and Hipparchos invite you to discover the cutting edge technology of antiquity through their inventions.

From the automatic hydraulic clock of Ktesibios to the Antikythera Calculating Mechanism, we observe that the foundations for many conquests of modern civilization, such as steam and gas propulsion, the computer and robotic constructions, had already been laid by the ancient Greek world. Philon’s automatic servant and magic wine jug, Archimedes’ hydraulic screw and so much more, come to illuminate unknown aspects of everyday life in public and private life.

8 March, 2021 to 8 March, 2022
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A tour of the permanent collection of the Kotsanas Museum “Ancient Greece – the origins of our technologies”!

To start your interactive tour, click here

Venue: 
Online Exhibition
Language: 
English, Greek
Hours: 
-
Tickets: 
€4,00
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08/03/2021 to 08/03/2022
 
“Is There Something in the Air? / Che cos'è che in aria vola?”

“Is There Something in the Air? / Che cos'è che in aria vola?”

Video

PEEMPIP’s participation in the international translation project titled “Is There Something in the Air? / Che cos'è che in aria vola?”, which was launched by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2020 (BCBF) in cooperation with translators and translator associations from all over the world, led to a creative collaboration with audiovisual artists from the fields of music and animation. Upon PEEMPIP’s invitation, young rapper TQR did his magic and created his very own rap song, based on the Greek translation of Roberto Piumini’s poem. Then, the talented graduate students of the Department of Audio & Visual Arts of the Ionian University, Dilena Iliopoulou and Konstantina Gavriilidou picked up the torch, to create an animated video for the song.

8 March, 2021 to 8 March, 2022
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Video Credits:

Vocals: TQR (Arionas Koumenidis) Music: Prod. IHAKSI Animation: Nena (Dilena Iliopoulou, Instagram: @nenaumiko & Facebook: Nena Umiko Art - https://www.facebook.com/Nena-Umiko-A...​) and Kona G. (Konstantina Gavriilidou, Instagram: @pepdoodles) Original title: Che cos’è che in aria vola? by Roberto Piumini Translation: Mariangela Alexaki, Kleopatra Elaiotriviari, Athena Papadatou Subtitles: Maria Polychronopoulou Coordination: Mariangela Alexaki, Kleopatra Elaiotriviari, Virginia Kokkinou, Athena Papadatou, Christina Sklia

Note: Italian subtitles: the original verses of the poem by Roberto Piumini (http://fairtales.bolognachildrensbook...​) English subtitles: the poem translated into English by Leah Janeczko (http://fairtales.bolognachildrensbook...​) Greek subtitles: the poem translated into Greek by Mariangela Alexaki, Kleopatra Elaiotriviari and Athena Papadatou (http://fairtales.bolognachildrensbook...​). Find out more on the Bologna Children’s Book Fair website: http://fairtales.bolognachildrensbook...

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08/03/2021 to 08/03/2022
 
A new series of educational programs. Issue No. [1821]

A new series of educational programs. Issue No. [1821]

Education

On the occasion of the Bicentennial of the Greek Revolution, the National Library of Greece is introducing a new series of educational programs entitled Issue No. 1821. Print media excerpts of that time, rare documents and manuscripts from the special collections of the National Library of Greece will be used creatively in order to highlight and investigate the Greek Revolution of 1821.

The Issue No. 1821 educational programs, developed for the Greek Libraries Network, will take place between March 2021 and December 2021. Children across Greece are invited to participate in their local Library workshops which were inspired by the archival material of the National Library of Greece.

Freedom is a timeless value. Knowledge of history is essential to achieve and maintain freedom. Let this anniversary be the opportunity, for both children and adults, to search for historical sources, study more thoroughly and gain a deeper understanding of our national identity.

The educational programs are coordinated via the official website of the Greek Libraries Network https://network.nlg.gr/

24 March, 2021 to 31 December, 2021
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A new series of educational programs

Issue No.
[1821]

Language: 
Greek
Hours: 
-
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24/03/2021 to 31/12/2021
 
# RevoltingBodies

# RevoltingBodies

Visual Arts

For the 2021 programme of #OccupyAtopos and with reference to the 200 year anniversary of the Greek revolution, ATOPOS cvc invites artist, historian, and researcher Alexis Fidetzis to curate the hybrid, ever-evolving project #Revolting Bodies, where his own personal artistic practice will interact with that of invited contributors and collaborators.
The project #RevoltingBodies aims to integrate the Greek Revolution into a broader dialogue about the revolutionary phenomenon that to an extent defined modernity, avoiding the glorious, grand narratives and immersing into the stories of the bodies upon which both the revolutionary action and the mythologies around it are imposed. Bodies defined by gender or race, factual or mythical, tender and brutal, glorified and beheaded. Through these bodies the project will see the revolution as something more than an archetypical battle between good and evil. It will investigate the means of turning the individual into a hero and also the revolutionary narrative into a structural element of the national imagination.
#RevoltingBodies will take over the entire physical and virtual space of ATOPOS, transforming its neoclassical building in downtown Athens into its ''Revolutionary headquarters''. A series of installations, actions, workshops and publications will be presented through the participation of theorists and visual artists from Greece and abroad. The project will conclude with a group exhibition that will take place from October to December 2021.

* for the duration of this program, the physical space of ATOPOS at Salaminos Street 72, Metaxourgeio, will be operating in accordance with the government’s precautionary measures against COVID-19.

23 April, 2021 to 20 December, 2021
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#OccupyAtopos Is the artist residency programme of ATOPOS cvc. The main focus of the program is on interdisciplinary research and the study of contemporary visual culture of the human body. It will emphasize the embodied experience and the narrated character of the gendered and racialized body, personal and collective trauma, memory, systems of embodied cognition, as well as the relationship between the body, social justice, and ecology. Its mission is to observe and support the creative process of emerging artists, designers, curators, and thinkers.
The word ‘atopos’, from the ancient Greek word ''ἄτοπος'', means out of space and out of the way and refers to that which is strange, unwonted, eccentric and disgusting, but also to the foul and the unclassifiable.
Those who have participated to date have been, amongst others, The Callas, Craig Green, Ren Hang, Bouchra Khalili, Nevin Aladag, Daniel Knorr, Imbrahim Mahama, FYTA, Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou, Aimee Le, Tomashi Jackson.

Organization / Production: 
ATOPOS CVC
Duration: 
2021
Hours: 
12:00 - 19:00
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23/04/2021 to 20/12/2021
 
EUREKA: Science, Art & Technology of the Ancient Greeks

EUREKA: Science, Art & Technology of the Ancient Greeks

Exhibition

The exhibition includes emblematic achievements of ancient greek technology and technique. From the great and impressive works of the Mycenaeans, to the Byzantine astrolabe, the visitor travels through more than 28 centuries of history, knowledge, culture, human skills, all over the world of the geographical spread of Hellenism.
The thematic sections presented in both buildings of the Herakleidon Museum are as follows:
BUILDING AND GREAT WORKS, ANCIENT GREEK INSCRIPTIONS WITH TECHNOLOGICAL CONTENT, THE ANTIKYTHERA MECHANISM, ASTRONOMY, TIME AND DISTANCE MEASUREMENT, AUTOMAΤΑ, MECHANICS, TECHNOLOGY IN ARTS AND SPORTS, TRIREME, GREAT WEAPONS, WAR MACHINES, TELECOMMUNICATIONS.

14 May, 2021 to 31 August, 2022
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The collaboration between ΕΔΑΒυΤ and Herakleidon Museum has resulted in the present exhibition thematic sections dedicated to emblematic achievements of ancient greek technology and technique.

Organization / Production: 
Herakleidon Museum & ΕΔΑΒυΤ
Hours: 
Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 - 18:00 (last admission at 17:15)
Tickets: 
5 € normal ticket (for both buildings), 3 € reduced ticket (for both buildings)
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Credit cards are accepted
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14/05/2021 to 31/08/2022
 
#RevoltingBodies // Schrödinger's Revolution

#RevoltingBodies // Schrödinger's Revolution

Visual Arts

The Virtual Team Event - Exhibition titled Schrödinger's Revolution emerged as a creative response to the paradox of the National Gallery's vernissage of March 24, 2021. On that day, the largest gallery in the country was transformed into a cinematic studio to host an exhibition that was only visible through television sets, for an audience comprised of the citizens to whom the actual exhibition was addressed. Unlike other large institutions that transformed their program in the context of the pandemic and formulated creative curatorial approaches using the possibilities offered by the internet, the National Gallery seemed satisfied to open a large exhibition concerning the bicentennial celebrations of the Greek revolutionary war to be only perceived by the general public as a background of political reportage. The only access to the exhibition allowed was as a backdrop to the news footage that depicted the heir to the British throne and other officials enjoying the flowers of Greek patriotic iconography. The whole condition becomes even more interesting and potentially ironic if we consider that this exhibition consisting of a set of historical signifiers of the revolutionary fantasy, ended up itself being opened to the public in the form of a media simulation.
This strange relationship between representation, reality and a museum's institutional role in society was a source of inspiration for this presentation on the occasion of the International Museum Day 2021 with the theme ‘The Future of the Museums: Recover and Reimagine’.
In the context of the #RevoltingBodies project, the artist and historian Alexis Fidetzis, who has been invited by the artistic director of ATOPOS cvc, Vassilis Zidianakis to be the resident artist of the annual residency programme #OccupyAtopos2021, which, this year is dedicated to the celebrations of the 200 years of the Greek revolution, invites in turn seven artists to create original works that negotiate the condition of an exhibition that simultaneously does and does not exist. The projects presented through the digital platform revoltingbodies.gr have been converted to Non-fungible token (NFT), a new digital tool that converts works into a token equivalent to cryptocurrencies and plays with the role of a museum institution as an organization that applies artistic and economic value on its exhibits. Schrödinger's Revolution is an integral part of the exhibitions and discussions that will be conducted as part of the cross-sectional project #RevoltingBodies and are intended to problematize the concept of revolution and diagnose the ways in which revolutionary fantasy is imposed on human bodies.

Curation: Alexis Fidetzis

Participant Artists: Eva Giannakopoulou, Michalis Zacharias, Alexandros Kaklamanos, Eleftheria Kotzaki, Konstantinos Lianos, Panos Sklavenitis, Alexis Fidetzis, Sotiris Fokeas

18 May, 2021 to 31 December, 2021
Info: 

The project will be presented through the online/digital platform www.revoltingbodies.gr.

Schrödinger's Revolution has been exclusively created for the International Museum Day 2021 with the theme ‘The Future of the Museums: Recover and Reimagine’.

Organization / Production: 
ATOPOS Contemporary Visual Culture
Hours: 
www.revoltingbodies.gr
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18/05/2021 to 31/12/2021
 
PORTALS

PORTALS

Exhibition

On 11 June, the emblematic building of the former Public Tobacco Factory opens its doors for the first time, introducing a new contemporary cultural centre in Athens, open to all. This project is the result of a collaboration between the Hellenic Parliament and NEON to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Greek War of Independence.

The new 6,500m2 cultural space, renovated with funding from NEON, will be inaugurated by an international group exhibition, Portals, featuring 59 artists from 27 countries including 15 new site-specific installations commissioned by NEON. Among them, 18 Greek artists are exhibiting new works or works whose framework of creation and presentation have been renewed to make them site-relevant.

With this year’s commemoration of the Greek War of Independence and continuing to live through the pandemic, “Portals” aspires to give rise to new messages, ideas, and reflections regarding contemporary artistic creation, through the prism of a newly-formed reality composed of change and disruption.

The exhibition takes place in all renovated areas of the building: the atrium, corridors, halls and mezzanines, bathrooms, the former Customs Office, the surrounding area, on the roof / façade of the building and on Kolonos Hill.

The inspiration for the exhibition originates from an article by author Arundhati Roy on the Financial Times on April 2020 which states that “the pandemic is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.” Considering that the rift created by the pandemic on an individual and collective level opens a portal, it is up to us to deal with our transition through it. “We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world.”

The exhibition represents a pluralism of ideas and touches upon issues related to collectivity, cultural understanding of history and politics, public space, and our common past, present and future.

Alongside the physical exhibition, we have also created an online ‘portal.’ The free mobile NEON app enables visitors to virtually browse the exhibition, see and learn about the works and artists, as well as receive notifications on the exhibition’s parallel events.

ΝΕΟΝ app is available for iOS and Android.

Participating Artists

Nikos Alexiou, El Anatsui, Dimitrios Antonitsis, Kutluğ Ataman, Kostas Bassanos, Vlassis Caniaris, Joana Choumali, Anastasia Douka, Eirene Efstathiou, Brendan Fernandes, Apostolos Georgiou, Jeffrey Gibson, Robert Gober, Vangelis Gokas, Sonia Gomes, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Shilpa Gupta, Elif Kamisli, Kapwani Kiwanga, Panos Kokkinias, Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Jannis Kounellis, Louise Lawler, Glenn Ligon, Liliane Lijn, Maria Loizidou, Tala Madani, Teresa Margolles, Steve McQueen, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Marisa Merz, Ad Minoliti, Alex Mylona, Nikos Navridis, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Duro Olowu, Maria Papadimitriou, Dimitris Papaioannou, Cornelia Parker, Adam Pendleton, Solange Pessoa, Francis Picabia, Gala Porras-Kim, Michael Rakowitz, Ed Ruscha, Dana Schutz, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Elias Sime, Christiana Soulou, Do Ho Suh, Anna Tsouhlarakis, Alexandros Tzannis, Adriana Varejão, Erika Verzutti, Adrián Villar Rojas , Danh Võ, Daphne Wright, Myrto Xanthopoulou, Billie Zangewa.

The new commissions are by artists: Anastasia Douka, Brendan Fernandes, Elif Kamisli, Panos Kokkinias, Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Glenn Ligon, Maria Loizidou, Teresa Margolles, Ad Minoliti, Duro Olowu, Gala Porras-Kim, Michael Rakowitz, Alexandros Tzannis, Adrián Villar Rojas and Danh Võ.

11 June, 2021 to 31 December, 2021
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A collaboration between the Hellenic Parliament and ΝΕΟΝ

Curated by Elina Kountouri, Director, ΝΕΟΝ and Madeleine Grynsztejn, Pritzker Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Organised by NEON

Please note that in accordance with public health guidelines, entry to the exhibition is only by timed ticket, booked in advance via neon.artsvp.co

Organization / Production: 
Venue: 
former Public Tobacco Factory - Hellenic Parliament Library and Printing House
Hours: 
Monday & Tuesday: Closed Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 12-8 pm Thursday: 12-9 pm Sunday: 11 am-2pm & 5-9 pm
Tickets: 
Free Entrance
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11/06/2021 to 31/12/2021
 
Takis: Cosmos in Motion | 46 sculptures at the SNFCC’s public spaces

Takis: Cosmos in Motion | 46 sculptures at the SNFCC’s public spaces

Exhibition

From June 23 until November 07, 2021 the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), in collaboration with the Takis Foundation – Research Center for the Art and the Sciences, presents a major exhibition of iconic sculptures by the internationally acclaimed visual artist Takis (Panayiotis Vassilakis, 1925-2019).

The exhibition entitled Τakis: Cosmos In Motion, realized thanks to a grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), will feature 46 representative works by the leading Greek artist at the SNFCC’s public spaces, and will serve as an introduction to his work for the new generation, as well as providing those already familiar with it a fresh perspective on its importance.

23 June, 2021 to 7 November, 2021
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Among the artworks featured in the exhibition are Takis’ emblematic Aeolians, Light Signals and Signal-Archimedes’ Screw, and Fireworks, as well representative works from Musicals, Magnetic Wall / The 4th Dimension, Spirals, Electrical Barrels, Flowers and Spheres series.

Collectively and individually, Takis’ works comprise a “world in motion”, a world which visitors can explore and connect to, in an exhibition centered around the artist’s exploration of the laws of nature, the cosmic forces of the universe, in his attempt to give invisible forces a physical dimension. Takis’ work is an amalgam that draws from a wide range of concepts and experiences – from intensive scientific research all the way to ancient philosophy and spirituality – and forges a unique vision that continues to evolve to this very day, through our interaction with his artworks.

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23/06/2021 to 07/11/2021
 
Leda Kontogiannopoulou: The House of Memory

Leda Kontogiannopoulou: The House of Memory

Exhibition

Under the Patronage of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Ms. Katerina Sakellaropoulou

The 20th of September marks 50 years (1971-2021) from the death of our great poet, George Seferis. The Benaki Museum pays tribute to the Poet through a series of events centred around Leda Kontogiannopoulou’s exhibition entitled The House of Memory, at the Benaki Museum Ghika Gallery, which also houses Seferis’ 1963 Nobel Prize.

22 September, 2021 to 8 January, 2022
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The House of Memory exhibition represents the completion of a five-year cycle of Lida Kontogiannopoulou’s work. From late 2015 until early 2021, Leda Kontogiannopoulou visited and painted the houses of three eminent personalities of 20th century art: Panayiotis Tetsis, Natalia Mela and George Seferis. The former two she had known personally and spent time with them, but the true star of the exhibition is Seferis’ house, the now legendary “20 Agras Street”.

Kontogiannoupoulou’s paintings of the interiors of these houses are not mere depictions but, in the words of Dimitris Pikionis on Nikos Engonopoulos and his paintings of the facades of Greek Houses, “psychographic representations of houses” with a “penetrating and poetic rendition of the subject”.

The painter draws her references from the disquiet interiors of Edward Hopper, and the peaceful still lifes of Giorgio Morandi.

Venue: 
Benaki Museum / The Ghika Gallery
Language: 
Greek, English
Duration: 
22/09/2021 - 08/01/2022
Hours: 
Monday - Friday, 10:00 - 18:00
Tickets: 
€ 5 Tickets can be bought in advance at tickets.benaki.org or by attending the Museum on the day of the visit.
Special remarks: 
Reservations are accepted
Credit cards are accepted
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19/09/2021 to 08/01/2022
 
EFA 175

EFA 175

Exhibition

The exhibition EFA 175, based mainly on the archives of the School but also on the archives of collaborating bodies (Musée L, Louvain-la-Neuve, Documentation Department of the University of Lorraine and Central Film Club of Public Education), gives a nostalgic flashback to the beginnings of the School. The exhibition suggests a trip to the gardens of the French School, in order to reveal the daily life of these "Athenians" who had been here before today's researchers.

22 September, 2021 to 26 November, 2021
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The exhibition "EFA 175" is organized by the French School of Athens, in collaboration with Musée L, the University Museum of Louvain in Belgium, the Documentation Directorate of the University of Lorraine and the Central Film Club of Public Education.

Exhibition curator: Véronique Chankowski
Coordination: Marie Stahl, Nolwenn Grémillet
Iconographic research: Kalliopi Christofi, Elpida Xairi
Photo and video editing: Irini Miari
Graphic design: Anastasia Galati
Translation: Marianna Louka
Editing of Greek texts: Evangelia Trouki

Hours: 
Monday to Friday, 12:00 - 17:00
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22/09/2021 to 26/11/2021
 
Ceramics from Korea

Ceramics from Korea

Exhibition

The exhibition is part of the celebrations for 60 years of diplomatic relations between Korea and China (1961-2021).

23 September, 2021 to 7 November, 2021
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The Benaki Museum Korean art collection includes just eleven ceramics made between the 11th and 18th centuries. Decoding their motifs allows us to approach some of the beliefs and preoccupations of Koreans; gazing at their forms discloses the particular aesthetic of their artists; and studying their manufacture familiarises us with the unique techniques developed by their craftspeople. A video of living potters recreating ancient techniques is accompanied by contemporary examples loaned by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.

The exhibition presents for the first time in thirty years the eleven Benaki Museum ceramics, donated in 1936 by George Eumorfopoulos. This Greek-origin British businessman was one of the seminal Asian art collectors of his time and is better known for donating to the Benaki Museum part of his Chinese art collection, which was showcased in the ‘Ceramics from China’ exhibition in 2016. The current exhibition brings back to use a display case made in London and also donated by Eumorfopoulos, trying to perceive the objects not only in the context of the Goryeo and Joseon dynasties, when they were manufactured, but also in the context of Interwar Europe, when Korean art gained popularity in the West.

Venue: 
Benaki Museum / Pireos 138
Language: 
Greek, English
Duration: 
23/09 - 07/11/2021
Hours: 
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 10:00-18:00 Friday, Saturday: 10:00-22:00
Tickets: 
Admission free
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23/09/2021 to 07/11/2021
 
ΚΑLLOS. The Ultimate Beauty

ΚΑLLOS. The Ultimate Beauty

Exhibition

Kallos is an ideal developed in ancient Greek thinking and was expressed through the verses of the epic (8th century BC) and lyric (7th – 6th century BC) poets, initially as outward beauty. From the sixth century BC onwards, the concept was crystallized gradually through the texts of the philosophers, who referred to Kallos as a combination of physical appearance and virtues of the soul. It is on this dimension of Kallos that the exhibition of the Museum of Cycladic Art concentrates, enhancing the contribution of ancient Greece to defining the notion of beauty that prevails to this day.

In this exhibition, Kallos is conveyed through a vast wealth and variety of antiquities, such as statues, vases, sherds (broken ceramics), mirrors, jewellery, perfume vases, accessories of the toilette and beautification (cosmetic unguents, pigments, and so on), objects of clay, stone metal and terracottas of various periods, mainly Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic figurines, tools for styling the hair, such as iron scissors, little combs, and so on.

The geographical provenance of the objects was selected on the basis of specific criteria: the exhibits come from all over mainland and island Greece, so as to emphasize the participation of most of the cities of Greek Antiquity and the diffusion of the concept of Kallos to all sectors of society. The exhibition also hosts a corresponding number of antiquities from Magna Graecia, enabling the visitor to comprehend the phenomenon of the dispersion of the notion of Kallos also to the Greek colonies in the West.

The exhibition also includes artifacts from the Vatican Museum, the Archaeological Museums of Florence, Naples, Rome, Bologna, Venice, Syracuse, Catania and the National Archaeological Park of Ostia. From the initial selection of six hundred pieces, three hundred were chosen, as the museological study demanded those that best strengthened each section, in order to make them most intelligible to the public.

29 September, 2021 to 16 January, 2022
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EXHIBITION'S UNITS

Archaic and Classical beauty
Kallos, as a concept that overarches physical beauty and virtues of the soul, begins to take shape in ancient Greek philosophical thinking during the Archaic period (6th century BC) and subsequently during Classical (5th – 4th century BC) and Hellenistic times (3rd – 2nd century BC). Conveyed through a series of works of superb art, mainly sculptures, of the Archaic and Classical periods is the representation of the human figure but also its ethos. Outstanding among the exhibits is the Acropolis Kore with the sobriquet ‘Chiotissa’ (Chian Maiden), as well as the protome of a female figure from a funerary monument in Rhodes.

Heroic beauty
This unit showcases the spirit of self-sacrifice for the common good, acts of heroism in wartime and peacetime, sometimes in combination also with physical beauty. The heroes are on a higher plane than common mortals and frequently become demi-gods. A prominent position is accorded to the par excellence hero of ancient Greek mythology, Herakles, while other renowned heroes follow, such as Achilles, Meleager, but also Atalante the famed and very beautiful huntress. The Amazons, female warriors, are present too, alongside statuettes and representations of hoplites.

Divine beauty
Beauty comes always from the gods, who possess it in the ultimate degree. Even the most beautiful humans are considered as equal in beauty to the gods and never surpass them. Moreover, each deity has his/her own distinctive trait, in Greek mythology with which he/she is attributed to ancient Greek artworks: Zeus with majesty, Hera with sobriety, Aphrodite with beauty of face and body, Athena with solemnity and wisdom, Aris with vigour, Poseidon with the power of Nature, Apollo with comeliness and calm, Artemis with severity.. A unique series of sculptural works is included in this unit, among them statues. Notable are the heads of the statues of Dionysos and Apollo-Helios from Thasos and Rhodes, respectively.

Mortal beauty
In ancient Greek thinking, beauty of humans exists in every age and thanks to this many mortals became immortal. Mythical, but also actual figures of antiquity, famed for their physical beauty, such as Adonis, Fair Helen (of Troy) on the one hand and Alexander the Great on the other, together with anonymous mortals of everyday life, make up this unit.

“Kaloi” and “kales” in Antiquity
Praise of the physical beauty of ordinary young persons, male and female, in ancient Greece, by their contemporaries and peers is evidenced by inscriptions incised (graffiti) on vases or painted on stone architectural members, and so on. Presented in this unit is a large corpus of inscriptions praising the beauty of young athletes and warriors, courtesans (hetaires) as well as ladies of the house.

Athletic beauty
Displayed here are works in which physical and mental strength and vigour are uppermost, making man capable of coping with the difficulties and the demands of athletic contests, in combination with noble competition (“fair play”) and his admirable achievements on the running track. Heads of athletes crowned with victory wreaths, together with gymnasium scenes and accoutrements of athletes are featured. Exceptional among the exhibits is an Archaic base of a Kouros statue with superbly carved representations of activities in the gymnasium. Noteworthy too is a rare bronze statuette of a female athlete from Dodone.

Abductions of beauty and erotic encounters
The attraction of the beauty of lovely mortals leads gods and heroes to pursue them, to abduct them and to lie with them or to possess them forever. Abundant are the references in myths to such cases: Zeus and Ganymede, Theseus and Antiope, and so on.

Hours: 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00-17:00, Thursday: 10:00-20:00, Sunday: 11:00-17:00, Tuesday: Closed
Tickets: 
General admission: € 15
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29/09/2021 to 16/01/2022