In continuation of the tribute to the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution, which was inaugurated with the exhibition "1821 Before and After", the Benaki Museum presents the exhibition "1821: The Collectors’ Choice" with works from four important private collections: Nikitas Stavrinakis and Evangelia Stavrinaki, Petros Vergos, Apostolos Argyriadis and Stéphan Adler.
The exhibition includes more than 300 objects related to the Revolution of 1821 and the movement of Philhellenism in Europe and America. Their variety is impressive: weapons and archival material from revolutionary Greece, but also everyday life objects (clocks, fans, vases, etc.), works of art (paintings, engravings, etc.) and luxury objects with representations of heroes and scenes of the Struggle from the European and American living rooms of the 19th century.
The visitor is asked to decide, by studying the objects, whether the illustration of the Revolution in the daily life of the West was simply a fashion of the time or something deeper, which expressed the support for the struggle of the Greeks for freedom.