A first-generation Greek-American, Thomas Chimes is a painter with his own special character and style and is seen as one of the outstanding exponents of his generation in Philadelphia, USA. Accordingly, in 2007 the prominent Philadelphia Museum of Art honored him with a major retrospective implemented with the contribution of the J. F Costopoulos Foundation.
This is the first time that the oeuvre of Yannis Tsarouchis is approached and presented through studies and variations, unpublished photographs and original archival material, which the public rarely has an opportunity to observe and which belong to the valuable collections of the Yannis Tsarouchis Foundation.
The work of Athina Ioannou is related specifically to selected spaces which guide her. For each of her works she follows a certain process during which she researches and observes the given space. At the Museum of Islamic Art, an annex to the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece the artist has decided to work in the basement area of the building where a section of the ancient walls of the city of Athens exists from the 4th century B.C.
The exhibition From Picasso to Koons. Artist's Jewellery at Benaki Museum inAthens, Greece presents a selection of jewellery designed by some of the greatest artists of the second half of the 20th century and the start of the 21st.
Beetroot Design Group is the design agency and think-tank from Thessaloniki, who won one of the highest distinctions in communication design in the world (red dot Agency of the Year).
"The Greek Monsters" exhibition was created to celebrate Beetroot's "consistently brilliant level" in design that won its prestigious distinction: the red-dot Communication Design Award as the Agency of the Year 2011.
"Sean Sully: Doric Order" will be Irish/American artist Sean Scully's first exhibition in Greece. The focus of the show will be six monumental Doric paintings that the artist has been making since 2009. Immense in scale and ambition the paintings have as their genesis the Doric principle which originated in ancient Greece.
The extensive exhibition For my strength is made perfect in weakness, which is held until 13 May 2012 at Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece, is a tribute to the painted oeuvre of Tassos Mantzavinos (b. 1958), and includes approximately 120 works by the artist (oils, drawings and constructs).
Having carried out four years of research, the director and curator, Maria Iliou, and the historical consultant, Alexander Kitroeff present their work on Smyrna via previously unseen visual materials from archives from the US and Europe at Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece.
TheBenaki Museum in Athens presents on September 21, 2011 the first solo exhibition in Greece by world-renowned British artist Damien Hirst, titled "New Religion". The exhibition has moved to Athens after an initial stop at Thessaloniki, where it was shown at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art.
This retrospective exhibition at Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece looks at one of the most important representatives of the artists, who collectively are referred to as the Thirties Generation; who contributed to a renaissance of Greek art in the Interwar years, combining the teachings of the European avant-garde with references to Greek tradition.
The exhibition which will take place at Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece focuses on Manolis Charos's take on Aesop's Fables - contemporary paintings and engravings by the artist with themes from Aesop's Fables, which also contain references to the manner in which those fables were transformed into images over the past 2500 years.
The exhibition "Photographs by James Robertson: Athens and Grecian Antiquities 1853-1854", which is held at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece constitutes a unique archive of visual evidence to the condition of the monuments in Athens in the period following the Greek War of Independence. It also constitutes an exceptional group of rare exemplars exhibiting the techniques and aesthetics of photographic art at this time.
A group exhibition of four photographers, who are members of the Photography Circle, attempting to point out the nature and boundaries of the form of photography cultivated by the Circle and supported by the photographers who are members of this society will take place at Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece.
The exhibition at Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece is a world first, examining the expansion of the pop phenomenon of paradoxical, imaginary and monster-formed Characters in fashion and dress. Rising as well as broadly known and established designers and artists re-define the relationship between body and clothing, as well as the borders of our consciousness in What is a Monster?
As part of the programme Our Shared Europe the exhibition Evliya Çelebi: The Book of Travels at Benaki Museum, in Athens, Greece aims to foster dialogue for mutual respect and understanding with the Islamic communities of Europe.
Evliya Çelebi, a 17th century traveller, is the hero of this exhibition.
The permanent collection of historical heirlooms at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece recreates the history of modern Greece from the end of the 18th century onwards. Many of the objects in the collection are family heirlooms donated by the descendants and relatives of individuals who are intimately connected with the history of modern Greece.
The exhibition at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece presents the work of a renowned 15th-century painter, Angelos Akotantos, who lived in Venetian-held Crete. The artist was a prominent member of society during his life and a significant number of icons bearing the signature The Hand of Angelos has been preserved, along with his hand-written will, which brings into focus his personality. The exhibition will last from 17 November to 16 January.
The exhibition at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece attempts to create a discourse between recorded history and that which remains unwritten, between the official story and the traces of small everyday stories through time; traces that become documents for the scholars of the future or that provide a starting point for the creativity of artists in the present day.
A showing of works by Georgia Gremouti will introduce the series of exhibitions entitled "Material Quests", which will be staged by and at the Benaki Museum Shop in Athens, Greece. The exhibition will run from 27 October to 28 November. The group of works presented by the artist, eloquently entitled "False ID", uses everyday materials which she then transforms.
From the time it opened, the Benaki Museum Shop in Athens, Greece has been linked to the presence of a large number of distinguished representatives of the applied arts and crafts in Greece, offering them a hospitable and constantly renewed home. In order to highlight these creations, the Shop environs will initiate a series of small exhibitions by Greek and foreign artists (innovators in the field of applied arts), entitled "Material Quests".
The Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece, presents a retrospective exhibition by Makis Theofylaktopoulos titled "Matter Vicissitudes: Painting 1960-2010" featuring pieces from the entirety of his artistic progress, from 1965 to the present day, for the very first time. The exhibition at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece, will be on through 5 December at the museum's Pireos Street Annexe.
The exhibition with works by Theophilos at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece contains a group of 20 paintings from the art collection of the Emporiki Bank of Greece. It offers the public an opportunity to see up-close a representative sample of the oeuvre of this painter from Mytilene, which records in his characteristic manner his involvement with painting. The exhibition at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece will run from 15 September to 31 October.
Locus Solus is a performance-based installation project based on Raymond Roussel's novel Locus Solus (Solitary or Unique Place, 1914), in which a scientist fits out his luxurious laboratories in a villa near Paris, each room demonstrating one of the ingenious inventions of his encyclopaedic mind. Locus Solus represents the spaces and exhibits of a museum of inventions/cabinet of curiosities. The performance-based installation project Locus Solus at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece, will be on from 23 September to 10 October.
The 50-year output of a respected Greek artist, researcher, designer and teacher of typography, showing the path he took through his work, will be presented at theBenaki Museum inAthens, Greece, from 24 September to 24 October. Takis Katsoulidis, in a snapshot of his career, reveals the maze of Greek typography design through practical examples of original designs
The 6th Biennale of Young Greek Architects at the Benaki Museum in Athens is being organised by the Hellenic Institute of Architecture, within the framework of its activities to support the development of contemporary Greek architecture. The purpose of the events of the Biennale of Young Greek Architects is to gather together a representative sample of contemporary architectural output by young architects up to 45 years of age, to promote new creative viewpoints and to exchange views about the development of an architectural discourse and an architectural oeuvre in Greece today.
A premiere screening at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece, of the film Viaje a la Luna (Trip to the Moon) (1998, 19'), based on the sole film script written by Federico Garcia Lorca, will be screened on 24 September. The director, Frederic Amat, distinguished Catalan painter, engraver and set designer, will be present at the event.
This exhibition is a tribute to the oeuvre of Zizi Makri, a major figure in engraving, mosaics and tapestry. The exhibition at the Benaki Museum will show pieces inspired by the artist's travels in China in 1956. The exhibition will run from 14 June to 29 August at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece.
The Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece presents an exhibition titled "Istanbul" by photographer Ara Güler from 12 May to 25 July. Güler, who is particularly well-loved by the Greeks, is considered to be the most popular photographer of Istanbul. The style and atmosphere of his photographs alludes to the work of Greek photographer Kostas Balafas. His humanist gaze has recorded everyday events, focusing on simple people and using the city of Istanbul as his backdrop.
The exhibition offers a selection from the oeuvre of architect Ioannis Vikelas from the start of his professional career in 1960 to the present day. The exhibition will include architectural drawings covering a very broad spectrum of content. Certain of these projects were designed by him individually, while others were carried out in collaboration with other architects. The exhibition will be presented at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece, from 9 June to 25 July 2010.
The largest Droog exhibition worldwide since 2007 presents Droog, expanding on and discussing concepts such as recycling, re-using, re-creating, clarity of thought, memory and nostalgia, within the framework of a contemporary urban apartment. The purpose is to further draw the attention of the general public in Athens, Greece and provide information about contemporary design with environmental concerns, worldwide. It will be presented at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece, from 4 June to 25 July 2010.
This exhibition is a first attempt by LIFO to map the lively and unclassifiable world of Greek illustrators. Many have already had illustrations published in LIFO, others became known due to their presence on the walls of the city, through advertising and magazines. The exhibition will take place at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece from 30 June to 25 July. Participants: b., Yiannis Kouroudis, Lina Theodorou, Marios Perakis, this is amateur, Η.Ο.P.E., SOX, Ark, Fuckin Quits, Bestbefore, Ιndyvisuals, The Erasers.
The creator of the classically rooted hip Absolute Ensemble, Kristjan Järvi, describes his group as musical omnivores and never hesitates to invite exceptional musicians of all backgrounds among them, the pianist Simone Dinnerstein and jazz great Joe Zawinul, into the fold, to collaborate and improvise together. The Absolute Ensemble with Kristjan Järvi will perform Absolute Bach Re-invented at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece, on 13 July as part of the Athens Festival.
Architects Yiorgos and Eleni Maneta established a joint architectural firm and have worked together for more than 35 years. This monograph exhibition at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece is a tribute to their work and will lay out the nature of their practice through 28 select projects, utilising 105 photographs of various sizes, sketches, perspective drawings and nine models. The exhibition will be on from 26 May to 20 June.
The exhibition at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece from 24 March to 23 May is based on the costume collection of the "Vassilios Papantoniou" Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation. It is comprised of a wide range of museum-grade clothing from the 18th to the 21st century, including masterpieces by designers/couturiers known the world over, such as , Christian Dior, Jean-Paul Gaultier and others, as well as internationally renowned Greek designers, such as Jean Dessès, Sophia Kokosalaki and others.
The exhibition at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece will showcase approximately 100 hats, head bands, fezzes, straw hats, children's caps, wedding wreaths, diadems, brooches and other head coverings and decorations, basic accoutrements of traditional clothing that bear witness to ethnic features and reveal the history, beliefs, customs and aesthetic preferences of the people who wear them. The exhibition will run from 14 April to 9 May at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece.
This exhibition at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece presents a number of representative works from the period 1978-2008, focusing on the way in which architecture encompasses and interprets political changes brought about the Spanish Constitution of 1978. Visitors will find themselves at the point where architecture of politics and society converge and will be taken on a chronological tour of buildings and infrastructure. The exhibition at the Benaki Museum will be on from 14 April to 9 May.
The exhibition at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece presents the oeuvre of artist Aspa Stassinopoulou, who, since 1972, and following a brief period when she pursued abstract art, has broadened her artistic endeavours with site-specific works, objects and art interventions, using photography and mixed media. The exhibition presents 30 works which the artist created from the 1970s to the present day and it will run from 16 April to 15 May 2010 at the Benaki Museum.
Ansel Adams (1902-1984) was one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, best-known for his black-and-white photographs of the landscapes and national parks of the United States. His exceptionally sharp and impeccably high-quality images record the magnificent beauty of the American wilderness. An exhibition with Ansel Adams' works will be presented at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece from 5 March to 30 April.
This exhibition presents the winning study, the five finalist proposals, along with the rest of the submissions in a competition to designing and develop a student housing complex in the Keramikos-Metaxourgio district. At the same time, material related to the area and to student housing will also be presented, along with the results of popular voting. The show is being presented at the Benaki Museum from 26 March to 4 April in Athens, Greece.
Photographer Alexandros Lambrovassilis and journalist Achilleas Peklaris, both living in New York, come face to face with 150 different faces - all citizens of New York. Peklaris interviews them in a friendly fashion, while Lambrovassilis takes an environmental portrait, allowing the participants to select the location and placing them in what they consider to be their natural environment. Don't miss this interesting exhibition at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece from 24 March to 18 April.
A major exhibition focusing on this important Greek artist, Yannis Tsarouchis, is being staged to celebrate the centenary of the artist's birth at the Benaki Museum. This is the first retrospective of Yannis Tsarouchis' works in Athens, and its goal is to showcase representative works from all periods of the artist's output. The exhibition at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece will run from 19 December until 14 March.
A retrospective of the work of Yiorgos Lambrou, highlighting 40 years of creative progress in sculpture by this artist from Skyros, will be held in the atrium of the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece from 26 February to 28 March.
An exhibition at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece will present books written by Greek and foreign travellers who toured Greece during the first half of the 20th century (1900-1950) and recorded images of towns, villages, monuments and everyday life in Greece. The books are illustrated either with sketches or photographs, the new and realist medium of that era, and feature images that are lost or are slowly being forgotten. The exhibition will run from 5 to 21 February.
An exhibition at the Benaki Museum of images, objects and sounds that bring to life the climate and memories from that captivating yet difficult decade in Greece. The exhibition material is organised along two main lines: life in society and the musical panorama of the era. Don't miss this remarkable exhibition about the Sixties at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece from 17 December until 10 January.
A new exhibition at the Benaki Museum presents the 50 most significant buildings built in Norway in the five years from 2000-2005; it is the seventh such exhibition since 1978, when the Norwegian Museum of Architecture (which is now part of the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design) organised the exhibition "10 years of Norwegian Architecture" for the first time. The show will be on at the Benaki Museum at the Pireos Street Annexe from 16 December to 10 January.
The Benaki Museum is presenting an exhibition dedicated to the squares of Europe, to run from Nov. 6 to Dec. 6. As the square is the focal point of urban life and an integral part of a city's identity, the show on squares focuses on the history, the current condition and the preservation of their importance in the present and future. About 60 of these squares are featured through photographs, plans and original material.
The exhibition by Belgian expressionist James Ensor at the Benaki Museum presents to the public the collection of engravings belonging to the KBC Bank of Belgium. Ensor is considered a forerunner of Flemish expressionism. He expresses the charm, contrasts, faith and traditions of the society in which he lived. A solitary and mainly pessimistic artist, his works show him to be an admirer but also a harsh critic of absurd reality. Ensor's exhibition will be on at the Benaki Museum from 30 September to 1 December.
The Benaki Museum presents a photography exhibition by Tassos Vrettos from 5 to 15 November. Vrettos has photographed the cinemas of Athens, both historical and centrally located ones and those on the city's outskirts, in addition to art cinemas, multiplex theatres with audiences of varied age and psychographic characteristics and the unique phenomenon of the outdoor summer cinemas. These photos show a desire not only to record but to float through the ambience of a movie theatre and dive into the film experience.
The Benaki Museum presents an exhibition in Athens Greece with the works of Dimitris Soulas, photojournalist and Greek emigrant, from the period 1967-1974, when he worked in Munich. The exhibition will take place from 19 September until 18 October. Soulas, who successfully handled almost all forms of reportage, worked with the Associated Press and with most of the major newspapers and magazines in Germany.
The Benaki Museumpresents an exhibition dedicated to the painted oeuvre of artist Stavros Baltoyiannis. The main body of the exhibition is made up of the major themes which have engaged the artist, including the female nude, portraits and landscapes. His creative output, characterised by the use of hot wax painting, or encaustic painting, follows abstract trends and is distinguished by its sparing use of expressive media, while the artist makes an effort to combine tradition with new concepts. The exhibition will run from 16 September to 25 October.
This exhibition marks the first time the George Gonticas Collection goes on display. This is an important collection, recently donated to the Benaki Museum, and is the only recorded group of pieces of Pre-Columbian Art in Greece. It includes ceramic vessels, idols, stone objects and tools. Both the exhibition and the collection focus on cultures of the Andes (Peru, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Mexico), which feature common acts of worship and many common technological elements. It will be on display at the Benaki Museum until 30 August.
An exhibition by the group AFI at the Benaki Museum will present creations inspired by the objects of the museum's permanent collections under the title Upside Down. Their works can stand on their own as exemplary artistic entities, as they project their aesthetic integrity publicly and provocatively. The show will be held at both the Peiraios Street Annexe and the main museum building from 27 April to 14 September, in the form of interventions throughout the exhibition areas of the permanent collection.
For the sixth consecutive year, Athens' most diverse and multi-dimensional music festival returns, with the mission to promote the various aspects of contemporary digital culture, from music to art, to cinema. Its eclectic line-up, fine production and above all, its clear view towards the future are the elements that have won the heart of Synch's ever-increasing audience. Synch will take place from 12 to14 June at Technopolis in Athens and the Benaki Museum (Pireos Building).
This exhibition is the result of the E. Averof Gallery Collection's 20-year presence in Metsovo, while at the same time it is an opportunity to display the most important paintings of its permanent collection for the first time in Athens Greece. The show is a retrospective of the most important exhibitions and activities which have marked the course of the Averoff Museum and shaped its identity as a museum.
The spectacular treasures from ancient Colchis, the land to which the Greek hero Jason led the Argonauts in search of the Golden Fleece, are being presented in Athens and offer a unique insight into the fascinating ancient culture of the eastern shores of the Black Sea. Visit the exhibition at Athens' Benaki Museum from January 20 to April 6.
This is a first time presentation in Athens of a one-man show by a Mexican painter in any Greek museum and an opportunity to view a collection that has travelled through Europe, America and Asia with great success. Toledo is now 68 years old and is considered one of the most important artists in Mexico. Throughout his career, Toledo has been constantly present in the art world and now he presents this wonderful collection at the Benaki Museum in Athens until 11th of January.
Jacques Lacarrière (1925-2005), author and traveller, was one of the most painstaking observers of Greece. From 1947 to 1966 he visited Greece many times, drawing inspiration for many books and travel narratives. In his various peregrinations around the country he was always accompanied by his Leica camera, and he took many shots of unusual sensitivity. The exhibition will run from 4th December until 11th January at the New Benaki Museum.
In January 2006, the Stanley Foundation commissioned the internationally renowned VII Photo Agency to depict and throw some light onto the contemporary picture of the Arab World and daily life in the Middle East.