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Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Meet Market - Athinais Cultural Center

Sunday 21 - Tuesday 23 December 2014
13:00 - 23:00 each day
Kastorias 34-36, Votanikos 10447
Tis the season to be jolly.. to gather with friends and family in warmth and coziness.. to drink and eat till you're all fuzzy inside and you have to undo your pant buttons.. to exchange gifts with loved ones.. and to join us for some major Christmas festivities at The Meet Market, this December, Sunday 21 - Tuesday 23, 13:00 - 23:00 every day! Yes indeed, beat the crowds and avoid the traffic jams, and join us at the stunning venue of Athinaida, where you can find everything and more under one roof, on 2 floors, with over 120 stands of all sorts of innovations and creations from local designers, artists and small scale businesses.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Καπνός | Tobacco

101 notes on oriental tobacco
The exhibition «ΚΑΠΝΟΣ | TOBACCO» views oriental tobacco from a variety of historical perspectives and presents it as a multifaceted commercial product. From the needles used in the stringing of the leaves, the spiking process in the villages, the ‘tonga’ process for bundling tobacco leaves and the wooden chests used in commercial processing, to the imposing tobacco warehouses of northern Greece and the intricately made cigarette cases and packs in Athens and Thessaloniki, the exhibition presents the history of tobacco and, through it, an important part of the history of Greece.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Meet Market - «Technopolis» City of Athens

«Μηχανουργείο» Hall D12 & Μηχανουργείο Yard
Saturday 7 & Sunday 8, June 2014
13:00 - 23:00 each day
Peiraios 100, Gazi 11854

Hallelujah!  The warm weather is finally here to stay. And summer and the Meet Market make a good match, especially when that match is made in our classic uber-central venue, «Technopolis», City of Athens.  This 7 & 8th of June, we await all our enlightened friends who choose to stay in the city for the Holy Spirit weekend, to come and join us in the indoor-outdoor venue of «Μηχανουργείο» (D12) and its yard.  With 100 plus stall of creations and innovations from local designers, artists and independent businesses, there something for everyone.... and if shopping is not your thing, come for a stroll and the refreshing cocktails, the non-stop music from some of our favorite Athenian djs, and of course, the interactive

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pontus Euxinus -Memories from the Greek communities, postcards 1890-1920)

Photo: www.benaki.gr
The exhibition presents postcards, photographs and documents from the Black Sea region, which date from 1890 to 1920 and belong to the private collection of Stergios P. Theodorides.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Melina Mercouri Street

The year 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Melina Mercouri’s passing. The Melina Mercouri Foundation pays tribute to her by presenting a special album edition entitled "Melina”.
Following the release of this album the Foundation in collaboration with the Benaki Museum present a photographic exhibition dedicated to her.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

2nd BOOK BAZAAR at the Benaki Museum

The Benaki Museum is organising the 2nd Book Bazaar in the Pireos Annexe (138 Pireos Street) from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th May 2014, during the usual opening hours of the building.
The bazaar will include 244 titles, all published by the Benaki, with a 50 and 70% discount on their sale price.
The subjects of the publications mirror the features, interests and activities of the Benaki Museum and range from Classical Greece, Byzantine Culture, Folklore, Modern Greek Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, to Photography and European art.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Massimo Listri. Photographic Architecture

The exhibition presents a selection of photographs by artist Massimo Listri, which include his iconic prospects of baroque palaces, the neoclassical interiors and Renaissance libraries.
The photographer is based in Florence, and is fascinated how his architectural subject matter allows him to control the composition of his image.
For many years he has photographed classicism devoid of people. More than a simple record of architecture, through his lens Listri rediscovers historical spaces and invites us to examine them afresh.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Artists in a dialogue with the Benaki Museum Adam Chodzko. You’ll see; this time it’ll be different

Photo: www.benaki.gr
This exhibition is taking place within the framework of the programme Artists in a dialogue with the Benaki Museum, a collaboration with the British Council, in order for four artists from Greece, Cyprus and the United Kingdom, active in their country’s art scene as well as on the international stage to meet. The artists are called upon to create original works in a dialogue with the Benaki Museum, proposing a different perspective, both of the collections and of the exhibition space.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Folk toys at the house of Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika

photo: www.benaki.gr
The Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika Gallery opened one-and-a-half years ago and is now holding its first temporary exhibition in a specially-constructed hall on the ground floor, which will host two small-scale exhibitions each year, each with works by artists lined to the Gallery's permanent exhibits.
The first exhibition is a small tribute to the artist who is our host, Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika.

Greek Seas : A photographic journey in time

photo: www.benaki.gr
Through the centuries, Greece has been indelibly linked to the sea – it runs through the history of the land and the life of its inhabitants; it has never stopped inspiring artists and poets. Following the invention of photography in the mid-19th century and to this date, countless photographic images depicting Greek seascapes have been added to the painted representations of the same topic.
The exhibition will showcase approximately 350 photographs divided into 5 chronological groups: the second half of the 19th century; the first decades of the 20th century; the Interwar Years; post World War II; the age after the fall of the junta to the present day.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

OPEN DAYS 2013 - LOCAL EVENTS: Attica Region - Athens

21/11/2013 09:00 - 22/11/2013 19:00
A two-day event: Conference & Training Workshops : Climate Change: Environmental and Health Impacts – Knowledge Integration and Implementation of Adaptation Policy in Local Government
A two-day event: Conference & Training Workshops : Climate Change: Environmental and Health Impacts – Knowledge Integration and Implementation of Adaptation Policy in Local Government
Thematic:Challenges and solutions

Athens - University of Athens, “Ioannis Drakopoulos” Auditorium & “Alkis Argyriades” Amphitheatre
30 Panepistimiou Street
Athens (Greece)
Τhe Region of Attica in cooperation with The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UoA)
Polyxeni Nicolopoulou-Stamati,University of Athens

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Constantine Manos A Greek portfolio 50 years later)

Rendering homage to Constantine Manos, prominent artist of the Greek Diaspora, the Benaki Museum presents an exhibition / tribute to his renowned photographic series A Greek Portfolio.
With his exquisite images Manos invites us to travel with him to remote villages and islands of Greece in the nineteen sixties, where, in a landscape of simple farm life and tranquillity, poor yet proud people struggle to survive with dignity, dedicated to a way of life that hadn’t changed for centuries.
His photographs crystallise fleeting everyday moments, in a spare and austere style, which is nevertheless tender, without any pompous rhetoric.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Cities of the world with a past, present and future : Through the photographic lens of Constance Kratsa

photo: www.benaki.gr
Konstantia Kratsa, a millennial child has lived in four countries for her studies and work, but has travelled to many more. Since her student days she has recorded emblematic cities and used her lens to narrate the role they play, as well as the image they want to project. Her interest in the town plan, the buildings and monuments of each city, springs from her belief that architecture and urban planning express the culture of a city’s inhabitants. She considers that the creations of one generation influence the following generations and help build the identity of a city.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


A new and exciting three week cultural event sees the atrium of the Benaki Museum - 138 Pireos transformed into an atmospheric and classy open air cinema and concert venue, lit by award winning Greek lighting designer Alekos Yiannaros.
The BENAKI SUMMER FESTIVAL presents screenings of award winning documentaries and films showcasing the best the world has to offer in art, fashion, music, theatre and food.
Of the 16 festival screenings we have been able to secure 12 Greek premieres, which include:
- a gala concert of ANNA NETREBKO and DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY live from the Red Square in Moscow;
- "THE EXHIBITION - MUNCH 150" a cinematic and unique virtual visit to the sold out exhibition celebrating the painter Munch currently on at the Munch museum in Oslo;

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Kyriakos Katzourakis. Works 1963-2013 : Painting, Theater, Cinematography

photo: www.benaki.gr
This retrospective tribute to Kyriakos Katzourakis covers 50 years of creative work, from 1963 to the present day, and aims to shed light on all aspects of the artist’s creative oeuvre, as well as on his efforts to highlight the links between painting and other arts.
The exhibition includes mainly large-scale oils, drawings, models of stage-set designs; while a specially designed area will be used to show excerpts of his films. A significant place will be taken up by Katzourakis’s monumental piece “Altarpiece – House of Guilt” (1991-1994), where painting, theatre, film and music all coexist, and which acts as a witness to the artist’s links to the past and to history.
All the pieces are from private collections in Greece and abroad.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Anna Wich: An Athenian

photo: www.benaki.gr
 Anna Wich (1949-1998) was a German photographer, who, shortly following the fall of the Greek junta and the restoration of democracy, chose to live and work in Athens. She chose to shed light on disdained aspects of the country, far removed from the postcard picturesque: everyday urban reality; places and the people that inhabited them; an old olive grove that had mutated into a slum neighbourhood; stray cats…

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Costis Antoniadis: Second-hand Photographs 1985-2013

photo: www.benaki.gr
Second-hand Photographs is a collection of photographic works by Kostis Antoniadis, created between 1985 and 2013.
The works explore the conceptual changes that photographs undergo when their material becomes worn out, when the context of viewing changes, or when they adopt other visual stereotypes.
Through various approaches, the exhibition examines the relationship between photography and memory, reality and fantasy.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Presentation of the results of the “Re-think Athens” European Architectural Competition

Presentation of the results of the “Re-think Athens” European Architectural Competition for the creation of a new city center

On February 27th 2013, the Onassis Foundation announced the winner of the “Re-think Athens” European Architectural Competition for the creation of a new city centre, during an event that took place at the Onassis Cultural Centre. The Competition was funded by the Onassis Foundation and was organized under the auspices and in collaboration with the Ministries of Environment, Energy & Climate Change and of Development, Infrastructure, Transport & Networks, the Attiko Metro S.A., the Region of Attica and the Municipality of Athens.
A total of seventy one (71) entries were evaluated out of which nine (9) wereshort-listed.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

6th international exhibition “ECOTEC – Environmental Technologies & Photovoltaic Systems”

The  6th international exhibition “ECOTEC – Environmental Technologies & Photovoltaic Systems” will take place this year from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 of April.
Despite the economic crisis, in key sectors such as waste management, recycling, energy conservation, geothermal, etc., there is an intense interest this period in the country which is reflected by the companies which activate in the field of these technologies and they are interested in participating in the exhibition.
 “Ecotec” has been characterized as “the largest exhibition in environmental technologies in Southeastern Europe”
After the success of the last five organizations at “Expo Athens”, this time, the exhibition will take place in a modern exhibition center of European standards, the “Metropolitan Expo”, next to the international airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Contemporary Norwegian Architecture # 7 2005-2010

photo: www.benaki.gr
This exhibition highlights recent achievements in Norwegian architecture, revealing particular details in each individual project and emphasising those developments, which are important for society as a whole.
Utilising various methods of presentation as well as contemporary information media, the exhibition communicates a complex image of Norwegian architecture, including buildings built in Norway as well as other countries over the past five years.
The exhibition is the seventh of a series promoting exhibitions, which concern contemporary Norwegian architecture from 1968 to the present day. The exhibition highlights 31 individual projects, as well as two groups, which are presented together: Steinsvik Architects’ passive energy houses in Tromsø and the revitalising of national tourist routes in Norway.