What is organic farming?
Put simply, organic farming is an agricultural system that seeks to provide you, the consumer, with fresh, tasty and authentic food while respecting natural life-cycle systems

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Museum of Greek Children΄s Art,

Photo: http://www.childrensartmuseum.gr/
The Museum of Greek Children΄s Art, a nonprofit cultural Association, unique in its kind in Greece and one of the very few worldwide, was founded in 1994 by the Association of its Friends.
Aims of the M.G.C.A.   Presenting, preserving and promoting Childrens Art.
  •  Developing children΄s aesthetics and childrens creativity.
  •  Cultivating children΄s contact with and love for all forms of art.
  •  Establishing the launching of an annual Nationwide Children΄s Art Contest.  
 Hosting temporary exhibitions of Children΄s Art.
 Exchanging exhibitions with other Museums, Art Workshops and relevant Institutions in Greece and abroad. 

Friday, December 2, 2011

14th Olympia Festival and the 11th Camera Zizanio

The 14th Olympia Festival and the 11th Camera Zizanio are here!
 The 14th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People will be held at the city of Pyrgos from December 2 to December 10, 2011, while other special programs will be held in Ancient Olympia, other cities of the Ilia Prefecture.
2. Feature Films, Documentaries and Animation also Short-Length Films are accepted (film gauge 35mm, 16mm or S16mm).
3. Each Entry Form should be filled-in and signed by both the producer and the director.
A DVD with complete film dialogues in English or French translation should be submitted along with the Entry Form.
Entry Form and DVD should reach the Festival offices by October 2nd 2011 at the latest.
The Festival Committee wishes to keep the videocassettes of films submitted for its archives and invites film-representatives to grant their permission on the Entry Forms. If this permission is not granted, the videocassettes will be returned after viewing.
4. The film prints of the selected films should reach the Festival

Thursday, November 10, 2011

29th Athens Classic Marathon

Athens Classic Marathon will be held on the 13th of November for the 29th consecutive time.

This year’s Marathon is dedicated once more to the memory of the great scientist and politician Gregory Lambrakis, a symbol of democracy and social justice. Lambrakis was actively involved in the Pacifist Movement of his time, which organised in 1963 the First Pacifist Rally from Marathon to Athens.
The Marathon, one of the most popular sports among sport lovers, is a unique running-event of great historical importance.
The marathon race has its roots in this great battle that influenced significantly Greek and world history alike, the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC.
The Marathon idea was inspired by the legend of Pheidippides, a professional runner-soldier; the legend states that he delivered the message of the Greek victory over the Persians.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Τhe Galileo Drawing Competition!

Galileo Drawing Competition – this is your chance to have a Galileo Programme Satellite named after you and launched into Space!
To enter the competition you will create a picture that represents ‘Space and Aeronautics’ This includes things like stars, rockets, planets and satellites.
What else can you think of that is in Space?
You can create your picture using any drawing, painting, or colouring technique that you like. You can use all sorts of materials like paints, felt tips, pencils, glue, glitter. The main thing is that you use a big dollop of imagination!
You will then upload your picture here. You can do this by scanning your picture or by taking a digital photo. Your parents, teachers, or local library may be able to help you do this. You can only enter one picture so make sure you chose your favourite one.
You must upload your picture between 1st September -15th November 2011.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Nikos Houliaras : The Back Rooms of the Mind

A Nikos Houliaras retrospective, which gathers together for the first time all aspects of his oeuvre, with an emphasis on his visual arts output.
Nikos Houliaras was born in Ioannina in 1940. His use of an intensely personal expressionist style renders his painting deeply internal introverted, but his renown and reputation has spread worldwide.
However, Nikos Houliara’s career doesn’t only concern his visual arts creations. He is also one of the major poets and literary authors in the modern history of Greece, and his literary works have been translated into other languages.
Furthermore, he is one of the foremost lyricists and composers of the past few decades, as well as an interpreter of most of his songs.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Artists in a dialogue with the Benaki Museum (Andy Holden. The Cookham Erratics)

The programme Artists in a Dialogue with a Museum is a collaboration between the Benaki Museum and the British Council, whose aim is an encounter between four artists from Greece, Cyprus and the United Kingdom.
By inviting artists to create original works in a dialogue with the Benaki Museum, its collections and spaces, the purpose of the programme is to put down the foundations for a process of understanding issues that concern memory, identity and public space.
Four installations/interventions by the invited artists will be presented sequentially from September 2011 to May 2013 at the Piraios Street Annexe and the halls of the permanent collections at the Benaki Museum Main Building. These works will set out issues, which concern the role of the Museum in the representation of history, knowledge and traditions; as well as the usual conditions under which one views a work of art; and the relationship between artistic output and the institutional framework that exists for its arrival.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

52nd Thessaloniki International Film Festival 4 - 13 November 2011

The 52nd Thessaloniki International Film Festival, with its renewed outlook and a clear and purposeful direction towards independent cinema, faithful to its customary rendezvous, invites both audience and filmmakers to this unique celebration, due to take place this year from the 4th to the 13th November 2011. Films from all over the world, cinematic surprises, distinguished guests, Masterclasses, panel discussions and a plethora of parallel events, compose the 10-day-long event, transforming the city of Thessaloniki into a place of discovery, a youthful beehive thriving on art, life and fruitful interaction, revolving around the 7th Art and the world of cinema.

For the 52nd edition of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF), the Experimental Forum, now in its fourth year and placing emphasis on experimental and avant-garde film, presents a variety of film programs.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Damien Hirst. New Religion

This is the first solo exhibition in Greece by world-renowned British artist Damien Hirst. Entitled 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.
The exhibition presents mainly silkscreen prints, sculptures, installations and paintings and constitutes a characteristic example of the artistic practice of the most famous exponent of the Young British Artist movement, that dominated the art scene - British and global - in the 1990s. Most of this particular exhibition, or parts thereof, have been on show at the Victoria & Albert Museum (London); the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava (Venice); Rogaland Museum (Stavanger, Norway).

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

BIOLMIEL Mar del Plata 2011

The fourth edition of the International Prize BIOLMIEL will be held from 30 of September to the 2nd of October 2011 in Mar del Plata, Argentina (Buenos Aires province), few days after the “Apimondia” world congress, that will be held in Buenos Aires a week before.
The event will be held at the ”Estadio Mundialista José María Minella", within the international exhibition “Feria Internacional de Agroalimentos Orgánicos”.
This edition is organized by the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, by Fundación Qualitas, by the Argentinean  Ministry of Agriculture and by Icea,  Istituto per la Certificazione Etica e Ambientale, with the cooperation of C.i.Bi, owner of BIOL trademark,  and CRA - Honeybee and Silkworm Research Unit (Bologna).

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Artistic Director: Dora Bakopoulou
The first Aegina International Music Festival was held between 25 August and 9 September 2006 on the beautiful island of Aegina, with the internationally renowned pianist Dora Bakopoulou as its artistic director. The Festival included performances by fifteen distinguished Greek and international artists from the world of classical music.
The main aim of the Aegina International Music Festival is to establish a forum in which both emerging and established Greek and international musicians can come together and explore some of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written for small music ensembles. Furthermore, the Aegina Music Festival seeks to contribute, in its own way, to a broader educational process, which is a responsibility all artists have towards the younger generation.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


International Conference and Interdisciplinary Design Workshops for Young Architects, Designers, Landscape Architects and graduate students
This year, for one more year ECOWEEK brings together the best among ecologically minded-architects, designers, landscape architects, young professionals, and graduate students, in a week of creative thinking 'out of the box', cooperation, dialogue, intercultural exchange, networking, hard work and lots of fun!
ECOWEEK 2011 is a great opportunity for young professionals to learn about 'green' buildings, to hear and meet the best architects in the field, to learn from the best engineers and experts in the field, to train and gain experience in how to think, plan and design 'green'.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Manolis Charos. Aesop’s Fables

photo http://www.benaki.gr/
The exhibition 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.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Parallel Nippon : Contemporary Japanese Architecture 1996-2006

The exhibition depicts the evolution of contemporary architecture in Japan through four major themes: City, Life, Culture and Home.
The chapter on city refers to the entirely different conditions that exist in mega-cities, such as Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, on the one hand, and the provinces, in the other. Contemporary Japanese metropolises don’t have at their disposal either the structural clarity of a European city, or the strict geometrical layout of an American city.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Against All Odds: Ethics / Aesthetics

The exhibition follows on the first international conference Against All Odds: Ethics / Aesthetics, held successfully at the Athens School of Fine Arts, and the six academic workshops currently under way.
The show is structured so as to explore the impact of the new participatory processes on the field of spatial practices and the points of convergence and differentiation between aesthetic form and ideological background. The themes of the exhibition are: Activism. Groups with vision / Society & Aesthetics / Identity. Professional Ethics / Action - reaction.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

World No Tobacco Day

On 31st May each year WHO celebrates World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce consumption. Tobacco use is the second cause of death globally (after hypertension) and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide.
The World Health Assembly created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and its lethal effects. It provides an opportunity to highlight specific tobacco control messages and to promote adherence to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Tobacco use is the number one preventable epidemic that the health community faces.

More at World Health Organization

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Greek beaches and marinas awarded the Blue Flag for 2011.

387 Ελληνικές ακτές και 9 μαρίνες βραβεύονται με τη Γαλάζια Σημαία το 2011.

387 Greek beaches and 9 marinas awarded the Blue Flag for 2011.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Gypsy Jazz Festival

Last year’s Gypsy Jazz Festival was a great success due to the joined efforts of all the people who wanted to organize an event in the memory of Django Reinhartdt, in order to celebrate his 100th birthday, play and talk about this exciting style of music.
The 2nd Athens Gypsy Jazz Fest (Django Fest) this year will take place in club ‘Kittaro’ (Ipirou 48 str. Athens) on May 20th and 21st.Lollo Meier’s Quartet will be joining us on both days of the Festival. Here is the complete schedule:

ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion

The exhibition 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, a swell as the borders of our consciousness in What is a Monster?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

International Museum Day 2011: Reminiscences and tales of Africa

“… I come from the Elephant Coast
Reminiscences and narratives from a collector of African art
Bruno Finocchiaro was born in Libya of Italian origins and for almost 30 years lived and worked in the Elephant Coast. This is where he put together his collections of art objects from West Africa, coming into frequent contact with people from the various ethnic groups that inhabit the general region. In this current outreach, the collector presents a selection of objects from his collection to the public, explains their significance, narrates their history and remembers how they came into his possession.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

European Nights of Museums 2011: Atopic Bodies [FIVE]: The Monsters’ Ball

Atopic Bodies is an ATOPOS CVC evolving project in the form of a performance, which investigates the eccentric and unclassifiable nature of the human body in contemporary visual culture. Through collaborations with designers and artists from various fields Atopic Bοdies present new, edgy and controversial Characters, in each instance mixing contemporary visual and dress codes of communication.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Ευρωπαϊκή Κάρτα Νέων

European Youth Card       
You’re young, right?
You are in Europe, right?

Did you get the European Youth Card?

The General Secretariat for Youth and the Institute for Youth of the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs in cooperation with the European Youth Card Association (EYCA), promotes a unique tool of information, communication and entertainment, the European Youth Card.

European Youth Card: strictly for young people!
The European Youth Card is available for all young people aged between 13 and 30. It is valid for one year, it costs 10 euro and you can renew it every year until you become 30. This is not a credit nor debit card; It is a discount card.

National Gallery: A Tribute to Yannis Moralis.

In 1988, the National Gallery – Alexandros Soutzos Museum organised the first major retrospective exhibition of Yannis Moralis. This retrospective traced the artist’s creative development and demonstrated the quality and consistency of his work. It was during the same year that Yannis Moralis made a generous donation of 113 of his works to the National Gallery. One year after his death, our museum felt that a meaningful overview of the donation in its entirety was due as a tribute to the great artist.
Yannis Moralis is an emblematic figure of an artist who left a unique imprint on the identity of Modern Greek art through both his work and his teaching at the Athens School of Fine Arts.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Exhibition “Myth and Coinage”.

15 April- 27 November 2011
A joint exhibition
in the Athens Numismatic Museum  and the National Archaeological Museum
in co-operation with the Αlpha Bank

The Athens Numismatic Museum in co-operation with the Alpha Bank Numismatic Collection and the National Archaeological Museum organises a joint exhibition entitled “Myth and Coinage”.
The exhibition will be structured in two parts presented in the National Archaeological Museum and the Athens Numismatic Museum and will last from the mid-April to the end of November 2011.
The sections displayed in the National Archaeological Museum will refer to the depiction of myths on coinage while those in the Athens Numismatic Museum, to the use of myths.
The display of the exhibition presented in the Athens Numismatic Museum under the full title “Myth and Coinage.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

ECCC is the European Citizens Climate Cup!

ECCC addresses European private householders, families and singles, and is based on the energy consumption of their houses.
Participants have one year to implement in their own houses strategies and measures to reduce their overall energy consumption – the greater the reduction the bigger their chance of winning the competition!
Winners will be the ones having adopted the best strategy to reduce their households' energy consumption. The choice of the strategy is completely free, there are no obligations and can be as drastic as one wants to reduce energetic consumption ........... and the energy bill!

Friday, April 15, 2011

A day at the Acropolis Museum

On Saturday 16 April 2011, the new program ‘A day at the Acropolis Museum’ commences, inviting visitors to spend a day with us at the Museum enjoying a range of activities.   
Stroll through the galleries
Take a stroll through the exhibition and speak to a museum archaeologist - host available to answer any questions or queries you have. From the second floor balcony see a special and unexpected view of the Archaic Gallery. Visit the Parthenon Gallery on the third floor with its unique views of the Acropolis.
Conserving the Caryatids
The Acropolis Museum has commenced the conservation and restoration of the Caryatids, the Kore from the south porch of the Erechtheion temple. Visitors have the opportunity to watch conservators do the delicate work of cleaning the Caryatids with advanced laser technology. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The therapeutic horse riding

A horse brought me to the land of fairy tales...

The therapeutic value of horse riding for people with disabilities was well known to the Greeks as early as the 5th Century B.C. Historians quote Hippocrates as saying, "Riding in clean air strengthens body muscles and keeps them in good form".

In 1952, Danish Liz Hartel won the silver medal for Dressage in the Helsinki Olympic Games while suffering from partial paralysis of both her lower limbs, caused by Polyomelitis; thus becoming the inspiration for the establishment of the first therapeutic riding centers in the U.K. and Scandinavia.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Wassili Lepanto: Positive utopias

Wassili Lepanto was born in Nafpaktos (Lepanto) in 1940. He studied German, history, philosophy and Art History at the Universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim. He lives and works in Heidelberg. His art is consciously and almost exclusively devoted to landscape painting.
The exhibition includes approximately 80 works, both big and small, from the entire course of his creative endeavours, whose focus remained on landscapes.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Ioannis Altamuras. His life and work

A major retrospective focusing on the life and oeuvre of distinguished painter Ioannes Altamouras (Jean Altamura) (1852-1878).
Through his paintings, historical documents as well as his personal objects, the Greek public will have an opportunity to become acquainted with the work of a particularly gifted artist who died when he was only 26 years old.
To be precise, the exhibition will also show works by the Altamura family, his parents Saverio Altamura and Eleni Boukoura-Altamura, as well as his brother Alessandro Altamura.

Friday, April 8, 2011


EXHIBITION DURATION: 15 April – 10 October 2011
The exhibition will bring together for the first time work by many of the internationally renowned artists who have lived and worked in Greece during the twentieth century. Looking at Greece as a site of inspiration over the past sixty years, works to be included reflect the various ways in which the country, its long cultural history and geographic characteristics have continued to be a source for artistic innovation. Concentrating only on those artists who have invested a lengthy stay in Greece or in some cases established second homes there, the exhibition will bring to light both well-known visitors as well as those who have quietly been present over the last decades.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ashmolean Museum announces new exhibition of groundbreaking archaeology

In the first major archaeological exhibition in the new temporary exhibition galleries, the Ashmolean Museum will showcase over five hundred treasures made of gold, silver and bronze, recently found in the royal burial tombs and the palace of Aegae, the ancient capital of Macedon. These extraordinary new discoveries will go on display for the first time outside Greece. They re-write the history of early Greece and tell the story of the royal court and the kings and queens who governed Macedon, from the descendents of Heracles to the ruling dynasty of Alexander the Great.
The exhibition will be an international first with presentations directly connected with central figures of the
Temenid court. In the first of three major themes that will bring this ancient society to life is the world of the king and his companions at war and hunting; the king as ruler and high-priest, and the royal funeral. In this section, arms and armour, golden wreaths, life-sized marble sculpture, and painted battle-scenes illustrate the lives of Macedon’s most famous kings, among them Philip II and Alexander IV, father and son of Alexander the Great respectively.
Dates: 7 April-29 August 2011
More at Ashmolean Museum 's website

Monday, March 28, 2011

Spyros Vassileiou and the theater

The aim of the exhibition is to highlight the most important moments in artist’s Spyros Vassileiou’s long career in theatre (from 1929 to 1982), one of the most popular artists of the Thirties Generation.
The exhibition will also draw attention to the contribution he made to formulating the post-war aesthetic in set design. The exhibition includes select sculptural and painted set designs,

Saturday, March 26, 2011

ATHENS x4. Architectural proposals for the town

The exhibition presents the 120 submitted to the competition ATHENS x4, which was organized by the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change in collaboration with Unification of the Archaeological Sites of Athens S.A.
Young architects had to choose any adjacent four blocks of Athens, facing problems of density or lack of green and common spaces, and to submit proposals for their revamping, with optimum utilisation of the crossroad that divides them.30/03/2011 - 17/04/2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

Exhibition of award-winning Greek books in Sofia

photo from http://www.hfc-sofia.com/
 The Centre of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture in Sofia presents an exhibition of award-winning Greek books (2006-2009) in cooperation with the "Cyril and Methodius" National Library of Sofia.
Presentation of the state prizes for poetry, short story, novel, essay, chronicle-testimony, children's literature, illustrated children's literature and children knowledge books.
A book fair organized in cooperation with the "Cyril and Methodius" National Library of Sofia. Presentation of the state prizes for poetry, short story, novel, essay, chronicle-testimony, children's literature, illustrated children's literature and children's general knowledge books.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Nikos Kazantzakis Museum

photos from http://www.kazantzakis-museum.gr/
The Nikos Kazantzakis Museum pays tribute to the important intellectual, author, thinker, philosopher, politician and traveller Nikos Kazantzakis.
The Museum is made up of a cluster of buildings in the central square of the historical village of Varvari, now known as Myrtia. The Museum Exhibition is housed on a site formerly occupied by the home of the Anemoyiannis family, which was related to Nikos Kazantzakis' father, Kapetan Michalis.
The Museum was founded by set and costume designer Yiorgos Anemoyiannis, a pioneering figure in Greek theatre. His fundamental aim was to preserve the author's memory and promote his work and thought. Significant assistance was offered by Eleni Kazantzaki, the author's second wife.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Ark: Old seeds for new cultures

The Ark is the Greek entry in the 12th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. According to its creators (Phoebe Giannisi, Zissis Kotionis), this installation re-focuses on old seeds and the ideological biodiversity that is at our disposal, but which lies forgotten and on the brink of extinction; while, at the same time, it provides the promise for new cultures of life in the soil.
In the Greek Pavilion, Yannis Isidorou creates a visual and sound installation, producing a simulation environment with the initial agrarian production experience.
Kostas Manolidis, with his landscape topologies hints at the capacity to rethink the wealth of the ground through his representations.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

The TDF is a leading European Documentary Festival, carried out every March in Thessaloniki since its inception in 1999 under the artistic direction of Dimitri Eipides. Its main thematic sections are: Recordings of Memory, Portraits-Human Journeys, Stories to Tell, Habitat, Planet in Peril, Music, Views of the World, Greek Panorama. Through its tributes and retrospectives, the TDF focuses on filmmakers with unique cinematic voices, internationally renowned for their contribution to the documentary genre. The Festival’s side events host exhibitions, masterclasses, round table discussions, publications, concerts and parties.

More at festival's website

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


  Europe is a place filled with opportunities! All you need is access to precise and reliable information. The General Secretariat for Youth supports youth information at European level and has been providing access for young people to all EURODESK European Network services since 2004. EURODESK is composed of 900 information relays to be traced all over Europe and 50 Youth Information Centers in Greece.
This network provides youths with free and instant access to a wide range of information services custom designed to fit the needs of young people and of those who work with them, on numerous fields: Education – Studies – Training – Mobility – Volunteerism – Seminars – Youths Exchange – Events – Search for funding opportunities and much more.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Monday, March 7, 2011

Don't let poverty become the landscape

Não deixe que a pobreza se transforme em paisagem

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Europeana: think culture

Europeana enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. It promotes discovery and networking opportunities in a multilingual space where users can engage, share in and be inspired by the rich diversity of Europe's cultural and scientific heritage.
Ideas and inspiration can be found within the more than 15 million items on Europeana. These objects include:
  • Images - paintings, drawings, maps, photos and pictures of museum objects
  • Texts - books, newspapers, letters, diaries and archival papers
  • Sounds - music and spoken word from cylinders, tapes, discs and radio broadcasts
  • Videos - films, newsreels and TV broadcasts

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Goya and more

photo museodelprado
Goya and More. Acquisitions for the Department of Prints and Drawings of the Museo del Prado, 1997-2010
5 May to 31 July 2011
Jerónimos Building. Room D

This exhibition will present a selection of works on paper – drawings, prints and photographs – acquired by the Museo del Prado between 1997 and 2010. It will offer visitors the first opportunity to admire the most important works acquired over this period and which are normally stored in the Department of Prints and Drawings due to their fragile nature. In addition, the exhibition will set out the Museum’s principal strategies with regard to the acquisition of works on paper.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Benaki Museum: Time in Places

Time in Places : Twenty-two Poems by C.P.Cavafys - Twelve Illustrations by H.I.Xenos)
Haris Xenos chose twenty-two poems by Constantine Cavafy for a special edition volume honouring the great poet from Alexandria.
Influenced by the issues that drew his attention and inspired him, he painted the twelve works on exhibition.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Thessaloniki International Book Fair

Thessaloniki, a European city situated at the crossroads of the Balkans and the Mediterranean, has been home to the international book fair since 2004. Eight years on, the fair is a regular fixture for the book trade and booklovers.
Thessaloniki Book Fair (TBF) is held in spring at Helexpo exhibition centre, enabling visitors to get acquainted with the latest releases of publishers from around the world. Attractions include an exhibition, guests of honour and dedicated areas for children, teenagers and parents and teachers.
At the eighth edition of TBF (5-8 May 2011):

City of Athens: Municipal Art Gallery

  • Address: 51 Pireos St, Koumoundourou Square
  • Telephone: 210 3231841
  • Opening hours: 09:00-13:00 & 17:00-21:00, except Saturdays and Sunday evenings
The gallery's collections feature the visual works of 3,000 artists - most of them Greek, with few exceptions - which are representative of the trends, foreign influences and fruitful discussions which have marked the journey of Greek art.
It is worth mentioning that half of the artworks which the gallery presently hosts were acquired between 1930 and 1940.
Almost all of the Greek artists who represent milestones in Greek visual creation and contributed to the formation of 20th century modern Greek art are represented by significant works in the Gallery's collection. Among the most positive elements is a collection of engravings showcasing works by great instructors of this art form, as well as its worthy successors and new engravers.
Athens' Municipal Art gallery is housed in a neoclassical building on Koumoundourou Square, built in 1874 based on a design by architect Panagis Kalkos. The Gallery opened at this location on September 22, 1982, following its move from the Cultural Centre on Akadimias Street, where it was situated since 1974.
Additionally, educational programmes for children of preschool, state and high school age take place at the gallery (though not during summer).
The Municipal Gallery's activities include an exceptionally rich programme of free guided tours of archaeological and other cultural sites, with themes such as "Old neighbourhoods of Athens", "The Athens of Kostis Palamas", "The 1st Cemetery", "Acropolis" and many others (the programme is not conducted during summer)
•Information on educational programmes: 210 3240762
•Information on guided tour programme: 210 3231841, 210 3240762

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Exhibition: The George Economou Collection

Start: 17/02/2011 20:00 End: 03/07/2011 20:00
Official opening: Thursday 17 February at 20.00
First part of the exhibition:
From the 15th century to Rococo, The Realism of Academy, Impressionism, Vienna Secession, Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Abstraction, New Objectivity, Drawings of the Collection
17 February to 24 April, 2011
Second part of the exhibition:
Surrealism, The School of Paris, Portrait - Nude - Still Life, Art of the first post-war decade, Art in the 1960’s, Neo- Fauves, Prints of the Collection
5 May to 3 July, 2011

The George Economou Collection will be on display for the first time at The Municipal Gallery of Athens. Its strength is characterised by range,

Free guided tours of Athens' Museums and Archaeological Sites

photo by Lizzy
  • •City of Athens Cultural Centre: 50 Akadimias St
  • •City of Athens Cultural Organisation Municipal Art Gallery
  • & Museums Department: 51 Pireos St, Koumoundourou Square,
  • tel 210 3231841 and 210 3240762 
The practice of conducting guided tours of the city's Museums and Archaeological Sites, introduced by the City of Athens Cultural Organisation (PODA), has been warmly welcomed as it gives Athenians the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the city's rich culture with the assistance of experienced, specialist tour guides.

Monday, February 14, 2011

GREEN AWARDS Winners 2010

Green Awards Grand Prix (Awarded by the Judges)

China Environmental Protection Foundation – “Green Pedestrian Crossing” (China)

Best Green Educational Project (Promoting Sustainable Development Issues)

Sponsored by Birds Eye Igloo
Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC - Let's Grow (UK)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Museum of Cycladic Art: The Art of Book at the Athens School of Fine Arts

February – March 2011   
The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Department of Graphic Arts - Printmaking & Book Art of the Athens School of Fine Arts. Books of emerging artists will be presented together with those created by renowned artists such as Chronis Botsoglou, Yiannis Bouteas, Vasso Katraki and Nella Golanta. The exhibition showcasing ‘livres d’artistes’ of young artists and older ones – created during their youth, reflects an important aspect of the Greek artistic oeuvre and will be physically presented as an open book running through the Museum’s galleries.
The exhibition is curated by students and graduates of the Department.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Paris 1900, Art Nouveau and Modernism. Treasures from the Petit Palais.

National Gallery, 24 November 2010 - 28 February 2011
The exhibition “PARIS 1900, Art Nouveau and Modernism - Treasures from the Petit Palais, City of Paris Fine Art Museum” to open its doors at the National Gallery on 22 November 2010, transports us to the French capital of the Belle Époque through works of French art from the collections of the Petit Palais, with their unique evocation of the bourgeois and lower-class Paris of the 1880-1914 period.
This reciprocal exhibition, organised in return for the exhibition “Mount Athos and the Byzantine Empire – Treasures from the Holy Mountain”, which went on display at the Petit Palais in 2009, comprises 11 thematic sections featuring a total of some 200 exhibits.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Yannis Moralis: Architectural Compositions (Benaki Museum)

Yanni Moralis (1916-2009), one of the most distinguished twentieth-century Greek artists, articulated his artistic discourse through a myriad of painted works, but also challenged himself creatively with various forays into the arts of engraving, set design and microsculpture, as well as various applications and architecture.
In February 2009 the artist bestowed on the Benaki Museum the preliminary drawings for the architecture compositions that he maintained at his studio (approximately 120 works).
Yanni Moralis was well known and celebrated for his artistic interventions in the appearance of public buildings, first displayed in 1959 in his collaboration on the Athens Hilton Hotel.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Kostas Balafas : The resistance movement in Epirus, 1940-1944 (Benaki Museum)

Kostas Balafas is one of the leading Greek exponents of humanist photography in the post-war period.
The part of his oeuvre dedicated to ordinary working-class people and, particularly, to the inhabitants of isolated villages in Epirus, has been repeatedly publicised over the past 20 years through exhibitions and publications.
As he personally enlisted in the 85th Regiment of ELAS in 1945, he recorded on camera the struggle of the people of Epirus against the invaders, well aware that he was recording historical moments for future generations. Using film stock that fell from the sky - literally, as it fell off an Italian bomber – he recorded villages destroyed, the plotting involved in the start of an armed struggle, the marches and battles of the resistance fighters, mourning mothers, as well as celebrations on the liberation of Ioannina.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Stratos Kavalieratos "Aeolian Sculptures" :

An installation by artist Stratos Kavalieratos located outdoors at the Main Building of the Benaki Museum: sculptures that convert wind energy into motion and provide an unanticipated visual diversion.
These Aeolian sculptures, as the artist calls them, were worked in wood, using machinery parts, and studded with small light bulbs, which are switched on by the movement of the propellers, whenever the wind blows. After the sun sets, visual contact with the sculptures is lost, and all that remains is a multi-coloured rotating disk.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Kalliopi Lemos : Navigating in the Dark

Navigating in the Dark
This is the first solo exhibition by Kalliopi Lemos and presents her new group of sculptures, with large-scale steel works. Space is transformed into an environment for contemplation formed like a bee-hive. The dynamics created by multiplying and reinforcing the hexagonal honeycomb structure around a nucleus of human heads, function as a mechanism for introspection. The circular circumferential platform with organic sculpted forms functions as an observatory, allowing viewers to incorporate themselves into and enter a direct discourse with the work.