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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.