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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Words and Coins: From Ancient Greece to Byzantium

Photo: www.benaki.gr
Les mots et les monnaies, de la Grèce ancienne à Byzance
The exhibition is enriched with material from the KIKPE Numismatic Collection (on loan to the Benaki Museum).
The main goal of the exhibition is to correlate and showcase stories and messages through texts and coins. These are examined in an interactive and intertwined understanding of the role of each medium; both written and numismatic material formed means of communication in the societies of the past: words articulating formulation of equivalent concepts, coins materializing assessment of equivalent goods. Both words and coins are exchanged, the former enhancing the intellectual abilities of human mind, the latter facilitating the economic activities of human ingenuity. Moreover, coins can be employed to illustrate a written narrative regardless the time frame in which it was produced. From hand to hand, coins, manuscripts and books are valuable vehicles that carry and preserve memory through the ages.
Duration24/11/2012 - 17/03/2013
Martin Bodmer Foundation
OrganizationMartin Bodmer Foundation in collaboration with the Benaki Museum


Monday, November 26, 2012

7th Biennale of Young Greek Architects

Th 7th Biennale of Young Greek Architects is 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.
The Biennale will present completed projects, as well as unbuilt proposals, which correspond to real commissions for project designs. At the exhibition site there will be a series of open discussions, with guest speakers, for the purpose of providing a critical evaluation of the full range of participations.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

la Biennale di Venezia

55th International Art Exhibition curated by Massimiliano Gioni Il Palazzo Enciclopedico / The Encyclopedic Palace
Venice (Giardini e Arsenale), June 1st – November 24th 2013
Preview May 29th, 30th and 31st 2013
Venice, October 25th 2012 - The President of la Biennale di Venezia, Paolo Baratta, accompanied by the Director of the 55th International Art Exhibition, Massimiliano Gioni, met on October, 25th 2012 the representatives of the participating Countries. The Countries participating for the first time are 8: Bahamas, Kingdom of Bahrain, Republic of Kosovo, Kuwait, Maldives, Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria and Paraguay. The vice-President of the promoting committee for the Holy See’s pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2013 was also present on the occasion.
The 55th International Art Exhibition will take place in Venice from June, 1st to November, 24th 2013 at the Giardini and at the Arsenale (preview: May 29th, 30th and 31st 2013), as well as in various venues the city.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Quality and organic product promotion conference Natura Food Fair, Łódź, Poland 13 October 2012

The conference is a forum for organic producers, traders, companies, producers associations and other experts to discuss the development of the organic food sector and market in Central and Eastern European countries. Specifically, how to improve European guidelines for pesticide residues, environmental performance of organic food processors and traders, organic capacity building will be the focus of the conference.
The ongoing debate on pesticide residues in Europe regards the creation of a monitoring system and European guidelines for handling pesticide residues in organic farming. The current situation will be presented and the possibilities for improving the pesticide residue monitoring system will be discussed.

Monday, September 3, 2012

35th GREEK SHORT FILM FESTIVAL IN DRAMA -18th International Short Film Festival in Drama

17-22 September 2012

1. The CULTURAL ORGANISATION- SHORT FILM FESTIVAL IN DRAMA organizes the 35th GREEK SHORT FILM FESTIVAL IN DRAMA from 17 to 22 September 2012 in the city of Drama. Its aims are the promotion of cinema art, the cultural decentralization and the diffusion of the Greek short films.
2. Conditions for entry:
Fiction, documentary and animation short films may participate, as long as:
a) Their production was completed after January 1, 2011 and they have not been screened in public. (* especially for the edition 2012, films having been screened in public in Greece might be accepted).
b) The final print of screening is in 16mm, 35mm, BETA  or  DCP format.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Olympia: Myth – Cult – Games

This magnificent exhibition is devoted to the ancient Olympia shrine and its cult and to the contests held there that are revived every four years in the modern Olympic Games.
“Olympia: Myth - Cult - Games” is an initiative of the Greek Cultural Foundation and the Greek Ministry of Culture. The German Archaeological Institute and the Martin-Gropius-Bau are partners of the project. The Antiquities Collection of the Berlin State Museums has generously supported the project with loans.
Over 500 valuable loans from Greece will be on display. Important loans from the Vatican, Paris, Rome, Dresden and Munich will supplement the grand panorama.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Valias Semertzidis 1911-1983 : Retrospective

Photo: www.benaki.gr

This major retrospective of Valias Semertzidis’s work, which has been put together in collaboration with Nikos Hatzinikolaou, professor of Art History, focuses on bringing to light unknown as well as familiar aspects of this great artist’s oeuvre, which has, to date, been studied only sparingly. Valias Semertzidis was a consciously realist painter throughout his artistic career.
Even though he studied in Parthenis’s studio at the Athens School of Fine Arts, he was very little influenced by the teachings of his tutor.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Twice a stranger : Forced displacement and population exchange in 20th century

Photo: Jo Black
The exhibition is about the geatest forced migations and population exchanges of thw 20th century, when millions of people were uprooted and forced to move to new homelands.
Personal testimonies and rare archive footage are combined in multimedia video installations that bring visitors face-toface with the survivors of these traumatic events. Through four themes: history, the journay, home and trauma, the exhibition travels from the Greek-Turkish exchange in 1923 to the German-Pollish forced migration at the end of World War II through the Partition of India and to Cyprus crisis' in the 1960'w and 1970's.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Acropolis Museum research: Archaic Colors

Photo : Jo Black
Archaic Colors
 Commencing Tuesday 31 July 2012 and for the next twelve months, the Acropolis Museum wants to conduct research on its unique collection of archaic statues, which retain their colors to a small or large degree, and to open a very extensive discussion with the public and various experts on color, its technical issues, its detection using new technologies, its experimental use on marble surfaces, its digital reconstruction, its meaning, as well as the archaic period’s aesthetic perception of color.
So far, scientific research into the color found on ancient sculpture has made great progress and reached surprising conclusions that to a large degree refute the stereotypical assumptions regarding ancient sculpture. It turns out that color, far from being just a simple decorative element, added to the sculpture’s aesthetic quality.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Who is afraid of the Walls? Athina Ioannou

Photo: www.benaki.gr
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, 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.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Stories of light” at the Acropolis Museum

photo: Jo Black

27 June - 9 September 2012
The Acropolis Museum narrates to the visitors some of its own special archaeological stories about the light and invites them to discover them amongst the Museum’s collections.

Stories that show the relationship between the ancients and natural light. Stories about the age-old myths with which humans endeavoured to interpret the perpetual succession of day and night. Stories about their faith in the power of sunlight to regulate human affairs. Stories about the transformation of this power into art.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Conference 26 September: Future farming in times of climate change and water scarcity

Organic Days- Cyprus, September 24th – 26th , 2012

Conference 26 September: Future farming in times of climate change and water scarcity “Rural development and sustainable farming approaches for Mediterranean areas and beyond”
To mitigate and deal with the consequences of climate change, as well as resilience to periods of water scarcity are major challenges for agriculture in Mediterranean regions.
The conference "Future farming in times of climate change and water scarcity", to take place in Cyprus on 26th of September, will reflect these challenges and discuss possible solutions to be tackled within the EU policy frameworks.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

From Picasso to Koons. Artist’s Jewellery

photo: http://www.cityofathens.gr/
Wed, 16/05/2012 - 13:05 - Sun, 02/09/2012 - 13:05 The exhibition From Picasso to Koons. Artist's Jewellery at Benaki Museum in Athens, 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.
Pieces by Stephen Antonakos, Ben, Louise Bourgeois, Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, César, Giorgio de Chirico, Jean Cocteau, André Derain, Max Ernst, Ablerto Giacometti, Keith Haring, Jeff Koons, Fernand Leger, Roy Lichtenstein, Yoko Ono, Pablo Picasso and Man Ray, are just some of the works shown, most of which constitute part of the personal collection of the exhibition curator Diane Venet and pose once

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Acropolis museum hours in Greek National Elections

Ph;oto: Jo Black

Due to the Greek National Elections, the Acropolis Museum will be open on Saturday 16 June and on Sunday 17 June 2012, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Every Tuesday at the Center of Athens "HAVE FUN IN ATHENS"

Tue, 15/05/2012 - 11:00 - Tue, 05/06/2012 - 23:55

A new initiative of the City of Athens will be held every Tuesday, starting on May 15th, 2012 until June 5th . T
he City of Athens allies with restaurants, cafés and bars in the city and introduces a new action called "HAVE FUN IN ATHENS".
Restaurants at the center of Athens will offer suggested menus at the price of 10 € and café's and bars, suggested coffees and drinks at 2 € and 5 €. The Goal of this new action of the City of Athens is to boost food industry and tourism.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Greek beaches and marinas awarded the Blue Flag for 2012

394 Greek beaches and 9 marinas awarded the Blue Flag for 2012.

Δήμος Αλεξανδρούπολης
Δημοτική Πλάζ Αλεξ/πολης
Κυανή Ακτή

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

2nd International CONFERENCE (AGRIC 2012) Phytogenetic Wealth and Agricultural Heritage of the Aegean Islands

The aim of the conference is to present and discuss the plant genetic wealth and agricultural tradition of the Aegean islands and to highlight the prehistoric and historic dimension, wealth and the role of the floristic diversity and agrobiodiversity, especially local varieties, issues that are tightly connected with the agricultural landscape, customs, traditions and gastronomy of the Aegean region.
In today’s conditions, characterized by trade globalization, the highlight of the diversity of the Aegean region through awareness of the history, development of sustainable agricultural production, and enterprises based on local resources, the preservation of cultural heritage and flora protection, are worthy of being examined and studied in depth.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tassos Mantzavinos : For my strength is made perfect in weakness

Photo: http://www.benaki.gr/
The extensive exhibition is a tribute to the painted oeuvre of Tassos Mantzavinos (b. 1958), and includes approximately 120 works by the artist (oils, drawings and constructs).
These works cover all the phases of his intensely expressionistic painting progress to date, as well as all the various themes of his obsessions, which are distinguished from their deeply experiential nature.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

International Art Contest for Young People

Children & Teens,
Imagine a World
Free of Nuclear Weapons

The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs and the Harmony for Peace Foundation have jointly launched the 2012 Art for Peace Contest.

They are calling on all young artists to use their creative talents to imagine a “World Free of Nuclear Weapons.”
Whether you paint or draw, use watercolors or acrylics, pencils or crayons, the Art for Peace Contest wants you to use your imagination to express your vision for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons.
The contest begins on 1 February and ends on 30 April 2012.
This contest is open to children and teens, ages 5 – 17, across the globe.
Wherever you live, you are eligible to enter this contest

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

14 F/21 GR : Young architects in Greece and France)

Photo: http://www.benaki.gr/
This exhibition is a tribute to the oeuvre of a younger generation of architects in France and in Greece. Presenting architects and creative teams – 14 from France and 21 from Greece – it records a wealth of architectural narratives about the contemporary urban and natural landscape, revealing common soul searching in the contemporary architectural practices in both countries.
The exhibition curators, Anna Skiada and Panos Dragonas (architects), focus on presenting new perspectives on architecture and the evolution of large cities from Greece and France.

Monday, February 20, 2012

9th 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 and teenagers.
  • Visit the publishers’ stand.
  • See a wide array of cultural events and take part in discussion with writers from Greece and abroad.
  • Meet authors and have them sign your favourite books. 
Discover the world of books

Friday, January 27, 2012

''Wetlands, leisure and tourism – take a breath of fresh air"

Photo: Foloi Forest by Jo Black
With their natural beauty and biodiversity wetlands make ideal locations for tourism. The income can be significant and support livelihoods locally and nationally.
Wetlands provide other ‘services’ , too, such as water, food, water purification, erosion control ,etc., for the benefit of tourists and tourist accommodation. The income generated by tourism for national and local economies in and around wetlands can be substantial: the Broads in the UK supports the equivalent of 3,000 full-time jobs; over 1.6 million people visit the Great Barrier Reef every year, generating an income of over 1 billion AUS$. But - unsustainable tourism may bring short-term benefits but long-term losses to wetland health, compromising ecosystem services and sometimes local livelihoods.
Photo: Kaiafas lake by Jo Black
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

6th European Organic Congress

The IFOAM EU Group, in cooperation with Organic Denmark, announces the 6th European Organic Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark, 17th-18th of April 2012.
With 200 participants expected, including high-level speakers from the European Commission, the European Parliament and ...the European organic sector,the 6th European Organic Congress will take place at a crucial point in time for the debate on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Over the year 2012, far reaching decisions will be made to shape European food systems for the future: European Parliament and Council of Ministers will discuss the Common Agricultural Policy 2014-2020, based upon proposals made by the Commission in October 2011.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Solidarity with the Greek people! I, too, am Greek! //////////// Solidarité avec la Grèce

From early November  on blogosphere has started the blog http://jesuisgrec.blogspot.com/  an initiative of French citizens from the city Nantes in France where people are in solidarity with Greece, and situation which is in the midst of economic crisis, request by the Greek consulate in the Greek Nationality.
The blog has articles in French, Italian, in English, Greek, Portuguese, Dutch and Spanish
To date under the counter blog, has 97597 page views Also on the blog provides instructions on how to make a request for Greek Citizenship, see the suspension of the blog here

Appel de Nantes (grec, français, anglais),

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sorogas. 50 Years of Painting

Photo: http://www.benaki.gr/
This exhibition is a tribute to well-known artist Sotiris Sorogas, and is a retrospective of his work through his entire life in art.
The exhibition includes work from all the periods of the artist’s oeuvre, arranged in groups according to the themes he worked on. Stones, dark openings, horses, ancient bas-reliefs, portraits, old pieces of wood, remnants of old machinery, wrecks of coach work, rusted surfaces, all constitute some of his most familiar themes.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Nikos Houliaras : The Back Rooms of the Mind

Photo: http://www.benaki.gr/
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.