ATHENS TOP NEWS
Athens , 30-11-2015
ATHENS EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
MINERAL EXHIBITION OF GREEK COLLECTORS (13-12-2015 2:00 pm) The Mineralogy and Petrology Museum of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens organizes for the 5th consecutive year the “Mineral Exhibition of Greek Collectors”. The exhibition will last from November 22nd, 2015 to December 13th, 2015. The Museum of Mineralogy and Petrology invites the public to visit the exhibition and admire the impressive minerals from all around the world coming from Greek collections. The event “Sunday Mornings at the Mineralogy Museum” will also be held on November 22nd, 29th and December 6th, 13th. The event includes educational activities, lectures and guided tours for the whole family. Participants will have the opportunity to discover the beauty of gems, the particularity of meteorites, the uniqueness of fluorescent minerals, the history of Lavrio, etc. The scientific staff of the Museum organises the above mentioned interactive and educational activities. The Tsirides Foundation (Nicosia, Cyprus) participates with rare exhibits of unique beauty in the upcoming exhibition and event. Entrance is free. Op. H.: Monday – Friday: 08:30 – 14:00, Sunday: 10:00 – 14:00 (exhibition and event). For more info: http://museums.geol.uoa.gr/mineralogy/ Venue: Museum of Mineralogy and Petrology of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Panepistimioupoli (University Campus), Zografou.
EXHIBITION: "UNDERCURRENTS" (19-12-2015 6:00 pm) The Breeder Gallery in Athens presents a solo exhibition of works by Andreas Lolis. The show, “Undercurrents,” features 2 installations exploring the notions of surplus and deficiency through the use of marble and clay. Andreas Lolis¢ (b. 1970) practice is imbued with the awareness of the cultural weight of a large inherited sculptural tradition but also the need to confront this tradition and deal with different sides of the current sociopolitical reality amidst the crisis. The exhibition consists of two installations that are developed developed in parallel and in contrast to one another, around the conceptual dipole of surplus-deficiency. The concept of liquidity incurs conceptually throughout the exhibition Marble remains Lolis¢ favorite medium, which for the first time here is combined with clay as support to the narrative needs of this new body of work. At the gallery¢s ground floor, a thin piece of marble embedded onto the actual wall of the gallery is carved to resemble a weathered wall from extensive humidity, next to it sits an old fashion ladder made of brown marble, that resembles wood. The impression formed is that some kind of leakage or increased humidity has caused the damage on the wall and that human intervention is imminent or pending to restore it. At the basement covering the floor, dried and cracked clay resembles a dried water environment –river, lake, marsh…– where the only surviving element is a rhythmic and interrupted line of canes. These canes, carved meticulously out of marble, do not bloom, they move in limbo, deprived from the indispensable for their survival element, water. These organic forms, allegories of life in precarity are simultaneously natural obstacles, fences. The installation interacts and collaborates with the architectural elements of the space, the existing ones as well as the drain of the former industrial space of the gallery. A common denominator in both installations is the liquid element of water, either through its abundant presence or through its absence. Water stands for the natural resources and the common goods, indispensable elements of life, that are however deprived from a big percentage of the global population, threatening its survival. Through the poetic images that the artist creates, images of decline, decay and desertification, emerges his critical disposition against phenomena of late capitalism, like the irrational use and allocation of resources, accumulation, the different kinds of blockages and entrenchments, poverty, climate change… Andreas Lolis¢ previous body of work is characterized by his love for marble –a noble and characteristically Hellenic material– and his thematic dedication in perishable objects that are used to pack and transport consumer goods: crushed cardboard boxes, styrofoam pieces and wooden pallets, scattered on the exhibition space as we would encounter them in a warehouse or at the side of the street. These marble dummies at first give the impression of found objects; yet when we examine them closely –or even touch them– we discover that they are trompe l¢oeil sculptures, carved in marble to render with accuracy shapes, colors and textures. The pleasure evoked by the realistic details of the works is undeniable. But impressing the viewer, surprising him, disorienting his cognitive function is not a goal in itself. Andreas Lolis is using his classical training and material to elevate elements of a low and worthless reality to the realm of the monumental and also to comment upon an inglorious aspect of the contemporary world: the characteristic to our consumer societies production and disposal of waste. Opening hours are Tuesdays to Saturdays from noon to 18:00. The exhibition ends on December 12th, 2015. Venue: The Breeder, 45 Iasonos, 210 3317527, www.thebreedersystem.com
PERMANENT GALLERY TALKS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM (31-12-2015 5:00 pm) The Acropolis Museum gives visitors the opportunity to participate in presentations of selected exhibits held by Archaeologist–Hosts. Additionally, Archaeologist-Hosts are available to answer your questions about the Museum exhibits every day between 09:00 and 17:00. Visitors can find them by looking for staff wearing ‘archaeologist’ badges in the Museum exhibition areas. Permanent Gallery Talks are offered in English, in French and in Greek. The Museum also offers every Saturday the possibility to participate in the Alternating Gallery Talk. The arrangement of an Alternating Gallery Talk in English can be organized via telephone, every Tuesday and Friday, from 09:00 to 10:00, on +30 210 9000900 /ext. 405. 1. Permanent Gallery Talks: The Parthenon- Why we consider the Parthenon an exceptional monument of world cultural heritage? Why has it much preoccupied both previous and current viewers? Visitors have the opportunity to discuss with Archaeologist-Hosts issues relating to the architecture, the decoration and the exhibition of this famous monument, as well as its symbolism and history. They will also be able to look closely into its sculptures and to admire the temple in its natural environment through the transparent wall of the third floor of the Museum. The presentation is enhanced with special video projections in the Parthenon Gallery featuring 3D-imaging of the frieze blocks and with the use of a digital tablet. Greek: every Tuesday, at 12:00. English: every Tuesday, at 11:00. French: every last Tuesday of the month, at 11:00. Participation is limited to 30 visitors per session. Duration: 50 minutes. 2. Masterpieces in the Acropolis Museum- A presentation of masterworks on display in the Museum, their significance in their time and for world art. Visitors have the opportunity to engage Archaeologist-Hosts in discussion about art, aesthetics, religion and society at the time these works were created, all of which belonged to ancient Athens’ most important sanctuary, the Acropolis. The way in which they are exhibited in the Museum is also discussed. Greek: every Sunday, at 12:30 and evening gallery talk every Friday, at 20:00. English: every Sunday, at 13:30 and evening gallery talk every Friday, at 18:00. French: every last Sunday of the month, at 13:30. Participation is limited to 30 visitors per session. Duration: 60 minutes. 3. Archaic Colors - A presentation on the continuing research on the unique collection of archaic statues, which retain their colors to a small or large degree. Visitors have the opportunity to discuss with Archaeologist-Hosts on the color of archaic statues, 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. The presentation concludes in the special “lab” on ancient three-dimensional art, which has been set up on the second floor of the Museum. The presentation is enhanced with the use of a digital tablet featuring additional visual material, colored cast copies of exhibits, marble details painted experimentally using ancient pigments and techniques, video projections, and collections of pigments. Greek: every Friday, at 12:00. English: every Friday, at 11:00. French: every last Friday of the month, at 11:00. Participation is limited to 30 visitors per session. Duration: 30 minutes. Coupons are available everyday on a first-in first-served basis. For further details, please refer to the Information Desk at the Museum entrance.
50 YEARS GOULANDRIS (31-12-2015 8:00 pm) The Goulandris Natural History Museum hosts the exhibition “Discover the Unknown Greece - Protected Areas” which will last until December 30th, 2015. The exhibition is realized on the occasion of the 50-year anniversary since the foundation of the museum. The exhibition presents 20 protected areas - continental, island, mountain, coastal, marine areas and wetlands from all over Greece - where the Museum has developed a variety of activities dedicated to the protection of the natural and cultural heritage. Information on these areas and their fauna and flora is provided with the use of audiovisual and interactive technology. Rare and endangered plant and animal specimens from the collections of the museum are in display, as well as information about the status and the importance of biodiversity in Greece. The realisation of this exhibit was made possible by the contribution of the Kifisia Protection Association and the donation of photographs from acclaimed photographers. Goulandris Natural History Museum was founded in 1964 by Angelos and Niki Goulandris. Since its foundation, the museum has promoted research on the unique Greek flora and fauna, has highlighted the importance of environmental education and, through exhibitions and publications, has showcased the natural beauty of Greece underlying at the same time the need to protect Greek nature. For more info: www.gnhm.gr Venue: Goulandris Natural History Museum, 100, Othonos St., Kifisia (Photo: Drakolimni (Dragon Lake) © Konstantinos Vasilakis)
ANCIENT GREEK INVENTIONS (10-01-2016 8:00 pm) The Herakleidon Museum Annex in central Athens presents “The Amazing Inventions of the Ancient Greeks,” an exhibition showcasing items from the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology founded by Kostas Kotsanas in Katakolo, in the Peloponnese. Going on display are functional models of some of the most extraordinary ancient Greek inventions, including Philo¢s “robot-servant” and Aeneas¢ hydraulic telegraph. The show runs through January 10th, 2016. Opening hours: daily from 10:00 to 18:00; Thursday from 10:00 to 20:00. Venue: Herakleidon Museum Annex, 37 Apostolou Pavlou, Thiseio, tel 210.346.1981, www.herakleidon-art.gr