Fancy a Night at the Museum?
Or a day even? Enjoy free entry into Greece’s outstanding museums on May 18 during opening hours as the country once again takes part in International Museum Day 2017.
This year’s global theme? “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums”.
Organised on or around May 18 each year, cultural events and activities can last a day, weekend or week. Participation in International Museum Day is growing around the world. Last year, more than 35,000 museums participated in some 145 countries, with the aim of developing mutual understanding, cultural exchange and peace among global communities.
Insider recommends taking advantage of free entry to check out some of the Benaki’s “on message” exhibits especially tailored to align with this year’s Contested Histories theme:
“Hidden” photographs and their stories.
To commemorate World Day of Museums, Benaki staff will select some rare and unique pieces from the 19th century photographic collection which will be presented to small groups.
Travel to 19th century Athens observing travellers’ photography as it depicts the ancient monuments of the city and its inhabitants, as you study how the new medium of depiction was introduced to Greek society and the crucial role played by foreign photographers in the spread of the art. Your starting point? The rare work of the first Greek photographer Philippos Margaritis.
The sensitivity of early photographic materials doesn’t allow their prolonged exposure to light. Subsequently, these photographs remain in a specially designed storage area at the Photographic Archives establishments at Piraeus street annex under controlled conditions of temperature and relative humidity.
Number of participants: 10 people. Entry is free, on a first come-first served basis. Telephone 210.721.1033 to register (Monday to Thursday 11:00-16:00).
“Fahrenheit 451 – Burning Books in Ancient China”
A Chinese dish will be the focus for four guided tours of the exhibition “Greece-China 2017” and a controversial narration by the historian Sima Qian.
“Give voice to what you cannot name”
Visitors will be invited to watch a screening on controversial issues that are regarded as not acceptable or publicly discussed. You will then be asked to “react” to this experience and take a stand, through an interactive procedure. By selecting these objects, composing images and “emotions”, you’ll help create a worthy artistic object-statement and leave your own trail at the Museum.
“Burning cities of the East”
Α selection of objects in the Museum of Islamic Art from the regions of Syria and Iraq will reveal a brilliant past of places that in recent years have been the center of warfare. Your guide will be the curator of the Benaki Museum Islamic Collection, Mina Moraitou.
Number of participants: 20 people. Entry is free, on a first come-first served basis. Entry is free, on a first come-first served basis. Telephone 210.721.1033 to register (Monday to Thursday 11:00-16:00).
To find out more about these and other events at the Benaki, visit HERE
Or… Feeling a little more whimsical?
Take in a free sunset-inspired piano recital at the Acropolis Museum as part of International Museum Day celebrations in Athens.
On May 20 (European Museum Night), the Acropolis Museum will be open from 8am until midnight, with free entrance after 8pm.
Visit the Parthenon Gallery from 8.30pm until 11pm and you’ll enjoy a wonderful performance by pianist Theodoros Economou, who’ll be playing improvisational compositions based on well-known Greek classical and traditional motifs, inspired by the whimsical theme “The Acropolis Museum at Sunset.”
To read the complete programme of participating museum events in Attica for International Museum Day 2017 (in Greek), click HERE
Insider Weekly, May 17, 2017