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International Museum Night & Day 2013


Every year since 1977, International Museum Day is held worldwide sometime around May 18. This year, more than 30,000 museums are getting ready to celebrate the event in around 100 countries on the five continents!

The theme of the International Museum Day 2013Museums (Memory + Creativity) = Social Change, aims at showing that the richness of our historical heritage, preserved and displayed by museums, together with the inventiveness and vitality that have characterised the museum sector’s action in recent years, are where the strength of museum institutions lies today.

This truly optimistic theme in the form of an equation dynamically gathers several concepts that are essential to define what a museum is today, highlighting the universal nature of those institutions and their positive influence on society.

Since 2011, ICOM patronizes the European Night of Museums, which is held every year on the Saturday closest to the International Museum Day. In 2013, both events will coincide since the European Night of Museums will take place at the same time as International Museum Day, on Saturday, May 18.
On the occasion of the International Museum Day 2013, ICOM is partnering with the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012.

Finally, the European Museum Forum (EMF) will grant the European Museum of the Year Award on May 18, 2013, in the Gallo-Romeins Museum of Tongeren (Belgium), within the frame of a partnership with ICOM.

The European Night of Museums was created in 2005 by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. On this occasion, the closing time of the museums is postponed to approximately one in the morning, which allows the public to visit the participating museums by night, for free.

By welcoming the public during the night, museums invite them to visit the collections in a different, unusual and more sensory way. Many animations are offered during this event which is attended by numerous young people and families.



The Museum of Cycladic Art celebrates with the international museum community “Day & Night at the Museum” opening its doors to the public with free admission from 10.00 am until midnight on May 18, 2013.

This year’s programme includes:

One hour tours of the museum’s permanent collections (6.00 p.m., 8.00 p.m. and 10.00 p.m.). Visitors will have the opportunity to visit the permanent collections of the MCA with short interactive tours to all permanent collections (Cycladic art, Ancient Greek & Ancient Cypriot art).

Deste Prize winners 2013 (40 minutes tours at 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.). Every two years, the Museum of Cycladic Art in collaboration with the Deste Foundation presents the works of six artists. This year’s artists are: Maria Theodorakis, Elias Papailiakis, Michael Pyrgelis, Costas Sachpazis, Alexander Tzannis and Marianna Christofides.

Screenings in collaboration with the International Film Festival Opening Nights (participation by ticket, distribution begins 60 minutes before showtime): a) Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present, by Matthew Akers (6:00 p.m., duration 106 min). b) Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, by Alison Klayman (9:00 p.m., duration 91 min).

A tribute to short experimental film artists of the 20th century, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Salvador Dali, etc. Curated by the artistic director of the Festival, Orestes Andreadakis (all day).

DJ Set by the producers of radio station En Lefko 87.7 (9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.)

Katerina Kafentzis (Kafka) and George Bakalakos (DAVID) together in a 3 hour dj set.

Outdoor Street Party on Neophytou Doukas str.


Tours for Children and Families (11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m. Duration 40 min) participation by ticket, distribution begins 30 minutes before the start.

Creative activities for children: a) Visual lab with prospective artists Deste Prize 2013 Alexander Tzannou and Elias Papailiakis (12:30-2:30 p.m., no booking fees),  b) At the same time, museum educators will lead short creative activities inspired by the museum’s permanent collection where children can create their own artwork (11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., no booking fees).

‘The Happy Prince’ by Oscar Wilde, performed by the “Flying People”. For kids and and the young at heart! (12:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Duration 75 min. Reservations necessary from May 13, 210 7294220, 10.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m.).



David Bowie is Exhibition | 23 March – 11 August 2013 @ V&A Museum

64150_10151464790043880_1036150784_nThe V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie – one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times. David Bowie is will explore the creative processes of Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon, tracing his shifting style and sustained reinvention across five decades.

The V&A’s Theatre and Performance curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh have gathered more than 300 objects that shed light on the musical innovator and influential cultural icon. They include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork.

Opening times:

10.00 to 17.45 daily
10.00 to 22.00 Fridays (selected galleries remain open after 18.00)

Address & Contact Info:

V&A South Kensington
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL
Tel. +44 (0)20 7942 2000


Young Late Night Opening @ Museum of Cycladic Art | Athens, Greece

Meet the ‘Princesses’!

Come along with your friends!

On Thursday 18th of April 2013, the Museum of Cycladic Art is organising a Young Late Night Opening, for young people and not only!


The successful archaeological exhibition Princensses of the Mediterranean will be open to the public from 21.00 until 24.00 with a reduced entrance ticket, guided tours (at 21.00, 22.00 and 23.00), music played by a Greek music producer (PEPPER fm 96.6) and Martini Royal cocktails.

If you are up to 35 years old you can become a new Friend of the Museum with a reduced annual subscription 15 € (instead of 25 €). In this way you would be able to join for free this event as well as the forthcoming events for the ‘Friends’ of the Museum. You will also benefit from a 50% discount on lectures and workshops and special free guided tours organized in other exhibitions and museums (subscriptions will be made until April 18).

General admission: € 5 (Free for new Museum Friends)



Address & Contact info:
4 Neophytou Douka Street / 1 Irodotou Street & Vas. Sofias Avenue
10674 Athens, Greece
Contact Phone: (+30) 210 7228321-3
Fax: (+30) 210 7239382

The British Museum | Ice Age art, arrival of the modern mind

Exhibition Duration
7 February – 26 May 2013


Discover masterpieces from the last Ice Age drawn from across Europe in this groundbreaking show. Created by artists with modern minds like our own, this is a unique opportunity to see the world’s oldest known sculptures, drawings and portraits.

These exceptional pieces will be presented alongside modern works by Henry Moore, Mondrian and Matisse, illustrating the fundamental human desire to communicate and make art as a way of understanding ourselves and our place in the world.

Ice Age art was created between 40,000 and 10,000 years ago and many of the pieces are made of mammoth ivory and reindeer antler. They show skilful, practised artists experimenting with perspectives, scale, volumes, light and movement, as well as seeking knowledge through imagination, abstraction and illusion.

One of the most beautiful pieces in the exhibition is a 23,000-year-old sculpture of an abstract figure from Lespugue, France. Picasso was fascinated with this figure and it influenced his 1930s sculptural works.

Although an astonishing amount of time divides us from these Ice Age artists, such evocative pieces show that creativity and expression have remained remarkably similar across thousands of years.

British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG

V&A Museum of Childhood | Modern British Childhood

Until 14 April 2013


Modern British Childhood explores how childhood has transformed in Britain during the period between the London Olympic Games of 1948 and 2012.

Charting 64 tumultuous years in history, this exhibition explores issues surrounding education, health, family, entertainment, fashion and play. From a pair of 1950s children’s NHS prescription glasses to the 2005 Teddyfone (designed for under 5s) the exhibition gathers together objects – exceptional or everyday, public or private – that dramatise the huge changes that have occurred in children’s lives. Clothing, toys, books and childcare items will be shown alongside TV and film footage and photography.

V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA

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Victoria & Albert Museum: “Hollywood Costume”

Exhibition Duration: October 20th 2012 – January 27th 2013


Dorothy Gale costume from ‘The Wizard of Oz’, designed by Adrian, 1939

This ground-breaking exhibition includes over 100 of the most iconic and unforgettable film characters from a century of Hollywood filmmaking, 1912–2012. ‘Hollywood Costume’ takes us on a three-gallery journey from Charlie Chaplin through the Golden Age of Hollywood to the cutting-edge design for ‘Avatar (2009, Costume Designer Mayes C Rubeo, Deborah L Scott) and ‘John Carter of Mars’ (2012, Costume Designer Mayes C Rubeo): Act 1, Deconstruction, puts us in the shoes of the costume designer and illuminates the process of designing a character from script to screen; Act 2, Dialogue, examines the key collaborative role of the costume designer within the creative team; Act 3, Finale, celebrates the most beloved characters in the history of Hollywood and the ‘silver screen’.