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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.).



Exploring Europe’s Museums

Museums of every type across the European continent amaze international visitors with their millions of priceless exhibits from all over the world. Here is a list of the most important, impressive and interesting Museums that everyone should visit at least once.

Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece

museum1Inaugurated in 2009, the Acropolis Museum offers yet another impressive point from which to admire the sacred rock. The near-translucent building, designed by the renowned architect Bernard Tschumi, houses objects on or around the hill and dating all the way back to the Greek Bronze Age. In the Parthenon Room on the building’s fourth level, the visitor can observe the temple’s famous sculptures illuminated by the natural Athenian light. Museum visitors have access to a range of visitor services including the ground floor café and second floor restaurant–café with its panoramic views of the Acropolis. A temporary exhibition gallery, auditorium, a virtual reality theatre and two Museum shops assure a high standard of visitor experience in the Museum.

National Archaeological Museum, Athens, Greece

3209634363_e87423bc04An essential stop for anyone wishing to learn and explore the ancient Greek and Cypriot civilizations from early prehistory to late antiquity, this treasure chest hosts a panorama of sculptures from the Classical period, black-and-red-figure vases from the Archaic era, Geometric jewellery, Agamemnon’s gold funeral mask, as well as a vast collection of Egyptian art and much more. The National Archaeological Museum is largest archaeological museum in Greece

Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece

Benaki-Museum_Gallery-view_3441More than 40,000 works of art are exhibited at the Benaki’s beautiful building on Pireos Street and its neoclassical flagship on Vasilissis Sofias Avenue in the historical centre of Athens. Works dating back to antiquity, Roman times, the Byzantine period, the years of Frankish and Ottoman occupation, the War of Independence in 1821, and the period during which the new Greek state was born, together with frequent temporary exhibitions, have turned this active institution into one of the dearest in the hearts of locals and visitors alike.

Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Greece

cycladic_bannerThe Cycladic figurine, which for many is still closely related with the magnificent opening ceremony at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, is the emblem of this superb museum. In the main building at 4 Neophytou Douka Street and the neoclassical Stathatos Mansion designed by Ernst Ziller on Vasilissis Sofias Avenue, the 3rd millennium BC – along with other historical periods – is brought back to life in excellent displays of ancient Greek art. Its Cypriot collection is one o the biggest in the world.

Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens, Greece

Byzantine_Museum_Athens_-_Room_of_the_icones_-_Photo_by_Giovanni_DallOrto_Nov_12_2009The Byzantine and Christian Museum, which is based in Athens, is one of Greece’s national museums. Its areas of competency are centred on – but not limited to – religious artefacts of the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, post-Byzantine and later periods which exhibits, but also acquires, receives, preserves, conserves, records, documents, researches, studies, publishes and raises awareness.

The museum has over 25,000 artefacts in its possession. The artefacts date from between the 3rd and 20th century AD, and their provenance encompasses the entire Greek world, as well as regions in which Hellenism flourished. The size and range of the collections and value of the exhibits makes the Museum a veritable treasury of Byzantine and post-Byzantine art and culture.

Musee d’ Orsay, Paris

orsayThis wonderful former railway station on the bank of Seine instantly catches the eye of every visitor. Inside, a rich collection of 19th century art found its ideal home, making it a must visit museum. Its collection includes works by Cezanne, Rodin, Renoir and Van Gogh, among others. Before it opening as a museum in 1986, it also served as a film set of movies including ‘The Trial’ by Orson Welles in 1962.

Louvre Museum, Paris

800px-Louvre_Museum_Wikimedia_CommonsOne of the most imposing art museums in the world, the Louvre owes its fame firstly to the majestic 210,000 sq.m. building in which it is housed – originally constructed in the 12th century as a fortress which was later used as a royal palace – and secondly to its collection of standout arworks, which include the Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’, and Paolo Veronese’s ‘Wedding at Cana’.

Le Centre Pompidou, Paris

tumblr_m4ecnppnfw1rwddp1o1_1280This multicultural complex, whose high-tech pop exterior has made it one of the French capital’s most instantly recognisable landmarks, was designed by the architects Richard Rogers, Gianfranco Franchini and Renzo Piano at the end of the 1970s. The Pompidou Centre houses the National Museum of Modern Art, a library, the reconstruction of Constantin Brancusi’s studio as well as event halls and a movie theatre. The Centre Pompidou was inaugurated on 31 January 1977 . Since its opening to the public on 2 February, 1977, it has proved a huge success, far exceeding expectations. It quickly became one of the world’s most popular cultural venues and one of the most visited monuments in France.

British Museum, London

British MuseumEvery continent is represented at the British Museum which this year will be celebrating its 260th birthday. Its extensive collection incorporates archaeological findings of immense significance, including Babylonian, Aztec, Viking and ancient Egyptian antiquities. The Rosetta Stone and one of the six Caryatids from the Erechtheion on the Acropolis of Athens are just two among the more than 2 million objects owned by the museum.

Tate Modern, London

tate-modernThe most popular of the four venues is also the most-visited contemporary art museum: 4.8 million visitors annually pass through this former power station on the banks of Thames river. Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art. The Turbine Hall, which once housed the electricity generators of the old power station, is five storeys tall with 3,400 square metres of floorspace. It is used to display large specially-commissioned works by contemporary artists, between October and March each year.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, Spain

01_villanueva_galeria_central_museo_prado_m.jpg_1306973099Velazquez and Goya are the undisputed stars of the Spanish capital’s most venerated museum. Home to a multitude of significant sculptures, engravings and paintings, the Prado offers visitors a comprehensive guide to Western art. Among its most breathtaking masterpieces are Ruben’s “Three Graces” and “The Nobleman with his hand on this chest” by El Greco, to name just two. Also visit the fascinating decorative arts collection.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), Barcelona, Spain

9707802MACBA’s collection shines a spotlight on Spanish and Catalan artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as works by their international counterparts. During your visit to this museum you will also have the chance to enjoy the impressive sight of dozens of skateboards that have turned the square in front of it into one of the world’s most famous sports meeting point.

Vatican Museums, Vatican City

vatican-museums-spiral-stairsMichelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael frescoes are just two of the many reasons visitors from all over the world flock to this independent state in the heart of Rome. The Collection of Modern Religious Art comprises sculptures, engravings and paintings from artists like Rodin, de Cirico, Klee, Gauguin, Kandinsky, Dali, Picasso and many others.

Alte Pinakothek, Munich

munich-art-galleryThe Old Picture Gallery in the city’s neoclassical “art district” is a showcase for works dating from the Middle Ages to the Rococo period. Among the artist represented in its collection, which numbers some 800 works, are Rubens, Tiziano Dürer and Frans Hals.

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Top_10_art_galleries_and_museums_in_the_world_Kunsthistorisches_Museum_ViennaUnder the octagonal cupola of the grand palace which comprises the Vienna’s Museum’s of Art History main building, the collections of the House of Habsburg include works of art, utilitarian objects, manuscripts and weaponry, while Roman antiquities and Egyptian artifacts co-exist with famous paintings such as Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s “Tower of Babel”.

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

tumblr_lcewbxNw4X1qzkp97o1_1280This palace overlooking the Bosporus served as the residence of Ottoman sultants for some 400 years and today is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was founded following the conquest of Constantinople by Sultan Mehmed II the Conqueror in 1459. As a museum it offers the unique opportunity to get an idea of the everyday life in the complex. The palace complex has hundreds of rooms and chambers, but only the most important are accessible to the public today. It contains large collections of porcelain, robes, weapons, shields, armor, Ottoman miniatures, Islamic calligraphic manuscripts and murals, as well as a display of Ottoman treasures and jewellery.

The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

ambassadors-staircase-at-the-winter-palace-in-st-petersburgThe museum’s main building is the former Winter Palace of the Russian czars, once home to Catherine the Great, who had a huge passion for the arts. Over time, the empress’ collection of paintings by Flemish and Danish masters has grown to embrace more than 3 million artworks, decorative items and other objects, and one of the richest collections of coins, medals, military decorations and seals in the world.

Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, Moscow

imagesThis impressive landmark, with its iconic skyscraper pointing up proudly towards that limitless realm of exploration also known as the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics or Memorial Museum of Space Exploration, houses a wealth of information on the Soviet space programme, including various objects and memorabilia linked to the first artificial satellite Sputnik I, Laika the dog and, of course, Yuri Gagarin.

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


18 April | International Day for Monuments and Sites (World Heritage Day)


Happy World Heritage Day!

“Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.”(UNESCO)

World Heritage Sites are natural or man-made sites that define the standards in our perception of the natural world and our civilisation. The institution of World Heritage aims to educate people about respectful coexistence, by promoting the appreciation of different cultures around the world. By highlighting the outstanding universal value of masterpieces and unique parts of the natural environment, it also promotes the need to preserve such assets for future generations and to protect them from physical, aesthetic and conceptual threats.

The proposal to celebrate World Heritage was first made on 18 April 1982 at the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) symposium in Tunisia. This suggestion was subsequently approved by the Executive commitee, as well as by the UNESCO General Conference in November 1983.

The mission of the UNESCO World Heritage Center is to actively protect and promote World Heritage, highlighting the universal value of culture. Extending beyond physical monuments and sites, UNESCO also aims to protect theIntangible Heritage, taking the concept of World Heritage even further.

The Acropolis of Athens, a unique monument of one of the most influential cultures in human history, was recognised as a World Heritage site in 1987. In acknowledgement of its gravity and symbolic presence throughout history, UNESCO has stated that the Acropolis can be seen as the symbol of World Heritage itself: “Illustrating the civilizations, myths and religions that flourished in Greece over a period of more than 1,000 years, the Acropolis, the site of four of the greatest masterpieces of classical Greek art – the Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Erectheum and the Temple of Athena Nike – can be seen as symbolizing the idea of world heritage” (UNESCO Ref.404, 2006 document).

Admission to Greece’s museums and archaeological sites is free on Thursday on the occasion of World Heritage Day.

World Heritage Day is designed to raise public awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it.

The theme for 18 April 2013 – The International Day for Monuments and Sites – is the Heritage of Education.

Several events have been organized for Thursday at the Archaeological Museum in Athens, the capital’s Epigraphical Museum, the Archaeological Museum of Patra, the archaeological site of Mystras and the Delphi Archaeological Museum.



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

Must visit! Lichtenstein: A Retrospective @ Tate Modern


Today I had the chance to visit Roy Lichtenstein’s exhibition at Tate Modern. I had previously seen Lichtenstein’s masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York a year ago.

It was a brilliant exhibition!

A central figure of American pop art, Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. In the early 1960s he broke with the precepts of abstract expressionism and hit upon a new concept of painting inspired by comic strips, advertising and mass culture imagery. The paintings were an instant sensation, provoking both delight and outrage. Over the following 4 decades, Lichtenstein’s work became internationally known for the visual power of his iconic paintings and his combination of ‘high’ and ‘low’ art.

Lichtenstein is renowned for his works based on comic strips and advertising imagery, coloured with his signature hand-painted Benday dots. The exhibition showcases such key paintings asLook Mickey 1961 lent from the National Gallery Art, Washington and his monumental Artist’s Studio series of 1973–4. Other noteworthy highlights include Whaam! 1963 – a signature work in Tate’s collection – and Drowning Girl 1963 on loan from the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Room after room (13 in total) pays tribute to his extraordinary oeuvre, celebrating the visual power and intellectual rigour of Roy Lichtenstein’s work.

You can also download the Lichtenstein app on your smartphone which includes commentary on 24 key works from the exhibition and insights from the curators.

Exhibition will last until the 27th of May 2013.

Early Poproy_lichtenstein_look_micke

War and Romance


Late NudesBlue Nude 1995  by Roy Lichtenstein

Princesses of the Mediterranean in the Dawn of History at MCA | 13 December 2012 – 8 May 2013


The Museum of Cycladic Art (Athens, Greece) presents its new archaeological exhibition under the title ‘Princesses’ of the Mediterranean in the dawn of History, curated by the Museum’s Director Professor Nicholas Stampolidis, in collaboration with Dr Mimika Giannopoulou. The exhibition presents 24 examples of ‘princesses’ from Greece, Cyprus, Southern Italy, and Etruria from 1,000 to 500 BC, and over 500 artefacts.

Royal ladies or princesses; priestesses or healers; women of authority or knowledge; local women, who stood apart from the rest; other women, who accepted and adopted the cultural traits of different societies or of the men they married in their homeland – local or foreign men – or even those women, who for reasons of intermarriage, traveled from one place to another, are the women this exhibition examines. Through their stories, one can distinctly perceive how these women played a contributing role in broadening the cultural horizons of their time, including their involvement in the development of the archaic Mediterranean culture.

This exhibition presents real women. Not mythical or other figures. Women who were born, who lived; women of flesh and bone. Or, even better, women whose material remains, their bones, survive and ‘speak’ after thousands of years. When considered with tomb and burial types, funerary customs, and, above all, the grave gifts and other objects (garments and jewellery) buried with them – whether chosen by the deceased in life, or provided after their passing by loved ones to take to Persephone’s meadow – these remains can potentially help ‘resuscitate’ them by lifting the veils of time to see their likeness, however faintly, as far as archaeological thinking and interpretation permits.

The Lady of Lefkadi in Euboea, the Wealthy Athenian Lady from the Areopagus, the famous Picenean queen from Sirolo-Numana near modern Ancone, burials from Verucchio and Basilicata in Italy, from Eleutherna in Crete, from Sindos in Thessaloniki are only a few examples of the exhibition which dazzles with its wealth of objects.