METAMORPHOSES OF ATHENS: PEOPLE-MEMORIES-MONUMENTS. A photographic itinerary 1839-1960
April 15 - July 19 2015
Daily 10:00-18:00

Following its great success, the exhibition Metamorphoses of Athens, which opened in October 2014 in the annex of the Museum Herakleidon, on the occasion of the 180 years since Athens became the capital of Greece, is being enriched, beginning on April 15, with the addition of 120 new photographs focusing on people. Furthermore, it is being extended through July 19, 2015, with the title Metamorphoses of Athens: People-Memories-Monuments. Photographic itinerary 1839-1960 and is under the auspices of the Municipality of Athens.

This exhibition is a unique tour of the development of the Greek capital and its people, thanks to rare archival material from private collections and is curated by the art historian Haris Yiakoumis. It includes more than 200 rare original photographs, two watercolors, large prints of panoramic views of Athens, old cameras, and special stereoscopic devices of the time, showing 100 stereoscopic plates in 3D.  The exhibition is further enhanced by a selection of contemporary photographs of modern Athenians (“City Glances”) of the journalist and student of Athens, Nikos Vatopoulos.

For the visitors who would like to keep the memory of this itinerary alive, two books are available: Metamorphoses of Athens. A photographic itinerary from the 19th to the 20th century (H.Yiakoumis, Tasos A. Andreou, published by Kallimages, Paris 2014) and Faces of Athens from the 19th to the 20th century, 1855-1960 (V.Mavroeidakou, H.Yiakoumis, published by Kallimages, Paris 2015). Also available are high-quality reprints of selected photographs (printed on an EPSON Stylus Pro 3880), ready for framing.
     
Guided tours of the exhibition

The Herakleidon Museum organizes a series of guided tours of the exhibition by Mr. Haris Yiakoumis, art historian & curator of the exhibition. 

Participation cost: 6€, including admission
Duration: one and a half to two hours
Reservations: Daily 10:00-18:00
T: 211 01 26 486 E:
annex@herakleidon-art.gr 

Program:
 - THURSDAY June 18th, 11:00-13:00 & 15:00-17:00
 - FRIDAY June 19th, 11:00-13:00 & 15:00-17:00
 - SATURDAY June 20th, 11:00-13:00
 - SUNDAY June 21st, 11:00-13:00     

MUSEUM HERAKLEIDON
(Ap. Pavlou 37, Thissio) 
T: 211 01 26 486 / E: annex@herakleidon-art.gr
Hours: The museum’s annex will be open daily from 10:00 to 18:00 from May 25th until end of October 2015. It will remain closed from July 20th until July 31st 2015 for the installation of the next exhibition.
General admission: 4 €

METAMORPHOSES OF ATHENS METAMORPHOSES OF ATHENS A PHOTOGRAPHIC ITINERARY 1839-1950
October 17th 2014 - End of March 2015
Mondays: closed
Tuesday-Friday: 15:00-19:00
Saturday-Sunday: 11:00-19:00
Holidays: closed

The Herakleidon Museum is celebrating its tenth anniversary with the opening of a new space for art and culture. Known for its permanent collections of works by M.C. Escher and V. Vasarely, as well as its educational programs that bridge art with mathematics and science, the Herakleidon Museum is now opening a new center of activities, a short distance from the main building.
This is a beautifully restored neoclassical building facing the pedestrian street of Apostolou Pavlou, near the archaeological site and the metro station of Thissio.

The Herakleidon Museum annex aims to enrich the cultural life of Athens, while complementing and expanding the main direction of the museum. It will open to the general public on Friday, October 17, 2014 with an extensive tribute to the city of Athens, to celebrate the 180 years since it was proclaimed the capital of Greece. The photo exhibition:

Metamorphoses of Athens
A Photographic Itinerary 1839 – 1950

which was curated by the art historian Haris Yiakoumis, is a unique tour of the development of the Greek capital, through rare archival material of private collectors.

The visitor will be able to follow the many construction phases of Athens and reflect on the constant changes of the urban landscape. Well-known landmarks of Athens, large public neoclassical buildings, street scenes, the hills and the historical landscape of the city are presented as they have changed over the years, which inevitably makes one think of today.

The exhibition includes more than one hundred and thirty authentic photographs, some of which date to the beginnings of the photographic art, and will be on show until the end of January 2015. The itinerary is enriched with panoramic views of Athens in large format, old cameras and seven stereoscopes, two of which are amazing apparatus of the time that allow the visitor to look at fifty photographs by turning a lever.

The exhibition is complemented by a small selection of contemporary photographs of Athens taken by journalist and student of Athens Nikos Vatopoulos, a section that functions as an epilogue and a bridge with the present.

For the visitors who would like to keep the experience of this photographic itinerary alive, there is a 200-page publication with the majority of the exhibits on display, as well as a selection of photo reproductions, printed on a state-of-the-art EPSON printer and ready for framing. These reproductions have been printed on an EPSON Stylus Pro 3880 and are ideal for anyone who wants to enjoy the high quality of a genuine reproduction, as only Epson printers can certifiably produce.

The Herakleidon Museum thanks the sponsors of this exhibition, EPSON and KATHIMERINI, Mr. Haris Yiakoumis for curating and providing the rare material, Mr. Nikos Vatopoulos for his participation and valuable contribution, as well as the employees and volunteers who helped with this presentation.
- Paul and Belinda Firos

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Main Building: 16 Herakleidon Str, Thissio, 118 51 Athens, Greece,  Τ: 210 34 61 981, F: 210 34 58 225, Ε: info@herakleidon-art.gr 
Annex: 37 Apostolou Pavlou Str , Thissio, 118 51, Αthens, Greece, T: 211 012 6486, E: annex@herakleidon-art.gr