In the atmospheric environment of the Athens University History Museum - which is located in Athens' historic neighborhood Plaka - a very interesting and original installation is on exhibit until September 14, 2014 (It might even be prolonged.). BibliotheKa or "Precision Optics" by the artist Kyrillos Sarris is actually a museum within the museum.
"Precision Optics" by Kyrillos Sarris — Photo courtesy of Athens University History Museum
A coexistence of intricate, rare optical instruments with visual works and optical illusions cause a real enigma for how sight and the human brain really work together. How do we actually perceive objects and reality? With the eyes, or with the brain?
If we assume that perception is not independent from the intellect, then how are images formed in our brain? With his installation, Kyrillos Sarris offers the viewer an optical and intellectual stimulus and invites us to examine the procedure of visual perception.
The Athens University History Museum was founded in 1987 and its principal aims are the collection, preservation, study and presentation of the university’s historical memorabilia and the organization of cultural events. The museum illustrates much more than the history of the university and constitutes an important guide to modern Greek history.
View of Athens University History Museum — Photo courtesy of Athens University History Museum
The museum is housed in the building known as Kleanthis Residence or the Old University, which functioned as the first University of the Independent Greek State from 1837 to 1841. The collections consist of books, manuscripts, documents, scientific instruments, photographs, medals and university souvenirs.
The permanent exhibition includes items that are presented thematically and pertain to the schools of medicine, law, philosophy and theology. The diversity of the collections makes a visit a unique experience of both science, art and history.
The museum organizes special educational programs for children from the last classes of primary school, and guided tours for school children, students and groups.
Lectures, conferences, music and theater events, exhibitions and symposiums are also held in the ground floor spaces. Especially in the spring and summer months, the courtyard spaces are ideal for cultural events, which are enhanced by the surroundings.
Plato's timeless classic work The Apology of Socrates, by Elliniko Theatro, is performed daily in English in a one-man show by Emmy Award winner Yannis Simonides and directed by Loukas Skipitaris.
Performances will be held daily from June 24, 2014, to July 7, 2014. After 250 performances in 14 countries, the performance has become a great success with foreign visitors to Athens. A post-performance discussion and complimentary drinks are included.