A new exhibition was inaugurated this fall at the new building annex of the Herakleidon Museum in Thissio, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the museum.
The exhibition, entitled Metamorphoses of Athens: A Photographic Itinerary 1839-1950, is of great interest, offering a panoramic view of the changes that took place in Athens over that period of time. The exhibit is on display at the museum until the end of January 2015.
The Herakleidon Museum – famous for its permanent collections with works of M.C. Escher and V. Vasarely and the educational courses that bring art closer to mathematics and science – has celebrated its 10th anniversary by inaugurating a new reference point of activities, very close to the central building.
Landscape of Athens — Photo courtesy of The Archives of Harry Giakoumis / Herakleidon Museum
This renovated neoclassical building facing Apostolou Pavlou pedestrian street is very close to the archeological site of Thissio and the metro station. It's an important addition to the cultural scene of Athens.
Aiming also to amplify the basic activities of the museum, the annex opened to the public on Oct. 17, 2014, with an extensive event in honor of the city of Athens. This year also marks the city's 180th anniversary of its proclamation as capital of Greece.
The exhibition Metamorphoses of Athens: A Photographic Itinerary 1839-1950 is a unique visual tour on the development of the capital of Greece, with rare material from the archives of the historian of photography and collector Harry Giakoumis.
Visitors can observe the various construction stages of Athens and consider the constant transformations of the urban landscape. Wellknown places of Athens – the large neoclassical public buildings, road scenes, the hills and the historical landscape of the city – are projected with continuous changes, which offer food for thought about the present time.
The exhibition includes more than 100 authentic photographs, some of which date back as far as the invention of the camera. The itinerary is enhanced with panoramic views of Athens in large prints, old cameras and seven binocular cameras, amongst which are two extraordinary antique appliances. Through them, visitors can view 50 photographs by turning a lever.
The exhibition is complemented by a small collection of contemporary photographs of Athens by the journalist and researcher of Athens Nikos Vatopoulos. This section plays the role of an epilogue and a bridge to the present time.
A 200-page catalogue, which includes most of the works of the exhibition and selected reproductions of photographs, is also available, ready to frame.