"The Jews of Thessaloniki. Incedible marks in space"
September 18th - September 30th 2012
Curators: Polixeni Adam-Veleni, Director of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, Evangelia Stefani, Head of the Exhibitions Department, Eleuftheria Akrivopoulou, archaeologist-museologist, Angeliki Koukouvou, archaeologist.
In cooperation with: 9th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Museum of Byzantine Culture, Folklife and Ethnological Museum of Macedonia – Thrace, Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki, Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, Museum for the Macedonian Struggle, Thessaloniki History Centre.
The exhibition “The Jews in Thessaloniki. Indelible marks in space” is an attempt towards the recomposition of the palimpsest of the major Jewish community in Greece, guided by the tangible or intangible 'indelible marks' of the Jewish presence in the city in the course of time.
Through four exhibition unities the history of the Jewish Community is presented as an archaeological search, from the Hellenistic period, when the first signs of its presence are traced, till the tragic annihilation during the WWII; a journey in time and place through the history of the Jews of Thessaloniki revealing another story of the city; a course through the city history with stops-landmarks that reflect the religious, social, economical and spiritual dimension of the Jewish Community. Points of referral: the University of Thessaloniki, an area where already from ancient times the Jewish cemetery extended, the Ancient Agora of Thessaloniki, where the Rogos Jewish community was located, the hotel Electra Pallas in Aristotelous str., built in the place of the known School of Alliance, Liberty Square, the customs-house at the port, the commercial arcades Saoul and Modiano, emblematic buildings-villas in the east part of Thessaloniki, and the railway station, where the wretched settlements of the poor Jews were located (settlement Hirs ).
Objects, rich audiovisual material, which includes unpublished documents, photos, maps, narratives and testimonies, accompany the thematic unities.
The exhibition is part of the 'Thessaloniki: Cultural Crossroads' programme of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Curator: Stamatios Hondrogiannis, archaeologist MBC
In cooperation with: the 4th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, the 6th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, 7th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, 9th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, 10th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, 12th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, 23rd Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, 25th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities,17th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Byzantine and Christian Museum, Benaki Museum of Islamic Art, Historical Museum of Crete, Numismatic Museum, Science Centre and Technology Museum "NOESIS", Library AUTH.
Focusing on the revelation of aspects of both the Byzantine and Arab cultures, the exhibition "Byzantium and the Arabs" will present the relations and interactions between Byzantium and the Arabs from the 7th c. A.D. till 1453 (capture of Constantinople by the Ottomans).
The identity of the Arabs, the birth of the new religion of Islam and the caliphates, the great expansion outside their peninsula, the sieges of Constantinople and the capture of Thessaloniki by them in 904 will all be represented in topics of the exhibition. The fights between Byzantines and Arabs and the emergence of the tradition on the "Akrites" and especially Digenis Akritas will also be among the topics of our exhibition.
Alongside the wars, the interactions of both civilizations in the fields of letters, science and art will also be represented.
The exhibition will be comprised of over a hundred objects, such as icons, manuscripts, jewelry, coins, ceramics and sculptures from the collections of the Museum of Byzantine Culture, as well as from collections of public and private museums and Ephorates of Antiquities in Greece and will be supported by visual material.
The exhibition is part of the "Thessaloniki Cultural Crossroads" programme of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Exhibtion "Selections from the Costakis collection"
September-December 2011 / Moni Lazariston
Curators: Maria Tsantsanoglou, Angeliki Charistou
In the Moni Lazariston, the seat of the Costakis Collection, works of the Russian Avant-Garde are presented in the two central exhibition halls, into thematic unities, and in accordance with a selection of works of the artists participating in the main programme. In the basement, two rooms are devoted to the various movements of the Russian Avant-Garde art, while at the same time the interaction of other expressions of art -poetry, theatre, music, cinema, architecture- with the visual arts is pointed out. Within this framework the phenomenon of the organic composition of the arts, characterizing broadly the period of the Russian Avant-Garde, is presented together with the inexhaustible inspiration, the dominant and perpetual character of the art of this period.
Exhibition: 'Jan Fabre' (the exact title and venue will soon be announced)
On the occasion of the participation of the SMCA in the presentation of Jan Fabre's new work 'Pietas' in the 54th Venice Biennale (04/06-27/11/2011), a connection with the exhibition will be made, and audiovisual material and preparatory work of the particular unity of the prominent Flemish artist will be presented.
In cooperation with: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh)- School of Architecture, Institute Mohamet Ali for Research in Eastern Tradition, Kavala (IMARET), National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation (Morfotiko Idryma Ethnikis Trapezis-MIET)- Thessaloniki Department.
"Roaming Images" is a nomadic forum that brings East and West together, by researching the various concepts of image along with the ideologies and geo-cultural climates that fostered them. Contemporary artists are called to re-define their relation with the cultural heritage of the Arabic peninsula and the Eastern Mediterranean as places of a long-standing artistic and cultural convergence. The notion of image becomes the universal vehicle that tells us the story of how we speak, how we think and even envision the future.
The "Roaming Images" project consists of the exhibition 'Roaming Images with curator Iara Boubnova, as well as of the 'Roaming Images, Routes' with curator Sotiris Bachtsetzis. Within the framework of the 'Roaming Images, Routes', a series of projects (organization of site-specific projects or public art interventions, lectures, workshops etc) is taking place in various cities - stations, along the route linking Muscat (Oman) to Thessaloniki (Greece), with the participation of local artists, writers and scholars that work in this broad geographical region. With the cooperation of the creative forces of local organisations, partners and institutions, 'Roaming Images', in Thessaloniki, presents works of art connected with these events and with their documentation.
At the same time, the exhibition 'Photography as a Means of Creating or Subverting Stereotypes', curated by Lena Athanasopoulou, at the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation-Thessaloniki Department, presents works of students involved in the issue of stereotypes.
Organizing Committee of 'Roaming Images': Xanthippi Scarpia-Hoipel (President of the Board of Trustees of MMCA, Katerina Kamara (General Secretary of the Board of Trustees of MMCA), Matoula Scaltsa (Member of the Board of Trustees of MMCA), Denis Zacharopoulos (Artistic Director, MMCA), George Papakostas (President of the School of Architecture, AUTh), John Epameinondas (Director MIET-Thessaloniki Department), Anna Tzouma-Misirian (President of IMARET)
Roaming Images is supported by the program Crossroads of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennial. It's part or the Focus Middle East project by MMCA.
Curators: Rozanna Ballian (Benaki Museum-Athens), Panagiotis Bikas (Teloglion Foundation of Arts, AUTH)
In cooperation with: Benaki Museum of Islamic Art
The Teloglion Foundation of Arts A.U.Th. will present the exhibition under the title "Pieces and Fragments from Fustat". Fustat, the first capital of Egypt during the period of Arabic domination (7th century), which flourished in the 12th century, is now part of the old Cairo. It's known for its archaeological remains, which were discovered in the last hundred years.
These findings, from the rich repositories-garbage dumps, offer important information on the glorious past of the city. The objects in exhibit consisted part of the well-known collection of Antonis Benakis and today are part of the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art Collection in Athens. These special works of art will accompany furniture and small objects from the collection of Nestor and Alice Teloglou aiming at an exhibition which searches to highlight issues such as the value of the fragment as a record of culture, as well as the selections of Greek collectors. The exhibition is part of the programme 'Thessaloniki: Cultural Crossroads' of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
The 3rd International Young Artists' Workshop is focusing on the contemporary experimental art, highlighting a characteristic dimension of Thessaloniki, as a cultural crossroad with historical and broader dimensions.
The workshop could function as a 'temporary autonomous zone' within the Mediterranean environment and its economical and political conflicts, realignment and unrest. In this framework, the title 'Domino' was selected, as a reference to the known and dominant -on a political and economical level- theory of the 'Domino effect'. Based on the central idea of the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennial and the workshop's concept, all the participating artists come from the Mediterranean and the Middle East regions.
The workshop will begin on the 18.09.2011, at the former army camp 'Pavlos Melas', with the kind support of the Municipality of Pavlos Melas. It will be brought to completion on October the 7th, with the opening of the exhibition of all the works produced during the artists' stay (duration of exhibition: 07.10-07.11.2011).
Participating artists: Dimitris Ameladiotis (Greece), Nadia Ayari (Tunisia), Sirine Fatouh (Lebanon), The Fleetgroup (Georgia), Andre Gonçalves (Portugal), Elina Ioannou (Cyprus), Nader Sadek (Egypt).
Performance Festival, Thessaloniki, 19-25 September 2011
The Performance Festival constitutes an international meeting of this rather radical and unconventional artistic practice within the framework of the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art. As in its emergence (May 2009), the Festival will focus utterly on the art of performance, aiming at evolving into a meeting place and an interactive platform of Greek and foreign artists, that search for the ultimate value of the human body, in terms of its form and content, and set off the social-political dimension of this particular expression of art. The aim of the Festival is to collect and to present all the heterogeneous elements that make up performance art and to portray all the possible dimensions for a thorough exploration of all the pertinent aspects, meanings and ideas. Alongside the live performances, the festival will encompass lectures, masterclasses, screenings, workshops, concerts, tributes and an exhibition, in an attempt to approach the meaning, the history and the development of performance in Greece and abroad.
The French avant-garde artist ORLAN will be the Guest of Honour of the Performance Festival. Screenings of historical performances will be included as well as a presentation of her work, through a discussion with the 3d Biennale Director, Katerina Koskina.
The Festival will take place in various places in the city, external and internal, and will offer to the broader public the opportunity of communication and interaction.
Artists: Nisrine Boukhari (Syria), Silvio De Gracia (Argentina), Nezaket Ekici (Turkey), HOPE (Greece), Regina José Galindo (Guatemala) Alastair MacLennan (N.Ireland), Mohammad (Nikos Veliotis, Coti K. ILIOS-Greece), Liza Morozova (Russia), Kira O’ Reilly (U.K.), Luigi Presicce (Italy), Wafaa Yasin (Palestine), Christina Georgiou (Cyprus), Michael Karikis (Greece), Efi Birba & Aris Servetalis (Greece), Georgia Sagri (Greece), Evi Georgi (Greece).
Symposium (the time and place will soon be announced)
The 3rd Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art will also embrace a meeting of the Mediterranean Cultural Parliament (M.C.P.) which will go along with a sequence of lectures.