Online preview of ‘1821 Before and After’ exhibition

Online preview of '1821 Before and After' exhibition

Online preview of '1821 Before and After' exhibition

You are invited to join a live streaming presentation of the ‘1821 Before and After’ exhibition for the celebration of the Greek War of Independence bicentennial, on March 3.

The exhibition is organised by the Benaki Museum in partnership with the Bank of Greece, the National Bank and Alpha Bank.

Once the coronavirus restrictions in Greece are lifted, 1,200 objects will be on display for 8 months (March 3rd-November 7th, 2021) at the Benaki Museum.

It is part of events organised by the “Greece 2021” committee.

It is dedicated to the memory of two people who spent their lives devoted to the museum- Angelos Delivorrias, legendary director of the museum for over 40 years, and Marinos Geroulanos, member of the board.

The presentation will take place on Wednesday March 3 at 7pm (Eastern European Standard Time) on the Benaki website and on the Benaki Museum’s Facebook.

“Over the past century, the Benaki Museum has been the first museum institution in Greece to epitomise the process and development of Greek culture,” said Irini Geroulanou, President of the Board of Trustees, Benaki Museum.

“In cooperation with three major banking institutions, the Bank of Greece, the National Bank of Greece and Alpha Bank, an exhibition for the 200‐year anniversary of the Greek Revolution is organised,” she added.

The 1,200 objects will unfold more than 100 years of history (1770-1870).

The exhibition will consist of three parts:

  • The first part will start from 1770 and the Orlov revolt and will conclude with the outbreak of the Revolution in 1821.
  • The second part will follow the events of the war up to Ioannis Capodistria and his rule over the new state.
  • The third part will extend between the arrival of young King Otto in 1833 and 1870.

It will also be accompanied by children’s digital educational programs, and historical objects recreated by highly skilled modern craftspeople in paper, metal, wood, fabric and terracota.

Copies of several of the objects will also be available for sale through the museum, which is private.

*Photo is of Kostis Desyllas’ “Athanasios Diakos”, one of the famous Greek fighters, ca. 1870, 154 x 117 cm, Benaki Museum # 32926, bought for the museum with the help of the Ioannis F. Kostopoulos Foundation.

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