For the first time, visitors will be given an insight into the life of one of the most important Modern Greek composers, through the exhibition entitled “Mikis Theodorakis: My galaxy”.
Displayed at the Athens Concert Hall, it was organised by the Ministry of Culture and the Association “Friends of Music”, in honour of the 95-year-old.
“I would say that always and of course tonight Mikis, although absent, is an invisible magic thread that connects all Greeks, wherever they are, with Greece. For Mikis Theodorakis, the anniversary exhibition we are launching is another star in his almost century-long musical journey, a journey full of so many stars’,” Greek Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said.
The exhibition attempts to illuminate the diverse aspects of his musical and political life.
“His music that has moved and is moving millions of people around the world has inspired human rights struggles wherever they are. He has supported liberation struggles against unfree regimes. A proponent of peace, Mikis, an orchestrator of the peaceful coexistence of peoples, in his work promotes patriotic ideology, as he is the great exponent of the struggles and anxieties of the Greeks,” she continued.
“My Galaxy” is Greece’s way of honouring the Man, the Fighter and the Great Creator, Mikis Theodorakis.
“Above all, to express our gratitude to him that his songs never left us feeling alone and cut off from the beauty of our country. Let’s tell him today how proud he has made us, that music sends the light of Greece to the whole world. We assure him that his genius musical work, which leaves a legacy in Greece, will connect, at all times, in all times the Greeks with the free world,” Mendoni concluded.
The exhibition curated by architect-museologist Erato Koutsoudaki, illuminates almost a century of Mikis Theodorakis, and is arranged in 16 parts.
It should be noted that the composer’s complete archive consists of more than 100,000 sheets and includes handwritten scores, original texts, programs, press clippings, photographs, prints, posters, medals, etc.
The free exhibition will be in the foyer of the Athens Concert Hall until July 31.