Dimitris Pandermalis: The man behind the New Acropolis Museum died

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The man who headed the Acropolis Museum since it’s reopening at its current location in 2009, Professor Dimitris Pandermalis, has died at 82, the Culture ministry and the Museum announced on Wednesday.

“It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to a rare scientist, an inspiring teacher, a valuable colleague, a good friend,” Culture Minister Lina Mendoni, said in a statement.

“His great work, his life’s vision, was the Acropolis Museum, which he served from the first moment, with all his strength,” she added.

“He was the soul of the Museum, when it was still only on paper… We owe it to him that Greece has one of the greatest and most beloved museums in the world, a model museum of cultural management, which honours our culture and our country.”

The career of Dimitris Pandermalis is full of top achievements in the science of archaeology.

He was a pioneer, directing the excavations at Dion, where he developed an innovative archaeological and natural park.

The professor brought new, modern ideas, as President of the Department of History and Archaeology and Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

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