VISUAL ARTS

Parthenon Athens

History of the magnificent Parthenon

The celebrated Greek statesman Pericles is credited with ordering the design and construction of the Parthenon between 447 and 432 BC as a temple for Athena—the goddess of wisdom, arts and literature and war. Still dominating the modern city of Athens, the Parthenon is a magnificent testimony to the glory and renown the city enjoyed throughout antiquity. Pericles had made no idle boast then when he emphatically stated that ‘…we shall be the marvel of the present day and of ages yet to come.

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Konstantinos Broumidis: the Greek-Italian artist who painted the US Capitol

Many people may not know that some of the most famous ceiling paintings, portraits of historical figures and murals within the Capitol, are painted by Greek-Italian artist Konstantinos Broumidis. Dubbed the “Michelangelo of the United States”, his extraordinary talent has been praised by art curators world-wide.

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Greek billionaire Dimitris Daskalopoulos to convert Athens Tobacco Factory into a Cultural Centre

Dimitris Daskalopolous bought his first work of art whilst travelling through Thailand with his parents at the age of 17 – a statue that he carried with him under his arm for a week as it didn’t fit in his suitcase. Now, through his not-for-profit art foundation Neon, the Greek billionaire is converting a tobacco factory in Athens into a cultural centre as part of his mission to bring contemporary art to the people of Greece.

Odysseas Elytis

A new house for the legacy of Nobel Prize-winning poet Odysseas Elytis

The works of Greek poet, painter, and 1979 Nobel Prize winner Odysseas Elytis have been analysed by art experts and curators all around the world, while his poems have been studied in Greek schools for decades. The Greek Ministry of Culture is creating a museum house in Plaka, Athens designed to look like Elytis’s real-life home to hold his paintings, poems, notebooks and personal belongings.

Evzones

Evzones exhibition starts at Athens City Museum

The Evzones guards are a true living attraction of the city and an eternal symbol of Greece, synonymous to valour and heroism. The Athens City Museum is dedicating its new exhibition to these elite soldiers, with portraits, sculptures, embroideries and works of contemporary Greek art, as well as souvenirs, rare photographs, archival material, unreleased historical relics and collectibles from public and private collections that aim to tell the story of Evzones throughout the years of the Greek revolution.

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Four of the finest Ancient Greek sculptures kept in museums away from their motherland

The movement to return the Parthenon marbles to their motherland was started in the 1980s. But it is not just the Elgin marbles that have been removed from Greece. Some of the most magnificent Greek sculptures ever created are in fact located in various museums around the world, proudly representing the country in which they were born.

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Wotz Hot Clothing: Spring Racing Edit 2020

As restrictions begin to ease in the Southern Hemisphere and retailers can again start to take joy in inspiring clientele to get dressed up with events resuming, Greek City Times asks Wotz Hot Clothing – fashion boutique of choice for the ‘who’s who’ – for their hot tips for Spring Racing Season 2020.

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Photographer Effy Alexakis to exhibit in Athens: Greek-Australians: In Their Own Image

Renowned Greek Australian documentary photographer is to present her photographic exhibition Greek Australians: In Their Own Image, featuring select works that capture the depth and diversity of Australia’s Greek presence through moving individual migration stories that resonate.

Pisti

Handcrafted by Pisti: Greek cultural gift store

Made with love and guided by faith, the beautiful creations of Pisti are meaningful cultural gifts that are custom-made by inspiring 23 year old Greek-Australian artist Georgia Xirocostas.