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Retrieved Artefacts @ New Acropolis Museum

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Some 75 artefacts, including the magnificent 6th-century vessel known as the Euphronios crater, will be presented at an exhibition which will be inaugurated at the New Acropolis Museum (www.newacropolismuseum.gr) in September. The artefacts present a special interest because they constitute artefacts of Greek and Roman origin that were found on Italian soil, and were subsequently illicitly exported abroad. Eventually, American museums (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles) returned the artefacts to Italy and were later displayed in Rome as part of the “Nostoi: Capolavori ritrovati” (Greek for ‘Homecomings’: Italian for recovered masterpieces) in the beginning of 2008. The same exhibition – the retrieved artefacts – will be hosted by the New Acropolis Museum. The opening is scheduled for September 23 and the exhibition will run until the end of 2008. Together with the artefacts offered by Italy, the exhibition will also comprise artefacts displayed in foreign museums and private collections which have recently returned to Greece permanently. The New York Times – Arts: Nostoi: Recovered Masterpieces

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Wines of the Times: Crisp, Refreshing and Greek

Eric Asimov, in this winetasting report on Greek wines (New York Times, 06.08.2008 ), notes that much has changed and improved during the last four years: “Greece offers a subtly different take on familiar Mediterranian-style wines, with unfamiliar, indigenous grapes grown nowhere else. From the windswept volcanic island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea comes the assyrtiko grape (pictured right), from the Peloponnesus comes the pink-skinned moschofilero grape, which produces highly floral wines that can often have a rosy tinge to them. And there are so many others, like the ancient athiri, the light, citrus-imbued roditis and the textured savatiano.” FOR MORE LOOK AT: http://events.nytimes.com/2008/08/06/dining/reviews/06wine.html?scp=3&sq=greece&st=cse

Greece: A Break in Athens

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   “Athens is not only the Parthenon” is what Joanna Kakissis suggests in her article “36 Hours in Athens, Greece” published in the travel section of the New York Times (May 4). The author recommends a trip around Athens instead of a hasty escape to the islands. Thanks to many of its unknown or underestimated charms, Athens is ideal for a three-day break. Apart from museums and historical sites, the city possesses natural beauty and keeps some of its real jewels hidden. Whether for a gourmet dinner or just a romantic view from above, even the most demanding visitors will be happily surprised by Athens’ tempting offerings.  Continue reading

Summer Festive Times in Greece: The Renewing the Tradition

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)    What is the Athens Festival? A great celebration that has lasted 52 summers and has hosted some of the leading lights of theatre, music and dance. From Mitropoulos and Callas to Rostropovich, Pavarotti, Leonidas Kavakos and Dimitris Sgouros. From Theodorakis and Hadjidakis to Peter Hall, Noh theatre, Bunraku puppet theatre, and the Peking Opera. From Balanchine to Pina Bausch, and from Nureyev and Fonteyn to Martha Graham and Alicia Alonso.  The Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the heart and emblem of the Festival for more than half a century, is no longer its only venue. Two recent additions include Peiraios 260 which, with its two stages and its atrium, was latetly dubbed “the new star of the summer”, and Scholeion which has already become a by-word for its alternative events and workshops. Since 2007, “the Festival is travelling” with the mobile “Caravan Theatre” which takes to the streets in search of all those who cannot attend one of the Festival’s ‘permanent’ theatres. Events are also staged at  the Athens Concert Hall, the Benaki Museum and a number of theatres around the city. Continue reading

Athens – Epidaurus Festival 2008

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) The 2008 Programme of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival will be announced during a Press Conference to be held tomorrow at 11:30 am. The Press Conference will be broadcast live on the Festival’s website (www.greekfestival.gr). The festival runs from May until late August in Athens and Epidaurus.
Last year’s festival was described as a vibrant arts experience by the New York Times (“A Withered Greek Summer Festival Bursts Into Bloom,” July 24, 2007).

Renzo Piano construira le nouvel Opéra d’Athènes

(GRECEHebdo) L’architecte italien, Renzo Piano, renommé par ses oeuvres, parmi lesquelles figurent le Centre Pompidou à Paris et le bâtiment du journal ‘New York Times’, a été choisi comme architecte du nouvel Opéra d’Athènes. Le projet prévoit aussi la création d’un complexe culturel comprenant -entre autres- la nouvelle Bibliothèque Nationale. L’oeuvre est entièrement financée par la fondation Stavros Niarchos avec la somme de 300 millions d’euros et sera remis à l’état grec, dès l’achèvement de sa construction.    Voir aussi:  Renzo Piano to Design Greek Opera House (New York Times, 22.02.08)

New Acropolis Museum: Video about the Construction and the Transport of the Exhibits

(ORGANISATION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW ACROPOLIS MUSEUM) This short video provides you with the opportunity to view the later stages of construction of the New Acropolis Museum through to its completion. Both the preparation and transport of a block of the Parthenon frieze is covered including the momentous occasion of its transport and arrival from the old to the new Museum: http://www.newacropolismuseum.gr/webnews/newslist.asp?offset=0&nid=44&lid=2  .  The childrens’s Book “The Museum and the Excavation: Now for young and old“: http://www.newacropolismuseum.gr/eng/ch_book_eng.pdf Continue reading