What’s On In Thessaloniki

Events, festivals, exhibitions and more to see in Greece's second city (regularly updated).


1917: Monuments in Flames

Bey Hamam, to December 31

In the front room of the Bey Hamam is an exhibition on the great fire of 1917 and its aftermath. In the back room, there is a detailed history of Agios Dimitrios- church of the city’s patron saint, as well as a fascinating account of its restoration after the fire.

The exhibition itself is informative and interesting, but the surprise is the space- the 15th Bey Hamam, or Paradise Baths, which survived the fire and was in use until the 1960’s, is a delight to see.

Egnatia 84 (southeast corner of the park) Open daily, 10:00 – 13:00. Admission is free.

The Russian Ice Stars: Snow White on Ice

Thessaloniki Concert Hall, December 26-30

The story of Snow White started life as a dark folk tale published by the Brothers Grimm in their first collection in 1812. It has since formed the basis of countless variations and adaptations for theater, ballet and film. The Russian Ice Stars transform the classic fairytale about the pretty young girl, the evil queen, the poisoned apple and the magic mirror into an ice-skating extravaganza, with dance, acrobatics, impressive scenery and special effects, taking the audience on a wonderful journey of nostalgia.

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25th Martiou & Paralia

Dimitris Letsios: A Portrait of Volos.

Folk Art and Ethnological Museum of Macedonia-Thrace, to December 31

As part of the Thessaloniki PhotoBiennale 2018, the Folk Art and Ethnological Museum of Macedonia-Thrace is hosting an exhibition on the Greek countryside and its people in the post-World War II era, captured in black and white. Self-taught photographer Dimitris Letsios memorialized otherwise overlooked facets of life in his native Volos as the city struggled to recover from the war. Fifty wonderful shots – of fashion shows at seamstress’s parlors, shoe-shine boys posing at their work stations, commercial establishments, the bustling port and street markets – compose the candid profile of a city in transition.

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68 Vasilissis Olgas

IOLAS: A PATRON OF MODERN ART

Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Helexpo, to January 20

Contradictory, passionate, a polyglot, a radical, a scholar and a fan of world cultures, Alexander Iolas was one of the most influential figures of Greece’s post-war art scene. Now, 30 years after his death, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art has put together a tribute to the Greek gallery owner and collector that explores his exuberant personality as well as the importance of networking in shaping new cultural movements and trends. It also sheds light on his relationships with artists ranging from de Chirico and Man Ray to Modigliani and Warhol, in order to underscore that what interested him was art for art’s sake, regardless of labels.

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154 Egnatia

VAN GOGH Alive: The Experience

Helexpo, November 23-January 20

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” This quote, often ascribed to Vincent Van Gogh, is in fact from Edgar Allan Poe, but visitors to Pavilion 12 of the International Exhibition Center will recognize the truth of the words as they are transported into a dreamlike world that sheds light on the great artist’s life and art. Here, 40 high-resolution projectors cast the Dutch master’s artworks onto the walls, ceiling and floor, while additional material uncovers his interests, passions
and concerns, the issues that inspired him and those that drove
him to despair.

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154 Egnatia

CRITICIZING THE SYSTEM

Thessaloniki Photography Museum to January 27

It is easier to imagine an end to the world than an end to capitalism,” Mark Fisher wrote in his work “Capitalist Realism.” The central exhibition of the Thessaloniki PhotoBiennale 2018 draws on the late British theorist’s book title and his ideas in an effort to address issues that have propagated or exacerbated the world’s economic crises, both now and in the recent past. Comprising work on subjects such as poverty and wealth, the disparity between the middle and working classes, and industrial development and ecological disasters, the exhibition seeks to question the success of the world’s prevalent economic system.

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Warehouse A, Pier A, 3 Navarchou Votsi

Contemporary Photography

Kapandji Villa, December 7-January 31

Kapandji Villa, home to the Thessaloniki Cultural Center of MIET (the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation), is hosting two separate exhibitions showcasing the work of two distinguished Greek contemporary photographers. While thematically very different, Stratos Kalafatis’ “Archipelago,” a collection he first presented at the 10th Architecture Biennale in Venice, and Socrates Mavrommatis’ critically acclaimed “Fragments,” depictions of Greek archaeological sites and monuments, both have to do with subjects with which their native country is closely associated: the sea and history.

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The Armée d’Orient Paints Thessaloniki

Teloglion Fine Arts Foundation, to February 2

Four hundred drawings, maps and watercolors created by the soldier-artists of the Allied Army of the Orient reveal interesting facets of Thessaloniki during World War I. The collection shows us the city as seen by these ordinary soldiers from different countries and delves into Greece’s involvement in the war, the end of the conflict and the Allied forces’ appreciation of the country’s culture and archaeological riches.

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159A Aghiou Dimitriou

RIGHTS AND ART

State Museum of Contemporary Art, to February 21

Last century’s struggles for social rights were captured in posters and protest signs. A double bill at the State Museum of Contemporary Art explores social movements in two very different parts of the world – Russia and the US – in the early and mid-20th century. • “Harvard Strike Posters, Spring 1969” (Alexander Tzonis and Liane Lefaivre Collection) and “Russian Avant-Garde” (Costakis Collection).

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21 Kolokotroni, Moni Lazariston, Stavroupoli

THE PURPOSE OF COPIES

Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, November 15 2018-November 15 2019

The Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum’s new exhibition puts the spotlight on the reproduction of Greek art, by examining the materials, methods and objectives of the artists who created replicas of ancient masterpieces. The need for important works of art to be copied is as great today as it was in ancient times, and ancient Greek art has influenced trends throughout the ages. The exhibition is part of events marking the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

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