Here are our picks for the most interesting events, festivals and exhibitions coming up in Thessaloniki.
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Myself & Others: From the collection of Dionysis Fotopoulos
MIET Cultural Center at the Villa Kapandji, March 12, 2018 – May 4, 2018
The exhibition that was so popular in Athens comes now to Thessaloniki. The body of work of the celebrated and internationally recognized set and costume designer Dionysis Fotopoulos includes over 400 stage productions and over 45 films in Greece and abroad. He has worked at the Royal National Theater, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Old Vic in London, the Frankfurt Opera, and the experimental theater La Mama in New York City, among others. His written works include books on costume design in the Greek Theater and on the style of dress in Athens at the turn of the 19th century, and a monograph of the photographer Nelly’s.
The focus of this very personal exhibition selected from the artist’s own collection is the community of friends and artistic collaborators – people who inspired him to look at art, and life, in new ways. Items on display include drawings, paintings, sculptures and photographs – chiefly portraits – as well as manuscripts.
Among the many well-known Greek artists represented are Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas, Diamantis Diamantopoulos, Yiannis Tsarouchis, and Giorgos Lappas. The exhibition offers rare insight into a community of creativity and the interconnections of many of its principal figures.
Tuesdays – Sundays, 10:00 – 18:00. Admission Free
Villa Kapandji, Vasilissis Olgas 108, (+30) 2310.295.170.
Treasures of the Middle Ages
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, to April 15
A collaboration between the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki and the State Archaeological Museum in Warsaw started two years ago, when the AMTH staged the exhibition “Everyday Life in Prehistoric Macedonia” in Warsaw and and Poznan. Now, its Warsaw counterpart is returning the favor, with this exhibition of 445 artifacts, among them the most precious and representative of objects from the State Archaeological Museum of Warsaw, obtained from research in Poland, Belarus, and the Ukraine, and from private 19th century collections.
6 Manoli Andronikou St.
Open daily, 9:00 – 16:00 Admission 8 euros. (Summer price)
Zoological Forms (Ζωομορφές)
Geni Tzami, Thessaloniki through April 20, 2018 (Opening: Wednesday, February 21, 19:00 – 21:00)
Admirers of geometry, form and detail will enjoy one of the season’s most atmospheric exhibitions: a late 19th C celebration of zoological forms, in an opulent turn-of-the-century space. Explore the wondrous diversity of the Animal Kingdom as seen through the eyes of the 19th century zoologist Rudolph Lekart. His wall charts, designed for the scientific community, display the anatomical characteristics and exterior morphology of a number of representative species in precise detail.
The exhibition is housed in the Geni Tzami: built in 1902 by Thessaloniki’s favorite Belle Epoque architect Vitaliano Poselli, it’s one of the city’s most intricate spaces and an inspired setting for the works. The Municipal Art Gallery of Thessaloniki is holding the exhibition in conjunction with the Aristotle Museum of Natural History of Thessaloniki and the Marine and Land Biodiversity Laboratories of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Child Friendly.
Where: Geni Tzami, 30 Archeologikou Mouseiou Street (between Vasilissis Olgas and Delfon), tel. (+30) 2310 857978
Opening Hours: Τuesday – Friday 10:00 – 18:00 Saturday 11:00 – 15:00 Admission Free
A Symphony in 20 Parts
Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, February 16, 2018 – May 20, 2018
This collaborative effort of the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (MMCA) and the State Museum of Contemporary Art (SMCA) is the first time that works by Greek and foreign artists from the permanent collections of the two museums will be brought together. The united project has symbolic breadth, bringing new correlations and interpretations to light. Thematic units explore contemporary issues – artistic, social, and political – through the works of nearly 200 artists, while also highlighting the unique characters and histories of the respective collections.
Where: Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, 154 Egnatia (inside the HELEXPO grounds), tel. ( +30) 2310 240002
Opening Hours: Thursdays 10:00 – 22:00 Fridays 10:00 – 19:00 Saturdays 10:00 – 18:00 Sundays 11:00 – 15:00 Admission €4, €2 reduced
SELFIMAGES, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography
Opening Tuesday, February 27th, 19:30. Show runs through September 13, 2018
The self-portrait is interpreted and explored by 33 Greek photographers, in thematic units related to autobiography, identity, fluidity, the familiar and public, and primordial memory. The topic resonates with the public as the selfie flourishes on social media, creating an opportunity for dialogue: the exhibition’s 130+ self-portraits are joined by 100 selfies, displayed in the museum’s entrance. In the context of the exhibition, a selfie competition “be part of the art” was held on the museums Facebook page- these are the favorites out of 700 entries. This dialogue will continue at the exhibition itself- visitors will be enabled to take photos of themselves in the exhibition space and see it projected on a screen, creating an interactive relationship with the works. (You can see the winning selfies here)
Curator: Natassa Markidou
Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Warehouse A’, Port of Thessaloniki. (+30) 2310 566 716
Tuesday through Sunday 11:00 – 19:00 (Fridays 11:00 – 22:00)
Admission €2, €1 reduced
M. KARAGATSIS: THE GREAT CHIMERA
Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Friends of Music Hall, M1, April 12-22
Acclaimed director Dimitris Tarlow has brought to the stage The Great Chimera. This work of his grandfather, the novelist M. Karagatis, is one of the most well known and loved Greek novels of the 20th century.
The production, an adaptation by the poet Stratis Paschalis, debuted with great success at the Athens and Epidauros festival of 2014, and sold out performances throughout the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons. With a new set, the production now begins a tour throughout Greece, and abroad, with 8 performances at Thessaloniki’s Concert Hall.
Adaptation: Stratis Paschalis
Director: Dimitris Tarlow
Set Designer – Costume Designer: Eleni Manolopoulou
Music: Katerina Polemi
Lighting: Alekos Anastassiou
Movement – Choreography: Zoe Chatziantoniou
Director of cinematic portion: Christos Dimas
Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Friends of Music Hall, M1
Thursday, 12 April – Saturday 14 April: 20:30
Sunday, April 15: 19:30
Thursday, 19 April 2018 – Saturday 21 April 2018: 20:30
Sunday, April 22: 19:30
Click here for tickets.
Thessaloniki Concert Hall, April 14 – April 30
Four young Greek artists have collaborated on this theatrical audio-visual installation. In this hybrid production, theatrical text connects to sound, lighting, and the digital arts. The audience member, wearing wireless headphones, becomes the epicenter of the work as it unfolds around him in this specially designed space.
Daily, including weekends: 21:00
Text: Virginia Diakaki
Music-Sound Designer: Alexis Retsis
Installation-Lighting Designer: Christina Thanasoula
Installation-Digital Arts: Dimitris Siammas
Audio director: Virginia Diakaki – Alexis Retsis
Direction of actors: Dimitris Giamloglou
For tickets click here.
Casa Bianca, March 10 through April 27, 2018
Opening: Saturday, March 10, 12:00 – 14:00
Greek artists who studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence are reunited in this group show that asks: are their shared beginnings evident in their contemporary works? Explore the question through the works of 23 visual artists.
Casa Bianca, Vas. Olgas 180. Tel. (+30) 2313 318538. Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 – 14:00
“CAVES OF THE MIND” by Triantafyllos Vaitsis
Teloglion Fine Arts Foundation, April 19 – May 24
Shadow Theater is reimagined in the works of Triantafyllos Vaitsis. “Caves of the Mind” explores the questions posed by the allegory of Plato’s cave: freedom, internal struggles, the senses, and ideas are some of the issues addressed through the enigmatic sculptures, made of recycled industrial plastic and aluminum, and the shadows that they cast. The artist is the creator of the House of Shadow in the old town of Xanthi, opened in 2014.
Teloglion Fine Arts Foundation, Agiou Dimitriou 159A
Tue, Thu and Fri: 9:00 – 14:00,
Wed: 9:00-14:00 and 17:00-21:00
Sat and Sun: 10:00-18:00
Tickets: €5, €2,50 reduced, tel.(+30) 2310 247111
ART & ART
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, Through May 18, 2018
This inspiring exhibition celebrates the 100 year anniversary of the Psychiatric Hospital of Thessaloniki by sharing works created in the Art Workshop of the Psychiatric Hospital. These vivid, inspired, and convention-breaking works are seen alongside works from the 3rd painting workshop of the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, 6 Manoli Andronikou St.
Open Daily, 9:00 – 16:00
Admission: 8€ (4€ reduced)
“VIEW FROM MY WINDOW”- Aspects of “Home” in the Russian Avant-garde.
State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Through May 6
In the space of 20 years, the Russian concept of “home” was transformed. The traditional association with the private, the romantic, the familiar, and the familial were replaced by the communal, the modern, and the utopian. Through this selection of 90 works from the Costakis collection, the exhibition explores the evolution of the meaning the home and the familiar.
State Museum of Contemporary Art, 21 Kolokotroni Street (Moni Lazariston)
Open: Tue-Sun, 10:00 – 18:00 (Thu 10:00 – 22:00)
Admission: 3€, (1.5€ reduced)