After 3 successful exhibitions, the Museum of Cycladic Art collaborates again with the Athens International Airport organizing the exhibition “Archeology and Philhellenism. Thanassis and Marina Martinou Collection “, on the occasion of the completion of 200 years since the beginning of the Greek Revolution of 1821.
The exhibition, hosted at the “Art & Culture” space at the Airport Arrivals level, started on December 16, 2020, will last until April 30, 2021 and is the only exhibition currently presented in Athens, due to restrictive measures!
The panoramic image presented at the Airport showroom copies a Panoramic Wallpaper printed in France in 1828. The representations depicted represent famous ancient Greek sites (Thermopylae, Delphi, Mount Parnassos), as well as scenes from the struggle of Greeks (1821-1828) in order to free themselves from the Turkish occupation.
The Greek Revolution of 1821, provoked the support of the western world and was transformed into a movement “In favor of the Greeks” under the name Philhellenism. The archeology of the Europeans is the longest-standing link between Greece and the rest of Europe.
During the Revolution it was transformed into philhellenism and was artistically imprinted in European works of art. After the creation of the Greek state, it was adopted by the Greek neoclassical artists with the aim of highlighting the unbreakable continuity of the ancient Greek heritage.
The works come from the Thanassis and Marina Martinou Collection, a unique Philhellenic Gallery of 19th century European works and Greek Neoclassicism that are on display for the first time and are presented next to important antiquities from major museums in Greece and Italy.
The exhibition aims to highlight the archeological aspects of the philhellenic movement, before, during and after the Revolution of 1821.