Exhibitions - Events - Installations
Exhibition "We knew thee of old: Physiognomies of '21"04.09.2021

On Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 21:00 in the Municipal Market of Hydra is inaugurated the exhibition "We knew thee of old: Physiognomies of '21" organized by the National Historical Museum and the Municipality of Hydra and curated by Iris Kritikou and Ifigenia Vogiatzi. The exhibition is presented in Hydra in the context of the anniversary events of the National History Museum and the Municipality of Hydra for the 200 years since the beginning of the Greek Revolution. It is planned, with intermediate stations, to be presented in Athens as well.

Ordinary people in unusual situations could be the subtitle and illustrative quest of this exhibition, which seeks to reconstitute the physiognomies of '21 and reposition them in their human dimension. The protagonists and their protagonists-people, the elderly, women and children, the prominent but also the invisible everyday heroes who were called to surpass themselves due to the special circumstances, welcome the visitors by combining fragments of characteristic, period clothes, of people and heroes and become the gushing sources for the contemporary artworks of the exhibition.

Artworks from the collections of the National Historical Museum - historical portraits of known and unknown Greeks of the era of the Independence Struggle, many of which have not yet been presented to the public - are placed in a joint installation with creations of contemporary distinguished Greek artists, proposing a new way of approaching the natural protagonists of '21, beyond and behind their standard image. The main body of the exhibition constitutes of the modern portraits of protagonists and non-protagonists of the Greek Revolution that each participating artist chose to create, proposing the human dimension of those who gave recorded and invisible battles in the name of a Nation.

In summary, the exhibition seeks to collect contemporary paintings and sculptures of portraits of men, women and children who fought, often dying hard or dying of poverty. Many of the participating works are based on well-known iconological models, but bear the weight of the visual personality and the aspirations of their creator. Others, however, were invented from the beginning, following a historical note, an archival letter, a poem, an oral narrative, an unidentified portrait of a man, woman or toddler in an old book engraving or museum room.

The George Zongolopoulos Foundation participates in the exhibition with the sculpture Equestrian Statue of Georgios Karaiskakis. This is a rare sculpture of its collection that is presented for the first time in the exhibition and exists as the proposal of George Zongolopoulos with which he participated and was awarded in the competition announced in 1939 for the equestrian statue of the Greek Revolution's hero Georgios Karaiskakis. In the collection of the Foundation are kept studies, sketches and the above mentioned sculpture of George Zongolopoulos for Georgios Karaiskakis.

The following artists participate in the exhibition with their works:

Io Angeli, Yiannis Adamakis George Androutsos Katerina Antachopoulou, Zacharias Arvanitis, Calliope Asargiotaki, Marilitsa Vlachaki Elena Votsi, Vassilis Vrettos, Andreas Georgiadis Savvas Georgiades Mark Georgilakis Maria Giannakaki, Francis Dukakis, Stamatis Zannos George Zongolopoulos, Peace Iliopoulou , Gogo Ieromonachou, Giota Ioannidi, Giuliano Kaglis, Stavroula Kaziale, Sofia Kalogeropoulou, Korina Knithaki, Vasiliki Kolipetsa, Andreas Kontellis, Themis Kontogouris, Vangelis Kyris & Anatoli Georgiev, Vassilis Liaouris, Michalis Madenis, Thanassis Makris, Tasos Mantzavinos, Minas Mavrikakis, Tasos Misouras, Timos Batinakis, Giannis Bekiaris, Hariton Bekiaris, Panagiotis Beldekos, Rouli Boua, Andreas Nikolaou, Miltos Pantelias, Elias Papailiakis, Konstantinos Papamichalopoulos, Maria Papanikolaou, Panagiotis Pasantas, Stelios Petroulakis, Vassilis Poulios, Rania Ragou, George Sampsonidis, Dimitris Sarasitis, Ifigenia Sdoukou, Christos Stanisis, Marina Stellatou, Stefanos Souvatzoglou, Praxitelis Tzanoulinos, Panagiotis Tountas, Antonis Tsakiris, Stefanos Tsiodoulos, Nikolas Christoforakis and Yiannis Psychopedis.


The exhibition will be followed by the publication of a catalog. Within the framework of the exhibition, parallel actions are planned to be announced.


"We knew thee of old: Physiognomies of '21"

Opening: Saturday, September 4, at 21:00


Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 11:00-14:00 and 18:00-22:00

Duration: September 5 - October 31, 2021



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