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Remembering artist Dimitris Mytaras

16.03.2017 in Arts & Culture

Dimitris Mytaras In February 2017 the Culture society of Greece mourned a heavy loss when painter Dimitris Mytaras died at the age of 83. The art world has lost a dignified and humble artist, one of the few who has produced such a prolific body of work. But who was Mytaras and what earned him the respect and veneration of a nation? Dimitris Mytaras was born in 1934 in Chalcis on the island of Euboea. He lost his mother in his early childhood and live his early years with his barber father and stepmother in impoverished wartime conditions. Ηe later described…

Lydia Koniordou, Minister of Culture

16.03.2017 in Arts & Culture

Lydia Koniordou, Greek Minister of Culture, “I was ready for this new chapter in my life” “Greece has major assets in its rich cultural heritage, the breathtaking beauty of the landscape, the ingenuity of its people and their hospitality, the high quality local products. Culture can be the force that can dynamically combine these comparative advantages and bring new confidence, hope and prosperity to the Greek people.” ~ Lydia Koniordou Lydia Koniordou’s name is synonymous with Greek theatre and ancient tragedy. In November 2016, Alexis Tsipras selected her as the new Minister of Culture. Koniordou says that after a long fruitful journey in theatre, she…

The works of George Ioannou

16.03.2017 in Arts & Culture

The life and works of George Ioannou With his distinct personal style George Ioannou depicted landscapes, still life and human figures in concert with the doctrines of Impressionism. In later years, he approached Pop Art culture using comics’ technique, and turned to satirical depiction of social and political reality through creations of surrealistic and symbolic allusions. George Ioannou was born in 1926 in Athens, Greece and was the leading representative and pioneer of the Pop Art movement in Greece. He studied painting in Athens, guided by mentors like Kostas Eliades and Theodore Drosos. He would continue his studies at the Julian…

An interview with Vassilis Tsikaras – Exodos

16.03.2017 in Arts & Culture

Vassilis Tsikaras, “Culture is our way out of the crisis” The film “Exodos 1826” is an independent production from Thessaloniki. It recounts the story of the 120 men from Samarina, and surrounding villages, who rushed to help the Exodοs (exit) from Messolonghi in April 1826. The film, based on the Greek folk song “Children of Samarina” and surviving historical facts (and a little bit of fiction), is the first movie in 46 years to be released about the Greek revolution.   “What pleases me the most is that the people who watched the film tell me, ‘I knew the folk song,…

Worlds Apart

17.02.2017 in Arts & Culture

“Worlds Apart”,  A New Film by Christopher Papakaliatis Employing love as a vehicle, “Worlds Apart” stresses some of the most burning issues in Greece, the refugee and financial crises, which have altered the lives of people in Europe. Set in modern day Greece, “Worlds Apart” is comprised of three separate narratives each following a love story between a foreigner and a Greek. Each story represents a different generation falling in love during a time of socioeconomic turmoil that dominates Southern Europe overall, only to connect as a single story in the end. Almost like a triptych work of art where each painting…

Michael Kountouris

17.02.2017 in Arts & Culture

MICHAEL KOUNTOURIS: “Satire is a defense” “In my opinion, we shouldn’t talk about a refugee crisis, but about a refugee drama- the drama of all these people who are struggling to flee from war.” Having worked as a political cartoonist since 1985, having participated in many exhibitions all over the world and been awarded with numerous prizes, Michael Kountouris recognizes the power of sketches, especially of those without words, not only in message delivery and education, but also in disease awareness. Michael Kountouris says, “when used according to instructions, a sketch can break a bone, because it practically allows you to say…

Minoan Tastes – an interview with Jerolyn Morrison

18.01.2017 in Arts & Culture

Food, History, Pots and People How Minoan Tastes has become more than just a history project… In 2016, Politismos Museum featured three cultural exhibits (with still one series to come in 2017!). Minoan Tastes, founded by Jerolyn E. Morrison, curated the exhibits and is a social enterprise that promotes the culinary history of ancient Crete by working with a network of food experts, historians, and archaeologists. It was developed out of the desire to present scientific knowledge in a more tangible way for modern people so that they can better understand how the ancients performed daily activities. Jerolyn E. Morrison is…

The wonders of artist Dimitris Koskinas

18.01.2017 in Arts & Culture

Artist Dimitris Koskinas and his Architectural Wonders & Wonderful Superheroes! While the artwork of Dimitris Koskinas has been exhibited only in Greece and Italy, art collectors around the world anxiously await the chance to own one of his amazing pieces. Born and raised in Athens, near the Acropolis, artist Dimitris Koskinas grew up a stone’s throw away from the Parthenon, the Herodium Theater, and the Filopappou hill. These magnificent monuments were of profound influence from which he developed a great affection for Ancient Greek History and Mythology. In the early 90’s, Koskinas studied graphic design and traditional illustration. He then moved to London to further his…

CineDoc

18.01.2017 in Arts & Culture

CineDoc – Α Film Festival inspiring change Αward–winning documentaries traveling around Greece. Engaging dialogue between filmmakers and audiences. Art imitating life, with the most relevant issues at hand. This is CineDoc. Since 2009, CineDoc has been organizing screenings of award-winning documentaries across Greece, in collaboration with the Institut français de Grèce, Danaos Cinema, the Thessaloniki Film Festival and the municipality of Volos. Spanning nine months each year, the screenings are accompanied by a wide range of events designed to foster dialogue and inspire change. This year, refugee crisis, drugs, climate change, terrorism, Alzheimer’s disease, and LGBT issues are leading topics broached…

Andrea Eis, Creating a Visual Voice to Silent Conversations

18.12.2016 in Arts & Culture

Andrea Eis, Creating a Visual Voice to Silent Conversations Artist and teacher… Andrea Eis is a Professor and Director of Cinema Studies at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Her art is a creative blend of her academic influences (classics, anthropology and photography/film/video), bringing together film, photography and even fabric. Her recent exhibit, Marginalia, will be exhibited online with Politismos this winter. We had an opportunity to speak with the artist and learn how she is giving “visual voice” to the beauty of the words that captivate her… In addition to your work as an artist and professor of cinema studies, you also have degrees in classics…