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Until May 31/2016

The Byzantine and Christian Museum is hosting the exhibition “Armenia. The spirit of Ararat from the Bronze Age to the 20th century” in its halls, presenting archaeological findings and cultural treasures which bear witness to the Armenians’ historical course, and highlight their Hellenistic and Byzantine past, as they were subordinates to the states of Alexander the Great and his successors, and citizens, allies or friends of the Byzantine Empire. The exhibition is completed by visualised archival material related to the Armenian Genocide (1915 A.D.) and the demolition of significant monuments of their cultural heritage.
(Vasilissis Sofias 22, tel. 2132139607, www.byzantinemuseum.gr - Metro: Evangelismos)



Collecting Art in 20th-Century Athens: The Valadoros Collection at the Benaki Museum
Until January 24
This regards one of the most significant donations received by the Benaki Museum in the last decades: A rich collection of over 300 icons, ecclesiastical, ancient and more recent objects as well as rare editions and incunabula from abroad are on display at the museum’s main building, reflecting the preferences, interests and intellectual pursuits of Tassos Valadoros and his sister Maria, members of a cultured bourgeois family of 20th-century Athens. (1 Koumbari Str & Vassilissis Sofias Avenue, tel. 2103671000, www.benaki.gr - Metro: Syntagma / Evangelismos)

“A dream among splendid ruins…” Strolling through the Athens of travelers, 17th–19th century
Until October 8, 2016
Landscapes and monuments of Athens from the 17th until the 19th century, as seen through the eyes of European travelers, are presented by means of illustrated travelogues, original works of art, oil paintings and watercolours, while thirty-five marble sculptures from the National Archaeological Museum collection complement this charming narrative. The exhibition reflects a period when – despite the dark side of traveling, meaning the “mania” for antiquities and their plundering – there was a shift towards the intensification of archaeological research and the study of classical antiquity. (44 Patission Str, tel. 2132144891, www.namuseum.gr - Metro: Omonia)