The Benaki Museum and the Committee "Greece 2021" jointly announced the inclusion of the emblematic exhibition "1821 Before and After" in the official program of the projects and events planned to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Revolution of 1821. The announcement was made during a teleconference held by the President of the Committee, Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, with the President of the Administrative Committee of the Museum, Irini Geroulanou.
The exhibition, which will be inaugurated in March 2021 and is expected to be a leading cultural event of the anniversary year, takes place with the cooperation of the Museum, the Bank of Greece, the National Bank, and Alpha Bank.
Irini Geroulanou (President of the Administrative Committee of the Benaki Museum): The exhibition is a leading event for the Museum
After thanking the President and the Committee members for their cooperation and support, Mrs. Geroulanou described the exhibition's inclusion in the anniversary celebrations' official program as an "alliance." She underlined: "It is self-evident that we will cooperate with the Committee "Greece 2021," which undertook the coordination of the projects and events concerning the 200th anniversary."
Speaking about the exhibition, which will be organized across all the levels of the Benaki Museum/Piraeus 138 building, will run for eight months and will include 1200 objects, the President of the Museum characterized it a leading event for the Benaki Museum and made a brief presentation: "The Greek Revolution is presented, in its broader historical context, starting in 1770 and leading up to the first years of the reign of George I. For the exhibition's needs, we are using collections and archives both from the Museum and the three banks involved in the project".
Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki (President of the Committee "Greece 2021 "): The Benaki Museum is a point of reference in Greece's contemporary culture
Ms. Angelopoulos thanked the President of the Administrative Committee of the Museum for the cooperation and emphasized that the Benaki Museum is a point of reference in Greece's contemporary culture: "Since 1930, when Antonis Benakis founded the Museum, up to the present day, it has not stopped expanding its range of activities, leaving a strong imprint with its great achievements", she noted. She added that the Committee will strongly contribute to the promotion of the exhibition. "This is a fascinating exhibition which will give visitors the opportunity to exchange conversation with one century of Greek history," she underlined.
"Our cooperation with prominent institutions, such as the Benaki Museum, has been one of the main objectives of the Committee "Greece 2021". The Museum has already supported our projects and events, while its staff advises us on an important initiative that we have undertaken, and which will use material from its exquisite collections," she pointed out.
Both the President of the Committee and the President of the Administrative Committee of the Benaki Museum expressed their appreciation to everybody at the Museum who worked with dedication and enthusiasm to make this emblematic exhibition real, a feat whose planning began five years ago. Finally, the President of the Committee "Greece 2021" concluded the teleconference wishing for "2021 to be a symbolic year, a year that will be honored by us all, a year of hopefulness as we enter the third century of our modern history."