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June 30, 2006

Greece now has the infrastructure to accomodate Elgin Marbles

Posted at 7:09 pm in Acropolis, Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

Greek culture minister Giorgos Voulgarakis has given another statement on the progress of the Acropolis restoration & the New Acropolis Museum. He noted “Greece now has the infrastructure to accommodate all the missing parts of the Parthenon.” This is an important point, as once the museum is completed; it will effectively remove one of the arguments that has repeatedly been used in the past for why the Elgin Marbles can not be returned – the lack of a suitable place to house them.

Kathimerini (English Edition)

Thursday June 29, 2006
Hitch in Acropolis restoration

Restoration work on the Acropolis monuments has hit “another small delay” but this should not hinder the overall course of the project, Culture Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis said yesterday after touring the ancient site.

The ministry will release further funding, if necessary, to tackle the latest glitches, which have arisen in the Temple of Athena Nike and the Parthenon’s vestibule, Voulgarakis said. Since 1999, more than 28 million euros has been spent on restoring the Acropolis, the minister said, noting that 86 percent of these funds came from the European Union. Voulgarakis said cutting-edge technology would be used to analyze the condition of the Acropolis’s peripheral walls, which will also be restored.
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April 1, 2006

New Acropolis Museum to house 4000 artefacts

Posted at 8:32 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

As the construction of the New Acropolis Museum progresses, the details of the displays inside the building are also being finalised.
For some time, those who feel that the Elgin Marbles should be retained in Britain have argued that the Greeks have kept many of their artefacts from the Acropolis site hidden away in storerooms. The main reason for the limited number of items on display previously was the small size of the existing Acropolis Museum. Details released today suggest that once the New Museum is complete, it is planned that it will display more than ten times the number of artefacts viewable in the existing museum.

Canoe (Quebec, Canada)

Ancient artifacts from Acropolis to be displayed for first time

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Thousands of ancient artifacts from the Acropolis never seen by the public will be showcased at a landmark new Athens museum expected to open next year, Greek officials say.

The exhibition area will contain more than 4,000 works – 10 times the number currently on display at a cramped museum on the Acropolis. Some have been kept in storage for decades.
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March 23, 2006

New Acropolis Museum progress

Posted at 7:44 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

More on George Voulgarakis’s press conference about the progress of the construction of the New Acropolis Museum.


Greek long-delayed Acropolis museum to open in 2007
Tue Mar 21, 2006 3:01 PM GMT17
By Alkman Granitsas

ATHENS (Reuters) – After years of delays, legal wrangles and cost overruns, Greece hopes to open its Acropolis Museum by the end of 2007, Culture Minister George Voulgarakis said on Tuesday.

“It is our ambition that by 2007 the museum will be open to visitors,” he told journalists after touring the half-finished building near the ancient hilltop temples of the Acropolis.
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March 22, 2006

New Acropolis Museum due to open in 2007

Posted at 7:28 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

The new Culture Minister of the Hellenic Republic, George Voulgarakis, has made a public statement on the progress of the New Acropolis Museum & Greece’s attempts to secure the return of the Elgin Marbles. In particular, he talks of plans to intensify their campaign for the return of the marbles, as he believes that the international community is now more receptive to such an approach.

Athens News Agency

First exhibition halls at new Acropolis musuem to open in 2007

Culture Minister George Voulgarakis on Tuesday toured the construction site for the new Acropolis museum, which lies on a tract of land opposite the Acropolis and Parthenon Temple’s south sides.

In comments to reporters, the minister said he was satisfied with the rate of progress at the previously delayed project, with a massive skeleton expected to be in place by next month, whereas a glass dome topping the new museum is expected to be ready by August. A tentative completion date for the first exhibition halls at the 23,000-square-metre facility is spring 2007.
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February 25, 2006

Latest BCRPM newsletter available for download

Posted at 4:53 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

The British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles (note the change of name – Reunification where it used to say Restitution) have their latest newsletter available for download on their website in PDF format.
Issues covered in it include:

  • The meeting in Athens of various national reunification committees last November
  • The aforementioned change to the name of the BCRPM
  • Progress on the New Acropolis Museum
  • The restoration of the West Frieze in Athens
  • A session at the Museum’s Association conference on Ownership & Context
  • Various other updates on the campaign for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens.

Download the newsletter from this page on the BCRPM’s website.

November 27, 2005

New initiatives in support of the reunification of the Parthenon Marbles

Posted at 7:05 pm in Acropolis, Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

Last Friday, heads of many of the international committees for the reunification of the Parthenon Marbles met together in Athens. It was the first time such an event had been organised & that so many of the committees had met together.
Early in the day, a number of decisions were taken by the twelve committees present. The most important decision taken was to form an International Committee – essentially an umbrella organisation of which all the national committees are members. This international committee (name yet to be decided) will, amongst other things, help to co-ordinate the efforts of the various committees (fifteen at present) to avoid unnecessary duplication of their efforts etc.
A second decision taken was to make a declaration of support for the reunification of the sculptures – a statement on which all the member organisations were agreed, that represents the basic essence of their intentions & purpose.

Whilst in Athens, the campaigners also met with Karolos Papoulias (the president of the Hellenic Republic) & Kostas Karamanlis (the prime minister of the Hellenic Republic) as well as discussing the issue in detail with Petros Tatoulis, the deputy minister of Culture.

Below follow various articles covering this meeting.

Kathimerini (English Edition)

Saturday November 26, 2005
‘Moral duty’ to bring Parthenon Marbles back home


President Karolos Papoulias yesterday received the members of 12 international committees for the return of the Parthenon Marbles in Greece at the invitation of Deputy Culture Minister Petros Tatoulis, who accompanied them to the Presidential Palace. Papoulias thanked them for their «generous effort.» «The Elgin Marbles were seized during a period of history where the strong had the power of life and death over the weak. Now that time has passed. Now we serve other moral values and I believe that it is a moral duty to bring those treasures of Greek civilization back to their homeland… It is not an easy battle,» Read the rest of this entry »

October 26, 2005

Acropolis museum headed for completion

Posted at 1:10 pm in New Acropolis Museum

More information on the progress in the construction of the New Acropolis Museum in Athens.

Middle East Times (Egypt)

Acropolis museum headed for completion
October 26, 2005

ATHENS — Construction of Greece’s new Acropolis museum, which has dragged on for four years, will be finished by the end of 2006, deputy culture minister Petros Tatoulis said in a statement on Tuesday.

In June, after an unannounced visit to the site at the foot of the famous Athens landmark, Tatoulis outlined the delays in the project and called on the Organization for the Construction of the New Acropolis Museum (OANMA) to accelerate the works.
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Acropolis Museum rising

Posted at 1:01 pm in New Acropolis Museum

After delays over the summer, a new contractor has been appointed for the construction of the New Acropolis Museum, which is now proceeding again.

Kathimerini English Edition

Wednesday October 26, 2005
Acropolis Museum rising
Will be completed by the end of 2006, says deputy culture minister

A worker on the construction site of the new Acropolis Museum in Athens directs a crane yesterday as the temple of the Parthenon can be seen in the background. The government said that the 20,000-square-meter glass-and-concrete museum will display sculptures and other finds from the 2,500-year-old Acropolis temples. The building, scheduled to be completed before the end of 2006, is designed to withstand the many earthquakes that shake the capital every year.
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October 8, 2005

New Acropolis Museum designer to lecture in London

Posted at 11:36 am in New Acropolis Museum

Architect Bernard Tschumi is giving a talk at the Tate Britain on the relationship between architectural forms & the events that take place within them. Tschumi is the designer of the New Acropolis Museum which is currently under construction in Athens.
The theme of events within space is central to many of Tschumi’s buildings – they are something which is experienced as a process, & the other people experiencing this process can become part of your experience of the process. The relationship between forms is another aspect that is of great importance in the context of the New Acropolis Museum, where the building has to relate & respond to the form of the Parthenon & Acropolis, perhaps one of the most recognisable architectural structures in the world.

Tate Online

Contested Territories: Bernard Tschumi and Beatriz Colomina
Friday 14 October 2005
Part of Contested Territories: Conversations in Practice

Renowned academic Beatriz Colomina and architect Bernard Tschumi come together to discuss the relationship between architectural forms, the events that take place within them, and modern institutions of representation.
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July 20, 2005

Acropolis restoration to complete by end of 2006

Posted at 6:01 pm in Acropolis, New Acropolis Museum

The Deputy Culture Minister of the Hellenic Republic Petros Tatoulis anounced today that he expects the work on the Acropolis restoration to end by late 2006. He also anticipates that the New Acropolis Museum will complete at around the same time (which is what its current deadline is, assuming that the problems with the contractors unpaid taxes do not delay it further.)

Athens News Agency

Wednesday 20, July 2005
Deputy culture minister Tatoulis: Restoration work on Acropolis to be completed by end-2006

Deputy culture minister Petros Tatoulis said Wednesday that restoration and other work on the Acropolis would be completed by the end of 2006, keeping with the relevant timetables.
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July 15, 2005

Possible solution to problems with New Acropolis Musem

Posted at 11:33 am in New Acropolis Museum

Following the problems facing the New Acropolis Museum contractor outlined in many of the Greek papers on 12th July, these new articles suggest that solutions have been put forward & we will know the outcome of the situation fairly soon. (Any errors in the translation are my fault)


Solution to the problems with the New Acropolis Museum
14 July 2005

In the course of next week it is expected that a solution will be reached for the problem that has been created by the economic obligations of the company constructing the New Acropolis Museum

Following the articles in the press two days ago, where the cause of the three month delay to the work was outlined, the site was visited by the deputy minister of Culture P. Tatoulis and was given a “guided tour” of the foundations of the building by the chairman of the OANMA Dimitris Pandermalis. Read the rest of this entry »

July 12, 2005

Issues with the contractor delaying New Acropolis Museum

Posted at 9:03 pm in New Acropolis Museum

The issue with the contractor (ALTE) in charge of the construction of the New Acropolis Museum, is that they owe the government money for taxes & National Insurance. My understanding is that due to the fact the project is funded by the government, the contractor is therefore not allowed to receive government money until it has resolved these unpaid debts to the government. Professor Pandermalis outlines three possible solutions to the problem:

  1. That someone else (the government?) could make some form of agreement to pay off the contractor’s debts (presumably to be paid back later.)
  2. That the contractor can directly appoint a new contractor to complete the works (assuming that the client (the OANMA) are happy with the choice of contractor)
  3. The worst case scenario is that if either of these plans is not possible for some reason then the project would go out to tender again which would mean a delay of at least 6 months to the project.

Any errors in the text are from my translation.


12 July 2005
New problems for the Museum
Economic issues of contractors delay the construction of the New Acropolis Museum

Υιοtas Sykka

People who pass the Makriyianni plot at the moment, can now see some of the construction works for the New Acropolis Museum filling the space. Do not imagine that there is anything spectacular to see at present. Nevertheless, four levels of basements are completed. This is quite impressive when you consider that we have been waiting for the completion of the museum for the last 20 years & each government thought that the project would be completed within their term of office.
The problems with the project continue. At present the construction advances at a very slow pace, the cause this time are the economic problems that face the contractors building the museum.
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