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July 7, 2008

The New Acropolis Museum is nearly complete

Posted at 12:54 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

After visiting Athens, Mary Beard has concluded that the spaces within the New Acropolis Museum are very impressive & live up to all expectations. She is still not convinced however about how well the outside sits with the rest of the city. Personally, I think that in a few years, people will get used to its look & learn to appreciate it as part of the city.

The Times blogs

June 30, 2008
The New Acropolis Museum is good . . .

. . . from the inside at least. I’m not so sure about the outside.

I’ve been in Athens for a few days and the main purpose was to see round the New Acropolis Museum, nearly finished and with a few sculptures already installed. My expectations were a bit muted, and I’d read rather too much about the whole thing being a mausoleum for the missing Elgin Marbles.

Actually it was, in all sorts of ways, a very nice surprise. The top floor where the Parthenon Marbles are to be displayed worked especially well – looking directly at the temple on the Acropolis itself and, as the jargon goes, having “a conversation” with it (though one of my Greek friends did mutter darkly about it being a rather one-sided conversation).
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June 9, 2008

Will the buildings in front of the New Acropolis Museum be demolished?

Posted at 3:28 pm in Greece Archaeology, New Acropolis Museum

The saga of the buildings blocking the view of the New Acropolis Museum keeps on running. Whilst I’m not disputing the architectural merit of the front facades of these buildings, one wonders if many people payed much attention to them until they were faced with demolition.

Guardian Blogs

Acropolis v art deco: Athens’s divided view
If it comes to a choice between an obstructed view of the Acropolis and the destruction of exemplary art deco architecture, which do you choose?
June 9, 2008 8:00 AM

A row is raging at the foot of the Acropolis. It goes like this: should pilgrims to a new museum dedicated to the world’s pre-eminent classical site be allowed to have an unimpeded view of the 5th-century BC masterpiece at the expense of two rather more contemporaneous cultural gems? Or should the monuments in question – listed buildings whose contribution to art deco is among the best in Europe – be allowed to stay? Put another way, can the city’s great classical heritage coexist with the architectural heritage of its midwar period?
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June 6, 2008

Christopher Hitchens versus James Cuno

Posted at 11:49 am in Elgin Marbles, Greece Archaeology, New Acropolis Museum, Similar cases

Christopher Hitchens has just released a revised & updated edition of his book on the Parthenon Sculptures: The Elgin Marbles: Should They Be Returned to Greece?
As any who have read this book will know, it takes pretty much the opposite viewpoint to James Cuno’s new book on the ownership of cultural property.
In this review, the two books are compared together. Whilst the reviewer seems to follow Cuno’s viewpoint, comments posted afterwards correct some of the inbalance in this piece.

The New Statesman

Losing our marbles?
Robin Simon
Published 05 June 2008

It is one of the most controversial issues in the art world today – should museums disperse their collections and return antiquities to their original sites? In particular, should the Elgin Marbles in the British Museum be restored to Athens?

With the opening of its glamorous new Acropolis Museum, the Greek campaign for the return of the Elgin Marbles appears to have shot itself in the foot. A few years ago, the remaining pieces of the great frieze of the Parthenon in Athens – those not on display at the British Museum – were taken down from the long-suffering temple for conservation. It is now clear that they will never be put back. They have gone on display in the museum, mounted in a gallery that has the identical dimensions of the Parthenon. Joining them, set in their correct locations, are replicas of the originals in London. So far, so good, one might think. But hang on. The replicas are covered in wire mesh veils to represent, it seems, some kind of mourning. This is not didacticism: this is propaganda.
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June 4, 2008

Could a facelift save the buildings blocking the Acropolis Museum’s view

Posted at 12:49 pm in Greece Archaeology, New Acropolis Museum

A new twist in the story of the buildings facing demolition because there are obstructing the view from the lower levels of the New Acropolis Museum. This new initiative involves an invitation for proposals on how the uninteresting rear elevations of the building could be made more aesthetically pleasing, in a hope that this will save them from destruction.

Kathimerini (English Edition)

Monday June 2, 2008 – Archive
Facelift could save landmarks

Dozens of Greek and foreign architects have responded to a bid by local experts to provide a “facelift” to two historic buildings on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street which face demolition as they partially obstruct the view of the Parthenon from the New Acropolis Museum.

Some 172 participants have already registered their interest in “aesthetically enhancing” the rears of the two listed buildings. These include eminent professionals, such as Stephen Antonakos and Francois Loyer.
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June 3, 2008

Christopher Hitchens interview

Posted at 4:45 pm in Elgin Marbles

An interview with Christopher Hitchens following the publication of the third edition of his book on the Parthenon Marbles & why he feels that they should be returned to Greece.


Does your book offer anything to the case for the reunification of the Parthenon sculptures?

“Ohi. No, I have nothing new to add to the argument. It’s an old argument, nearly 200 years old. All I can say is that I can phrase the old arguments in maybe some fresh way, so that everyone can understand the history of this case. But the argument is always what it is, that it is aesthetically and artistically wrong to mutilate, to amputate, to partition, to smash up a work of art. That’s the essential argument. This is an argument that you can understand if you are Mexican or Latvian or Irish. You don’t have to be Greek or English – although it helps.”
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May 30, 2008

The New Acropolis Museum at Athens Airport

Posted at 10:33 pm in New Acropolis Museum

A new free exhibition has opened at Athen’s Eleftherios Venizelos Airport, to publicise the New Acropolis Museum. I actually stumbled on the exhibition by chance whilst passing through the airport before it officially opened. It tells enough to get visitors interested & to make them want to find out more, but unfortunately it is located in the area on an area where few people are likely to accidentally pass it. This is already the problem with the permanent exhibition about the archaeological finds made during the construction of the airport.

Athens News Agency

Exhibition on new Acropolis Museum

An exhibition on the construction and exhibits of the new Acropolis Museum was inaugurated at Athens international airport on Tuesday by Culture Minister Mihalis Liapis and Transport Minister Kostis Hatzidakis.

Entitled “The New Museum of the Acropolis – Soon a new destination” the exhibition gives visitors from every country a foretaste of the new museum that is expected to open its doors to the public in the autumn.
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May 25, 2008

The New Acropolis Museum should be more than just a building

Posted at 10:00 pm in New Acropolis Museum

Following the news that the bill for the foundation of the New Acropolis Museum is being drafted, other people are starting to think about what exactly they want the museum to be.

Kathimerini (English edition)

Saturday May 24, 2008 – Archive
New museum more than just a building

Organizers must make sure that the New Acropolis Museum does not get tainted by the chronic problems and sloppiness that traditionally dog Greece’s public sector.

The museum needs a modern operational framework and the freedom of extensive administrative independence. For one thing, opening times must suit the museum’s visitors, not the staff.
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May 24, 2008

Draft bill for the Foundation of the New Acropolis Museum

Posted at 8:41 pm in New Acropolis Museum

As the creation of the physical manifestation of the New Acropolis Museum reaches its final stages, thought also has to go into the operational, management & legal size of a figurehead museum such as this. A draft bill has just been unveiled, which sets out the framework that will determine how the museum will actually exist & operate once it is properly opened. As it exists at present, the proposed bill with give the museum far more autonomy than any of the other state run museums (which means almost all of the museums – the only major ones in Athens that aren’t state owned are the Goulandris & the Benaki).

Kathimerini (English Edition)

Friday May 23, 2008 – Archive
Acropolis Museum unshackled

The New Acropolis Museum is to gain administrative and financial autonomy, according to a draft law which was heralded yesterday by Culture Minister Michalis Liapis and has provoked criticism from state archaeologists.

“The new museum will operate under the strict supervision of the ministry but its legal status will maintain the necessary distance from both the private and traditional state sector that its role demands,” Liapis told reporters.
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May 23, 2008

Athens’s New Acropolis Museum opens briefly

Posted at 8:27 pm in Elgin Marbles, Greece Archaeology, New Acropolis Museum

The mostly completed New Acropolis Museum was briefly opened to the public free of charge, as part of International Museum day. The Acropolis itself was also opened for free. I was in Athens once before when this day took place & was surprised that the gates were open on the Acropolis with nobody checking tickets – its great that they can have days like this, but it would be even better if they were publicicised more in advance rather than afterwards.

Athens News Agency

Acropolis Museum briefly opens

Culture Minister Mihalis Liapis toured the new Acropolis Museum on Sunday, on the occasion of the International Museum Day, where he expressed a hope that archaeological sites and museums will become part of citizens’ everyday routine.

According to figures released on Sunday, 4,000 people visited the museum and more than 5,500 entered the Acropolis-related archaeological sites.
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May 7, 2008

A new home for the Elgin Marbles?

Posted at 1:03 pm in Acropolis, Elgin Marbles, Greece Archaeology, New Acropolis Museum

A follow-up article to Malcolm Brabant’s broadcast about the New Acropolis Museum. The museum has been & in the minds of many people, always will be controversial, due to its proximity to one of the worlds most iconic archaeological sites. Once the building opens however, many perceptions will change & evolve as people finally get a chance to experience the building themselves.

BBC News

Page last updated at 01:05 GMT, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 02:05 UK
New home for Greece’s holy grail
By Malcolm Brabant
BBC News, in Athens

The Acropolis Museum is now just months away from entering service in Greece’s struggle with its most implacable cultural adversary.

Its priceless treasures lie in marble halls, hidden from view in giant removal boxes.
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May 6, 2008

A video preview of the New Acropolis Museum

Posted at 12:39 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

BBC reporter Malcolm Brabant has been shown round the New Acropolis Museum in Athens & reports on its progress & how it will act as a powerful argument for the return of the Parthenon Marbles.

You can watch the broadcast online here.

September 7, 2003

Construction firm apointed for New Acropolis Museum

Posted at 8:19 am in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

The Greek government has appointed the construction firm ALTE, for the works on the New Acropolis Museum, which are expected to proceed more rapidly now that this decision has been made.

Kathimerini (English Edition)

Saturday September 6, 2003
New museum lurches forward

In a first tangible indication that plans to build a new Acropolis Museum under the ancient citadel are still alive, the government has awarded the 50-million-euro contract to Greek construction firm ALTE, a report said yesterday.

The Athens News Agency said ALTE had been declared “provisional” winner of the tender after bids were opened on Tuesday. The contract calls for completion of the project within two years, which confirms that the museum will not be ready in time for next summer’s Olympics, as Athens had initially maintained. However, the deal involves completion of the “external shell” of the building nine months after construction starts, according to ANA. This would seem to bear out government pledges that at least part of the museum will be standing in August 2004.

Availability of the museum during the Games is a basic tenet of Greece’s campaign for the return of the British Museum’s Elgin Collection of sculptures from the Parthenon, even as a loan. Originally, the building’s foundations were supposed to have been laid in the summer of 2002.