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December 13, 2010

One day the New Acropolis Museum will help to reassemble the Parthenon

Posted at 10:13 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

Many museums have cafes or restaurants attached to them. In some cases the restaurant has become as much a destination as the museum itself. The restaurant at the New Acropolis Museum is arguably one of the best, with views to the Acropolis from its terrace, as well as good, reasonably priced food. It is one of the many ways that this museum breaks the mould in comparison to other state owned Greek Museums.

From:
Greengopost

Reassembling the Parthenon
Nov 19, 2010

The best museums are those open in the evening. Funding is obviously an issue behind the reason why museums often share banking hours (which are admittedly more generous than a generation ago), but to walk around a gallery, with no large tourist groups and little noise, make for a great evening. Plus for large city museums, it offers folks to entertain clients or guests—and if there’s a decent restaurant, who would object to a night out amidst timeless art and antiquities.

The Acropolis Museum in Athens has mastered this approach. Built at a sum of 130 million euros, it opened last year and does not disappoint. The structure is brilliant: as you walk in, you see ruins of ancient Athens beneath you. As you enter, antiquities found from local excavation sites like the main hall. Go up a level, and sculptures are arranged in a breathless arrangement, and give you an idea of how majestic the Acropolis, and the Parthenon, must have been at their height.
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December 9, 2010

New Acropolis Museum voted Best Worldwide Tourism Project in 2010 by British Guild of Travel Writers

Posted at 10:35 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

The New Acropolis Museum has won the award of Best Worldwide Tourism project for 2010 by the British Guild of Travel Writers. Once again, this helps to raise the profile of the museum and highlights is suitability to accommodate the Parthenon Sculptures that are in the British Museum – removing the old argument that they could not be returned because there was nowhere suitable to put them if they were.

From:
Athens News Agency

New Acropolis Museum wins prestigious award
8 Nov 2010

The New Acropolis Museum in Athens has won the ‘ (BGTW) prestigious global award for the Best Worldwide Tourism Project for 2010.

The prize was presented to deputy culture and tourism minister Yiorgos Nikitiadis, representing the Greek government, during a ceremony on Sunday night in London.

Nikitiadis thanked the organisers and the voting travel writers, noting that this distinction has opened the door for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to their homeland. (ANA)

December 7, 2010

International colloquium on the protection & return of cultural property

Posted at 2:59 pm in Elgin Marbles, Events, New Acropolis Museum, Similar cases

On Friday 10th December, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Greece is hosting an International colloquium on the protection & return of Cultural Property.

It is to take place in the ampitheatre of the New Acropolis Museum in Athens, from 12:30 to 19:30.

The event is organised by the University of Athens, Acropolis Museum, Foundation for International Legal Studies & the Council of Hellenes Abroad.

Please contact me directly if you would like further information about this event, as I only have it in PDF format.

A conversation about the New Acropolis Museum with Dimitrios Pantermalis

Posted at 2:02 pm in New Acropolis Museum

New Acropolis Museum director, Professor Dimitrios Pandermalis, gave a talk at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, about the museum & his aims & aspirations for it.

From:
National Gallery of Art

November 2010
Notable Lecture
The New Acropolis Museum: A Conversation with Dimitrios Pandermalis

Dimitrios Pandermalis, president of the board of directors, Acropolis Museum, and professor of archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in conversation with Selma Holo, professor of art history, director of the International Museum Institute, and director of the Fisher Museum of Art, University of Southern California, and Faya Causey, head of academic programs, National Gallery of Art.
Professor Dimitrios Pandermalis provides an overview of the construction of the new Acropolis Museum in this podcast recorded on October 17, 2010. Designed by Bernard Tschumi and completed in 2009, the 262,000-square-foot museum rises at the foot of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. This lecture reveals the challenges and responsibilities of creating a modern building atop sensitive archaeological excavations, within the Athens city grid, facing the Parthenon—one of the most influential buildings in Western civilization—and housing ancient sculptures and decorative arts excavated from the Acropolis. This lecture was coordinated with and supported by the American Friends of the Acropolis Museum and the Embassy of Greece in Washington, DC.

The full recording is available to download as a podcast here.

November 22, 2010

When replicas are as convincing as the real thing, do museums still need to keep the originals?

Posted at 2:01 pm in British Museum, Elgin Marbles

In the past, the British Museum has suggested to Greece that as a solution to the dispute over the Elgin Marbles, they will send the Greeks high quality copies. In the mind of the British Museum, this seems to solve the situation & anyone who rejects this offer is ungrateful. At the same time though it raises a new question of why the British Museum isn’t happy to keep the copies & return the originals.

From:
The National

Tutankhamun’s replica treasures in Manchester
Ben East
Last Updated: Nov 3, 2010

It’s quite a sight. The golden treasures of King Tutankhamun’s tomb look as arresting as they may have been on the day archaeologists happened across his virtually intact resting place in 1922. There are statues, chests and the pièce de résistance , the glittering death mask that caused the man who first discovered the tomb, Howard Carter, to remark breathlessly: “We were astonished by the beauty and refinement of the art… the impression was overwhelming.”

Except they’re not the originals. The Tutankhamun – His Tomb And His Treasures touring exhibition, just opened in an unlovely corner of a Manchester shopping complex, is instead stocked with costly reproductions of some of the most famous archaeological artefacts of all time.
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November 21, 2010

Museum Architecture – Bernard Tschumi’s New Acropolis Museum

Posted at 11:58 pm in New Acropolis Museum

A new book, from a series on the architecture of museums, looks at the design of the New Acropolis Museum which opened last year in Athens.

Restored monument to Callimachus’s victory at Marathon goes on display in the New Acropolis Museum

Posted at 9:42 pm in Greece Archaeology, New Acropolis Museum

More coverage of the restored Callimachus victory monument that has gone on display in the New Acropolis Museum in Athens.

From:
Xinhua

“Callimachus Victory” monument re-assembled after 2,500 years
2010-10-27 07:38:04

ATHENS, Oct. 26 (Xinhua)– Greek Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos unveiled on Tuesday at the New Acropolis Museum the “Victory of Callimachus”, an ancient Greek monument which was re-assembled and is on display to the public for first time as a complete monument after 2,500 years.

The statue which depicts Nike (Victory), in the form of a woman with wings, on top of an inscribed column, was created by marble in honor of Callimachus, one of the generals who took part and died in the Battle of Marathon between Athenians and Persian invaders in 490 BC.
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November 19, 2010

Nike Monument in honour of Callimachus unveiled at the New Acropolis Museum

Posted at 2:09 pm in Greece Archaeology, New Acropolis Museum

A restoration of the Nike Monument, built to honour Callimachus afte the Battle of Marathon has been unveiled at the New Acropolis Museum in Athens.

From:
Athens News Agency

10/27/2010
Nike Monument unveiled at new Acropolis Museum

ΑΝΑ-ΜPΑ/The Nike Monument erected in honour of the ancient military commander Callimachus after the Battle of Marathon, its various surviving shards reassembled for the first time to resemble the form they would have had in antiquity, was unveiled in the new Acropolis Museum on Tuesday by Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos.

In statements at the unveiling, Geroulanos emphasised the importance of the monument 2,500 years after the historic battle, an event broadly regarded as a pivotal moment in the history of European culture.
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November 16, 2010

New Acropolis Museum restaurant to stay open during strike action

Posted at 10:16 pm in New Acropolis Museum

Despite some press reports that have indicated to the contrary, the shops & restaurants in the New Acropolis Museum will remain open despite various planned strikes by workers.

From:
Kathimerini

Friday October 1, 2010 – Archive
Restaurant at museum open

The restaurant and gift shops at the Acropolis Museum will continue to operate as usual, its director Dimitris Pandermalis insisted yesterday, as he rejected reports that shutting down the Organization for the Promotion of Greek Culture (OPEP) would lead to their closure.

OPEP, whose employees’ contracts expired yesterday and are not being renewed due to public spending cutbacks, had been responsible for running the two gift shops and second-floor restaurant at the museum, which opened last summer. The museum has launched a tender for the management of the restaurant but Pandermalis said that its operation would not be affected in the meantime.

“The restaurant does not belong to OPEP,” he said in a letter to Kathimerini. “It is an area that is absolutely associated with the museum. The museum respects its visitors and aims to provide high-quality service that is free of the traditional hang-ups and failed stereotypes of the past.”

November 14, 2010

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao expresses support for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece

Posted at 4:20 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum, Similar cases

During a visit to Athens, China’s Premier, Wen Jiabao toured the New Acropolis Museum & pledged to support Greece in their efforts to secure the return of the Parthenon Marbles that are in the British Museum.

This display of support is not unexpected, considering that China has in recent years been making many efforts to track down artefacts looted from Beijing’s Summer Palace under the instruction of the Eighth Earl of Elgin (son of the Seventh Earl who removed the Parthenon Sculptures).

From:
Athens News Agency

10/21/2010
Chinese support for return of Marbles

(ANA-MPA) — Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, accompanied by Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, toured the Acropolis in central Athens on Sunday morning, where the return of stolen antiquities and cultural treasures to their country of origin was discussed, amongst others. (ANA-MPA)

Wen Jiabao pledged to support Greece’s standing demand for the repatriation of the Parthenon Marbles, currently displayed at the British Museum in London, to the new Acropolis Museum.

The Chinese premier also recounted the looting and destruction in 1860 of the old summer palace Yuan Ming Yuan, outside Beijing, by British troops. The soldiers were acting on the orders of then British High Commissioner to China Lord Elgin, the son of the notorious Lord Elgin, the diplomat who connived of the operation to slice off and (ANA-MPA) remove the sculptures from the Ottoman-occupied Parthenon less than two decades before the Greek War of Independence.

November 8, 2010

English Language tour of the New Acropolis Museum for parents & children

Posted at 9:12 pm in Events, New Acropolis Museum

On Saturday 13th November, there will be a tour (in English) of the New Acropolis Museum aimed at (older) children & their parents. If you are interested in attending, contact the organisers on their website.

From:
Livin’ Lovin’

Young and beautiful at the Acropolis Museum (En)

Being a parent is a handful!!!

Being a parent of a teenager is a HUGE handful!!! Taking a teenager to a museum is ……(you know…). We know, we’ve been there and still are. In order to make your life easier, we had an idea: why not organize a tour of the Acropolis museum, especially designed for young people and their parents? What that means is a very experienced and highly qualified guide (who is a mother of a teenager herself) who knows exactly how to present the museum in a way that will keep everyone happy and motivated. The visit will be on Saturday 13th of November at 11:00 am and please apply soon, because we want to have time to plan ahead.

The guided tour will be in English and it’s not to be missed.

October 30, 2010

A compelling reason why the Parthenon Sculptures should be reunified in Athens

Posted at 7:49 pm in British Museum, Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

There are many different reasons put forward for the restitution of the Elgin Marbles to Athens, most of which are strong enough to stand up as sufficient justification on their own, even if the other arguments were removed. In this case, it is the argument for presenting the sculptures in the context of the Parthenon itself that holds the most weight with Nick Thornsby.

From:
Nick Thornsby’s blog

Thoughts on the Parthenon Marbles
Posted on September 17, 2010

I’m in London today, because this morning I took part in a ‘bloggers’ interview’ with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. I’ll be blogging about that soon.

However no visit to London is complete without a visit to one of my favourite places – the British Museum. I particularly wanted to go today because a couple of months ago I was in Athens and visited the New Acropolis Museum, where most of the Parthenon marbles are displayed – many of the remaining marbles, of course, are displayed here in the British Museum.
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