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PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS
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AGAINST THE RUINS – PHOTOGRAPHS BY NELLY'S

Upon her arrival to Greece, Nelly's wasted no time and visited the archaeological sites, photographing the monuments and exhibiting her works. Her admiration and romantic approach of the ancient world that led her to create a body of works presented in this exhibition from the Benaki Museum Photographic Archives.

PHOS: A JOURNEY OF LIGHT 

Prince Nikolaos has always been mesmerised by big, open spaces filled with natural light. The way the light shifts from moment to moment, altering the beauty of the terrain in the process, is a never-ending inspiration. His desire to capture these perfect plays between the light and its surroundings is what has fueled his passion for photography. 

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FACES + MASKS  

Through his Faces + Masks photographic series, Greek artist Nikos Vavdinoudis photographs the Bell-wearers (Kodonoforoi) of Macedonia, a Dionysian tradition that has survived the ages in rural Northern Greece. Known for their elaborate animalistic costumes and symbolic rituals, Vavdinoudis captures the obscure yet fascinating ancient rituals that take place at the beginning of January and coincide with the Orthodox Christian holiday of the baptism of Christ.

γιαγιά – GRANDMOTHERS 

Presented as part of the Multicultural Museums Victoria 'Grandmothers' project.

Story-tellers, nurturers, educators: grandmothers play a great many roles within the Greek community. And yet, we barely hear a whisper from these important women in mainstream Greek history, literature and art. 'Yiayia' aims to give voice to these women and their stories and emphasise their role in perpetuating cultural. 

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SIDNEY NOLAN – THE GREEK SERIES 

This exhibition was a tribute to one of Australia's most beloved artists on the centenary of his birth, and made possible with the generous support of the Sidney Nolan Trust. 

Nolan travelled to the Greek island of Hydra and it was there that he began this series of works. 

HAUTE COUTURE IN ANCIENT GREECE:
THE SPECTACULAR COSTUMES OF ARIADNE & HELEN OF TROY

This exhibition brought to life the magnificent costumes worn by Minoans and Mycenaeans of Bronze Age Greece ca 2000 to 1200 BCE. ​In spite of their value, luxurious design and decoration, Aegean costumes and textiles have been among the least understood - until now.

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THE ART OF ADORNMENT

This exhibition was the second collection to be loaned to the Hellenic Museum from the Benaki Museum. 

The 90 intricate pieces of jewellery from this 300 year period, arranged geographically and thematically, showcased the artistry involved in jewellery making.

PAINTING WITH LIGHT 

This exhibition followed Against the Ruins: Photographs by Nelly's and it was a photographic collection of a contemporary of Nelly's: Nicos Zographos. This photographic installaton primarily showcased photographs of Greek monuments. 

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A DECADE OF EXHIBITIONS: 2009 – 2017
Siren Song
Siren Song

Siren Song featured Greek vases from antiquity through to an artistic re-interpretation of Odysseus’ journey using contemporary sound and composition.

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Unclapsed
Unclapsed

An exhibition of contemporary jewellery objects which examined the practice of twenty-two artists of Greek descent working in Greece, Germany, UK, USA, Cyprus and Australia.

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Lemnos-Gallipoli 1915: Women in War
Lemnos-Gallipoli 1915: Women in War

To mark the ANZAC centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign Lemnos-Gallipoli 1915: Women in War explored the experience of women during this pivotal time in WW1.

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Streets of Gold and Silver Screens
Streets of Gold and Silver Screens

This exhibition looked at the role played by cinema and film on identity; including the Greek Cinema circuit that operated in Australia in the 50s and 60s.

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Transformation
Transformation

Transformation - International Women's Day Exhibition with participating artists: Anne Warren, Chistiana Fanaritis, Helen Sartinas, Nikki Doudoulis, Dora Kitinas, Thalia Andrews and Tina Sideris.

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Between Worlds
Between Worlds

Polixeni Papapetrou’s series, Between Worlds, children are portrayed as animals caught between the worlds of infancy and adulthood and animal and human.

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Assisted Passage
Assisted Passage

The exhibition examined the controversial events that led to the wave of Greek assisted migration post 1952.

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Memories of Home
Memories of Home

Takis Moraitis’ works focus on the Ionian Islands and Cyclades. His is a distinctive style and colour created a dramatic evocation of these settings.

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The Trendall Collection
The Trendall Collection

A selection of work from the collection of A.D. Trendall, an authority on the red-figure vases produced in the Greek colonies during the 5th and 4th centuries BCE.

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Antipodean Odyssey
Antipodean Odyssey

The exhibition detailed a timeline of Greek settlement in Australia from the early 1800s and examined the social and political catalysts that have stimulated migration.

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Journey on the Waves of History
Journey on the Waves of History

An exploration of model Hellenic ships over the centuries which were deemed milestones in the development of navigation.

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Sounds of the Muse
Sounds of the Muse

In Ancient Greece, music was considered the gift of the Muses, which identified and characterised how one acts, thinks and feels.

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Millenia
Millenia

An exploration of the legacy and influence of Greece, from antiquity to the modern day, through the private collections of Peter & Mary Mitrakas and Dean Kalymnios.

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XAOS
XAOS

An exhibition by emerging artists; Nicole Polentas, Elli Ioannou and Christiana Livaditis. Mediums presented included jewellery, photography and fashion.

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Athenian Democracy
Athenian Democracy

Athenian Democracy was designed to offer visitors an opportunity to discover the constitution and function of the first democracy in the world.

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Hellenic Immigration and Settlement
Hellenic Immigration and Settlement

During 1829 to 1974, 300,000 Greeks migrated and settled in Australia. This exhibition showed the significant contribution made by the community.

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Ambassadors of Contemporary Greek Art
Ambassadors of Contemporary Greek Art

The paintings in this exhibition represented the output of 26 leading Greek artists recognised both in their country, and in the international art scene.

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