Newsletter JULY – AUGUST 2019

JULY 2019

  • Abfutura

Contemporary art exhibition by Céline Murphy, Visual Artist-Archaeologist

Opening: Thursday 11 July 2019, at 20.00. Free admission

Duration of exhibition: 11 – 28 July 2019

Multimedia Hall (ground floor)

The Museum entrance ticket is valid for the exhibition. Guided tour by the artist with free admission on Thursday 18 July, 18.00 – 20.00.

Abfutura in Latin means “what is about to disappear”. Playing on the archaeological theme, this contemporary art exhibition addresses the notions of excavating, curating and conserving near-absence. Academically qualified as an archaeologist, but also trained as an artist, Céline works at the intersection of both disciplines, expressing thoughts, impressions and discoveries in both written and visual form. Currently fascinated with ‘the fragment’, be it physical or conceptual, Céline explores its narrative value in reconstructions - or, perhaps more precisely, constructions - of the past. Through ceramic installations, she researches different avenues for understanding broken objects or decaying constructions, and for curating the most minute traces of things almost entirely gone.

 

  • “Toys or votive offerings? (Very) small vases of the Minoan period”

Thematic guided tour of the collections of the Archaeological Museum and pottery workshop for adults and children by archaeologists and conservators of the Museum

Miniature vases of the Minoan period are a captivating group of objects in aesthetic terms and also regarding their function. Toys or votive offerings, these small artefacts of exquisite craftsmanship are presented in the collections of the Museum and invite us to discuss their role in the everyday life of the Minoans. At the pottery workshop, we will create replicas or objects inspired from these small vases, an experiential approach to the charms of miniature art.

Wednesday 31 July 2019, at 10.00

Meeting point: Multimedia Hall (ground floor)

The pottery workshop will take place at the Hall for Educational Programmes

Free admission. Limited number of participants. Reservations at 2810 279080 (Irene Nikolakopoulou) and 2810 279160 (Giannis Rogdakis)

 

  • «The Cretan Labyrinth: Monument and memory from prehistory to the present»

 Lecture by Antonis Kotsonas, Assistant Professor of Mediterranean History and Archaeology, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University

Wednesday 17 July 2019, at 18.30

Lecture Hall (first floor)

Free admission

The Cretan Labyrinth, the complex monument which was constructed by the mythical craftsman Daedalus to contain the Minotaur, has attracted the attention of scholars and the wider public from antiquity to the present. The Labyrinth is often regarded as a monument that did once exist, and it is widely identified with the Minoan palace of Knossos. This approach has underestimated the variety and complexity of ancient to modern understandings of the Labyrinth and its notable capacity for metamorphosis from abstract memory to tangible monument and for relocation from one Cretan site to another. The lecture reviews ideas on the location, the form and the materiality of the Labyrinth and assesses the political overtones it assumed over time. This diachronic analysis reveals the shifting and competing, indeed labyrinthine, narratives about the Cretan Labyrinth and produces a cultural history of it extending from prehistory to the present.

 

 

AUGUST 2019

  • Moon and the City

Thursday 15 August 2019, 20.30

Full moon in the garden of the Museum.

Dj Manos Foskolakis

 

  • “A feast on the mountain: votive offerings of the Minoans at the Peak Sanctuaries”

Thematic guided tour to the collections of the Archaeological Museum and clay figurine workshop for adults and children by archaeologists and conservators of the Museum

Anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figurines found in the excavations of Peak Sanctuaries in Crete are a source of fascination deriving from the immediacy in figurative representation and also from their function, most probably as votive offerings of the Minoans. A tour in the Museum collections reveals interesting facets of ritual practices, while the clay figurine workshop will serve as an inspiration for creating our own figurines!

Wednesday 28 August 2019, at 10.00

Meeting point: Multimedia Hall (ground floor)

The clay figurine workshop will take place at the Hall for Educational Programmes

Free admission. Limited number of participants. Reservations at 2810 279064 (Kleio Tzanaki) and 2810 279160 (Giannis Rogdakis)