National Historical Museum presents Revolution ’21 cropped | culture & arts, culture
ATHENS – The anniversary program of the National History Museum (NHM) for the celebration of 200 years since the start of the Greek Revolution culminates with the main exhibition ΕΠΑΝΑCΥΣΤΑΣΗ ́21 (Revolution ́21 cropped). The program is placed under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and is developed in 12 cities in Greece, while also including the organization of a floating exhibition, which will visit the Aegean Islands.
The main exhibition takes place as part of the Bicentennial Initiative 1821-2021, with significant funding from the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and with the support of the JF Costapoulos Foundation, for the implementation of Riga Charter interactive exhibition. Technological support came from the Hellas Research and Technology Foundation (FORTH). It is structured in seven sections, in which are exhibited rare relics of the Struggle, documents and rich archives. It highlights the ideas, causes, people, events and results of the Greek War of Independence.
Starting from the international scene, the narrative goes to the Ottoman Empire and the ideological preparation for the Struggle, in the context of the modern Greek Enlightenment movement. The individuals, who shaped the developments that led to the outbreak and the consolidation of the Revolution, the opposing armies and the military operations, on land and at sea, are analyzed in relation to the particular conditions of the place and of the society of the time.
The daily lives of combatants and the lives of the civilian population are presented with references to snapshots of the lives of men, women and children. Dramatic stories of prisoner search or ransom emerge from documents. On the occasion of shocking events, such as the massacres of Chios, the death of Lord Byron and the Exodus from Messolonghi, the development and contribution of the philhellenic movement is recorded. The efforts of the Greeks to publicize their Just Struggle were reflected in the press of the time.
The political effervescence, the effort to establish democratic institutions and the diplomatic developments, which led to the international recognition of the Revolution, are interpreted. The epilogue examines the consequences and repercussions of the Revolution, the efforts to establish a modern state and the formation of national consciousness.
The exhibition is framed by rich audiovisual material and interactive digital exhibitions. Visitors have the opportunity to approach the way of life, the events, the weaponry of the Struggle and the revolutionary press, choosing the object of their interest from a wide range of information. Riga Charter’s original interactive exhibit offers a documented and understandable approach to the Enlightenment period of modern Greece.
The digital exhibition ΕΠΑΝΑCΥΣΤΑΣΗ ́21 (Revolution ́21 Reframed), which illuminates the invisible sides of the Revolution through stories from 80 documents, also operates via the NHM website: https://www.nhmuseum.gr/epanacystasi-21/kentriki-ekthesi/item/17311-i-psifiaki-ekthesi.
The points of interest are representative pieces of the exhibition, through images, texts (Greek, English) and sound. Thanks to the Tour Experience, certain parts of the exhibition are accessible for a 360-degree virtual tour.
With the support of the National Bank, the Eugenides Foundation, the Captain Vassilis and Carmen Constantakopoulos Foundation, the Lamprakis Foundation, the Athanasios C. Laskaridis Charitable, the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation and the Bodossaki Foundation, the exhibition anniversary will travel from north to south, to Alexandroupoli, to the Ethnological Museum of Thrace, to Thessaloniki, to the Teloglion Art Foundation of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), to Veria, to the Utility Company Municipality Multiple Development Public (KEPA), in Larissa, at the Historical Museum of Folklore, in Mesolongi, at the Mesolongi Byron Society, in Galaxidi, at the Maritime and Historical Museum, in Nafplion, at the branch of the National Gallery-Museum Alexandros Soutsos and in Chania, at the Maritime Museum of Crete.
As part of the anniversary actions of the Bank of Piraeus for the bicentenary of the Greek War of Independence in 1821, the exhibition ΕΠΑΝΑCYΣΤΑΣΗ ’21 (Cropped Revolution ’21) will also travel to three museums of the Cultural Foundation of the Group of the Bank of Piraeus (PIOP): at the Goldsmith Museum in Ioannina, the Open Air Hydraulic Energy Museum in Dimitsana and the Chios Mastic Museum in Chios.
Finally, with the support of Piraeus Bank and the Maria Tsakos Foundation, a specially designed floating exhibition will visit the islands and historic ports of the northeastern Aegean Sea.
Opening hours of the main exhibition: Tuesday to Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free entry.
More information is available online: https://www.nhmuseum.gr/epanacystasi-21