ANNE WANNER'S Textiles in History   /  exhibitions

Benaki Museum
1, Koumbari Str & Vas. Sofias
106 74 Athens, Greece

tel:++30 210-3671000
fax: ++30 210-3671063

Greek embroidery 17th - 19th century: Works of art from the Collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum)
2006 (in greek)
opening hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 9:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 9:00 - 24:00
Sunday: 9:00 - 15:00

It is closed on Tuesday and the following holidays: March 25th, May 1st, August 15th, October 28th, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Easter Day, Easter Monday, Clean Monday, Holy Spirit Day.

admission fees:
Full admission: 6 Euros

Temporary Exhibition: 3 Euros
Reduced admission: 50%
persons over 65
an adult accompaning a child

free admission: every Thursday (except temporary exhibitions and guided groups)
- for disabled persons
- students
- ICOM members

Greek Embroideries
from the Collection of V & A Museum in London

17th to 19th century


16 April 2006 to 28 May 2006

  Greek Embroidery, 17th - 19th century: Works of art from the Collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum
Athens, Benaki Museum - Pireos Street Annexe
12/4/2006 - 28/5/2006

Greek embroidery reflects the inventiveness and artistic sensibility of women, who combined primordial symbols and decorative motifs of various origin into compositions that elevate their craft into a form of visual art. Over a hundred artefacts - festive clothing and objects to decorate the home - provide the exhibition with ample examples of the illustrative wealth and technical diversity in Greek embroidery, in order to highlight regional differences and bring to light potential similarities and interactions. In tandem, to honour the work of Greek ethnographer Angeliki Hatzimichali, the exhibition tracks her pilgrimage through the paths of Greek tradition and illustrates her progress in the study of the embroiderer’s art. This tour takes us through a major sample of the rich collection of Greek embroidery held by the Victoria & Albert Museum and an equal number of works from the Benaki Museum.
Curator: Tatiana Ioannou- Yiannara

Benaki Museum, The Angeliki Hatzimichali Foundation


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