Museums get ready for a late one
Anumber of private and public local cultural institutions will be participating in events to celebrate the European Night of Museums 2011 this evening.
The idea for the nocturnal cultural celebration came from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication in 2005 and has since grown into a broad event marked by museums across the continent.
The European Night of Museums is a precursor of International Museum Day, which takes place every year around May 18.
The European Night of Museums includes free access to participating venues, which also organize their own special events. Last year, more than 3,000 European institutions took part. Meanwhile, this year’s theme is “Museums and Memory.”
Welcome drinks, dance events, a screening of the 2010 movie “Confucius” and an exhibition of Jiang Guo Fang’s large-scale paint- ings of Beijing’s Forbidden City are on the menu at the B&M Theocharakis Foundation this evening, with events running from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
From sunset to midnight, the Herakleidon Museum and the National Conservatory are organizing an evening dedicated to “The Visual Arts and Music: A Mystical Dialogue.” The event includes students of the conservatory interpreting classical as well as traditional Greek music in the museum’s halls. Admission is free and drinks will be served.
At the Benaki Museum’s Pireos Street annex, the European Night of Museums will be celebrated with the opening of the “ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion” exhibition organized by Atopos CVC. The event, which will start at 8 p.m., will also include the “Atopic Bodies: The Monster’s Ball” performance.
Meanwhile, the Greek Ministry of Culture and Tourism recently unveiled a series of events being organized in view of both the European Night of Museums and International Museum Day. Nadia Papatheodorou will present a music performance at the Byzantine and Christian Museum on May 19, for instance, while the museum staff will share with visitors a number of stories behind a selection of pieces from its permanent collections on May 22.