The Acrop­o­lis Mu­seum: A rein­tro­duc­tion

While chaos reigns in the sur­round­ing area, those be­hind the scenes at the in­sti­tu­tion are busy pre­par­ing its birth­day cel­e­bra­tions

Kathimerini English - - Life - BY IOTA SYKKA

At 11 a.m. on Thurs­day, as the coun­try was aboil with de­vel­op­ing news on the po­lit­i­cal front, so was the area con­nect­ing Amalias Av­enue with Diony­s­iou Are­opag­i­tou Street, as the dou­ble-parked tour coaches wait­ing for their pas­sen­gers to come out of the Acrop­o­lis Mu­seum were hid­ing the traf­fic lights.

The en­tire pedes­trian area was in a state of ab­so­lute Greek pan­de­mo­nium. The sight­see­ing train was packed with vis­i­tors, as were the nearby cafes next ties and in­sti­tu­tions. One of the most im­pres­sive projects is a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Aris­to­tle Univer­sity of Thes­sa­loniki and Geonal­y­sis SA for the dig­i­tal­iz­ing and re­pro­duc­tion of the Parthenon frieze. This in­volves three­d­i­men­sional scan­ning of the sculp­tures and their re­uni­fi­ca­tion in­side the mu­seum. Other projects in­clude a mu­seum tour guide pro­gram us­ing mo­bile phones, a pro­gram car­ried out in col­lab­o­ra­tion with five in­sti­tu­tions.

Mon­day’s two-year an­niver­sary will be cel­e­brated with a mu­sic event. The Sym­phony Orches­tra of the City of Athens will per­form in the court­yard of the mu­seum at 9 p.m. Mean­while, or­na­ments which once adorned the Parthenon will be in­cor­po­rated into the fes­tiv­i­ties.

The mu­seum will of­fer vis­i­tors a chance to ad­mire a num­ber of orig­i­nal pieces from the cor­ner or­na­ments which dec­o­rate the tip of the two ped­i­ments. They can also learn about the de­tails of a unique piece of jew­elry which has been re­stored and find out how the artist trans­ported and trans­formed his na­ture-in­spired idea through the art of mar­ble carv­ing. Mean­while, mem­bers of the mu­seum’s staff will an­swer vis­i­tors’ ques­tions and the mu­seum will stay open un­til mid­night.

Leav­ing be­hind the build­ing de­signed by Swiss-born ar­chi­tect Bernard Tschumi in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Greek ar­chi­tect Michael Fo­tiadis the other day, ev­ery­thing seemed in place for the up­com­ing cel­e­bra­tion. Stand­ing on a pedestal, an owl could be seen at the mu­seum en­trance, while mem­bers of staff mur­mured that the area is wel­com­ing the wise birds once again.

Mean­while, be­neath the en­trance area, the ex­ca­va­tion site is not go­ing to open to the pub­lic be­fore the end of the year as orig­i­nally an­nounced. Nev­er­the­less, the area ap­pears to in­pire the pub­lic as a num­ber of vis­i­tors throw 20 cent coins, re­gard­less of the fact there is no wa­ter.

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