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
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.