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Mystery 29 Elefsina Raw Museum | Benaki Museum


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Curated by architect-museologist Erato Koutsoudaki
Organization & production: Delta Pi

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Opening hours: Thursday, Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00, Friday, Saturday: 10:00-22:00

 

Co-organized

An emblematic project that serves as a precursor to the programme of 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture, co-organized with the Benaki Museum, about the visible and invisible history of Elefsina. A rare journey into the mysteries and uniqueness of a city—a timeless reference point for all of Greek history. Admission is free of charge.

Exploring the present and the past of the city, what is schematically called the “DNA” or the collective Subconscious of the place, Mystery_29 Elefsina Raw Museum, curated by architect-museologist Erato Koutsoudaki, attempts to interpret the city as an Exhibit, and invites the audience to a journey to the core of its existence; from antiquity to modern times, through tradition and domestic exile and internal migration, displacement, industrial growth, the long-suffering labor realities, the city’s relationship with the arts and Aeschylus, whose birthplace it is, the people and the communities that comprise it.

Mystery_29 Elefsina Raw Museum is one of the three strategic projects of 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture, representing the theme “People – Society,” one of the three main axes of its programme. The exhibition will also feature samples of projects related to the two other themes: Mystery_99 THE ARK – LANDSHIP, the largest pilgrimage procession in the 3,500-year history of the city as part of the theme “Environment” and Mystery_111 Eleusis Terracotta Army,an emblematic project dedicated to those who have worked or continue to work in Elefsina, as part of the theme “Labor.”

The design of the Exhibition Mystery_29 Elefsina Raw Museum moves on three levels: the first one follows the logic of the cabinets of curiosities of the Italian Renaissance. By paying tribute to the Eleusinian collectors who preserve the evidence of its past with admirable perseverance, it hints at the origins of museum practice. Unique documents and exhibits, some of which belong to the collections of the Benaki Museum and are rarely or for the first time presented to the public, along with everyday objects of sentimental value become treasures to be discovered. The second level, through a series of talking portraits, places important persons of the local society in the role of Exhibition guide, as well as others who have inextricably linked their lives with Elefsina.

The third level highlights anonymous recordings of views and moments of the city. Lithographs of 18th and 19th century travelers and historical images taken by important international photographers, converse with works by contemporary Greek photographers who capture aspects of the city, while earlier stories of the residents, through their personal photographic collections, fleetingly pass before us. The records, however, also include words written about Elefsina by great thinkers, poets and writers of the global intelligentsia, conversing with exhibits and memories, highlighting contemporary and past mysteries of the city. Lastly, a plethora of actions will complement Mystery_29 Elefsina. Raw Museum, which will be announced soon.

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People - Society
The first axis spans the evolution of society from Antiquity to the present in order to connect the strange with the familiar, to discover hidden aspects, memories and elements of cultural diversity. The thematic axis People | Society focuses on inclusion, the way that European society is shaped and, the ways in which we interact with each other, through the three themes/notions “Europe of Citizens”, “Europe, Daughter of Phoenix” and “Human Mysteries”.
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Mystery 178 Collecting flowers with her girlfriends

From 29 March to 8 April, 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture presents in the foyer of Cine Eleusis Cultural Centre Mystery 178 Collecting flowers with her girlfriends, an exhibition dedicated to the flora of the Archaeological Site of Elefsina, created by the artist Violeta Diamanti-Meletiou and the teacher Irini Yovanou.


Mystery 197 Paper World - A Letter about Elefsina

From April 13th to April 16th, 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture presents an exhibition with artistic creations by Nicoletta Granitsa (aka Magemeli, a name that is inspired by the “alchemical” society of bees), under the title: Mystery 197 Paper World – A Letter to Eleusis, at the Canteen – Art Hub.


Mystery 176 Cinema Days

“The 3rd three-day documentary screening event is coming to the historic Cine Elefsina with an unpredictable tribute by the Greek Documentary Association, the premiere of the film ‘Persephone, the Red Carpet,’ and screenings for children and young adults!”

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