Landscapes of Modernization. Greek Architecture, '60s and '90s
21 November 2002
Since last year, after the presentation of the exhibition 20th century Architecture in Greece, the Center of Mediterranean Architecture had taken the initiative to present in Chania the exhibition Landscapes of Modernization. Greek Architecture, 60s & 90s that had been touring abroad. Now the time has come and starting from November 8 the exhibition is open to the Cretan public in the exhibition hall of Megalo Arsenali.
Focused on the exhibition Landscapes of Modernization. Greek Architecture, 60s & 90s, that opens in Friday, November 8 in Megalo Arsenali and lasts up to Wednesday, December 11, CMA tries explore the Greek architectural reality of our time.
The exhibition had been organized in common by architects Yiannis Aesopos and Yorgos Simeoforidis, who left us so suddenly this year, and now it is taking place as an act of respect for his work and memory. Curator of the exhibition is architect Yannis Aesopos, who had worked close with Simeoforidis for its presentation.
The exhibition consists of a rich photographic material, a lot of models and designs, as well as a collection of videos and films from the 60s and the 90s, in which important public and private buildings in Greece are shown.
The exhibition had been presented for the first time in Rotterdam, the Netherlands in February 1999 and it later traveled to many European cities (Barcelona, Helsinki, Thessaloniki, Belgrade, Pescara), before arriving to Chania, Crete.
On the occasion of the exhibition, the Greek translation of the Rotterdam catalogue (144 pages) is being published, together with a smaller catalogue (130 pages) with title Landscapes of Modernization: Estimations, where architects exhibiting their works comment on the Greek architectural realities.
Together with the exhibition and throughout its presentation, CMA organizes three interesting side events in Chania's Megalo Arsenali. These are the following:
Two-day Symposium entitled Greek Architectural Reality in the 60s through the work of important Architects (November 9-10)
Theatre monologue entitled Do you love Brahms? (November 11)
Music performance entitled License to ride a bicycle (December 2-3).
The Center of Mediterranean Architecture is the Municipal Cultural institution of the city of Chania, chich was founded in order to bring about several activities that would trigger the interest of the people of Chania, Crete, Greece and the Mediterranean basin in architecture. It also aims to highlight all these architectural characteristics that represent what we call today Mediterranean identity. These are the elements that come up from the way we create as caretakers of space in the Mediterranean countries.
CMA aims also to try to give back to the built environment its value as a work of art and culture. In what concerns architects themselves, CMA aims to encourage research, give further support to the development of architecture and its cultural character.
Greek Ministry of Culture