Piraeus Port Authority SA Management executives welcome the newly built cruise ship "SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER" on Wednesday 12.10.2016 and handed an honorary plaque to the Italian master Vasta Rosario Giovanni and books for the ship’s library as well. The ship which is 224 meters long with a total of 750 passengers and 650 crew members was built in July 2016 and this summer makes cruises in the Aegean. It is noted that in October the cruise calls in Piraeus, a hospitable and safe port in eastern Mediterranean, are continued with the same growth rate as from the beginning of the year (15-20%).
In the presence of Mrs. Elena Kountoura, Alternate Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism and Captain Xu Lirong, Chairman of China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited, inaugurated the new cruise Pier Saint Nikolaos in the port of Piraeus. Also present were: Mr. I. Moralis, Mayor of Piraeus, Mr. Pitsiorlas S., Chairman of Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund, Mr. G. Gavrilis, Regional vice Governor of Piraeus, Members of Parliament, General Secretaries and other official guests. The project was completed successfully by TEKAL S.A. in cooperation with Naftiliaki Technodomiki according to the time schedule. The project was built with caissons and provides an extra cruise berth over 250 meters, since it has length 284m. and a depth of -11 while the land area is 8,415 sqm. Total berth positions for cruise ships mooring are becoming 10 (depending on the size of vessels). Under the new concession agreement with the Greek State, the PPA S.A. will implement a number of large investment projects which will make Piraeus the top Mediterranean cruise port.
“I can't make love to you unless I imagine a palm tree” Lawrence Durrell, Balthazar (The Alexandria Quartet), 1957 Since arriving in Athens in September 2015, Navine G. Khan-Dossos has heard a curious story, told and retold in different ways. It is about the removal of the palm trees from the urban landscape of Athens as a way of visually “re-orientating” the city towards Europe rather than the ‘Orient’. Imagine a Palm Tree is a performance of painting open for visitors of the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art to watch and interact with. This performance will lead to the creation of a floor-to-ceiling mural on the top floor of the museum, that is scheduled to open in April 2016, and to a series of relevant events throughout the spring and summer. Navine G. Khan-Dossos (b. 1982) is a visual artist, based in Athens. One of the preoccupations of her practice is the complex relationship between Islam and the West. Khan-Dossos approach to her research is rooted in a traditionally ‘western' history of art education, whilst her painting is based on a rigorous training in the philosophy and crafts of Islamic art. Her interests include Orientalism in the digital realm, geometry as information and decoration, image calibration, and aniconism in contemporary culture. Navine Khan-Dossos studied History of Art at Cambridge University, Arabic at Kuwait University, Islamic Art at the Prince’s School of Traditional Art in London, and holds an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art & Design, London. During 2014 – 2015, she has been a participant at the Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht.Benaki Museum, Kerameikos Building Complex
The Hermitage holds one of the largest collections of western European painting and sculpture of later years from the Renaissance to the 20th century. The establishment of the collection has its roots in the reign of Peter the Great (1672–1725) who purchased works by Dutch and Flemish painters during his European tours. Catherine the Great (1729–1796) was responsible for the immense enrichment of the collection. Keeping up with the cultural policy of the rulers of Central Europe, Catherine, assisted by a large team of advisors, created a collection which towards the end of her life amounted to approximately four thousand paintings produced by the most important painters of the Italian, French, Flemish, and Dutch Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo. That same policy was followed to a greater or lesser extent by all the Czars until the last sovereign Nicholas II, thereby enhancing the imperial collections with later works and forming major unities of the art movements of the 19th and the 20th century. In the wake of the October Revolution in 1917 the Museum was nationalized following the nationalization of the great private collections of affluent Russian merchants, bourgeois and aristocrats, which thus enriched the Hermitage with a large number of works. HELLENIC MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND SPORTS General Coordination Dr. Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki: General Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Sports Organization Dr. Elena Korka, Director of the General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage Souzana Choulia-Kapeloni, Director of the Directorate of Museums Dr. Aikaterini P. Dellaporta, Director of the Byzantine and Christian Museum Nikoleta Saraga, Head of the Department of Exhibitions and Museum Research of the Directorate of Museums Dr. Kalliopi-Phaidra Kalafati, Head of the Department of the Archaeological Collections of Icons, Wall-Paintings, Mosaics, Copies, Manuscripts, Anthivola, Engravings, Drawings, Incunabula and the Loverdos Collection of the Byzantine and Christian Museum Dr. Maria Borboudaki, Head of the Department of Sculptures, Woodcarvings, Ceramics, Minor Arts, Textiles and Canvases of the Byzantine and Christian Museum Supervision of Exhibition Sofia Gerogiorgi, Ioanna Alexandri, Dr. Jenny Albani, Dr. Antonis Tsakalos, Dafni Tsironi Museographical study-Implementation Anestei Parisi, Spyros Nasainas Administrative Support Tasia Zacharatou, Aggeliki Peleki, Emy Vogiatzi, Aspasia Kouroumali, Pelagia Koukoreba, Eleftherios Litsos, Chrysoula Liapi, Kyriaki Georgali BYZANTINE & CHRISTIAN MUSEUM General Coordination-Curator of the Exhibition Dr. Aikaterini P. Dellaporta Realization supervision Dr. Maria Borboudaki, Sofia Gerogiorgi, Ioanna Alexandri Museographical Design and Installation Anestei Parisi, Spyros Nasainas Antiquities Conservation Evangelos Arbilias, Youli Doskari, Eleni Zarikou, Thanasis Kavasis, Aggeliki Kalamitsi, Artemis Kabouraki, Giorgos Korkovelos, Akis Margaritof, Basilis Bakalis, Nikos Mylonas, Babis Papatheologou, Baso Papakosta, Jenny Perdikari, Ioanna Stefani, Dafni Filiou Graphic Design Yannis Stavrinos, Giorgos Soupios Photographer Nikos Mylonas Public relations- Promotion Katerina Choina, Magda Zindrou,Elena Betzou Technical support Giannis Gonios, Petros Kalofonos, Spyros Xepapadakis Lighting Giannis Tsonis, Sotiris Tsonis, Nikos Stamatopoulos Administrative Support Maria Bitha Wood structures-Museum Cases Manos Lignos Plexiglass structures Miltos Tsafas Inox supports Dimitris Drosos Painting Petros Pavlik Digital printing Nikos Paschalidis Translation Dimitris Doumas Transportation in Greece Orpheas Beinoglou THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM Organization committee Professor Mikhail Piotrovsky, General Director of the State Hermitage Museum Professor Georgy Vilinbakhov, Deputy of the General Director of the State Hermitage Museum and Research Departments Dr. Svetlana Adaksina, Deputy of the General Director of the State Hermitage Museum, General Curator Professor Sergey Androsov, Head of the Department of Western European Fine Art Professor Andrey Alexeyev, Head of the Archaeology of Eastern Europe and Siberia Department Dr. Natalya Kozlova, Head of the Oriental Department Dr. Anna Trofimova, Head of the Department of Classical Antiquities Dr. Vyacheslav Fedorov, Head of the History of Russian Culture Department Exhibition concept-Curator Dr. Mikhail Dedinkin, Deputy of the Head of the Department of Western European Fine Art Work Group Tatyana Baranova, Mikhail Dedinkin, Alexandra Kattsova, Elena Korolkova, Olga Kostyuk, Zoya Kuptsova, Maria Menshikova, Alexander Solin, Arseniy Sokolov Antiquities Conservation Supervision: Tatyana Baranova, Head of the Department of Scientific Restoration and ConservationByzantine and Christianity Museum