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TOBACCO at the Benaki Museum


The exhibition “TOBACCO”, which unfolds the history of tobacco and an important part of the history of Greece, is hosted until August 31, 2014 at the Benaki Museum (Main Building).

This exhibition views oriental tobacco from a variety of historical perspectives and presents it as a multifaceted commercial product.

From the needles used in the stringing of the leaves, the spiking process in the villages, the ‘tonga’ process for bundling tobacco leaves and the wooden chests used in commercial processing, to the imposing tobacco warehouses of northern Greece and the intricately made cigarette cases and packs in Athens and Thessaloniki, the exhibition presents the history of tobacco and, through it, a part of the history of Greece.

The exhibition, curated by Spiros Flevaris, illuminates the different aspects of tobacco through rare objects from collections abroad, records from Greek archive holdings and photographic material from private and public collections.


For more info: www.benaki.gr

Photos: 1. Basma processing by a dexis © Swedish Match and Tobacco Museum  2. Loading the bales on barges, Kavala, ca. 1930 © JTI Tobacco Collection Vienna

TOBACCO at the Benaki Museum

11/06/2014 - 31/08/2014
Location: ATTICAATTICAATHENS (ATHINA)

Hours - Comments
Dates: 11/06/2014 – 31/08/2014. Place: Athens. Venue: Benaki Museum (Main Building), 1, Koumpari St. & Vas. Sofias Ave. Op. H.: Wednesday, Friday: 09:00 – 17:00 Thursday, Saturday: 09:00 – 24:00 Sunday: 09:00 – 15:00


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