Smyrna in the early 20th century

The new temporary exhibition “Smyrna in the early 20th century. Through the eyes of the Byzantinist Georgios Lampakis” will take place at the Byzantine and Christian Museum, from 22 December 2022 to 30 April 2023. The exhibition is co-organized by the Interdepartmental Postgraduate Programme "Cultural Heritage Management: Archaeology, City and Architecture" and the Byzantine and Christian Museum.

© Historical and Photographic Archives BXM, C. Sotiriou Archive

The Lampakis Family Archives, a valuable source for the Asia Minor Greek communities before 1922, provides the majority of the exhibits, to which objects of the BCM Collections are added. The Lampakis Family Archives encompass the archives of the Lampakis family members, who have been playing an essential role in Greek society since the late 19th century. The archive of the Byzantinist Georgios Lampakis, in particular, contains a plethora of information on the monuments as well as the Greek communities of Asia Minor of the early 20th century. Georgios Lampakis, also on account of his position as Queen Olga’s private Secretary, aimed to act as an intermediary between the Greek State and the Asia Minor Greeks.

The exhibition is a collaborative undertaking with multifaceted effects. This project serves also as an educational workshop for the students of the Interdisciplinary Course of the Interdepartmental Postgraduate Programme of the University of Athens "Cultural Heritage Management: Archaeology, City and Architecture". In this context, students find themselves confronted by the mounting of a temporary exhibition under real circumstances, in collaboration with the experienced staff of the Byzantine and Christian Museum. Based on multisensory experience, a modern museological and museographical approach is put forth that combines: historical archival evidence, digital audio-visual material, and a pop version of Smyrna through a graffiti created by the young artist Soteur - Sotiris Fokeas.

Announcement: From Monday 06/02/2023 until Thursday 09/02/2023 and from 12:00 until the end of the opening hours the Museum will be closed.

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