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Ιn May 2021 the President of the Hellenic Republic visited the National Historical Museum, marking the official opening of Central Exhibition “ΕΠΑΝΑCYΣΤΑΣΗ ‘21”, which is the culmination of the Museum’s anniversary programme for the celebration of the bicentenary of the Greek Revolution. Through this anniversary programme the Museum aims to encourage reflection, dialogue and contemporary cultural creation by reintroducing the more than 5,000 relics of its collections to the public.
The Central Exhibition was organised in the framework of the “Bicentennial Initiative 1821-2021”, with main funding by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and was structured in seven thematic sections, displaying rare relics, plenty of archival material, original interactive educational exhibits and digital applications. The relevant technological support came from the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), while the interactive “Rigas Charta” exhibit was implemented with the support of the J. F. Costopoulos Foundation. At the same time the regional exhibitions of the Programme were developed in 12 cities around Greece, with the support of the National Bank of Greece, Eugenides Foundation, Captain Vassilis & Carmen Constantakopoulos Foundation, Lambrakis Foundation, A.C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, and Bodossaki Foundation. Lastly, with the support of Piraeus Bank and the Maria Tsakos Foundation, a special floating exhibition will travel to historic islands and ports of the Northeast Aegean in the summer of 2022.
Τhe goal of the Exhibition was to offer a well-documented and contemporary approach to the historical period of the Greek Revolution and to highlight the preparation, the outburst, its radiance and legacy through the Museum’s rare relics and archive material. The exhibition portrayed the role of the Revolution within the international context; it focused on its events and protagonists, as well as on the role of the Struggle in the formation of the Greek state and the national identity. Finally, on the occasion of its selection as the honored museum for 2021 by the Greek branch of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the National Historical Museum presented in May 2021 the digital tour of the Central Exhibition, which sheds light to previously unknown aspects of the Greek Revolution, through the stories contained in significant artefacts.
Browse the Digital Exhibition here.
Watch the video here.