Anniversary exhibition for the 96 years of active and creative life of Mikis Theodorakis
JUNE 08 – JULY 31 and SEPTEMBER 01 – OCTOBER 30
For the first time, the original documents of the Mikis Theodorakis Archive, which describe a century of history, are framed by rare audiovisual material, highlighting the volume and diversity of the personality and work of the composer.
The Ministry of Culture and Sports in collaboration with the Athens Concert Hall Organization and the Music Library “Lillian Voudouri” of the Friends of Music Association, which since 1997 has owned and utilized the complete archive of Mikis Theodorakis, which he has entrusted to her, organize an exhibition that illuminates the many and different aspects of the music and political legacy of the great Greek.
The statement of the Minister of Culture and Sports Mrs. Lina Mendoni:
“The personality of Mikis Theodorakis transcends the borders of Greece and the world. That is why the title of the exhibition, “My Galaxy”, is perfectly appropriate. Mikis Theodorakis – that whatever title you give him unjustly – his work, his history and his action, his memories, are beyond local limits, time, beyond categories. A global personality whose music is intertwined with the peaceful works, struggles and anxieties of the people.
The Ministry of Culture and Sports honors the great Teacher, with the exhibition of a part from the huge archive of Mikis Theodorakis, the Mikis of Greece. The creator, who changed with his presence, with his work, with his speech, the way we perceive music, the world.
For the first time, the public will be able to see, up close, the original documents of Mikis’s personal history, while recognizing in the pages written by Mikis Theodorakis the History of modern Greece “.
The composer – The anniversary
Mikis Theodorakis is one of the most familiar and important figures in Greek music and public life. His decisive figure marked the Greece of the 20th century and his work influenced the evolution of Greek music. His music was loved by all Greeks. From the end of the 1950s, when he began to write his most popular works, until today, he dresses Greek poetry with his melodies and expresses the values for which he vigilantly and relentlessly fights.
On July 29, 2020, Mikis Theodorakis completed 95 years of active and creative life and this anniversary stands as an occasion for an exhibition that gives the public the opportunity to meet the man who hides behind melodies-milestones for the music and history of our place and to see rare documents from his Archive “.
The physiognomy of the exhibition
The title of the report, My Galaxy, comes from the words of the composer himself, when he was asked to describe his works: “I consider my musical work as a whole. “Besides, I seek the works of the same period (and not only) to be united in small sets of works (songs, agreements, operas) with common musical themes, so that they travel through time as companions and all together form small musical galaxies.”
The exhibition travels the visitor to the many and different aspects of Theodorakis, as they are illuminated by his experiences and emotions. It is structured in 16 themes that cover aspects of his life and work, and are presented in an equal number of specially designed spaces, within the exhibition. The thematic sections refer to his symphonic work, his melodic poetry, his music for theater and cinema, his operas and ballets, his folk song, the music associated with the struggles, his youth, her years exile, his political and literary activity, his international impact and his special relationship with the Athens Concert Hall.
Exhibition of documents from the composer’s archive
The complete file of the composer consists of more than 100.000 sheets and includes handwritten scores, original texts, programs, press clippings, photographs, audiovisual material, frames, prints, posters, medals and various other material. The manuscripts of the file have been digitized and are freely available online.
The important first of this exhibition is that for the first time the original documents of the Mikis Theodorakis Archive are exhibited, with which visitors will have the opportunity to get in touch, learn the story hidden behind each one and discover hidden historical treasures. . The exhibition is offered with free admission, as it aims to be a source of knowledge, education and entertainment for all. All the appropriate safety and protection measures are observed in its premises, as defined by the competent state health authorities, the use of a mask is mandatory, while the visit takes place only after electronic reservation and lasts 45 minutes.
Mikis Theodorakis at the Megaron and the Music Library
Mikis Theodorakis and the Athens Concert Hall have been together since the first day of its operation, in 1991, until today. Its halls have hosted all kinds of music of the great composer, from songs and chamber music to symphonic works and ballet, with a highlight in 2002, when the last major original work of the composer, the opera “Lysistrata”, was presented, by order of the Megaron, in the context of the Cultural Olympiad 2001-2004.
The Mikis Theodorakis Archive is an important pole of attraction for the Library, as it is the largest archive in volume but also in traffic that the Music Library “Lillian Voudouri” has. Its multifaceted content, both in terms of material and content categories, attracts a large number of visitors every day, not only scientists but also students, journalists and the general public.
The Friends of Music Association, with this exhibition, wants to express its gratitude to Mikis Theodorakis, to honor him for the trust he showed by giving his Archive and to celebrate with him 95 years of life and contribution to the place.
EXHIBITION DESIGN / CURATOR
Erato Koutsoudaki, architect-museologist
Stefania Merakou, musicologist, director of the Music Library “Lillian Voudouri” of the Association The Friends of Music
Valia Vraka, musicologist, head of the Greek Music Archive of the “Lillian Voudouri” Music Library of the Friends of Music Association
Alexandros Harkiolakis, director of the Friends of Music Association
08 June – 31 July and 01 September – 30 October
Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 – 19:00
FREE ENTRY with tickets after online booking at www.megaron.gr
All safety measures will be observed.
Duration of the exhibition tour: 45 minutes
START OF SALE
Friday June 4
EXHIBITION AREA OF THE ASSOCIATION THE FRIENDS OF MUSIC &
GROUND FLOOR FOUNTAIN CHRISTOS LAMBRAKIS