The exhibition dedicated to Melina Mercouri will open in Athens

A exposure dedicated to the life and works of the late Greek artist and politician Melina Merkouri will open its doors at Technopole cultural complex of Athens January 18.

Organized by the Municipality of Athens in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and the Melina Mercouri Foundation, the exhibition will mark the 100th anniversary of Mercouri’s birth.

Melina Mercouri was an award-winning actress, activist and former Minister of Culture. Being the first woman in this position, she served as Minister of Culture of Greece during the years 1981-1989 and 1993-1994.

Through her passion for culture and political activism, she strongly advocated for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.

To honor her memory, the Greek Ministry of Culture declared 2020 “the year of Melina Mercouri”.

‘Remember and love me’

Melina Mercouri exhibition. Photo source: Ministry of Culture

Under the title “Remember and love me”, the exhibition at Technopolis will present the life and work of Mercouri through three sections around his career in cinema, theater and politics.

It will feature rich Photo and audiovisual equipment as well as personal items – some on display for the first time.

Items will include 13 theater and movie costumes; 25 posters of his film career; 37 photos of Mercouri with international personalities such as Salvador Dali, Pope John Paul II, Queen Elizabeth, Indira Gandhi and Catherine Deneuve; original scripts with handwritten notes; six letters; his lodge; and items she was carrying on her last trip to New York.

Melina Mercouri in her role for the Greek romantic comedy film “Never on Sunday”, 1960

The exhibition will open its doors on January 18 and will last until March 11.

Visiting days/hours are Tuesday – Sunday, from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.. Free entry.

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