"Strange Itineraries" at the Onassis Stegi
Updated: May 10
this is a guest post by the Onassis Stegi.
"It’s hard, but try to imagine that you’ve never laid eyes on Athens. Now imagine an exhibition in which artists from around the world were invited to create their own images of our Athens" there was just one condition: that they’d never seen it!
That was the challenge laid down by “Strange Cities”, for which the Onassis Stegi, in collaboration with the team of curators from London’s Double Decker, carefully chose a team of visual artists from around the world.
Providing just an ‘inspiration box’ by way of help -containing a recipe, a scent, a poem, a book and recordings of the sounds and music of the city- the show seeks to arouse the curiosity and activate the imagination of artists and visitors alike.
What did the words, sounds and tastes reveal? What routes did an unseen Athens lead the artists down? What seeds did this strange and unseen city with its unparalleled history and unique myths plant in their imaginations?"
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STRANGE ITINERARIES: ATHENS THROUGH THE EYES OF 19TH CENTURY EUROPEAN TRAVELERS
"Want to see where they planted tomatoes for the first time in Athens? Which is the oldest building still in use in the city? Where the different neighborhoods had their hamams during the period of Turkish rule? Follow in the footsteps of the travelers who visited Athens in the 19th century in association with Big Olive".
The original post appears here.