ASCSA & Gennadius Library Exhibition- Ioannis Makriyannis: Vital Expression

The entrance to the new Ioannis Makriyannis Wing. Photo: Courtesy of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

ATHENS – On Tuesday, June 5, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) will open Ioannis Makriyannis: Vital Expression as the inaugural exhibition of the new Ioannis Makriyannis West Wing of the Gennadius Library. The Ioannis Makriyannis Wing includes a modern art gallery, which will present visual exhibitions with free admission to the public, as well as open access bookshelves, seminars, and offices. The project was completed thanks to significant funding from the European Program NSRF, the Ministry of Development and Competitiveness of the Hellenic Republic, the National Endowment Foundation for the Humanities, the donations of many individuals and, above all, the Macricostas Family Foundation.

The exhibition is dedicated to Ioannis Makriyannis (1797-1864), fighter in the Greek War of Independence and advocate of the Constitution, a powerful national figure, and, according to Nobel Prize winner George Seferis, “a great teacher of our language.” The central core of the exhibition are 24 emblematic paintings that “narrate” episodes from the War of Independence of 1821.

Ioannis Makriyannis in a lithograph by Karl Krazeisen before 1828. Photo: Courtesy of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

The exhibition also presents archival material related to the life and action of General Makriyannis, as well as personal items that have kindly lent for the exhibition the National Historical Museum, the Historical Archives of the Benaki Museum, the General Archives of the State, and the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation.

The exhibition opens to the public Tuesday, June 5 through Saturday, September 29.

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 11 AM-5 PM; and Thursday: 1-8 PM.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is the leading American teaching and research institution in Greece, dedicated to the advanced study of all aspects of Greek culture, from antiquity to the present. The School remains, as its founders envisioned, a privately-funded, nonprofit educational and cultural institution.

Maria Georgopoulou- Director of the Gennadius Library. Photo: Courtesy of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens