THESSALONIKI – In the Port of Thessaloniki, a magnificent wooden ship is taking form, crafted in the likeness of an ancient Egyptian sailing vessel. Its purpose: to foster greater understanding and acceptance among people, driven by the voices of children and the transformative power of art. Embarking on a global journey, the Ship of Tolerance aims to connect children from diverse cultures and continents through the universal language of art. Originally constructed in Egypt in 2005, this remarkable vessel has since been recreated over a dozen times across four continents, making its presence felt in Venice, Havana, Chicago, and beyond.
In Greece, over 350 students ranging from 5 to 18 years old have participated in workshops led by project leaders, allowing them to express their interpretations of tolerance through paintings. From these works, 160 pieces will be carefully sewn together to form the ship’s majestic sail. Skilled carpenters from Manchester, England, are meticulously constructing the vessel itself, bringing it to life.
Simultaneously, the MOMus-Experimental Center for the Arts in Thessaloniki is hosting an exhibition that delves into the Ship’s rich history, showcasing sails previously crafted in other locations.
This incarnation of the Ship of Tolerance project is made possible through a collaborative effort between the New York-based Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Foundation, the MOMus-Experimental Center for the Arts, and Donopoulos International Fine Arts. Together, they aspire to ignite a profound message of unity and acceptance, inspiring generations to embrace the beauty of diversity.
Pier A’, Port of Thessaloniki
Opening on 17 May 2023
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Foundation
MOMus-Experimental Center for the Arts
Donopoulos International Fine Arts
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), Bloomberg Philanthropies, David and Susan Rockefeller, Zoi Psarra Papageorgiou and Alexandra Boitsi Papageorgiou.
Thessaloniki Tourism Organization, Papageorgiou Hospital, OSTEN Art, Anatolia College, De La Salle College, Deutschen Schule Thessaloniki, Primary School of Kato Nevrokopi, 16th Primary School of Dramas, Arsakeio Thessalonikis
The project in Thessaloniki is under the aegis of the Municipality of Thessaloniki.