The Parallaxi Magazine is presenting a special installation in Thessaloniki, devoted to the oeuvre of one of the most famous and important Greek poets, Konstantino Kavafi. This project is being conducted with the Onassis Foundation – Kavafi’s Archive and aims to bring the citizens of Thessaloniki into contact with the great creator. This project is installed in a different space to what we have been used to with such events. The team of Parallaxi chose a lodge of a historic building on Agiou Mina Street that currently belongs to the public limited company Ktiriakes Ipodomes S.A., who has kindly provided the space.
The building in which the project takes place, is an architectural monument of Thessaloniki. It was built in 1906 to house the Banque d’Orient and was classified as listed. The architect of this impressive lodge is the renowned Ksenofon Peonidis.
It’s not the first time that Parallaxi Magazine with its series of projects, called “Thessaloniki Otherwise,” has chosen one of the most beautiful streets of the city for its installation. In June 2010, seventeen buildings on this street were open to the public. Several artistic activities and architectural exhibitions took place during this project. One of those buildings was the lodge on Agiou Mina Street, in which a delightful concert of the Ampelokipoi Municipality’s band amazed the crowd.
These days one can visit the lodge in Agiou Mina Street and find out more about one of the most famous poets in the whole world and one of the three most translated and most read poets, Konstantino Kavafi, who was born and died on the 29th of April. At the entrance of the lodge, there is a “forest” of luminous columns that invites the crowd to experience poetry in a different way. One can discover the poets of Kavafi on the consecutive sheets on the columns that create a game of light and shadows. Additionally, there are sound clips with audio of Kavafis’ poems and special installations about the place where the poet was writing. Finally, the visitor can make copies of the poems he has read and heard.
The installation was designed and redacted by the Not A Number Architects. This architecture studio was created in 2009 and already has an international presence and distinctions (Architizer Awards 2012, Core77 Design Awards), and is located in Thessaloniki. The founders of the office are Ermis Adamantidis and Dominiki Dadatsi.
The exhibition was open for the public Monday – Saturday from 8.30 a.m. to 15.30 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 17.00 p.m. to 20.00 p.m. and its duration was until May 31, 2014. The entrance was free.
Have there been any similar exhibitions devoted to important artists of your country?
The original article, published in Greek, can be found here.
Credits: Images by Dafni Dimitriadi and data linked to sources.