Events archive

21/12/2014 - 30/01/2015

Exhibition “DARE TO PRAISE...” ΕLEFTHERIOS VENIZELOS - 150 YEARS SINCE HIS BIRTH (1864-2014)

Fine Arts Programme & Exhibitions

Throughout the years, the image of Eleftherios Venizelos has inspired many artists and engravers and has been imprinted in folk textiles, artifacts and lithographs.

Part of this material was presented in the exhibition “Dare to praise..." curated by Art historian Luisa Karapidaki at the Conference Centre of the European Cultural Centre of Delphi from 21 December 2014 to 30 January 2015.

Exhibits also included hand-written notes, archival material, postcards and letters by followers and admirers of Venizelos.

The adoration in Eleftherios Venizelos was expressed through various documents, such as letters, poems, medals, everyday objects, jewelry, embroidery, souvenirs, handicrafts, photo engravings and contemporary works of art. Eleftherios Venizelos appears as Zeus, as the new Ulysses, as the Charioteer, as Hercules and Leonidas and also as a folk hero.

Other unpublished material, both hand-written and printed, mention Eleftherios Venizelos as 'The Greatest among the Greeks', 'a Giant', 'A man of many crafts', 'Safe-keeper of our nation', 'the triumph of Hellenism', 'Adorable' etc.

The exhibits come from the General State Archives, the Foundation Eleftherios Venizelos, the Nikitas and Evangelia Stavrinakis Collection, the Alpha Bank Collection, the Library of the Hellenic Parliament, as well as from various private collections and museums.