The Free and the Brave
Take a virtual tour of the exhibition "The Free and the Brave: American Philhellenes and the 'Glorious Struggle of the Greeks' (1776–1866)"
The Makriyannis Wing gallery has offered since 2018 new opportunities for exhibitions. Past exhibits of the Gennadius Library include:
- "The Free and the Brave. American Philhellenes and the ‘Glorious Struggle of the Greeks’ (1776-1866)" (May 2021 - December 2021) curated by Maria Georgopoulou;
- “Francesco Morosini and his Legacy in Crete, Athens and the Morea” (November 2019 – February 2020) curated by Maria Georgopoulou and Alexis Malliaris;
- “Spolia: Transcripts of the stones of the Little Metropolis” exhibition by Nora Okka organized by the Gennadius Library (September-November 2019);
- “Ioannis Makriyannis. Vital Expression” curated by Maria Georgopoulou and Maria Papadaki (June-October 2018); and
- “Beyond Cavafy’s Written Word” art show by Alexandra Athanassiades, curated by Efi Andreadi and Joseph Tupay (March – May 2018).
Occasional exhibits are also featured in the Main Reading Room of the Gennadius Library, including "Ottoman Athens. Archaeology and Travel", “Flora Graeca” or "The Ηistory of Greek Printing (15th-20th century) through the Collections of the Gennadius Library".
Significant shows of contemporary art, hosted by the Library in the last decade, have ushered the institution into a new era. In 2014 the NEON Organization for Culture and Development opened its first public exhibition at the Gennadius Library. The show entitled “A Thousand Doors,” organized and curated by Iwona Blazwyck of London’s Whitechapel Gallery, enlivened the gardens and the Library for two months in the Spring of 2014. 12,000 visitors came to admire the art, but also to explore the Gennadeion – many of them for the first time. This was followed by the exhibition documenta14, with three distinct works exhibited inside the library and in the gardens; a very powerful experience as well.
For an archive of the exhibitions see here.