The new exhibition space in the Makriyannis Wing has offered new opportunities for exhibitions in this state-of-the-art gallery. To date they include:
- “Beyond Cavafy’s Written Word” art show by Alexandra Athanassiades, curated by Efi Andreadi and Joseph Tupay (March – May 2018);
- “Ioannis Makriyannis. Vital Expression” curated by Maria Georgopoulou and Maria Papadaki (June-October 2018);
- Acropolis Redux: Caryatid/Frieze Events” a show based on the photography of Ian Walker curated by Jenifer Neils (May-July 2018);
- “Spolia: Transcripts of the stones of the Little Metropolis” exhibition by Nora Okka organized by the Gennadius Library (September-November 2019) [384 visitors]; and
- “Francesco Morosini and his Legacy in Crete, Athens and the Morea” (November 2019 – February 2020) curated by Maria Georgopoulou and Alexis Malliaris.
- "The Free and the Brave. American Philhellenes and the ‘Glorious Struggle of the Greeks’ (1776-1866)" (May 2021 - December 2021) curated by Maria Georgopoulou.
Earlier exhibitions, such as "Ottoman Athens. Archaeology and Travel" and “Flora Graeca” were held in the main Reading Room of the Library and in the old Basil Room.
Even after the new gallery space was opened in 2018, the Main Reading Room is still being used for exhibitions on the history of the book, such as an array of important specimens of Greek typography from the Gennadius collections that was curated by Irini Solomonidi in May 2018.
Shows of contemporary art, hosted by the Library, have been significant events in recent years. 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 in May-June 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.