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Benaki Museum tribute to Nikos Kazantzakis

The Benaki Museum is presenting a tribute to renowned Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis with three different exhibitions titled “Nikos Kazantzakis-the eternal world roamer” running until 25 February 2018 at Pireos Street Annex, N.Hadjikyriakos-Ghika Gallery and the Museum of Islamic Art.

All three exhibitions are a modern approach to known and unknown aspects of the famous Cretan author’s life and works through a rich audiovisual and archives material. Nikos Kazantzakis is one of the most translated and prolific contemporary Greek writers. His most famous works are “The Life and Times of Alexis Zorbas” (aka “Zorbas the Greek”) and “The Last Temptation of Christ”; the film adaptations of which (in 1964 by Michael Cacoyannis this first and in 1988 by Martin Scorsese the latter) won him huge international success and recognition.

More information about the exhibitions:

  • “Nikos Kazantzakis-the eternal world roamer: His Ascent”
    Housed at Pireos Str Annex (138 Pireos & Andronikou St, 118 54, Athens) until 25 February 2018, the exhibition showcases important elements of Kazantzakis’s life, work and travels. Items displayed include manuscripts, photographs as well as ample information material enriched by several of his works translated into over 50 languages.
  • “Nikos Kazantzakis-the eternal world roamer: His Orient”
    Taking place at the Museum of Islamic Art (22 Agion Asomaton & 12 Dipilou St, 105 53, Athens) until 25 February 2018, this exhibition explores the influence the Orient had on the writer. Apart from his journeys to Egypt, Mt Sinai, China and Japan, the exhibition also has on display for the first time ever the manuscripts of two fairy tales he wrote; adaptations of the “Arabian Nights”.
  • “Nikos Kazantzakis-the eternal world roamer: His Odyssey”
    Open to the public until 24 February 2018 at the Ghika Gallery (3 Kriezotou St., 106 71, Athens), the exhibition sheds light on Kazantzakis’s epic poem the “Odyssey” – a sequel of the famous Homeric epic – featuring among other things the drawings painted by Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas for the English translation of the poem (Benaki Museum collection) and the engravings of Christos Santamouris (Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation collection).

The said exhibitions are organized by the Benaki Museum and Kazantzakis Publications – in association with the Kazantzakis Museum, the Historical Museum of Crete, the National Library of Greece and the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation – in the occasion of year 2017 being proclaimed by the Ministry of Culture and Sports as “Nikos Kazantzakis Year”.

More info about Nikos Kazantzakis:
Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957) was one of the most acclaimed Greek writers both nationally and internationally and the most translated one outside Greece. His most famous novels include “The Life and Times of Alexis Zorbas” (published in 1946; the basis for the beloved Oscar-winning film “Zorba the Greek”), “Christ Recrucified” (published in 1948), “Captain Michalis” (published in 1953; also known as “Freedom and Death”) and “The Last Temptation of Christ” (published in 1955).

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Photo © Nikos Kazantzakis at his house in Antibes, 1954 (Kazantzakis Museum/Kazantzakis Publications)


Benaki Museum tribute to Nikos Kazantzakis

21/12/2017 - 25/02/2018

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Dates: 21 December 2017 - 25 February 2018 ¦ Location: Athens ¦ Venues: Benaki Museum – a) Pireos Street Annex, b) N. Hadjikyriakos-Ghika Gallery and c) Museum of Islamic Art (please see the official Benaki Museum website for each museum’s exact address)¦ Opening hours: For the detailed opening times of each museum please see the official Benaki Museum website ¦More info:

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