New Greek Folk Art Museum, Plaka, Athens, Greece
Greek Folk Art Museum - Ministry of Culture (Work contract for the subproject “Maintenance-Architectural Documentation” of the NSRF Project “Restoration of a property complex of the Ministry of Culture on Adrianou-Areos-Kladou and Vrysakiou streets to host the MELT)
BUILDING BLOCK ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Ifigenia Dimitriou (Architect Engineer-Museologist), Elena Melidi (Archaeologist), Stamatis Zannos (Graphic Designer-Museographer), Vivi Vamvakopoulou (Archaeologist-Museologist), Evgenia Dafni, Niki Dafni, Kalliopi Kormali, Ioanna Palla, Eleni Papathoma (Association Managers-Archaeologists), Alexandra Nikiforidou (Museologist), Georgia Panselina (Historian), Maria Roussou (Digital Applications), Diamantis Arabatzis (Graphic Designer), Spyros Anatolianos, Isidora Ruschioni (Lighting Study), Elli Pagalou, Polyxeni Papamichelaki, Klairi Stamati (Landscaping Study), Angeliki Maragaki (Project Manager), Nikos Vranikas (Architect Engineer)
The Greek Folk Art Museum, one of the oldest museums in the country, was founded in 1918. In an entire building block in the centre of old Athens, in Plaka, the centuries-long history of the city unfolds in a mosaic of building remains: the late Roman wall, an early Christian basilica, sections of a mansion and a 17th-century chapel, 19th- and 20th-century houses. The architectural restoration project of the buildings was completed in 2016 to house the new permanent exhibition of the Museum.
A multidisciplinary team prepared a Historical Documentation of the building block and a Museological and Museographical Study putting emphasis on man. Modern Greek culture is promoted comprehensively through its tangible and intangible cultural heritage. Folk art objects dating from the mid-18th century until the 1970s highlight the lifestyle, perceptions, aesthetic standards, know-how and art of the people of the recent past, who defined the identity of the present. With interactive digital applications, multimedia and a variety of educational materials, the new modern Museum is set to be a jewel in the centre of Athens.