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Benaki Museum of Islamic Art
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Μουσείο Μπενάκη Ισλαμικής Τέχνης
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Benaki Museum of Islamic Art)
From the fall of Constantinople in 1453 until the revolution that created modern Greece in 1821, the Greek peninsula was under the rule of the Ottoman Turks.

Housed in a restored neoclassical villa, the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art was founded in 1931 from the collection of Antonis Benakis, whose family of Greek merchants lived in Alexandria, Egypt -where many of the objects were originally gathered-until the early twentieth century. The holdings of the museum he founded, part of the broader Benaki Museum complex, now span twelve centuries of Islamic art.

At the Museum of Islamic Art, Mounira Al Solh exhibits an embroidered tent that hangs from the ceiling -an offering to and shelter for those lost in war and its violent displacements. The tent features embroidered floral elements, texts, natural leaves, and other fragile materials that serve as links to traditional decorative elements originating from Antiquity and the Byzantine and Ottoman eras. Inside the tent a low table offers a book filled with stories from displaced people whom the artist has met in Athens, and Kassel over the past year.

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Benaki Museum - 138 Pireos st


08/04/2017 - 16/07/2017
Athens
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N. Hadjikyriakos-Ghika Gallery


08/04/2017 - 16/07/2017
Athens
Duration
08/04/2017 - 16/07/2017

Place
Athens
Benaki Museum

Tickets
€ 7, € 5

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