The duration of the temporary exhibition, titled TEMPLON. Sacred figures, invisible gates of faith. 20th and 21st centuries, is extended until 24 March 2018. This exhibition was inaugurated on Friday 27 October by H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulon and was organized by the Museum of Byzantine Culture, the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation and the MVN Consultants.
A natural border between the human world (main temple) and the heavenly (holy sanctuary), the iconostasis is a symbolic meeting point of the conceivable and the sensible, the hereafter and the ephemeral. In particular, ecclesiastical barrier screens (iconostasis) form the most characteristic and imposing architectural and decorative units of the interior of Modern Greek churches. In the context of the Exhibition, a reading of the iconostasis is attempted as a complex devotional, artistic and cultural representation, following its evolution through concrete examples of churches from the 19th century to the present.
Ninety-seven exhibits, which are inseparably linked to the “Templon”, such as royal doors, despotic icons, drawings and anthivola for despotic icons and for icons of the epistyle e.t.c., created by the renowned artists St. Almaliotis, K. Artemis, Sp. Vassiliou, G. Gliatas, N. Engonopoulos, G. Karoussos, F. Kontoglou, R. Kopsidis, M. Matsakis, K. Parthenis, D. Pelekassis and P. Rengos, constitute a panorama of Modern Greek religious painting.
Additionally, the visitor can see drawings by N. Andravidiotis, G. Nomikos and E. Stikas for wood carved iconostasis, made by the wood sculptors Th. Nomikos and members of the Andravidiotis family, wood carved capitals and parapet slabs, made by the same creators, a set of woodcarving tools for educational purposes, as well as the royal doors “Question of time”, created specifically for the exhibition by Stelios Faitakis.
In a fruitful dialogue with the teachers and having the “Templon” as a meeting point, the work of the contemporary creators, M. Kampanis, G. Kordis, K. Papatriantaphyllopoulos, P. Samios, father S. Skliris and St. Faitakis, is exhibited, not exclusively with devotional significance, but with personal character and purely painted terms.
Eighty-two of the total of ninety-seven works of the Exhibition are presented in showcases for the first time, along with a series of evidence from the archives of the artists.
The Exhibition is under the auspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos
Wing of temporary exhibitions “Kyriakos Krokos”
Opening hours: winter hours Monday - Sunday: 9: 00-16: 00.