Knowledge of, research into, collecting and promoting new trends in the applied arts and design was and remains the goal of the Shop at the Benaki Museum Pireos 138. We have collected the most interesting examples from these disciplines, offering the public an opportunity to become more intimately familiar with modern day creations.
“Material Quests” is a series of exhibitions aiming to highlight unique works that frequently abolish the boundaries between functional and decorative objects and works of art. Artists who are innovators in terms of their creativity and skills present their personal pursuits and exhibit works of exceptional aesthetics, superb craftsmanship and particular artistic inspiration.
Jewelry, perhaps the most intimate and personal form of art, deservedly enjoys the lion’s share of the exhibition space. Over the last years, as the frontiers of jewelry have been redefined and older conventions have been under siege, new generations of talented jewelry makers have introduced radical ideas, new technologies and materials, innovative combinations and techniques to overturn classical forms.
Jewelry has developed into wearable art, yet is a form that is not always readily accepted, as it often exists outside the narrow definitions of a decorative or valuable object, or because, as a unique work of art, it can be financially inaccessible. In collaboration with Athens Jewelry Week, our goal is to help the public become more familiar with this type of jewelry.
Besides the research it conducts into works of the past, the Museum endeavours to also highlight the present and prepare for the future. It is possible, therefore, that through this effort —with our exceptional collaborators, their invaluable experience and creative dialogue — future exhibition items will be revealed: this is our aspiration.
Member of the Benaki Museum Board of Trustees
ABOUT DESPINA GEROULANOU:
Despina Geroulanou studied at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and at the Drama school of the Greek Art Theatre (Theatro Technis) Karolos Koun. She worked in theatre and cinema with Dimitris Horn, Nikos Panagiotopoulos and Theodoros Angelopoulos. She also attended drawing, sculpture and jewellery classes in Paris and in 1991 she organised her first solo exhibition of sculpture and jewellery in Athens. More solo and group exhibitions followed.
Since 1994 she has been the director of the Benaki Museum Shops, reorganising the shop of the old museum and founding three new ones, designing both objects and promotional material for all the Shops. She has curated several exhibitions and events in the fields of applied arts and design. Αmong them are the series “Material Quests” and “Kriezotou 3 window”, highlighting distinguished representatives of the applied arts and design in Greece. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Benaki Museum.
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