Dec 15 2023

Για Ελληνικά

Running alongside the Unboxing Callas: An Archival Exploration of the Pyromallis Collection and the GNO Archive exhibition for its duration will be a public programme featuring tours, talks, and presentations, as well as educational activities for younger visitors. In the events designed for adults, both the exhibition team and the participating artists will enter into dialogue with the public, dialogue sparked by the archival materials, by contemporary art practice, and by Maria Callas herself, while also offering up an experiential narrative through sharing stories from their explorations of the archive.

As part of the educational activities for children, the GNO Learning & Participation Department will be offering young exhibition visitors an innovative experiential tour titled Unlocking the Legend: The Grey Box Bursting With Colour. Children aged 8-12 will be given the chance to imaginatively explore the exhibition, unravelling the legend that surrounds Maria Callas and learning about practices for classifying, archiving, and conserving archival materials as a way of connecting them with the magic of opera.


In more detail:

  1. On Tuesdays 5, 12, 19 December 2023 and 9 January 2024 at 11.00, public tours will be given by Steffi Stouri, the exhibition’s curatorial associate, and by Dr Sophia Kompotiati, the exhibition’s research associate.
  2. On Wednesdays at 18.00, artistic tours will be given, with the exhibition’s participating artists in attendance. Namely:

29 November 2023 Panos Profitis & Steffi Stouri

6 November 2023 Eleftheria Kotzaki, Aggeliki Mpozou & Steffi Stouri

13 November 2023 Petros Efstathiadis, Marios Stamatis & Vassilis Zidianakis, Steffi Stouri

20 December 2023 Chrysanthi Koymianaki, Alexis Fidetzis, Malvina Panagiotidi & Vassilis Zidianakis, Steffi Stouri

  1. On Fridays 1, 8, 15 December 2023 at 18.00, the following talks and presentations for adults will be given by distinguished guest speakers:
  • 1 December: “Maria Callas and Greece” – Dr Sophia Kompotiati, Associate Musicologist at the GNO
  • 8 December: “Maria Callas Through Her Recordings” – Panaghis Pagoulatos, Director of Artistic Coordination & Casting at the GNO
  • 15 December: “Theatrical Costume Conservation Stories: Conserving Matter, Preserving Memory” – Dr Tatiana Kousoulou, Textile Conservator, Directorate of Conservation of Ancient & Modern Monuments, Hellenic Ministry of Culture

All of the above parallel programme events are free to attend. Places are limited (25 persons per event) and can be booked via

Regarding activities for children, the Unlocking the Legend: The Grey Box Bursting With Colour educational programme will be run for:

State school groups, on 29 November and 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22 December 2023, and 10 January 2024 (10.00-11.00).

To register: call +30 2130885742, 9.00-14.00, Monday through Friday

Individual visitors, on 27 December 2023 and 3 January 2024 (17.00-18.00), and on 29 December 2023 and 5 January 2024 (10.00-11.00).

To register: call +30 2130885700, 9.00-21.00, daily