Faces
of the Hero:
Themed
Events
Programming
2021

Which are the Faces of the Hero?

In celebration of the two-hundred-year anniversary of the beginning of the Greek Revolution of 1821, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center presents a series of events under the general title Faces of the Hero, designed and realized thanks to an exclusive grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

The heroic example set by the warriors of the National Uprising serves today as an opportunity, an invitation and a challenge to revisit the concepts of “hero” and “heroism”, through the performing and visual arts, dance, readings, lectures, exhibitions and educational programs for adults and children.

Putting together a diverse and multifaceted program, our selection of featured events is guided by the same philosophy that governs the overall operation of the SNFCC, and which has been tried and tested with success over the past few years: a public space that’s open to everyone, regardless of age or educational background, which provides cultural experiences and opportunities for entertainment and learning without economic, social, or other obstacles of any kind. In addition, this year’s program was designed upon the key principle of making full use of the facilities and premises of the SNFCC, developing synergies with our kindred organizations, the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera, and investing in the Center’s outreach.

The connecting tissue, which runs through the entire series of themed events, is our intention to pose the question “How is the heroic archetype conveyed through the history of art?”. In that view, and as the title “Faces of the Hero” indicates, we will attempt to explore the journey of the Hero and the transitions of his form from the ancient times until the present day, using art as our vehicle, to encounter the heroic archetype at different moments through the course of time.

Our featured events dedicated to the celebration of our national anniversary, however, run alongside a broad range of ongoing activities throughout the course of the year, with launches of new events series, theatrical productions, art installations, and new series of educational events, culminating festively, as always, in the SNFCC Christmas World.

In the process of devising our program, we are informed and guided by the current conditions, to design events that can be adapted to include the presence of an audience or presented exclusively online, in compliance with the measures for the protection of public health, as these are announced.

Highlights

Visual Arts
Georgios Xenos

Passers-by / Seven Gates

Brought together under the Faces of the Hero anniversary program, the themes, means and media of the individual events that comprise it are marked by their variety and diversity.

Visual Arts
George Zongolopoulos

The Monument of Zalongo, 1954-1960

On the occasion of the events celebrating the 200-year anniversary from the commencement of the Greek Revolution, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is restoring in the Agora, the horizontal section, at a height of 40cm, of the base of the sculpture Monument of Zalongo.

Visual Arts
Georgios Xenos

Passers-by / Seven Gates

Brought together under the Faces of the Hero anniversary program, the themes, means and media of the individual events that comprise it are marked by their variety and diversity.

Visual Arts
George Zongolopoulos

The Monument of Zalongo, 1954-1960

On the occasion of the events celebrating the 200-year anniversary from the commencement of the Greek Revolution, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is restoring in the Agora, the horizontal section, at a height of 40cm, of the base of the sculpture Monument of Zalongo.

Program

Education

Merchandise

On the occasion of the 200-year anniversary of the 1821 Greek Revolution, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is organizing a series of events centered around the question: what are the faces of the hero?

The year 2021 is symbolic of precisely that timeless portrayal of the hero. From the heroic figures of the ancient era, and the heroes of the 1821 Revolution, all the way to the antiheroes of the contemporary world, the heroic model is invested with virtues such as selflessness, courage, strength, tenacity, patience and boldness.

Discover all the specially designed SNFCC objects, inspired by the theme of Faces of the Hero.

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