PAST EXHIBITIONS
CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
 
FUTURE EXHIBITIONS
1994 "Byzantine treasures of Thessaloniki. The Journey Home"
M.B.C., permanent exhibitions galleries
Presentation of a selection of the artefacts that had been transferred to Athens in 1916 and returned to Thessaloniki in 1994, with the inauguration of the Museum of Byzantine Culture

1995 "Religious engravings from the Dori Papastratou collection"
M.B.C., temporary exhibitions wing
The exhibition was also mounted in the church of Saint George in the Old Fortress, Corfu.

1997 "Byzantine Mediaeval Cyprus: Queen in the East and Sovereign in the West"
M.B.C., temporary exhibitions wing
In association with the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, with the participation of the Church of Cyprus and its sacred foundations, the Pierides Foundation Museum and the Cypriot Department of Antiquities. The exhibition was also mounted in Nicosia.
"Greek Jewellery: a 6.000-year Tradition"
Villa Bianca, Thessaloniki
Exhibition organized by the Ministry of Culture, with the participation of the M.B.C.
«Treasures of Mount Athos"
M.B.C., permanent exhibitions galleries
Exhibition jointly organized by the Holy Community of Mount Athos and the Organisation for the Cultural Capital of Europe Thessaloniki 1997, with the scientific and technical support of various services in the Ministry of Culture
"Icons from the Velimezis collection"
M.B.C., temporary exhibitions wing
In association with the Benaki Museum and with the assistance of the Organisation for the Cultural Capital of Europe Thessaloniki 1997
 
1998 "From the Fayum Portraits to Early Byzantine Icon Painting"
M.B.C., temporary exhibitions wing
In association with the Vikelas Municipal Library of Heraclion. The exhibition had been mounted in the Vikelas Library and in the Benaki Museum.
"Places of history and memory. The monuments of Thessaloniki and the earthquake of 1978"
White Tower
Exhibition of photographs
"Glory of Byzantium"
Metropolitan Museum, New York
The M.B.C. contributed archaeological material from its collection
"Romana Pictura - La pittura romana dalle origini all'età byzantina"
Palazzi del Podesta e dell'Arengo, Rimini
The M.B.C. contributed archaeological material from its collection
 
1999 "Ikonen auf Papier"
Museum für Angewandte Kunst (MAK), Vienna
In association with the Museum für Angewandte Kunst (MAK), Vienna
"Byzantine glazed ceramics: the art of sgraffito"
M.B.C., temporary exhibitions wing
The exhibition was organized on the occasion of the 7th International Congress on Mediaeval Ceramics in the Mediterranean and was subseauently mounted in Rhodes
 
2000 "Mother of God. Images of Virgin Mary in Byzantine Art"
Benaki Museum, Athens
The M.B.C. contributed archaeological material from its collection
"Pietro e Paolo. La storia, il culto, la memoria nei primi secoli"
Palazzo della Cancelleria, Rome
The M.B.C. contributed archaeological material from its collection
"Anno Domini. Jesus through the Centuries"
Provincial Museum of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
The M.B.C. contributed archaeological material from its collection
 
2001 "Orthodox Religious Engravings: 18th - 20th centuries"
University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto
In association with the University of Toronto Art Centre
"Deomene: L' Immagine dell'orante fra Oriente e Occidente"
Museo Nazionale, Ravenna
The M.B.C. contributed archaeological material from its collection
"Everyday Life in Byzantium"
White Tower
Organized as part of the multi-venue exhibition "Byzantine Hours: Works and Days in Byzantium" which was held in Athens, Thessaloniki and Mistras
"The George Tsolozidis collection: Byzantium through the eyes of a collector"
M.B.C. temporary exhibitions wing
Works from the George Tsolozidis collection
"A Mystery Great and Strange"
Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens
The M.B.C. contributed archaeological material from its collection
 
2002 "The Abbey of St Gallen and its Treasures"
M.B.C., temporary exhibitions wing
Exhibition organized by the Archive of the Abbey of St Gallen in association with the Swiss Embassy in Greece, with the support of the National Research Foundation's Institute for Byzantine Research
«L' approccio all' uomo bizantino attraverso l' occhio di un collezionista»
Sala del Capitolo, Hellenic Institute for Byzantine and Postbyzantine Studies, Venice
In association with the Hellenic Institute for Byzantine and Postbyzantine Studies in Venice
"Fotis Zachariou. Athos: Impressions and Memories"
White Tower
In association with the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petra
"An Encounter with Byzantine Glazed Pottery"
Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens
In association with the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens and the Benaki Museum, in connection with an international conference on 'The Art of Clay'
 
2003 "Archaeologies"
M.B.C., temporary exhibitions wing
In association with the Photography Museum of Thessaloniki, as part of the Photosynkyria Festival
"Venetian Glass from the Renaissance to the Nineteenth Century: Colour and Transparency"
M.B.C., temporary exhibitions wing
In association with the Italian Cultural Institute in Thessaloniki, the Ministry of Culture and the Palazzo Barberini's National Gallery of Ancient Art in Rome
"Postbyzantine Icons from Greece: Between Tradition and Renewal"
State Museum of Moravia, Brno, Czech Republic
In association with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture as part of the major international exhibition titled "Eastern Christianity", organized by the State Museum of Moravia to mark the 550th anniversary of the Fall of Constantinople
"Aspects of Everyday Life in Byzantium"
National Archeological Museum, Madrid
Selection of exhibits from the exhibition of the same name mounted in the White Tower in 2001
"Aspects of Everyday Life in Byzantium"
National Archeological Museum, Lisbon
Selection of exhibits from the exhibition of the same name mounted in the White Tower in 2001
 
2004 "Faith and Power"
Metropolitan Museum, New York
The M.B.C. contributed archaeological material from its collection 
"Acritans of Europe"
M.B.C., temporary exhibitions wing
In association with the European project Acrinet, the Center for Development Studies PRISMA and the Center for Ethnographic Research of the Academy of Athens
"Traditional Costumes from the Lykeion ton Hellinidon"
M.B.C., temporary exhibitions wing
Exhibition of photographs by Calliope (Calliope Karvouni)
 
2005 "From Chioniades... Studies and anthivola. Unknown aspects of Postbyzantine art"
M.B.C., temporary exhibitions wing
In association with the Municipal Center for Historical Research and Documentation of Volos
"Paper icons from the Dory Papastratos collection"
Historical Archives-Museum of Hydra
In association with the Historical Archives-Museum of Hydra
"Gemine Muse"
M.B.C.
Exhibition of contemporary works of art, under the programme "Gemine Muse"
In association with the General Secretariat for Youth
 
2006 "Icons from the Orthodox Communities in Albania. Collection of the National Museum of Mediaeval Art, Korçe"
M.B.C., temporary exhibitions wing
The exhibition marked the conclusion of a 5-year programme between the Museum of Byzantine Culture, the European Center for Byzantine and Postbyzantine Monuments and the National Museum of Mediaeval Art, Korçe
"De Gustibus... in Thessaloniki"
M.B.C., central atrium
Exhibition of photographs by Stereosis
Gastronomy vs gastroanomy
Exhibition of photographs on the web
 
2007 "Treasures of Tradition"
M.B.C., temporary exhibitions wing
In association with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Folklore Museum
"Entre Deux"
M.B.C., temporary exhibitions wing
19th International Photography Meeting/PhB, organised by the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography
"Heterotopias"
M.B.C., temporary exhibitions wing and central atrium
1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art
"New Acquisitions. Donations-Sponsorships-Purchases"
M.B.C., foyer
Presentation of the Museum's latest acquisitions
"Scientist in the Picture. Greece, 1900-1980"
M.B.C., temporary exhibitions wing
In association with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography
"Squares of Europe, Squares for Europe"
M.B.C., central atrium
In association with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
 
 

2008

 
Nikos Alexiou, "The End"
M.B.C., temporary exhibitions wing, central atrium, foyer
Official participation of Greece to the 52nd Venice Biennale. In association with the Directorate of Visual Arts-Department for the Promotion of Contemporary Art of the Greek Ministry of Culture
"Greece Today"
M.B.C., temporary exhibitions wing
Photobiennale 2008, organised by the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography
"Places and Manners of Worship"
M.B.C., temporary exhibitions wing
Exhibition of photographs by the Photographic Center of Thessaloniki, Photobiennale 2008
"Kyriakos Krokos: remembrance, sketches, pictures"
M.B.C., temporary exhibitions wing
In association with the Department of Architecture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the e-magazine "Greek Architects.gr"
Sponsor of the exhibition and the re-publication of the catalogue: George I. Georgiades, ARXITEX A.E.
 

2009

 
A minimum house for leisure at the 21st century
Museum of Byzantine Culture
The exhibition was hosted by the Department of Architecture and the School of Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with the support of the French Institute of Thessaloniki.
"Paper Icons" from the engravings collection of Dory Papastratou
Takis Katsoulidis Engraving Museum, Messini
The Museum of Byzantine Culture in collaboration with the Municipality of Messini and the Takis Katsoulidis Engraving Museum organized a temporary exhibition entitled "Paper Icons" from the engravings collection of Dory Papastratou.
Disclosure / Underlined Memory
A Review of Contemporary Serbian Art Exhibition part of the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art
The exhibition Disclosure / Underlined Memory, curated by Aleksandra Estela Bjelica Mladenović, the purpose of which is to present contemporary Serbian art and what is the best in it at the moment has its own way and will be staged in France, FYROM, Republic of Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Greece. Namely, eleven eminent Serbian artists with eighteen art works are going to make themselves known i.e. to disclose to the art public in different countries.
 

2010

 
«Architecture as Icon
Perception and representation of Architecture in Byzantine Art

M.B.C., temporary exhibitions wing
The icon of architecture in Byzantine art, the perception and depiction of both real and transcendental architectural space, revealed in the international exhibition entitled "Architecture as Icon. Perception and Representation of Architecture in Byzantine Art", was presented at the Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessalonike from November 6th 2009 to 31st January 2010.
 

2010

 
«Aspects of Armenian Art
The Kalfayan Collection

M.B.C., temporary exhibitions wing
The Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki presented The Kalfayan Collection of Armenian Art. The lengthy coexistence of Greeks and Armenians in Asia Minor and the history that the two nations have in common are two of the important motivations for presenting this exhibition. The collection, which was exhibited to the public for the first time, focused on Armenian art of the late sixteenth to nineteenth centuries and consisted of art works of exceptional significance, as much for their rarity as for the historical period to which they belong.
Press here to see the video of the exhibition.
  2013  "The Armée d'Orient in the Balkans: Archaeological evidence of a hospital in Thermi / Sédès".
December 21, 2012 - extended to May 12, 2013 Temporary exhibitions’ gallery "Kyriakos Krokos”
The exhibition is organised by the Museum of Byzantine Culture, as part of the celebrations for the 100 years from Thessaloniki’s liberation  "Thessaloniki 1912-2012" and the action "Thessaloniki Cultural Crossroads 2012, SE Europe" of the Secretariat of Culture of Ministry of Education, Religion, Culture and Sports.
The exhibition is based and structured around the archaeological remains of a hospital facility of the French Army of the East, which operated in Thermi Thessaloniki during the period of the First World War [1914-1918]. In 2007 objects of the hospital equipment of the French army were discovered during the excavation 16th EPKA in Therme by Mrs Evdokia Skarlatidou, archaeologist in charge of the excavations. Until now, remains of soldiers’ hospitalisation have been largely unknown, as they have been ignored not only by the history of medicine, but also from the historical and archaeological research. Everyday objects, food utensils, pharmaceutical bottles and vases, clothing and footwear, coins, water and wine bottles, reused as pharmaceutical bottles, and other objects tell peoples’stories in the midst of war and the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Thessaloniki.
Such findings testify the constant movement of medical supplies and daily life utensils both among soldiers of other nations and between rival camps. For this reason, the displayed objects are accompanied by photographic material, some presented for the first time from the archives and collections of the Médiathèque de l 'Architecture et du Patrimoine - Difussion RMN Ministry of Culture of France, the History Center of Thessaloniki, the Municipality of Thessaloniki, as well as the private collectors.
The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual [Greek & English] scientific catalogue.
 
Project: “OLKAS: “From the Aegean to the Black Sea” – medieval Ports in the Maritime Routes of the East.” (2012-2013)
December 15, 2012 - extended to May 12
Temporary exhibitions’ gallery "Kyriakos Krokos”
The exhibition is part of a project organised by the European Centre of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Monuments [lead partner] in cooperation with partners from six countries Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, and Georgia.
It is a visual journey on the sea routes of the East through an "olkas", the Byzantine merchant ship, carrying goods and connecting people, cities, ports and cultures for centuries. This time, the “olkas” carries unique historic images such as prints, postcards and photographs, many of which are presented for the first time in a way that promotes the history of each port city and its cultural heritage. Thessaloniki Toroni, Kavala, Abdera, Thasos Maronia Anastasioupoli, Istanbul, Sozopol, Varna, Ankhíalos, Constanta, Odessa, Sevastopol, Batumi, Baku and other ports are among the eighteen stops of this trip which starts from the northern Aegean Sea and through Constantinople continues to the Black Sea, on the coast of Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Crimea and Georgia until its final destination to Azerbaijan and the Caspian Sea, opening new routes to the East. Passing through from port to port, myths, history and the present meet thus taking the visitors in a historic and inspirational journey.
The project is funded by the European program «Joint Operational Program" BLACK SEA 2007-2013" and by national resources, and coordinated by the European Centre of Byzantine and Post Byzantine Monuments (E.K.B.M.M.). Through the project "Olkas" has already been established a network of bodies representing the countries around the Black Sea (Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine and Georgia) which focus on the study and the  promotion of the medieval heritage of these countries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 & 2014

The Veneration of Saint Mamas in the Mediterranean:
a traveller, border defender Saint

Place: Multi-purpose Gallery, MBC
Duration: October 19th 2013 - January 19th 2014
Curators: Dr Agathoniki Tsilipakou, Director MBC
               Dr Nikos Bonovas, Archaeologist MBC

The Museum of Byzantine Culture in collaboration with the Holy Bishopric and the Municipality of Morphou, Cyprus participates in the events of Thessaloniki’s 4th Biennale of Contemporary Art with the exhibition “The veneration of Saint Mamas in the Mediterranean”, realized within the framework of the “5 Museums’ Movement in Thessaloniki”(5M).
For the first time, the exhibition presents the broad dissemination of Saint Mamas’, which until today remains alive among different peoples across the Mediterranean. Artifacts from Greece and Cyprus, but also rich photographic material cover a period from the 6th c. to our time. 
Initially, the exhibition traces the identity of the saint, martyred in Caesarea during the years of the Emperor Aurelianus (270-275 a.D.), as well as the origin of the iconographic type as a shepherd boy. The main part of the exhibition focuses on the diffusion of Saint Mamas’ veneration in Cyprus, Constantinople, Eastern Mediterranean and Greece. A special reference is made to the relation between Mamas and Demetrius, patron-saint of Thessaloniki, highlighting their healing and myrrh-streaming powers. The exhibition ends with the diffusion of the saint’s veneration in the medieval West. 
Through churches, wall-paintings, icons, objects of metalwork, religious fairs and place names a common tradition is displayed, a tradition that survives in several parts of the Mediterranean. The exhibits and the photographic material come from the collections of the Museum of Byzantine Culture, public museums, private collections and Ephorates of Antiquities around Greece, as well from museums and churches of Cyprus.

IN COOPERATION WITH:
Holy Bishopric of Morphou, Cyprus
Municipality of Morphou, Cyprus
Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Historical Archaiv Bank of Cyprus 
Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Hellenic Ministry of National Defence 
Greek Embassy in Nicosia
Holy Bishopric of Lemesos, Cyprus
Holy Bishopric of Kykkos and Tylliria, Cyprus
Holy Bishopric of Tamasos and Orinis, Cyprus 
Museum of Kykkos Monastery, Cyprus 
Byzantine Museum and Art Gallery of the Archbishop Makarios III Foundation, Nicosia                   
Ministry of Communications and Works, Department of Antiquities, Nicosia 
Holy Monastery of Vatopedi, Mount Athos
Holy Monastery of Dionysiou, Mount Athos
Holy Diocese of Cassandria, Halkidiki   
Academy of Athens Research Centre for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Art
Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athens
1th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Áthens
2th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Áthens
3th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Chios
4th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Rhodes
5th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Sparta
8th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Ioannina
10th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Polygyros
13th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Herakleion
16th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Kastoria
19th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Trikala
23th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Chalkida
26th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Kalamata
28th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Rethymno, Chania
Ephorate of Private Archaeological Collections
Agioritiki Estia. Mount Athos Center
Society for Macedonian Studies Library, Thessaloniki
Georgios Tsolozidis Collection
Arsen and Roupen Kalfayan Collection 
Museo Correr
Yale University Art Gallery
Ville d'Auxerre
Direction de la Culture, Service de l'Inventaire, Région Champagne-Ardenne
Agence photographique, Réunion des Musées Nationaux
Picture Library, National Gallery London