Opening of the temporary exhibition “Leaving a Mark on History: Treasures from Greek Museums” on Thursday November 7, 2013, at 18:00 o’clock at the National Archaeological Museum, Sofia, Bulgaria.
The exhibition, co-organized by the Greek Numismatic Museum and the National Archaeological Museum, took place at the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum in Sofia from November 7, 2013 until February 15, 2014. The exhibition has already been displayed at the Regional Archaeological Museum in Plovdiv with enormous success and favorable reception by the international media, and its visiting Bulgaria with support of Alpha Bank as the main sponsor as part of their policy to patronize culture.
The purpose of this exhibition is to present rare and unique objects that “seal” history, either as portraits of historical protagonists or as direct sources for major historical and political events, while displaying universal social, religious and cultural meanings and values. A total of 195 unique artifacts of Greek Antiquity will be exhibited for the first time in Bulgaria.
The study, organization, and scientific curatorship of the Exhibition has been undertaken exclusively by the Greek organizers while the Bulgarian side is symbolically represented only by one exhibit, an Attic red figured pelike found in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and dated around 440-430 BC. The exhibition has been scientifically curated and coordinated by the Director of the Greek Numismatic Museum and Deputy Director of the National Archaeological Museum, Dr George Kakavas, assisted by the scientific personnel of the two Museums. The museological–museographical study is by Dr Vassiliki Drouga, Architect-Engineer, Head of the Department of Technical Works of the National Archaeological Museum and Stamatis Zannos, Designer.
After the inauguration ceremony will be a reception for guests from AHEPA Bulgaria with selfless participation of renowned Greek composer Mimis Plessas who will accompany on piano promising soprano Vassia Zacharopoulou.
Special mention should be made of the sponsors of this major project –namely, the Onassis Foundation, Alpha Bank Bulgaria, Orphee Beinoglou–International Transport, IKEA Bulgaria, AKTOR Bulgaria, Kalamaris Group Ltd–Intelligence Solutions, GRAS SAVOY WILLIS insurance company, 360xpert Advanced Imaging Solution, the Friends of the Numismatic Museum, the Greek Embassy of Sofia, the American-Hellenic Educational Progressive Association AHEPA and the Organization “Alliance for Greece”. Without their active support the exhibition would not have been accomplished.