Folklore Museum - "Gatherings Hall", September 24th to October 31st 2021

ακροκέραμο σε λεπτομέρεια πόρτας νεοκλασικού, neoclassical architecture

The Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, in the context of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821, presents the audiovisual work of 3D movement with 2D figures, reviving the painting "Gatherings Hall", featuring the first Governor of Greece Ioannis Kapodistrias.

The light and shadows of the painting converse with the official story and its background. Other figures are bathed in light and others, barely illuminated, allude to underground passages, which will eventually lead in 1831 to the assassination of the Governor, in front of the church of Agios Spyridon in Nafplio.
The unknown painter of this symbolic encounter is probably an architect, as the standard figures in the painting indicate; however, thanks to his talent, the figures have a theatricality, they are "human". The painting, with its obvious and hidden symbolism, is a mural of an era.

The painting (copy) is a donation to the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation (PFF) of the well-known set designer Dionyssis Fotopoulos. The project was done in collaboration with the Municipality of Nafplio and the White Fox Team. The narration was made by the unique Costas Kastanas.

The music that is heard is "The Farewell Sonata" by Beethoven, a favorite piece of the Governor and Roxandra Stourtza, the woman he loved but Ioannis Kapodistrias never married, for the sake of Greece.

Αίθουσα συναθροίσεων πίνακας, gatherings Hall painting
Kapodistrias in Folklore Museum Nafplio

Exhibition's duration
September 24th to October 31st 2021

The venue
"Sofroni 13" str., Nafplio old town, Τ. +30 2752 028947

Opening hours
Every day, 10:00-14:00

For entering, the same applies as to the "B. Papantoniou" Museum: a certificate of vaccination or illness is needed or a 48-hour rapid test. For children 5-11 years old, the 24 hour self test is necessary. The face-mask is obligatory.

Did you know that?
The depicted men's clothing is made by Aristides Tzonevrakis.
In "Sofroni 13", the new cultural space of the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation (PFF), starting from the summer of 2021 exhibitions, events etc. are hosted, with first the previous exceptional exhibition entitled "Philhellenic. Collection of Eleni Martinou".
The "B. Papantoniou" Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation (PFF) is a nonprofit institution based in Nafplion and aims at the research, preservation, study and presentation of the material culture of the Peloponnese as well as of the whole of Greece. It was founded in 1974 by Ioanna Papantoniou in memory of her father. It is housed in the residence of B.Papantoniou, which was converted into a museum in 1981.

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