Monday, 18 May 2020

 Today one of those memo days. It was established in 1977 when the International Council of Museums (ICOM) designated the 18th May as the International Museum Day aimining thus to highlight the role of museums in modern society and encourage us to visit them more often.

"Museums are managers of consciousness. They give us an interpretation of history, of how to view the world and locate ourselves in it. They are, if you want to put it in positive terms, great educational institutions." says artist and art critic Hans Haacke. You can see it for yourself with a visit, although one is never enough, I assure you. Beware: from the 15th June onwards, though, when the last restrictive measures will be lifted, according to the schedule of the Greek Ministry of Culture, and following all the necessary requirements for personal hygiene and safety - do not let yourselves be carried away.

Notes: The cartoon is by the acclaimed French Jean-Jacques Sempé, the co-creator (along with René Goscinny) of  Le petit Nicolas (here is an extensive list of the book series in Greek). // Due to the special COVID-19 restrictions, many Greek museums have organised and are conducting several online activities you can participate. More information here

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