Exhibition: ‘The place of once upon a time – Heroes in the trash’ – Chania 11th March – 30th June

This exhibition is the fourth in a series that includes toys from Michalis Manousakis’ personal collection. Accompanied by a bilingual (Greek-English) richly illustrated list with texts of child psychiatrist Thanassis Hatzopoulos, the journalist and museologist Dimitris Trika and the artist.

WHEN: March 11 – June 30
until April 31:
Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 – 2:00 & 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 10am – 2pm

From May 1st onwards
Monday to Saturday 10:00-14:00 & 19:00-22:00

WHERE: Chania Municipal Gallery, Halidon 98-102

Pencil soldiers and porcelain dolls, old reading and prewar editions of Jules Verne’s novels, photographs and vinyls. Impressions of childhood of the past, far from screens and digital reality are the raw material of Michalis Manousakis’ new exhibition.

More than 150 toys from the personal collection of a professor of the High School of Fine Arts from 1821 to 1960 have replaced the painting in this new exhibition. These are particularly rare items, which Michalis Manousakis has been collecting over the last 25 years, originating from different corners of the world, presented to the public for the first time.

The peculiarity of this particular exhibition is that the painter from Chania does not present the toys in a simple arrangement, but uses them as raw material and creates small or larger installations each of which tells a different story. And in the end it takes us to a distant yesterday – like the years of the Greek Revolution – but also to a more recent one: the one our parents and grandparents have described to us, which we found accidentally in dusty coffins, which we saw in old photographs and in black and white frames of Greek cinema.
Source: Municipal Gallery Chania


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