May 18 – International Museum Day

What is the Philhellenism Museum?

May 18 is the International Museum Day, and we take the opportunity on this occasion to remind the mission of the Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP) and the Philhellenism Museum.

The goal of the Philhellenism Museum is to present through 3.000 paintings, art objects, books, documents, medals, letters, personal objects, images – lithographs, etc. the birth and evolution of Philhellenism, but also the critical role that it played for the liberation of Greece.

The Museum aspires to answer through experiential navigations, to the Greek and foreign visitors, a series of important questions. Here are some of them:

  • How was Philhellenism born from the Renaissance to the beginning of the 19th century?
  • How did it affect education in Europe turning it to Hellenocentric?
  • How was archeology born?
  • When and how did European citizens realize the importance and uniqueness of Greek culture?
  • Who were Barthélemy and Winckelmann?
  • Who inspired Rigas Feraios to design his Charta and to write the Thourios?
  • How was neoclassicism born?
  • Who were the members of the Chenier family in France and what was their role?
  • What was the Greek Language Hotel and what was its contribution to the struggle of the Greeks?
  • How was romanticism born?
  • Who was Shelley?
  • What prompted Lord Byron to love Greece and write his Hellenocentric emblematic works that became best sellers internationally?
  • How did Lord Byron help the Greek liberation struggle?
  • What were the Philhellenic Committees and what did they offer to the Greek Revolution?
  • Who were their members?
  • What was the Philhellenic music?
  • Who were the Philhellenes who fought in Greece and what did they offer?
  • How many Philhellenes died heroically for Greece or suffered terrible tortures?
  • How many Philhellenes undertook secret missions in favor of Greece?
  • Where are their descendants today and what do they think about Greece?
  • What did the international press write about Greece in the 1820’s?
  • How did Philhellenic art evolve and what was its role in the struggle of the Greeks?
  • Which enlightened intellectuals of the time passionately supported Greece?
  • To whom does Normanou Street and Hastings Street in Plaka refer and to whom does Veranzerou Street refer?
  • Who were Eynard and Dr. Howe and what did they offer to Greece?
  • What did Garibaldi and Fratti offer in Greece?
  • Why is the term “Philhellene” a title of honor and identified with noble intentions, while in the case of all other ethnicities, the component “friend” (philos) is placed second, and attributes something with a negative connotation (e.g. Turkophile)?
  • Why only a movement on Philhellenism emerged, and nothing similar for other ethnic groups who also revolted or suffered persecution and genocide during the Ottoman period and later (e.g. Albanians, Serbs, Armenians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Kurds, etc.)?

The answers to these questions form an integral part of modern Greek history and it is a matter of principle for Greece to know this history, to promote it and to pay tribute to those who deserve it.

At the same time, however, the Museum of Philhellenism aspires to emphasize another important dimension.

Professor Jacques Bouchard, Director of the Modern Greek Studies Program at the University of Montreal in Canada, explains: “For me Greece represents Hellenism’s anchorage through the ages and the Holy Land of the West“.

So why do foreign tourists, but also students from all over the world, crowd in the archeological sites of Greece? Does this act constitute, indirectly or directly, consciously or unconsciously, the “pilgrimage of the citizen of the Western world, to what constitutes the Holy Place of Western civilization”? Isn’t it what the first trip of Lord Byron (and so many other famous and anonymous) to Greece represent? Isn’t it what the work of Byron Childe Harold’s pilgrimage is about?

Greece is the center of a large cultural ecosystem.

The goal of SHP and the Museum on Philhellenism is to allow the whole planet, and especially the societies that are inspired by Western culture and rely on it, to realize that they have a place and an equal role on the side of the Greeks, who continue to be the guardians of the universal humanistic values ​​of freedom and democracy.

Our aim is to build relations of friendship and cooperation with our allies around the world, to whom we will always remind that we honor what their ancestors offered to us, and that they continue to have the same motivation to support Greece, the cradle and the Holy Land of their own culture.

Our aim is to launch a new Philhellenic movement of the 21st century.

SHP and the Museum on Philhellenism aim to fulfill this mission.

On the occasion of the visit of the Belgian royal family to Greece, the SHP and the Philhellenism Museum remind that many Belgian Philhellenes supported the Greek Revolution.

The most important of these was Augustin De Lannoy, who took part in many battles. The last one was in Karystos. He died a little later injured in Andros.

You will find his biography here.

https://www.eefshp.org/de-lannoy-augustin-velgos-filellinas-ethelontis-machitis-iroiki-morfi-tis-ellinikis-epanastasis-toy-1821/

Moreover, the arms industry of Liege (one of the best in the 19th century), sent weapons to Greece on the initiative of Belgian Philhellenic committees.

Pistols from Liege (SHP collection / Philhellenism Museum)

The missions were funded by fundraisers and proceeds from concerts in favor of the Greeks.

Programme of June 3, 1826, of one of the many concerts that took place in Belgium in favor of the Greeks. The aim of these events was to raise money for the financial support of the Greeks, and to promote the rights of Greece (SHP collection / Philhellenism Museum).

More information can be found here.

https://www.eefshp.org/i-viomichania-oplon-tis-polis-tis-liegis-kai-o-filellinismos/

SHP participated in the honorary events for the Day of Philhellenism and International Solidarity 

SHP and the Philhellenism Museum participated in the Memorial Prayer held at the Cathedral of Athens on April 19, 2022. Then a representative of SHP laid a wreath at the monument of the Unknown Soldier. 

April 19, 2022 (anniversary of the death of Lord Byron in Messolonghi in 1824) has been established as the Day of Philhellenism and International Solidarity. Greece honors the thousands of Philhellenes who offered valuable services, even their lives for the liberation of Greece. 

For information: 

info@phmus.org, info@eefshp.org, +30.210.8094750 

 

 

SHP and the Philhellenism Museum honor the thousands of Philhellenes who offered valuable services from Europe and the USA to Greece during the Greek War of Independence and fought for its freedom. In 1821, Philhellenism laid new foundations for human rights, international solidarity and turned Greece to a beacon of Western civilization.

On April 19, Greeks and Philhellenes honor the great romantic poet Lord Byron, who first envisioned that “Greece might still be free again” and the thousands of volunteers who sacrificed their lives on the battlefields and in the Greek seas.

The Philhellenism Museum has formed a group of enactors who wear the exact uniforms of Philhellenes of the time and carry their authentic weapons.

The uniforms and weapons are part of the Museum’s collection and are exhibited in it.

The photos are by the photographer Elias Pergantis.

Admission to the Museum is free.

Philhellenism Museum

Zisimopoulou 12, 11524, Athens

For information:

Email: info@phmus.org

Tel. 210-8094750

The Bank of Greece implements a proposal of the Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism

Following a proposal by the Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP), the Bank of Greece issued a series of collectible coins, dedicated to the Philhellenes who fought and offered valuable services for the liberation of Greece.

The first silver coin is dedicated to Lord Byron and is presented on March 29, 2022.

This initiative strengthens the work of SHP for the promotion and perpetuation of Philhellenism.

The Philhellenism Museum has launched an online tour program for schools and cultural institutions that are unable to visit the Museum due to pandemic restrictions and inability to move. More than 120 visits from all over Greece and abroad have already been planned.

The program also addresses the Greek schools of the Greek community and the guided tours are held in Greek, in French and in English.

In this context, the Philhellenism Museum welcomed online the students of the A. Fantis School of Saints Constantine and Helen in New York.

The students of the school had the opportunity to learn through a pleasant and educational interaction with the staff of the Museum the influence of Greek education and the values ​​of Greek culture in the arts, politics and social progress, as well as the evolution of Philhellenism since the Renaissance until today, and its contribution to the National Independence of Greece.

The guided tour took place entirely in English.

The visits to the Museum continue to take place both on site and virtually.

Information and reservation:

Email: info@phmus.org

Phone:+302108094750

 

 

Participation cost: 5 € / person

Age: from 5 to 10 years old

Location: Philhellenism Museum

Duration: 90 minutes

 

The Philhellenism Museum has designed a creative game for its young friends.

The young visitors are tour-guided to the Museum, learn the stories of the Philhellenes who fought for the freedom of Greece and admire their portraits and personal belongings.

During the guided-tour, each student is asked to choose one of the Philhellenes that impressed them the most. At the end of the tour, the museum collaborators provide the students with papers and painting tools and invite them to draw portraits of these Philhellenes and write a note about their impressions of the contribution of these people.

These works will be sent to schools in the countries and cities of origin of these Philhellenes as a means of friendly relations’ cultivation between Greece and these countries. At the same time, the children will be informed about the countries of origin of the Philhellenes they have chosen.

The aim of the action is to educate the students about Philhellenism and its contribution to the positive outcome of the Revolution through a simple, participatory, creative and extroverted process.

 

Information and reservations:

Philhellenism Museum

12 Zisimopoulou Street

11524, Athens

Phone: 210.8094750

Email: info@phmus.org

 

The Philhellenism Museum acquired a masterpiece by the great Italian Philhellene painter Ludovico Lipparini (Bologna 1800 – Venice 1856), depicting the death of Markos Botsaris.

The work is an oil painting on canvas, of the first half of the 19th century, measuring approximately 115 cm x 145 cm.

Lipparini has created 6 variations of this emblematic subject.

This important work will be exhibited at the Museum of Philhellenism from March 20, 2022.

Markos Botsaris was the central heroic figure of the Greek War of Independence, who inspired the philhellenic movement and many generations of artists, painters, writers and intellectuals internationally, throughout the 19th century.

The member of the Advisory Committee of the Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP), Professor Costas Papailiou, participates in the online event «Swiss Philhellenism in the years of the struggle»

The event is organized by the Association of Greek Scientists of Switzerland.

The event will take place on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 18.30 (CET), through the online Zoom platform:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85137393224

Τhe participants are the following:

Dionysis Lianos: Interpretation of the term «Philhellenism» at the end of the 18th – beginning 19th century – The historical context

Georgios Gekos: Swiss Philhellenism – The Development in the Years of 1821

Konstantinos Papailiou: Known and unknown Swiss Philhellenes of 1821

 

 

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the declaration of independence of Greece, signed on March 25, 1821, the Museum of Art and History of Geneva (Musée d’art et d’histoire, MAH) together with the Hardt Foundation for the Study of Classical Antiquity and the Philhellenism Museum, honor the friendship of Greece and Geneva from the 19th century with the exhibitions ‘Geneva and Greece. A Friendship serving Independence’ and ‘A Taste for Antiquity. Anna et Jean-Gabriel Eynard’, October 2021 – January 2022.

The exhibitions highlight the decisive role of Ioannis Kapodistrias, and his close Swiss friends and ardent Philhellenes, Charles Pictet de Rochemont and Jean-Gabriel Eynard, in Geneva’s integration into the Swiss Confederation and in the liberation of Greece from the Ottoman yoke. The exhibitions present the support offered by Jean-Gabriel Eynard to the Greek war of independence and the relationship of the Eynard family with Greek antiquity.

The full program of the two exhibitions follows:

 

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