Participation of the Art Collection in the exhibition “ASIA MINOR HELLENISM”

“ASIA MINOR HELLENISM: Heyday – Catastrophe – Displacement – Rebirth”

The Bank’s Art Collection participates in the major commemorative exhibition “ASIA MINOR HELLENISM: Heyday – Catastrophe – Displacement – Rebirth”, presented at Benaki Museum - Pireos 138, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Asia Minor Catastrophe.

From September 15, 2022, Benaki Museum and the Centre for Asia Minor Studies present the chronicle of Asia Minor Hellenism. More than 1,000 exhibits and over 500 photographs will bring to life the heyday of Asia Minor Hellenism before the persecutions, the dramatic period from 1919 to 1923, as well as the settlement and integration of the Asia Minor refugees in Greece.

The Exhibition, under the Patronage of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Ms. Katerina Sakellaropoulou, is organized in three sections: 
- The first section presents the “heyday” of Asia Minor Hellenism in Ionia and the west coast, in Cappadocia and the southern provinces and, finally, in Pontus, Constantinople and Eastern Thrace.
- The second section presents the period of persecutions, the conclusion of World War I and the Treaties signed, the period of the Greek landing in Asia Minor and the Asia Minor Campaign that followed, the “Catastrophe” of 1922 as well as the “Exodus” of the refugees.
- The third and final section of the Exhibition focuses on the settlement and integration of the expatriated refugees in Greece, as well as on the many ways in which their presence impacted on Greek society.

Τhe exhibits include works of art, icons, religious, war and personal heirlooms, costumes, jewelry, handicrafts, maps, photographs, archival and cinematographic material, newspapers, letters, cards, and many other items.

For the purposes of the Exhibition, the Bank's Art Collection has donated the following works of art:
•Theophilos (Hatzimihail), Turkish Horseshoe Maker’s Shop in Smyrna, 1930
•Konstantinos Volanakis, At the Golden Horn, 1892
•Georgios Prokopiou, The Projectile Carrier, 1928
•Georgios Prokopiou, The Tsoliades
•Yannis Psychakis, The destruction of Smyrna
•Panos Aravantinos, Portrait of King Constantine
•Spyridon Loverdos, The Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Smyrna, 1929, book illustrated by Konstantinos Parthenis.

Duration of the Exhibition: 
15.9.2022 – 12.2.2023
Benaki Museum - Pireos 138
138 Pireos & Andronikou Str.
118 54 Athens

Opening hours

Thursday, Sunday: 10:00-18:00
Friday, Saturday: 10:00-22:00
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Closed