Visit to «Eros» exhibition by Beetroot Design Group

Mc Daniel College 2014 program at the Athens Centre
Discovering the streets of Athens and “Eros”


The Athens Centre organized for Mc Daniel’s college student a “get to know the alternative side of the city” walk. More than half of the students decided to follow this trip during their free time. After their visit to the Athens’ Archeological museum with their tutor, Prof. Thomas Falkner, the students followed Joanna to see the other side of the city…  So students left for a bit the beauty of classic antiquities and walked via Omonoia Square and Aiolou Street student in order to seeo ther parts of the Centre of Athens that they hadn’t discovered yet.

From Aiolou Street and following the view of Acropolis, the group walked to Kotzia Square where Joanna showed them the current book market , The pretty abd historic building of the National Bank and  the Athens’ town Hall.

But apart from history and buildings, Greece is also about taste. Joanna took the students to a traditional coffee shop where they sell freshly grounded coffee. Students loved the smell! They also saw the central meat and fish market- Varvakeios- as well as the spice’s shops. Joanna showed them also the new initiative of the Municipality of Athens of making Athinas Street prettier with photos by artists that are set on the metallic covers of shop windows. Thus, at night, Athinas Street will be like a photography exhibition with subjects what else than the streets of Athens. In this way graffiti paints also protect shops.

Part , though, of modern Athens constitutes the street art movement. Mc Daniel students were very excited with the colorful concepts that look more like art than vandalism. Walking through the pretty little streets of Psyrri, the students saw the vintage shops of the area, the coffee shops, the traditional patisseries and many little treasures!

The walk ended in Antonopoulou Gallerie, where students saw Beetroot’s “Eros” Exhibition and other works of the artists that collaborate with the gallery. Beetroot is famous for their “Monsters” exhibition last year at Benaki Museum,as  well as for their logo for the Greek presidency 2014, the posters at Onassis  cultural Centre and the numerous national and international awards that they have received.

Beetroot Design Group is a multi-award winning visual communication design studio based in Thessaloniki, Greece. It is internationally renowned for its surprising multidisciplinary approach that has been awarded with major international communication design awards.

Beetroot is also creating a significant number of self-initiated projects that focus on social awareness, philosophical debates, good causes support or shameless fun.”

 “Beetroot promotes the arguably last hope and practice of human affection: making love.

The sexual attraction for another human being but also the craving for making love as an enjoyable act, is presented through the eyes of Beetroot as an independent and honest human practice that is essential for both the balance of the person and the society. – See more at here.

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