Cultural Centres

athensThe Cultural Centre of MIET in Athens is housed in a Neoclassical building on the corner of Agiou Konstantinou and Menandrou Streets (next to the National Theatre), which has been characterized by the Ministry of Culture as "a work of art, in need of State protection". The building is named the Eynard Mansion, in honour of the Swiss economist Jean-Gabriel Eynard, fervent philhellene, friend and supporter of Ioannis Capodistrias. Eynard made a decisive contribution to the founding of the National Bank by sending for this purpose large amounts of capital to Greece, which were administered by his trusted partner Georgios Stavrou. The National Bank was founded in 1841, following a proposal made by G. Stavrou and J.-G. Eynard and due to the latter's financial support. As a gesture of gratitude, the shareholders of the National Bank elected the Swiss philhellene to the position of honorary Governor at the first general meeting.

athensIn 1876, landowner Christos Antonopoulos purchased the plot on the corner of Agiou Konstantinou and Menandrou Streets, where he constructed the building a few years later. In the late 1920s certain additions were made to the initial plan, and in 1942 Antonopoulos's descendants sold the premises to the National Bank of Greece. The Bank rented out the ground floor to commercial enterprises and companies, while the Patris Hotel operated on the first and second floors between the 1950s and the early 1990s. In 1992 the Bank's management decided to use the building as a Cultural Centre of the National Bank. In 1993, the Bank's technical services undertook the restoration works. In 1998, following a decision by Theodoros Karatzas, Governor of the National Bank and Chairman of MIET, the Eynard Mansion became home to the Cultural Centre of MIET. In recent years, several art exhibitions and book presentations by the Foundation's Publications Programme have been held there.

Eynard Mansion

20 Aghiou Konstantinou & Menandrou Sts
104 31 Athens

 

Running Events

The photographer George Seferis

The photographer George Seferis

Giorgos Seferis

07/10/19 - 08/12/19

The exhibition presents 82 photographs
The Journey

The Journey

26/09/19 - 31/10/19

Teachers, visual artists and designers exhibit, together with their students, artworks created on the theme of “The Journey”. Portraits of intercultural travelers, realistic images of a journey, images of places where the past meets the present, universal worlds, travel vehicles and objects through video animations, visual digital prints and design objects, all constitute the digital search of “ The Journey”.
THE SAFE. A glimpse into the past a family come to life

THE SAFE. A glimpse into the past a family come to life

19/09/19 - 17/11/19

The exhibition presents a story of mystery and intrigue, with the protagonist being the contents of a safe. It remained locked and forgotten for nearly a century in a storage place of an old estate on the island of Syros, and which was opened three years ago thanks to the curiosity of Agis Tsouros who since he was a child had a burning desire to discover its hidden treasure and whose family had purchased the place in the sixties.
 THE TENANTS. From the Kapandji Villa to the MIET Thessaloniki Center

THE TENANTS. From the Kapandji Villa to the MIET Thessaloniki Center

19/09/19 - 17/11/19

In 1989, after six years of hard work, the repair and restoration of Villa Kapandji (known as Fifth Boys' High School of Thessaloniki) was completed. The building was reused in 1989 as a Cultural Centre by the National Bank of Greece which ownes it since 1928.
New ruins

New ruins

Avraam Pavlidis

07/09/19 - 30/11/19

Pavlidis travels throughout the country in a constant search for an image he hasn't seen before—a paradox that clearly echoes the contemporary Sisyphean task described by Shayegan: he appreciates the virtues of tradition, at the same time constantly looking for new images among its ashes, within new ruins. This kind of enigmatic contradiction may well represent the fingerprint of an entire era. And Pavlidis seems to be helplessly attracted to enigmatic contradictions and carefully concealed secrets.
The photographer George Seferis

The photographer George Seferis

Giorgos Seferis

18/08/19 - 31/03/20

The exhibition presents 29 photographs of George Seferis Photographic Archive