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Benaki Museum (Pireos Str.)

138, Pireos & Andronikou Str., 11854 Athens Drive me

From the archive of Dimitris Manikas: Athens and Vienna

Admission: Regular: 6€ / Reduced: 3€
Opening: 29.03.2018, 20:00
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Dimitris Manikas was born in 1938 in Ermoupolis, Syros. He studied architecture at the Technischen Universität Wien, graduating in 1967. He worked as a freelance architect based in Vienna, collaborating with important architects both in Greece and internationally. He became Associate Professor at the Hochschule für angewandte Kunst in Vienna and Professor in 1999. His work has already been presented at the Ingenieurkammer of Vienna in 1988. A retrospective exhibition was organized in 2013 at the Künstlerhaus in Vienna. At the upcoming exhibition, the whole of his work span is presented on the basis of a personal selection by the architect. The exhibition includes projects from Greece as well as Austria, realized or not, by this “Greek-Austrian, Austrian-Greek, particularly talented architect”, in the words of Wilhelm Holzbauer, his former long-time architect partner.

The exhibition outlines a trajectory through his archive and signals its bequest to the Benaki Museum Modern Greek Architecture Archives. Manikas' work has contributed to the architecture of today’s Austrian capital. His impact is represented in the exhibition with projects such as the restoration and extension of the Wiener Urania Cultural Centre, the reshaping and extension of the City of Vienna Historical Museum and the Siemens-Kasern Office buildings in Salzburg.

Throughout his career he participated in architectural competitions in Greece, a mark of his attachment and constant bond with his birthplace: competitions for the Αcropolis Museum, for Syntagma Square, for which he was awarded first prize, for Aristotelous Square in Thessaloniki, et al. More importantly, the exhibition aims to make his work known to the wider public, while creating another opportunity to discover Greek towns and Greece itself and to identify the built environment with its creators.

The timing of the retrospective exhibition, coinciding with the architect’s 80th birthday, is meant to give this event a celebratory aspect of his life and work.

From the archive of Dimitris Manikas: Athens and Vienna