CULTURE

New York exhibition focuses on Greece from Byzantium to present day

From the fairy-tale wedding in Sao Paolo – where one of the young people in love happens to be the only granddaughter of Aristotle Onassis and the sole heir to the fortune of her mother Christina and her grandmother Tina Livanou-Onassi-Niarchou, the Marquess of Blandford – to New York, where the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation is fulfilling its mission of disseminating Greek civilization with an exhibition of treasures from the Benaki Museum in Athens. «From Byzantium to Modern Greece: Hellenic Art in Adversity, 1453-1830» examines the evolution of Hellenic art and culture during four centuries of change under Venetian and Ottoman occupation, with more than 137 works, including icons, paintings, woodcarvings, metalwork, embroidery, costumes, jewelry and pottery. Among those present at the opening will be the foundation’s president, Antonis Papadimitriou, Vice President Yiannis Ioannidis and General Secretary Giorgos Zambelas. The exhibition, curated by Angelos Delivorrias, runs December 15, 2005 to May 6, 2006 at the Onassis Cultural Center in the Olympic Tower on Fifth Avenue. Admission is free.