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Τhe School of Athens: Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

Start Date: February 19, 2020
End Date: May 17, 2020
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Location: 138 Pireos street, 138 Pireos & Andronikou St., 118 54 Athens

Description

Raphael’s fresco The School of Athens represents an ambition; a utopian vision of a free, open, informal, and common space for learning. It is an in-between space. Neither inside nor outside, not quite a room, but also not simply a space for circulation. It is monumental, but also generous, and almost casual. It is not a classroom, and yet we see scholars and students debating, teaching, and studying. Although we typically think of learning taking place in the classroom, educators and architects have recognized for thousands of years that learning also takes place in the space between; in the hallways, on the stairs, at the café, in the quad. Socrates taught in the Agora. Plato founded his Academy in the olive grove outside of Athens and often taught while walking. Medieval colleges were organized around a communal courtyard and 20th century universities are filled with informal learning spaces.

The School of Athens exhibition showcases physical models of seventy different academic common spaces from across history and around the world, both realized and unrealized. By no means canonical, complete, or definitive, this selection is simply meant to provide a diverse and representative sample of compelling projects.

Curated by Neiheiser Argyros, The School of Athens at the Benaki Museum continues the research exhibited at the Greek National Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale and forms a collaboration between students of the National Technical University in Athens (NTUA) and the Architectural Association (AA) in London.

Thursday-Sunday:10:00 – 18:00
Friday-Saturday:10:00 – 22:00
Closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Also closed in August

FREE ADMISSION

Members of Benaki Museum
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For disabled persons
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Event categories: exhibitions.

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