The Muses Project (Chania)

The Muses Project: A Dialogue between Art and Science
Based on a proposal by Megakles Rogakos for 9 Curators and 27 Artists
Contemporary Art Museum of Chania – Olivepress, 8 July – 29 October 2017


CHANIA. The Region of Crete, the Regional Unit of Chania, the Municipality of Platanias, the A. G. Leventis Foundation Scholars Association of Greece in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Museum of Chania – Olivepress present the exhibition The Muses Project: A Dialogue between Art and Science, which is based on a proposal by Megakles Rogakos for 9 Curators and 27 Artists.

The opening of the exhibition will be held on Saturday, 8 July 2017, at 20:30 at the Contemporary Art Museum of Chania – Olivepress, Dromonero, 33rd km Chania – Paleochora, Crete. The exhibition will remain open to the public until 29 October 2017 with free admission.

Reflecting their prehistoric heyday, the nine muses have remained connected with their traditional objects. As the arts and sciences have evolved through the centuries, the muses have become emblematic of man’s general ability to study and investigate. Therefore, The Muses Projectis inspired by their ancient variety to bring the visual arts into fruitful dialogue with the following nine fields of scientific study, in the order in which these deities appear in the Sarcophagus of the Muses (c. 125) of the Louvre Museum – Clio, muse of history with physics / chemistry; Thalia, muse of comedy with sociology / gender studies; Erato, muse of lyric poetry with computer science; Euterpe, muse of music with geometry / mathematics; Polyhymnia, muse of hymns with biology / medicine; Calliope, muse of epic poetry with economic & political science; Terpsichore, muse of dance and chorus with geography / geology; Urania, muse of astronomy and astrology with astronomy; and Melpomene, muse of tragedy with anthropology / ethnic studies.

In the context of the exhibition Dr Rogakos supervises 9 Curators and 27 Artists. In response to the A. G. Leventis Foundation Scholars Association of Greece’s mission, the exhibition fosters communication among its scholars and strengthens their common scientific, professional and social interests.

In line with the rationale of the exhibition, each of the 9 curators assumed the responsibility of illuminating a different science with 3 different artists of his or her choice – Christiana Kazakou physics / chemistry with Yiannis Kranidiotis, Yiannis Melanitis and George Tserionis; Constantinos V. Proimos sociology / gender studies with George Anastasakis, Lamprini Boviatsou and Petros Xenakis; Thanasis Moutsopoulos computer science with Nefeli Dimitriadi, Manthos Santorineos and Costis; Lina Tsikouta geometry / maths with Vasso Gavaisse, Nikos Makarounas and Angelos Skourtis; Alexios Pazacharias biology / medicine with Apostolos Karastergiou, Charalambos Kourkoulis and Paola Palavidi; Louisa Karapidaki economic & political science with Yiannis Adamakis, Elena Papadimitriou and Eleni Tzatzalos; Bia Papadopoulou geography / geology with Ersi Venetsanou, Kostas Vrouvas and Ersi Hatziargyrou; Ioannis N. Arhontakis astronomy with Alexandros Dimitriadis, Antonia Papatzanaki and Dimitris Tragas; and George Bourogiannis anthropology / ethnic studies with Andreas Kontonis, Nora Okka and Christina Sgouromyti.

The Muses Project provides an opportunity to explore the relationship of art and science, as seen by contemporary artists. The exhibition celebrates the need for interdisciplinary cooperation and dialogue today.

The exhibition catalogue, designed by the Design Bond studio, fully illustrates the 27 works and includes an introduction by the supervisor and comment on each work by the respective curators. Considering its appeal to a wide readership, the text in the catalogue is in two languages – Greek and English (ISBN: 978-618-83014-0-5).


Public Information

Exhibition: The Muses Project: A Dialogue between Art and Science
Based on a proposal by Megakles Rogakos for 9 Curators and 27 Artists
Venue: Contemporary Art Museum of Chania – Olivepress, Dromonero, 33rd km Chania – Paleochora, Crete, GR 73002
Opening: Saturday, 8 July 2017, at 20:30
Duration: 8 July – 29 October 2017
Operation: Every Sunday 11:00 – 21:00
Communication: Ioannis N. Arhontakis, +30 6937 383 500,
Organisation: A. G. Leventis Foundation Scholars Association of Greece, Maroussi


The Olivepress – Art Factory non-profit cultural organisation was created in order to save the Old Olivepress of the Agricultural Co-operative of Zymbragou from desolation and disappearance. The goal is to house cultural events in its premises, transforming it to a place of memory and a field of action in the island’s inland terrain. The building of the Old Olivepress consists of the central building nucleus constructed of stonework during the 1920s and of wings – satellites constructed during successive building stages until the 1970s. In 1980 ended its operation as an olivepress and was left to fall to pieces. During its reconstruction the aim was to preserve the initial materials of the building along with its authentic technological equipment with the fewest possible interventions. The mechanical equipment of the olivepress is of Greek make (!) from the early 1960s and has been preserved as a point of memory and reference to the original functions of the space. Today the Olivepress – Art Factory is a multidimensional cultural organisation. It is composed of the “Visual Art Gallery of Chania”, which aims to organise educational programs and the presentation of periodical art exhibitions, and the Contemporary Art Museum of Chania, whose aim is to preserve, present and promote the permanent collections of the Olivepress and the promotion along with the study of the interactive approaches of Contemporary Art with Man. In parallel with the “Contemporary Art Museum of Chania – Olivepress”, six major programs of Communication, Collaboration, Development and Culture are pursued: 1. The Path of Museums; 2. The Cycle of the Gorges; 3. CHANIaRT – Visual Routes in the Prefecture Chania; 4. Art & Wine – Wineries of Western Crete support Culture; 5. Olivepress Art Residency; and 6. The Podium of Art. The old olivepress, which was reborn as Art Factory, is located in the village of Dromonero, 33 km southwest of the city of Chania (30 minutes by car), on the road leading to the picturesque fishing village of the Libyan Sea with its magical beaches, Paleochora.


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