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Friday, 07 June 2013 19:03

Museum of Marble Crafts

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The Museum of Marble Crafts in Pyrgos, on the island of Tinos, was created by the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation (PIOP), which is also responsible for running it. It belongs to the Foundation's Network of Thematic Museums and is the first of its kind in Greece. The museum is housed in modern, fully equipped installations that include a multipurpose hall and which were built so as to tie in harmoniously with the island's characteristic landscape. Included in the 2000?2006 Regional Operational Programme of the Southern Aegean, the project was financed by the Third Community Support Framework, as well as by the Piraeus Bank.

The museum presents the technology of marble, a material with a particular place in the architecture and art of Greece, from ancient times to the present. At the same time, the intricate meshing of tools and techniques is described in detail. The permanent exhibition comprises a variety of original works in marble: mundane, ecclesiastical, funerary and everyday objects, clay models and plaster-of-Paris copies, as well as quarrying, cutting and carving tools, mechanical equipment, archival material and the richest collection of sketches of old marble carvings of the whole of Greece. Moreover, in combination with the representations of a quarry, of a marble craft workshop and of the assembling of a bishop's throne, visitors have the opportunity of familiarizing themselves with traditional techniques, thus following the entire trajectory from the raw material to the finished article. At the same time, the exhibition's audiovisual material brings to life the traditional working methods of the quarryman and the marble craftsman, while the travelogue's photographs record the intense presence of marble across the width and breadth of Tinos.

Finally, the historical mechanical equipment presented in the outdoor exhibition was salvaged, repaired and restored to function by PIOP and reconstructs typical images of the corresponding in situ working environments.

Pyrgos (next to the School of Fine Arts)
Tel.: 22830 31290
www.piop.gr

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