A digital exhibition in three chapters, based on the works of the permanent collections of the National Gallery-Museum of Alexandros Soutsos, the National Museum of Contemporary Art and the MOMus - Metropolitan Organisation of Fine Arts Museums of Thessaloniki within the Network of Contemporary Culture Museums.
In addition to the global humanitarian and financial crisis, in the Covid-19 era, humanity has to face unprecedented challenges related to growing economic inequalities, uncontrollable culture of fear, arbitrary restrictions on individual human freedoms and job insecurity. These challenges highlight the human rights’ debate as more relevant than ever, 70 years after the signing of the European Declaration of Human Rights.
Art, though, has the ability to overcome barriers such as language, culture and politics; it is able to record, interpret and reveal truths beyond the visible. Thus, the exhibition Visualizing Humanity attempts to present directly or refer to images of courage and injustice, hope and despair, small or big successes and failures of humans to protect humans.
It is structured in three chapters, each of which includes artworks by all three participating organizations. The chapter entitled Animus Immortalis Est raises the critical issue of human life’s value and dignity at a time when fundamentalism, fascism, religious extremism and terrorism threaten the humanitarian values on which post-World War II Europe was built. The second chapter, entitled Feels Like Home, deals with the concept of “home” both literally and figuratively: globalization has turned millions of people from citizens to immigrants; the right to housing, social security and self-determination is more urgent than ever. What does "home" mean to each of us? Finally, the chapter entitled Climate Crisis presents artworks that aim to demonstrate the major issue of climate change and its fatal, irreversible environmental, social and economic effects, already felt worldwide, questioning whether humanity intends and is able to correct its environmental mistakes.
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The Network of Contemporary Culture Museums was established on the initiative of the Ministry of Culture’s Directorate of Visual Arts, Architecture, Photography and Museums of Contemporary Culture; it operates in the form of a collaborative platform with the participation of the supervised (by the Ministry) museum organizations of contemporary culture.
The idea was born due to the urgent need of our times -as well as the international museum practice of creating networks of synergies and collaborations- to save resources, find collaborative methods and tools, exchange know-hows and jointly promote the artworks that belong to the public collections of the state.
The digital exhibition "Visualizing humanity" is the first official project of the Network for which the National Gallery - Museum of Alexandros Soutsos, the National Museum of Contemporary Art and the Metropolitan Organisation of Museums of Fine Arts of Thessaloniki altogether. It is a collective digital exhibition in which the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in Greece collaborated, in order to create a digital exhibition of an international character, that functions as a major presentation of their permanent collections.