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National Hellenic Museum Gala a Great Success

John Koudounis at National Hellenic Museum Gala 2022
Event Chairman John Koudounis addresses the crowd during the 2022 National Hellenic Museum Gala at the Hilton Chicago. Credit: Sandy Sianis Athanasiou / Facebook

The much-anticipated gala marking the grand reopening of the National Hellenic Museum (NHM) attracted hundreds of Greek-Americans, philhellenes, and other esteemed friends and supporters of the Chicago museum on Saturday.

Held at the Hilton Hotel, the gala offered an evening of fine dining, music, and dancing. Greek pop singer Thanos Petrelis delivered a special performance.

Prince Nikolaos (center) attends the 2022 National Hellenic Museum Gala, here pictured with community members Sandy Sianis Athanasiou and Haralambos Sianis.

The fundraiser event also included a spectacular auction benefiting the museum and its programs.

Dedicated to sharing Greek history, art, and culture, the National Hellenic Museum will once again become the focal point of Hellenism in Chicago and beyond starting on September 16th, when it will reopen to the public.

Grand reopening with three exhibitions

The National Hellenic Museum in Chicago had closed its doors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Its reopening will host the world premiere of the major photography exhibition Resilience, featuring the works of Prince Nikolaos, an accomplished photographer who has exhibited his work internationally since 2015.

Prince Nikolaos Photo Exhibit National Hellenic Museum
Prince Nikolaos offers a glimpse of his upcoming exhibit at the National Hellenic Museum. Credit: Freedom Media / National Hellenic Museum

As part of the exhibition, Nikolaos is presenting nineteen new pieces, exploring Greece’s strong relationship with nature, including the olive tree, grapevines, and the sea.

The exhibition also features the North American premiere of Together, an immersive scene of life-sized, illuminated, embracing olive trees accompanied by sounds of Greek nature, which first premiered at the London Design Biennale in 2021.

Exterior view of the National Hellenic Museum, Chicago, USA.
Credit: National Hellenic Museum

The National Hellenic Museum officially opens its doors to the public on Friday, September 16th. Museum hours are Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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