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NHM Extends ‘Resilience’ by Former Prince

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Together by Prince Nikolaos, part of the world premiere Resilience exhibition. Credit: National Hellenic Museum

Chicago’s National Hellenic Museum (NHM), announced that Prince Nikolaos’ North American exhibition debut, Resilience, will be extended through April 16.

The exhibition is a striking collection of 19 photographs exploring Greece’s enduring relationship with nature and the importance of environmental preservation, the exhibition is curated by Marilena Koutsoukou.

Additionally, NHM will present new works by Prince Nikolaos during Expo Chicago, the international exposition of contemporary and modern art, on April 13-16 at Navy Pier. This exhibition marks NHM’s Expo debut. Details will be announced soon.

Greece’s past, present and future are intertwined and inextricably linked with nature. The recent pandemic has changed how we view the physical world and our space within it, and has forced us to go back to our origins to find inspiration,” said Marilena Koutsoukou, curator of Resilience.

Exhibition of former Prince Nikolaos at the NHM highlights the Greek earth

“As an artist, Prince Nikolaos is always drawn to open spaces, and nature has been an integral theme and presence in his work. With this exhibition, he turns his lens to the Greek earth.

Like an archaeologist meticulously excavating, recording, and drawing conclusions, he attempts to deconstruct and explore our collective experience with a new normal, a shared belief that we must let go of our past ways and find ways to celebrate and protect nature, and eventually, ourselves.”

Among the featured works in Resilience is a photographic mosaic titled Sea Cred, created in collaboration with nonprofit environmental organization Parley for the Oceans to raise awareness of the plastic pollution of our oceans and bodies.

The artwork is divided and printed onto 272 credit cards made of Parley Ocean Plastic® upcycled ocean plastic debris, inspired by the fact that humans could be consuming an average of 5 grams of plastic every week (the equivalent weight of a credit card) according to a 2019 study commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund.

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

Resilience is generously sponsored by the John S. Koudounis Family.

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