The exhibition, organized on the occasion of the bicentenary of the Greek Revolution of 1821, aims to highlight the links between Greece and European culture, in particular to trace the thread of relations between Paris and Athens. The exhibition will showcase the history of the development of the Greek state, archaeological finds and contemporary art.
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries ambassadors on their way to the Sublime Porte discovered the Ottoman province of Greece, which aroused great interest among artists and intellectuals. In 1821 the Greek War of Independence, supported militarily and financially by some European countries, aroused public enthusiasm. Liberated in 1829, Greece proclaimed Athens as its capital in 1834. Under the influence of the German and French presence on its territory, the new Greek state built its modern cultural identity, drawing on the sources of French and German neoclassicism. The protection of national heritage and European cooperation, marked by the creation of archaeological institutes such as the French School in Athens in 1846, underpinned a revolution in knowledge of Greece's material past.