FORMER PUBLIC TOBACCO FACTORY – HELLENIC PARLIAMENT LIBRARY & PRINTING HOUSE
A collaboration between the Hellenic Parliament and ΝΕΟΝ
June – December 2021
Organised by ΝΕΟΝ
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The Hellenic Parliament and NEON will together implement the Cultural Programme of Contemporary Art 2021, which will take place at the former Public Tobacco Factory – Hellenic Parliament Library & Printing House, at 218 Lenorman Street, from June to December 2021.
As part of the partnership, NEON is funding the remodelling of the Tobacco Factory to transform this historic building into a new, emblematic cultural venue of great aesthetic and functional value. Works on the historic building are now underway having been agreed and approved in consultation with the Parliament Technical Services Department. In addition to general construction, substantial work will be undertaken on the building critical infrastructure and equipment, which will remain as a donation to the building.
The cost of this extensive renovation will be approximately 1 million euros and will be entirely funded by NEON and its founder Dimitris Daskalopoulos.
During the past year the Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the way that communities, institutions and countries function. Reflecting this current climate of instability and uncertainty, the Hellenic Parliament and NEON are working together in order to demonstrate how democratic institutions, both national and international, can use contemporary art to address and explore society’s challenges.
The historic site of the Tobacco Factory, a symbol of Greece’s industrialisation and progress, will become a modern cultural hub for artistic ideas examining social change, the concept of freedom, and humanity’s new reality in a volatile world.
From June to December 2021 the former Tobacco Factory will host the exhibition Portals organized by NEON and curated by Elina Kountouri, Director, NEON, and Madeleine Grynsztejn, Pritzker Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
former Public Tobacco Factory
Hellenic Parliament Library & Printing House
218 Lenorman St.
104 43, Athens
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