NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS Katharevousa Benaki Museum
Nikos Kazantzakis in Aegina in the Spring of 1931 translating the Greek-French dictionary into the katharevousa (formal Greek language of the time). Photo: Benaki Museum


Where: Benaki Museums around Athens
When: On now – 24 February 2018
Why Go: Insights into one of the world’s great modern writers

The Benaki Museum pays tribute to the great Cretan writer Nikos Kazantzakis, with exhibits on display at three of its locations around central Athens.

The Ghika Gallery presents an exhibition of drawings by Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika used for the English translation of Kazantzakis’s “Odyssey”.

NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS Aegina Benaki Museum

Nikos Kazantzakis on the island of Aegina in 1927. Photo: Benaki Museum

At the Pireos Street annex, visitors can see notes, letters and manuscripts that shed light on the author’s life.

The Museum of Islamic Art will showcase the writer’s impressions of Eastern philosophies and countries.


NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS Melina Mercouri Benaki Museum

Nikos Kazantzakis with Melina Mercouri in Cannes, 1957 at the premiere of “He Who Must Die” based on his famous work “Christ Re-Crucified”. Photo: Benaki Museum

Nikos Kazantzakis was one of the most significant modern Greek writers and was the most translated. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in nine different years and transcended the boundaries of his country with a literary talent of universal range and resonance. Some of his works include: Zorba the Greek, The Last Temptation of Christ and Christ Recrucified.

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