Posted by: Founder | July 13, 2007

Spyros Mercouris (Greece)

Spyros Mercouris

Spyros Mercouris

Born in Athens (1926). Studied Law at the University of Athens. Active in the Resistance during the German/Italian occupation. Member of the resistance organisation “Democratic Defence” during the colonels’ junta (1967-74) in Greece.

Organised the tour of Melina Mercouri against the dictatorship in 14 countries of Europe. Took part in activities against the junta throughout Europe and United States with speeches, interviews and by organising political and cultural events.

Owner and Director of the property development company in London “Dimmerk Property Developments LTD” (1969 – 81).

Special advisor and co-ordinator of cultural events at the Ministry of Culture in Greece and abroad (1981 – 89)

Organiser and general co-ordinator of the first Cultural Capital of Europe “Athens 1985”.

Contributed towards the construction of the exact replicas of the ancient trade ship “Kyrenia II” (300 B.C.) and of the ancient war ship “Trireme Olympias” (500 B.C.). Organiser of the events for the launching of the ships “Kyrenia II” and “Trireme Olympias”.

Organiser of the kindling of the Flame for the Olympic Games and its celebration in Athens for the Olympics in Seoul (1988). Presentation of the exhibition “Mind and Body” in Seoul.

Greek Organiser and co-ordinator for a year of cultural events by the city of Dallas (U.S.A.) “Dallas World Salute to Greece” (1990).

Organiser and curator of 70 exhibitions in Greece and abroad among which the most important are:
“Greece and the sea”,”Democracy and Classical Education”,”From Byzantinum to El Greco”,”Prehistory and Antiquity”,”The Mycenean World”,”The Human Figure in Early Greek Art”,”Mind and Body”,”A Stage for Dionysos – Theatrical Space and Ancient Drama” in prestigious venues such as the National Archaeological Museum of Greece, the National Gallery of Greece, the National Gallery in Washington D.C., the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, the Royal Academy of London, the Theatre Museum of London, the Antiken Museum in Berlin etc..

Co-ordinator of events on the island of Lemnos “Aegean Archipelago” for the preservation of Culture and Environment (Melina Merouris’ last vision).

General co-ordinator of the Cultural Capital’s Seminar: “New Cultural Roads in Europe”, during the event, “Waves of the Black Sea” and “Aegean Archipelago”.

Organiser of numerous symposia, such as “Man at the age of technology”,”Experiences and Visions” and TV programs on culture ,also lectures and personal appearances on television in Greece and abroad.

Producer and director of the following documentaries: “Poets sing to Greece”,”A voyage through Myth and Time”,



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