Kitsos Makris folklore museum
Kitsos Makris folklore museum
The "FOLKLORIC CENTER OF KITSOS MAKRIS" accomodates at the house of the folklorist in Volos city. Includes his folklor collection, his library wich aparts from 4.000 toms of books and his record, with 2.500 transparencies and 4.000 photos in many of them images treasures of greek popular tradition no longer saved today.
After the death of the folklorist and according of his wishes, the house and all the aboves, donated by his family to the Library of the University of Thessaly, were they manages them preparative to co-stay in this building the Folkloric Center and the Researh Center.
The house of Kitsos Makris , builded in 1955 by designs of the architect Argiris Filippidis.
It is about a two-roof detached house , with 180 square metres surface, wich approves characteristic example of house inspired from the local traditional architect of Pelios, were the traditional morfological matters re-creates and enters harmonically to the modern creation.
On the floor of the buildind, is the folkloric collection, the office of the folklorist and the living-room and on the first floor are the bedrooms and the toilletes.
The folkloric collection includes about 560 items of popular art , mostly becoming from the area of Pelion and dates between 18o - 19o century. Some of the exhibits, may concern as unique of their kind, as the great wall-print of Pagonis, dates about 1832 and consists the main paint subject of the out house of the stately Triantafyllou in Drakia Pelion. Images cities and villages from the greek area as Halkida, Talanti, Douko, etc.
Also unique, the wallprints of Athanasios Pagonis, son of the latest, becoming from his fatherly home in Drakia, dates about 1870 and images landscapes of the Thessalic valley.
Painting of him is also the Rigas Feraios portait, one of the most important popular portraits.
Among the exhibits of the collection, in special position are the 25 pieces of art by the painter Theofilos Hatzimichail, who lived in the area of Magnesia from the end of the last century untill 1927,when he finally left for his homeland Mytilini. Collection includes some of his most imporant paintings, like "Neonimfi" , " Tris Kapetanaioi simfiliothentes" , "O heretismos tou Mai" ,and also painting of his own with most important the painting "Panagia Vrefokratousa".
His own position in this collection, holds the last of the folkloric painters of the area, Nikolaos Hristopoulos, (1880- -1967), with 16 paintings of his, images his characteristic ships and others, mostly navy matters.
Particular interesting is the collection of paper icons, were they prints by copper matrix (chalcographia) in the labs of Agio Oros, and spare them by the monks on their tours. Folkloric collection completes with after-visantium icons and small-art objects , like carvens, characteristic samples of church art, daily-use objects, ceramics, music instruments and plenty of objects covering the spectrum of popular art.
The office area ,small but full of books, photos and images of the past, has been the favourite place for work and creation for the folklorist, that is why they choose to maintain the look and the character that Kitsos Makris gave to his own space.
Living room , has the look of Pelioritikou "doxatou", with the carven datails of the 18o century taken from Bantis house in Drakia, that been demolitioned. Of the surround area of the roof, painted details from Volos and Pelion, made by the folklorist "...not as the eyes see them,but as Kitsos Makris have them in his heart...".There ,is also the the glass-case, mentioning the life and work of Kitsos Makris, including his private objects, images from his life, his author play and his honorary excellences.
38 K. Makri str., 38222 Volos
Phone: 24210 37119.
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