NHM reopens with world premiere of major photography exhibition of Prince Nikolaos
CHICAGO — The National Hellenic Museum (NHM) in Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood is celebrating its grand reopening to the public in September with the world premiere of a major photography exhibition, Resilience by HRH Prince Nikolaos, from September 16 through December 30.
An accomplished photographer who has exhibited his work internationally since 2015, Prince Nikolaos will present 19 new works as part of the NHM exhibition, exploring Greece’s close relationship with nature, including olive trees, vines and sea. The exhibition will also feature the North American premiere of Together, an immersive life-size illuminated olive tree scene, embracing olive trees accompanied by Greek nature sounds, which premiered at the London Design Biennale in 2021.
“Greece’s past, present and future are intertwined and inextricably linked to nature. The recent pandemic has changed the way we view the physical world and our space within it and forced us to return to our origins for inspiration,” said Marilena Koutsoukou, Curator of Resilience. “As an artist, Prince Nikolaos is always drawn to open spaces, and nature has been a theme and an integral presence in his work. With this exhibition, he turns his lens to the Greek land. Like an archaeologist digging meticulously recording and drawing conclusions, he attempts to deconstruct and explore our collective experience with a new normal, a shared belief that we must let go of our past habits and find ways to celebrate and protect nature, and ultimately, we themselves.”
A centerpiece of the Resilience exhibit is a photographic mosaic titled Sea Cred, created by Prince Nikolaos in collaboration with environmental nonprofit Parley for the Oceans, to raise awareness about plastic pollution of our oceans and bodies. . The artwork is divided and printed on 272 credit cards in Parley Ocean Plastic®, recycled ocean plastic debris from remote beaches, mangroves and coastal communities. Sea Cred is inspired by the fact that humans could consume an average of 5 grams of plastic per week, equivalent to the weight of a credit card, according to a 2019 study from Newcastle University commissioned by World Wildlife fund.
The Resilience exhibit is sponsored by NHM Administrator John S. Koudounis.
“We are delighted and honored that HRH Prince Nikolaos has chosen the National Hellenic Museum for his North American debut. He is a renowned artist whose work has been exhibited in major cities around the world, including Athens, London, Copenhagen, Doha and Melbourne. Now, Chicago audiences and visitors from across the country will have the opportunity to experience his striking and impactful imagery,” Koudounis said. .
“We are thrilled to welcome the public back to the museum to experience these exquisite images seen through the lens of an artist who captures the magnificent and timeless beauty of nature,” added NHM Chief Executive Marianne Kountoures. . “Prince Nikolaos’ work encourages us to think about the impact of the natural world on us and how we can preserve it for generations to come.”
Resilience by HRH Prince Nikolaos will be on display at the National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, September 16 through December 30.
Museum hours are Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Museum tickets are $10 and include admission to all exhibits. Discounts are available for seniors, students and children.
More information is available by phone: 312-655-1234 and online: https://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org.
About the artist
HRH Prince Nikolaos was born in October 1969 in Rome, Italy to parents TM King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie. In 1975, the family moved to London, where Prince Nikolaos was educated at home for six years. He then attended Hellenic College London. In 1988, he began his studies in international relations at Brown University in Providence, RI, focusing on diplomacy and national security. In his second year he took a sabbatical to join the British Army on a limited service commission, serving as a Second Lieutenant with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. After graduating from college, Prince Nikolaos moved into television production for Fox News in New York. He returned to London in 1995 to work in the FX options department of NatWest Markets. From 1997 to 2003 he worked in the Family Office of King Constantine. Since then, he has been active in business consulting.
A lifelong photographer, Prince Nikolaos has devoted himself passionately to photography since 2013. In November 2015, he exhibited his work for the first time at Christie’s in London. In March 2016, her photography was featured at the New York Times Art for Tomorrow conference in Doha, Qatar. A selection of his photographs has also been published in the book A Taste of Greece, published by teNeues. In June 2018, Prince Nikolaos had his first solo museum exhibition, titled “Phos: A Journey of Light”, at the Hellenic Museum in Melbourne, Australia. The artist was then commissioned by LA Organic to produce a work, after the recommendation of the Philippe Starck studio, which is currently exhibited in La Almazara, Spain. In November 2018, the artist was invited by Sotheby’s Jewelry to show 10 photographs from his “Phos” series to a limited audience. Sotheby’s experts have dubbed the photographs of Prince Nikolaos “Gems of Greece”. In March 2019, his collection titled “Celestial Choreography” was exhibited at Rundetaarn, one of Copenhagen’s most iconic buildings, to great critical acclaim. In October and November of the same year, his double exhibition “Aegean Desert” opened in Athens, Greece and Doha, Qatar respectively. The exhibition, combining images of the sea with images of the desert presented in site-specific art installations, was the first institutional collaboration between the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art in Athens and Katara – Cultural Village Foundation in Doha. In June 2021, Prince Nikolaos exhibited his work “Together” at the London Design Biennale.
HRH Prince Nikolaos sits on the board of Knightsbridge Schools International, established in 2008 to develop and operate a network of international schools around the world. He is an active member and board advisor of Axion Hellas, a non-profit Greek voluntary organization that supports local communities in remote parts of the country. Prince Nikolaos and his wife Princess Tatiana (née Tatiana Blatnik) married in 2010. Three years later, they moved to Athens, Greece, where they currently reside.