An exhibition set to reminds us of the friendly relations between Geneva and Greece in the early 19th century is currently displayed at the Museum of Art and History in Geneva. The exhibition focuses on Ioannis Kapodistrias, the Swiss politician Pictet de Rochemont and the great Swiss philhellene Jean-Gabriel Eynard.
The exhibition is structured in three parts:
The first part presents the essential role played by Ioannis Kapodistrias, who was appointed ambassador of Russia to Geneva by Tsar Alexander I in 1813, in order to contribute to the reshaping of Europe after Napoleon’s fall.
The second part of the exhibition highlights the work of the Philhellenes of Geneva and specifically of Jean-Gabriel Einar, during the conflicts between the Greeks and the Ottoman Empire (1821-1830).
The third part focuses on the difficulties faced by Kapodistrias, who was elected the first President of Greece on March 27, 1827, in the construction of the new state, and reminds us of the unceasing support of Jean-Gabriel Einar to the Greek nation, even after the assassination of Kapodistrias in 1831. The exhibition concludes with a reminder of the bonds of friendship that united Greece and Switzerland long before the 19th century and continue to this day.
The exhibition is organized with the kind support of the Leonidas Dimitriadis-Eugenides family, as well as with the contribution of the Historical Archive of the National Bank of Greece, the Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism and the G. Stefanis Museum in collaboration with the “Initiative 1821-2021“.
Exhibition duration: October 15, 2021 to January 30, 2022
More information here.