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The Nature Museum - Robert Zhao Renhui: Nature invades Patisia

A special Museum of Nature stands in an old Athenian residence in Victory Square Source: elculture 2018-05-02

Do you know what the lynx is and how did he live in Athens? How did the rivers disappear to rise avenues, another, wildlife and vegetation flowed (and still flows) under the weight of economic, social and spiritual crises? How did Queen Amalia play a key role in the exoticism of the National Garden? How was the alabaster, an ornamental tree that came to Athens from Southeast Asia, since the mid-19th century, a threat to any other form of Athenian vegetation because of the toxic substances it produces?

In the context of the  Onassis Fast Forward Festival 5 - Athens, a special  Nature Museum, The Nature Museum, stands from May 2 to May 16 in an old Athenian dwelling in the center of the city, at 15 Derigny Street in Victoria Square, to tell us such stories. Stories about the lost rivers of Athens, the expansive Tree of Paradise, the green parrots we all have seen for nesting, for invasive species and other species living on the verge of survival.

Renowned artist  Robert Zhao Renchoui  and an operator based in Singapore, Critics Zoologists Institute (Institute of Critical Zoologists, ICZ) , collaborated on the creation of this specialty museum with physiology professors, natural history, botany and zoology from the National University Of Athens, the Museum of Zoology, the ANIMA Wildlife Conservation Association and other organizations. Common goal; An exciting wandering experience in the unknown jungle of Athens, starting from an old building - landmark of another jungle - urban.

Two key people are hiding behind: the artist and curator Katerina Zavakou and the Athenian collector and amateur naturalist Giorgos Charonidis,who spent almost fifty years of his life recording the natural world of Athens. His personal collection is made up of the Museum of Nature at Derigny Street. Archive pictures and stuffed animals, photographs and historical texts, works of art, and even radiographs of injured birds are exhibited there, edited by Katerina Zahavou. The exhibits encompass the barely known history of Athens' biodiversity and, together, its uncontrolled urbanization. True and other histories, less true but equally exciting, make up the universe of this anti-academy museum that is "animated" by guided tours and lectures-performed in collaboration with playwright Joel Tan.

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