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The Alkibiades Skoulas Museum
 
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A treasure of the village of ▶ Anoghia is a tiny private museum that exhibits outstanding objects of the painter and sculptor Alkibiades Skoulas. In his old ages he began to paint the memories of his life.

In a naive and simple style his paintings tell stories of the end of the Turkish occupation time on Crete, peoples' daily life and of the dreadful events of World War II.
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photo The news of Alkibiades Skoulas' paintings and sculptures has spread around the world.

His artistic work expresses a clear and native spirit - no message, no risen finger - he just painted his life, captured Cretan History, created documents of his time - carved in wood and chiseled in stone.
 
The humble museum was built by Alkibiades Skoulas before his life ended and more or less constructed around the artistic objects. It has an intimate, informal atmosphere, offering the visitor a very personal appreciation for the exhibits.

You can allmost hear Alkibiades tell his story - in a language that everyone understands.
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photo In a glass cupboard at the entrance you can see the tools with which the work of art was created. In the beginning Alkibiades Skoulas took the same colours that he used to paint his house. Later on he brought the right painting colours into action.

Take a look at the simple instruments that he used for to work with stone and wood - things available in a Cretan mountain village house.
 
After his father deceased Georgios Skoulas took care of the museum. He is a shepherd with the artistic gifts of his father.

After explaining the history of the museum he expresses his thanks to the guests by singing old folk songs and playing his lyra. An unforgettable gesture of Cretan Hospitality.

You can distinctly feel the vivid history of the place and understand the deeper sense of the Greek word o xénos that means foreigner and guest as well.
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The entrance to the museum is free of charge, but Georgios appreciates small donations for to maintain his private museum.
 
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Alkibiades Skoulas
 
Text by Ingo H. Dietrich & Michael Dirksen
Photos by Hermann Einemann & Matthias Konopka


Tragoudia apo ton Psiloriti
(Songs from Mt. Psiloritis)
▶ 304.mp3 ▶ 305.mp3 ▶ 312.mp3


Georgios Skoulas
Phone 0030 28340 31593
(Greek)

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