Agathophron, the Collector’s Atlas – An experiential installation
A collection of 3,696 rare books are carefully stored in wooden boxes to be mailed to the Peloponnese, leaving their permanent home at the attic of Castillon 12, in Paris. Nikolopoulos is injured during packing and succumbs to tetanus, all alone, in Paris. The orphaned books make the voyage to Greece on their own. Almost half a century later, another devoted book collector, Walter Benjamin, while unpacking his library, writes down: Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector’s passion borders on the chaos of memories – thoughts that Agathophron himself might have formulated had he lived to unpack his collection. This in situ experiential installation unveils a travelling library, bringing together the everyday life in the city of Athens with the actual library exhibited in Andritsaina, a veritable treasure trove hidden in the mountains of the Peloponnese.
Organizer: Athens & Epidaurus Festival supported by Athens Culture Net
Program Section: The Book & the Arts