As of Thursday 21st June, the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation (PIOP), in collaboration with the Agricultural University of Athens (A.U.A.), is presenting the temporary exhibition “Teaching olive cultivation” at the Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil, in Sparta.
The exhibition made use of archival material and objects which, for their greater part, belong to the collection of the Agricultural University of Athens’ Museum of Agriculture and, more specifically, to the collection of professor of Arboriculture P. Anagnostópoulos (1883-1964) and his assistant, Emmanouíl Váthis (1910-2008).
It is an exhibition concerning the history of science, and more specifically of agricultural science, but also of the history of education with historical and ethnographic data on the production of olives and olive oil in Greece.
Visitors can observe photographic material and supervisory plans about the methods of cultivating the land, the methods of planting olive trees, the ways to prune them, how to gather their fruit and the insects that affect them. Also, the exhibition presents 32 varieties of olive, exactly as they were recorded by these two lecturers.
The exhibition is accompanied by objects that Emmanouíl Váthis used in his laboratories, as well as printed material belonging to the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation’s Historical Archives and the Agricultural University of Athens.
The exhibition’s next staging post will be PIOP’s Museum of Industrial Olive-Oil Production on Lesvos. After this, suitably adapted, it will feature as a permanent exhibition module dedicated to Emmanouíl Váthis at the Museum of Agriculture of the Agricultural University of Athens.
The exhibition runs from: the 21st June through to the 10th September 2018
Opening hours: daily, except Tuesdays, 10am-6pm.
Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil
Othonos-Amalias 129, GR-231 00 Sparta
T: (+30) 27310 89315 | www.piop.gr