Acropolis Museum marks 10-year anniversary with new extension

1 / 4
People visit the excavation beneath the Acropolis museum in Athens, on its opening day on June 21, 2019 which coincides with ten years of museum operation. (AFP)
2 / 4
People visit the excavation beneath the Acropolis museum in Athens, on its opening day on June 21, 2019 which coincides with ten years of museum operation. (AFP)
3 / 4
People visit the excavation beneath the Acropolis museum in Athens, on its opening day on June 21, 2019 which coincides with ten years of museum operation. (AFP)
4 / 4
People visit the excavation beneath the Acropolis museum in Athens, on its opening day on June 21, 2019 which coincides with ten years of museum operation. (AFP)
Updated 21 June 2019

Acropolis Museum marks 10-year anniversary with new extension

  • The new 4,000-square-meter (43,000-square-feet) extension displays the remains of ancient baths and hot water pipes, public latrines, homes, wells and workshops
  • Greece’s Acropolis Museum includes a section reserved for the disputed Parthenon Marbles, currently at the British Museum in London

ATHENS: Greece’s Acropolis Museum has opened to the public a new section housing the remains of an ancient Athens neighborhood to mark its 10-year-anniversary, organizers said Friday.
The new 4,000-square-meter (43,000-square-feet) extension displays the remains of ancient baths and hot water pipes, public latrines, homes, wells and workshops, organizers said.
Most of the remains are Roman and Byzantine but “some date back to Classical Athens,” said museum director Dimitris Pantermalis.
According to Classical-era historian Thucydides, this particular part of Athens was first inhabited some 5,000 years ago, Pantermalis said.
The remains were first unearthed during the museum’s construction between 1997 and 2004, but were previously only partially visible through the entrance glass floor.
Their excavation was delayed by the Greek economic crisis, organizers said.
Objects found during the dig are to be displayed at the museum at a later date.
Since it opened in June 2009, the Acropolis Museum has welcomed 14.5 million visitors.
The museum and the Acropolis are Greece’s top two archaeological sites.
Designed by celebrated Franco-Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi, the three-level building offers panoramic views of the Acropolis citadel and showcases sculptures from the golden age of Athenian democracy.
Set out over a total area of over 14,000 square meters (150,000 square feet), it harnesses natural light to show off hundreds of artefacts and sculptures.
It includes a section reserved for the disputed Parthenon Marbles, currently at the British Museum in London.
Greece has long pursued a campaign for the return of the priceless friezes, removed in 1806 by Lord Elgin when Greece was occupied by the Ottoman Empire, but the British Museum refuses to repatriate them.


Stars of the 'The Kitchen' movie talk to Arab News

“The Kitchen,” stars Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss, Tiffany Haddish and Domhnall Gleeson. (Supplied)
Updated 22 August 2019

Stars of the 'The Kitchen' movie talk to Arab News

DUBAI: “The Kitchen,” starring Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss, Tiffany Haddish and Domhnall Gleeson, is an ode to the ever-popular gangster movie, but also a reimagining. Three women who can’t pay the bills after their mobster husbands go to prison decide to take over the organization themselves — becoming violent criminals in the process. Gone is the Don, in his place are the Donnas.

“I love mobster movies, they’re some of my favorite movies, but I think I always watched them and thought, ‘Where am I in that story? Where am I represented?’ I never am. The opportunity to put those two things together — a real authentic, gritty mob story that has interesting, flawed, human women at the center of it felt like an incredible opportunity,” writer/director Andrea Berloff tells Arab News.

Andrea Berloff at the premier of "The Kitchen" in Hollywood. (AFP)

In casting, Berloff went against type — McCarthy and Haddish are best-known for comedic roles, and Gleeson’s roles in “Star Wars” and the Oscar-nominated “Brooklyn” suggested anything but a gangster.

“If I’d read the script I wouldn’t have thought of me for the role, so I was thrilled that Andrea for some reason thought that I could do a good job. The good ones are a surprise to you as opposed to something you track down — or that’s the way it’s been for me so far. I never thought I’d really want to play a killer in a mob movie. When this script came along, that’s what I found a bit scary and interesting,” says Gleeson.

Domhnall Gleeson at the premier of "The Kitchen" in Hollywood. (AFP)

Like Berloff, Moss has always loved the genre — especially the women in legendary projects such as “The Godfather” and “The Sopranos.” While the women of “The Kitchen” are different in many ways from those groundbreaking characters, they carry on their spirit.

“It’s something that we’ve seen in various mobster projects. With Diane Keaton and Edie Falco, and these incredible portrayals, I always find them the most interesting parts of those projects — to see the effect that that lifestyle has on women is really interesting,” Moss tells Arab News.

Elisabeth Moss loved the genre of the movie. (AFP)

McCarthy wasn’t as focused on the history of women in crime fiction as her co-star. Instead, the character and the script were rich enough that she was able to link it to her own life quite easily.

“I didn’t reference other movies,” she says. “For me, when a script it that good, and that complete, and that fully realized, I try to delve into the character itself. I thought about how I related as a mother of two, and what does that mean when you’re just trying to survive and try to take care of your kids. I don’t look to other movies as a guide — I’m a big movie fan, but I prepare a little more solo.”

Tiffany Haddish at the premier of "The Kitchen" in Hollywood. (AFP)

“I’m the same way,” says Haddish.

“It just seemed easy. It’s that great thing. Especially with Andrea running the ship, we all saw the same movie, which was really great, and we all naturally get along,” says McCarthy.

 Melissa McCarthy at the premier of "The Kitchen" in Hollywood. (AFP)

This is Berloff’s debut as a director (she was nominated for an Oscar for writing the 2016 hit “Straight Outta Compton”) and she hadn’t originally planned on helming the movie herself. But she found she felt so passionate about the story that she wanted to oversee the whole project.

“There are times when I write a script and I’m happy to hand it off to someone else and let them run with it, but in this case I felt like I had so much more to say about these characters, and this world, and these themes,” she explains. “I went in to pitch as a director and started saying to them, ‘Here’s what’s not in the script that you don’t know.’”