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Stephan Goldrajch’s ”Arbres à Palabres”


National Museum of Contemporary Art

Kallirrois & Amvrosiou Frantzi, Athens


02 - 22 May 2022



Arbre à palabres is a giant tree, six metres high, comprised of numerous pieces of knitting, crochet or weaving of many colours, patterns and yarns, made by people of different ages and social backgrounds, particularly from neighbourhoods around EMST, the National Museum of Contemporary Art. This collaborative, polyphonic work of art, encompasses all the stories involved in its making.

The artist Stephan Goldrajch conceived the participatory project, inspired by the palaver tree that is usually found in the centre of African villages. It is a place where people meet and exchange ideas, elders share stories with children, and where important decisions concerning the village are discussed. In Greece we could compare the Palaver tree with the Platane tree found in Greek villages where people of all ages gather and partake in the daily social life. The knitted items that were selected following the artist’s open call. The tree will be displayed in the EMST Foyer from the 15th of December 2021 until the 22nd of May 2022.

EMST Opening Hours: on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 to 19:00 | on Thursdays from 11:00 to 22:00 | Last entrance to the museum at 21:30 | Ticket offices close at 21:30


The event follows all required guidelines of the public health authority to prevent the spread of COVID 19.

Closest Metro Station: Sigrou-Fix

Metro to Venue: 5 minutes walking

Wheelchair Accessibility YES


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