Nikolaos Kaltsas

Scientific Director

Nikolaos Kaltsas has a long experience in the direction of museums and excavations while producing a rich scientific and literary work. His professional career began at the Ministry of Culture where he held important positions, while in 1993 he began his 19-year tenure at the National Archaeological Museum, successively and in turn as curator, head of department of the Sculpture Collection and Director for 11 years. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kanellopoulos Museum.

During his long scientific career he has participated in at least 13 scientific councils and has been distinguished as Member and Chairman of more than forty scientific committees for the evaluation of antiquities, both from seizures and of particular value and importance antiquities that were to be moved for exhibitions at Greece and abroad. For many years he has been distinguished as a Member of the Council of the Committee for the Compilation of the Mythological Lexicon (LIMC - Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae) based in Basel, Switzerland and as a Member of the Greek National Committee of UNESCO.

In his rich excavation experience the main milestones were the excavations in the city of Thessaloniki, the excavation of a part of the Iron Age cemetery at Agios Ioannis Nikitis in Halkidiki, the excavations in the ancient cemetery of Akanthos in Halkidiki, the excavation of a Hellenistic tumulus at the site of Phyliria in N. Kilkis, the excavation of a Hellenistic tumulus at Pylos in Messinia, the excavation of an Archaic farmhouse at Kopanaki in Messinia, the systematic excavation at the acropolis of ancient Molykreion in the area of Nafpaktos.

He has curated more than 10 temporary exhibitions, among which Eros grec. Amour des Dieux et des Hommes at the Grand Palais in Paris (1989), the anniversary exhibition Agon (2004) on the occasion of the Olympic Games, Praxiteles at the National Museum (1997), Worshiping Women, Ritual and Reality in Classical Athens (2009) and A World of Emotions. Onassis Foundation in New York and then at the Acropolis Museum (2017) and others, but especially the landmark exhibition, The Antikythera Shipwreck. The Ship, the Treasures, the Mechanism (2012) at the National Archaeological Museum, with which concluded his career as Director of the Museum.

His scholarly activity includes a rich body of literary work, with articles and monographs, as well as numerous presentations, announcements and lectures at the world's largest museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Louvre, while among his awards, the award from the Academy of Athens for the writing of the book National Archaeological Museum The sculptures, 2002 stands out.

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