The Central Service of Political Education of Rhineland-Palatinate, the Albert Cohen Corfu Association, the Cultural Triangle of Prespa, the Ionian Bank Banknote Museum - ALPHA BANK and the IONIAN UNIVERSITY organize the exhibition "Renato Mordo. Jew, Greek and German. The life of an artist in the age of extremes", from 11 October to 9 December 2023 at the Ionian Bank Banknote Museum - Alpha Bank and the Ionian Academy in Corfu. With this exhibition we want to honor Renato Mordo, the first director of the National Opera.

The inauguration will take place on Wednesday 11 October at 18.30 at the Ionian Academy in Corfu and at 19.30 at the Banknote Museum of the Ionian Bank - Alpha Bank.

The exhibition presents the stages in the life of theater and opera director Renato Mordo. Renato Mordo with parents of Jewish origin - his father was a Greek merchant from Corfu and his mother from Austria - left Germany at the end of 1932 due to the increasingly frequent anti-Semitic hostility and the impending seizure of power by the National Socialists and finally fled to Greece in 1939. In Athens, he co-founded the National Opera and promoted the young opera singer Maria Callas. Renato Mordo survived the German concentration camp in Haidari and soon after his release, he wrote the play entitled "Haidari", in which he literary elaborates the traumatic experiences he experienced. After the war he worked in theaters in Turkey, Austria and Israel and was director of the opera house in Mainz, capital of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, from 1952 to 1955.

The exhibition places particular emphasis on the presentation of the German occupation of Greece during the Second World War and deals with its devastating effects on Athens and the entire country, as well as the personal consequences for Renato Mordo. The exhibition also takes a brief look at World War II through Mordo's biography.

The curator of the exhibition is the Hellenist Torsten Israel (Mannheim and Athens), while the exhibition was created in collaboration with Uwe Bader (Central Service of Political Education of Rhineland-Palatinate) and Marita Hoffmann (publishing house LLUX, Ludwigshafen on the Rhine). Other partners from the federal state, such as the state parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate, also support the implementation. All translations of the exhibition from German to Greek were created in the framework of the collaboration between the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Department of New Greek) and the Ionian University of Corfu (Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting).

Opening hours of the exhibition

- Ionian Bank Banknote Museum - ALPHA BANK: Tuesday to Saturday
08: 00 to 15: 00

- Ionian Academy: Monday to Friday: 08:30 to 20.00:XNUMX

The entrance is free.

(Morning guided tours for schools by appointment at the Banknote Museum
Ioniki Bank - ALPHA BANK: Konstantinos Christopoulos, 26610-41552)

Contact info
Gabriela Scheiner
Cultural Triangle of Prespa
info@kis.gr, 6944-338304

Source: ALPHA BANK, 3.10.2023