The famous theater actress and Greek Minister of Culture and Sports Lydia Koniordou is convinced that the rebirth of Greece begins with culture. In an interview with il manifesto, she strongly defended the decision not to grant Gucci access to the Acropolis for a show and demanded the return of the Elgin Marbles from the British Museum. She also recalled the universal power of the artwork of Jannis Kounellis, who died last week in Rome.
Minister, you are in Florence for a convention, and in your speech will refer to the Parthenon friezes. Is their return from the British Museum a priority for Greece?
The reunification of the Parthenon friezes certainly cannot stop. It is something that each new generation and each new government must continue to support strongly. Now it is no longer just a Greek request, since there are 25 committees around the world who are fighting for this just claim. We must not forget that this monument is the emblem of the founding values of democracy, dialogue, justice and freedom. Today, as we all make our voices heard about the challenges we face in this new century, the reunification of the Parthenon friezes acquires additional strength.