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Excellence in Holography

The Collection of Holographic Optical Clones (OptoClones) of the Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg

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At the last annual meeting of the Int'l Associaiton of Hologram Manufacturers (IHMA) which took place in December 2015 in Shanghai, the Hellenic Institute of Holography (HiH) received the "Excellence in Holography - Best of Year 2015"award  (see here the official announcement) for the creation of the Bowater Collection of OptoClones of selected artefacts from the Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. 

The Fabergé Museum (enjoy a virtual tour here) opened to public for the first time in November 2013 and as the only thematic Museum in the world dedicated exclusively to the artistic genius of Carl Gustav Fabergé, it attracts the interest of worldwide experts. The Museum collection consists of more than 4,000 works of art and has at its epicentre 9 of the world-famous Fabergé Imperial Eggs, which -together with several other important pieces of artistic work from the laboratories of the Russian master- belonged until 2004 to the Forbes Foundation collection. Some of these priceless artworks have often been the source of inspiration for a number of books and Hollywood movies (James Bond Octopussy, Ocean's Twelve etc). The colllection was acquired by the foundation Link of Times for an undisclosed sum in the range of more than 100 million US dollars as part of a program for the repatriation of Russian cultural heritage. The signing of an agreement between the Fabergé Museum and HiH at the end of 2014 ...

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A Holographic Saint

OptoClones at the Museum of Byzantine Culture of Thessaloniki (Greece)

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On Jan 19th, 2014 the temporary exhibition titled "The Veneration of St. Mamas in the Mediterranean: A Traveler Border-Defender Saint" organized by the Thessaloniki Museum of Byzantine Culture (MBC) as part of the 4th Biennale of Contemporary Art came to a successful end. Curators of this exhibition were the Museum director Dr. Agathoniki Tsilipakou and Dr. Nikolaos Bonovas, archaeologist, in cooperation with the archaeologist Dr. Christodoulos Hadjichristodoulou, who represented the Holy Bishopric and the Municipality of Morphou, Cyprus.

The veneration of the Christian martyr St. Mamas is not limited to Cyprus. It has been diffused from Caesaria to Constantinople and many locations in the Eastern Mediterranean and Greece as well as even further in Western Mediterranean with a network of dedicated honouring places and churches in Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. The center of this network is the Saint Mamas Cathedral in Langres, France where a part of his holy crane is conserved, brought there by the Crusaders after Constantinople's Fall in 1024.

The Hellenic Institute of Holography (HiH) eagerly responded to the invitation of the MBC archeaologist Dr. Panagiotis Kambanis and contributed in the success of the exhibition with the creation of Optical Clones (OptoClones) of selected original artifacts, which were displayed at the entrance of the exhibition hall. The official opening of the exhibition took place on Oct 23rd, 2013 by His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in the presence of ...


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A World's First

OptoClones at the Byzantine & Christian Museum (ΒΧΜ) of Athens

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The use of display holography for visual recording of objects of cultural interest and their further presentation to wide public has already been applied on multiple occasions since the early 80s. Scythian treasures, religious relics, archaeological and anthropological findings as well as historical works of art have been made available for holographic recording from famous Museums such as the British Museum in London or Hermitage in Leningrad of the (then) USSR. However, the limitations of the technology at that time and -in particular- the lack of realistic representation mostly on account of their monochromatic image did not allow the further establishment of their use in spite of the early expectations.

The Hellenic Institute of Holography (HiH) has proudly announced at the latest OPTO2014 conference (San Francisco, USA, part of SPIE Photonics West) the implementation of its HoloCultura program in the holographic recording of original artifacts of the Athens Byzantine & Christian Museum (BXM). For the first time in Greece -but equally in a world's first- full-colour holograms recorded in situ with the use of proprietary portable equipment are being exhibited as part of the permanent collection of the Museum in the place of original objects for the period that these are on loan abroad. Within the framework of its various collaborations with third-party organizations, the Byzantine & Christian Museum of Athens  has cooperated with ...

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"Light Mysteries" in Crete

A unique visual experience for all age groups

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After 4 months of intense preparations, the official opening of the exhibition titled "LIGHT MYSTERIES: Holograms, 3D and Optical Illusions" organized by the Hellenic Institute of Holography (HiH) at the fabulous Natural History Museum of the Univ. of Crete in Herakleion took place. The inauguration of the show was done by the Governor of the Region of Crete Mr. Stavros Arnaoutakis in the presence of representatives of local administrative and academic communities

Such an exhibition takes place for the first time in Greece -if not internationally- as its content extends further than strictly holography by combining 3D stereoscopic imaging with education in basic optical principles through optical paradoxes. The Museum of Optics (Optimus) of the reknown (IFMO) Univ. of St. Petersburg, Russia  ...

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