During Yannis stay in Bergen, his accommodation was provided by Hordamuseet in the small house that belonged to the first female sculptor in Norway, Ambrosia Tønnesen. In 1995, her house, called Runeplassen, was moved from Minde where it was standing and it was rebuilt on the grounds of Hordamuseet. It is there that the museum is hosting the artists from outside Bergen who are staying for the short periods that are needed to set up and open their venues.
Yannis was well prepared to find a balance in this temporary residence with the spirits of such powerful female creativity: he was accompanied by his partner Eva Stamati.
When Eva saw the permanent display of Hordamuseet, she exclaimed that she felt like home, because it reminded her so much of the folklore museum that her mother is running at the traditional village of Milies in pittoresque Pilio in Central Greece. Eva is herself the director of a very special museum in Athens, the Museum of Children’s Art. And she revealed to us that when in Oslo next week, she will be visiting their Norwegian partner, the International Museum of Children’s Art. Perhaps another Greek-Norwegian cooperation coming to the fore?