Paul Thanopoulos was born in Athens and studied History of Art at the Université de Toulouse Le Mirail, Theatre and Costume design at the Wimbledon School of Art (BA Costume Design) and at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design London (MA Scenography).

He worked at the Costume department of the Royal Opera House London and at the Theatre du Capitole in Toulouse for various productions.
He was assistant to Ioanna Papantoniou, Elli Papageorgakopoulou, Eva Manidaki, Marie Noelle Semet, Francesco Zito, Pierre André Weitz and Sophia Kokkosalaki for the costumes of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Athens Olympic Games 2004.

He designs productions for theatre and opera, and also designs and curates exhibitions for the Benaki Museum in Athens and other museums.

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His theatre work include

  • Summerfolk  M.Gorki / Onassis Cultural Center 2017
  • Fool for Love S.Shepard / Alma Theatre 2017
  • Trouble in Tahiti  L.Bernstein / Simeio Theatre Athens 2016
  • Swell  Sofia Mavragani /  Athens Festival 2016
  • The Hero Fingersix / Porta theatre Athens 2015
  • The Shell Game G. Doussis / Olvio Theatre Athens 2015
  • Pygmalion J.P Rameau / Porta theatre Athens  2015
  • The paradox of a future in the occidental paradigm Fingersix / Mir Festival Athens 2014
  • Aimata (Bloods) Vasistas/ Onassis Cultural Center 2014
  • Viomageia  M.Kalbari / Theatre Fournos 2014
  • The Medium  G.C.Menotti / Beton 7 2013
  • Domino Vasistas / French Institute Athens 2013
  • Alessandro  G.F.Handel / Weisbaden – Versailles – Athens  2013
  • Spectacle  Vasistas / Athens festival, 2011
  • Phobia  Vasistas / National Theatre, 2010
  • Cassandra  B.Marcello / Vasistas Theseum Theatre 2010
  • The Dresser  R.Harwood / Kappa Theatre 2009
  • A Family Affair  A. Ostrovsky / Vassilakou Theatre 2009
  • Stage Directions  I. Horowitz / Ilisia-Volanakis theatre 2009
  • Aesop’s Animals  F.Terranova / Rhodes Municipal Theatre 2008
  • L’Incoronazione di Poppea  C. Monteverdi / Opera festival of Ancient Corinth  2008
  • Giulio Cesare in Egitto  G.F. Handel / Thessaloniki Concert Hall  2008
  • Silence Vasistas / Theatre 104 2008
  • Hedda Gabler  H.Ibsen/ Altera Pars 2006

His designs for exhibitions include

  • Fred Boissonnas in Egypt Benaki Museum 2018
  • Travels in Greece. The E. Finopoulos collection Benaki Museum 2018
  • Religious Art from Russia to Greece Benaki Museum 2017
  • Icaro. The factory of Rhodes 1928-1988 Benaki Museum 2017
  • Athens 1917, Through the eyes of the Army of the Orient Benaki Museum 2017
  • Under the spell of Greek costume Costa Navarino- Athens Internanional Airport 2017
  • Stavros Tsigoglou. Choices of a daring collector Telloglion Institute for Arts Thessaloniki 2017
  • Delacroix met en scéne la révolution Grecque de 1821 Telloglion Institute for Arts Thessaloniki 2016
  • Ceramics from China Benaki Museum 2016
  • A.Tassos 1914- 1985  Benaki Museum 2015
  • Athens 1940-1944 The city and it’s people Municipal Gallery Athens 2015
  • Dimitris Davis retrospective Benaki museum 2015
  • Nikos Dimou, the solitary multi-tasker  Benaki museum 2015
  • Museum of the Resistance/ Π.Ε.Α.Ν Permanant exhibition Athens 2014
  • Ghika – Fermor – Craxton: 3 places, 3 creators  Benaki Museum 2014
  • At Leda’s Vardinogiannis house Benaki Museum 2014
  • Pontus Euxinus, postcards 1890-1920  Benaki Museum 2014
  • Folks Toys at the House of Nikos Hadjikyriakos Ghika  Benaki Museum / Ghika Gallery 2013
  • Greek Seas  Benaki Museum 2013
  • The Balkan Wars, The Dawn of the Greek 20th century  Benaki Museum 2012
  • Agenor Asteriades  Benaki Museum 2011
  • Rudo Schwatrz  Benaki Museum  2011
  • The Monument  Jewish Museum of Greece  2011
  • Headdresses from the I.Koutsoudaki collection  Benaki Museum  2010
  • Nikos Hadjikyriakos- Ghika Gallery Benaki Museum 2009 -2012

From 2009 he is part of the curating team and responsible of the design for the re-opening of the Nikos Hadjikyriakos –Ghika Gallery, at the Benaki museum.

He taught Costume design at the Vakalo College of Design, Athens from 2009 to 2013.

 

 

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