New Horizons of European Panting III: The Action of the Senses
Various artists, painting exhibition
Frissiras Museum, while completing the “New Horizons” trilogy, is outlining a spectrum of contemporary art suggestions, and is presenting exceptional artists from its collections. In the third and final part, entitled “The action of the senses”, the full range of human sensibility is being explored. Painting, as an ever means of knowledge and understanding of the world, is called to fulfill and enrich all five senses. The contemporary images of the exhibition, challenge the viewer, in order to make him discover hidden aspects of reality, filled with emotion.
Participating Artists: Brandl Christian, Degrandschamps Marc, Fehér László, Gernegross Falk, Guiñazú Ruiz Cristina, Haack Simone, Howson Peter, Komu Riyaz, Lampe Katinka, Martinelli Andrea, Pasieka Simon, Rielly James, Schleime Cornelia, Shi Xiang, Smith Clive, Valls Dino, Wang JoJo, Veroucas Alexis, Vlazaki Sofia, Maratos Andreas, Bakiaj Alma, Baharas Nikitas, Beldekos Panayiotis, Daoulas Constantinos, Stamatiadi Daniella, Tzamouranis Dimitris.
Opening: Wednesday, 26/09/2018, at 20.00
*The museum will be closed that Wednesday during its working hrs.
Duration: 28/06/2018- 30/12/2018
Wednesday to Friday: 11:00 – 18:00
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00
Monday and Tuesday: closed
Seniors: €3 Over 65 y.o, students, members of the Chamber of Arts
Free: Members of AICA, ICOM, students of schools of Fine Arts, children under 12 years old
Address: 3 & 7, Monis Asteriou, Plaka, Athens, Greece, 10558
(at the junction of Kydathineon st.)
Tel: +30 210 3234678, +30 210 3316027
Down to Earth
Video Art Miden
The Greek video art program “Down to Earth”, curated by Gioula Papadopoulou, will be presented in the frame of the international curatorial project WOW: We are One World, in Los Angeles/USA, at Torrance Art Museum (TAM).
The exhibition of the W:OW project at TAM includes more than 125 art films & videos by 125 artists from about 30 countries selected by 10 guest curators from Mexico, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria, Italy, Israel, Austria & Russia and the German curator Wilfried Agricola de Cologne, director of “The W:OW Project” – packed into 20 curated, conceptual programs.
Video Art Miden presents the following program:
Down to Earth // curated by Gioula Papadopoulou
Anna Vasof – Down to Earth, Greece-Austria 2014, 4.01
Alexandros Kaklamanos – A Minor, Greece 2014, 2.11
Panos Mazarakis – Virtual Vanity, Greece 2016, 1.21
Yiannis Kranidiotis – Ichographs MdelP, Greece 2015,4.13
Alex Karantanas – Untitled, Greece 2015-16, 6.38
Katerina Athanasopoulou – Branches of Life, UK 2016, 4.14
Vasilis Karvounis – Dancing with Thanatos, Greece 2015, 3.45
Video Art Miden is an independent organization for the exploration and promotion of video art. Founded by an independent group of Greek artists in 2005 in Kalamata, it seeks to stimulate the creation of original video art, to help spread it and develop relevant research.
Through collaborations and exchanges with major international festivals and organizations, it has been recognized as one of the most successful and interesting video art platforms internationally and as an important cultural exchange point for Greek and international video art. It also provides an alternative meeting point for emerging and established artists and a communication hub between artists, organizations, festivals and art spaces around the world.
*Miden means “zero” in Greek.
Duration: 21/07/2018 – 14/12/2018
Tuesday — Saturday: 11:00 — 17:00
Sunday &Monday: closed
Torrance Art Museum
Address: 3320 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503
The Land Escape Project
by Alexia Xafopoulou
Cube Gallery, inaugurates this autumn, with its collaboration with the visual artist Alexia Xafopoulou and hosting her solo exhibition, entitled “The Land – Escape Project”. This series of artworks, mainly paintings, is revealed to us through the conversation of the artist with the Art Historian and Critic, Thalea Stefanidou. Their conversation took place in Alexia Xafopoulou’s studio, in Thessaloniki, on May 25th, 2018, in the afternoon.
Thalea: We have talked many times about your painting. It was relatively recently we talked about your recent show titled Cloud in the Room, which I described as an allegorical narrative of logic and feeling, considering that although the cloud was thematically recognizable it actually served as a reason to describe what we call purely painting qualities.
Alexia: That’s how things work for me. I am always fascinated by the everyday and the familiar that could even be considered mundane or insignificant for painting. But the main, the recurrent issue was and always is the act of painting itself, in the sense of pure experience, a pure joy. If we want to follow, by the way, the thread for the meaning of a cloud, a place or a non-place, in the procedure the cloud dissolves its narrative ontology, loses its descriptive narrative to leave painting as a deposit and visual perception with only color qualities. Anyway, color was always important to me, but it gradually takes up the position of my painting subject. In this series of works, the title is The Land-Escape Project, which includes reference to the initial motives, images of places and skies, as well as my own painting getaway.
T. You often use words in your works. Letters or words as painting media. Talk about this use of speech.
A. Writing works as a painting medium. Words are introduced as a reminder of painting. That’s why the words, often coined, either refer to images, or to the painting process and in its media, as in blue-unwhite or white-unblue, words as colors on a palette.
T. You also paint with thread. You paint by stitch or embroider by painting. In any case, it’s like weaving Utopian geographies.
A. It is a different type of painting experience, a ritual, where you measure distances, fill the void with rhythmic repetitions, leave voids and discontinuities, and emphasize some centers with persistent stitches. One reading is that it is a drawing on canvas, but another approach, is just a painting surface that recycles itself. The thread has so many references, it joins, and at the same time wounds, it is recorded in a violent way on the cloth without showing the brutality of the process. All painting media available and back to the basics of painting: fabric, surface, form, pattern, and for me mainly color.
T. Different techniques, sometimes invented, are either thrown into open controversy or harmonize, as is the case when a thought tries to unfold. Throughout this artistic adventure, how much do you let the accidental happen in your work?
A. The accidental is a happy encounter and all the contradiction of pursuing the accidental is even more exciting. As one matures, one is more easily able to recognize and incorporate the accidental into the work. In any case, playing with the accidental, allows me to play with irony and paradox, as well as to challenge fundamental issues of painting. However, even if these painting incorporated accidents are more or less present, it is always necessary for me to build in my painting, an inner coherence.
T. If we were talking about references from the illusion of painting, about great sources of Art History, what or who would you recall?
A. If we talk about the masters of the past century, Rothko’s spirituality, Mondrian’s structure, and Matisse’s passion for color, a heterogeneous coexistence as it may seem, still touch me and almost surprise me. Today, Tomma Abts’s consistency and painting persistence and the modesty of Etel Adnan’s work touch me equally, just to mention two of today’s artists.
Alexia Xafopoulou studied Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Then, she studied at the School of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – Dpt. of Visual & Applied Arts-Painting and she received MA in Fine Arts at the Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design of London. She has presented 6 solo shows and has participated in more than 40 group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. She has received grants, awards and commissions from public and private Institutions such as Frissiras Museum-Athens, Beijing Biennale etc. Since April, 2015, she is the director of the Municipal Art Gallery of Thessaloniki.
Opening: Friday, 7 /09/2018, at 20.00
Duration: 7/09/2018- 29/09/2018
Exhibition Opening hours:
Tuesday Thursday Friday 10.00 – 14.00 & 18.00 – 21.00
Wednesday Saturday 10.00 – 14.00
Sunday & Monday closed
Address: 39, Miaouli str., Patras Greece
Media Sponsor: KROMA Magazine
Alain Schroeder’s solo exhibition
After the successful organization of the 1st Chania International Photo Festival in Chania, where many artists from around the world were exhibited and was visited by thousands of people who were at that time in town, Blank Wall Gallery returns to Athens and opens the season 2018-2019 with the solo exhibition of the Belgian photographers Alain Schroeder.
Alain Schroeder was born in Belgium in 1955 and he has been mainly woriking as a photojournalist. He has illustrated over 30 books on China, Persia, Renaissance, Tuscany, Crete, Venice, etc. He also has publications in magazines such as National Geographic, Geo, Paris-Match etc.
He is the founder of the renowned Reporters agency, founded in 1989. He has also won many international awards, such as the Japan Nikon Award 2017 and 1st prize at World Press Photo 2018 for the series Kid Jockeys in the category Sports Stories.
He says about his work: ” My work is a mixture of contemporary documentary and art photography, influenced by my Belgian heritage, imbued with a dose of surrealism. I’m most interested in the in-depth reporting of stories relating to people and their environment. Various cultures, modes of living, rituals and customs fascinate me.”
Opening: 14/09/2018 at 21.00
Duration: 14/07/2018 – 27/12/2018
Tuesday – Friday: 16:30-21:30
Sunday – Monday: Closed
Blank Wall Gallery
Address: Fokionos Negri Street,55,11361
Symbols and images from our childhood, in pop and street art
When we look at art, we try to break it into its component parts, in order to come to a better understanding. We each follow a specific mathematical process in order to perceive what the artist wants to express. In our pursuit of being right, we often ignore any discomfort created when we draw our own conclusions. There are cases where the visual result is paradoxical. It has aberrations and inconsistencies. Contradictions abound. In these cases, the viewer is forced to take action, in order not only to understand but also to feel.
Konstantinos Patsios‘ art fearlessly combines elements that are unrelated. They look like equations. The viewer is required to extrapolate in order to come up with a sum total. An animal and a sword could signify sacrifice, or does it? A symbol from our childhood next to a violent symbol (that we recognize only because we are adults), forces us to wonder about the changes that have happened within us.
Or, do we not?
Gerasimos Avlamis, on the other hand, hides his messages in black labyrinths and codes, created on canvases, wooden doors and ceramic dishes. His drawings seem to be hiding in some lost language of the past or in some idiom of culture from the distant future. Yet, they are created now, in the present.
The two artists are calling us to decode their universe that is full of contradictions.
Opening: Saturday, 15th September 2018 at 8PM
Duration: 15/09/2018- 30/09/2018
Address: Giannoulis Halepa Street
Tel.: +30 690 618 5155
geometry as caprice
Curator: Evita Tsokanta
Apostolos Ntelakos’ artistic work is focused, already from his studies, on the field of intensity that is created between the concepts of “applied” and “fine” Arts.
His artistic presentation at a.antonopoulou.art observes and comments through a sculptural installation the ambiguous manner with which the visual vocabulary of the artistic avant-garde of early 20th century was diffused (especially that of constructivism) in the everyday life of interwar period through objects created by the Art deco movement.
The transition from the space of “high ideas” to the “real world life” that such vanguards have so strongly envisioned meant, in addition to the democratization of their ideas, also the transformation of these ideas into aestheticized consumer products.
The installation shows a double artist’s book along with a set of ceramic sculptures that trace the contradictions of the history of the modernist geometric form.
On the first part of the artist’s book he collects, classifies and gives a huge amount of Art deco sculptures’ images that he has collected after thorough research online. On the second part, he constructs a narrative with the techniques of experimental writing, which combines the historical reality with the invented reason of fiction.
Regarding the sculptural part of the exhibition, the artist assumes the role of animalier, that of the sculptor who historically deals exclusively with the representation of animals, exposing a series of seemingly decorative porcelain sculptures made with the graceful and frivolous vocabulary of Art deco.
The sculptures of different dimensions are imprinted, penetrated or cut by constructivist manipulations. With this morphological, almost literal, way Ntelakos shows how the geometric language of the avant-garde of the early 20th century has gone into the design of the objects of everyday life.
However, this passage did not happen exactly as the idealistic and theoretically inaccessible early 20th century artistic avant-gardes have imagined it. The avant-gardes have envisioned the elevation of the everyday object to the level of art accompanied by the simultaneous moral lifting of the individual. The Art deco does unconvincingly the opposite. It uses the vanguard geometric language to talk about decorative and frivolous. However, it succeeds in making the language of non-performing art accessible to the general public and by proposing economically advantageous mass production as a way of accessing the high art.
The ambivalence of this particular historical development characterizes in its way the whole artistic endeavor.
Opening: 18/09/2018 at 19:00
Duration: 19/09/2018 – 20/10/2018
Exhibition opening hours:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 14:00 – 20:00
Saturday: 12:00 –16:00
Sunday, Monday & Tuesday: Closed
On Saturday 29/09 and on 06/10 the artist and curator will be present at the exhibition for guided tours.
Address: Aristofanous 20 Street, Psyrri, 10554 – Athens
Tel: 210 3214 994
Media Sponsor: KROMA magazine
Into The Dark
Efi Halioris’ solo show
CAN Gallery presents the second solo show by Efi Haliori under the title Into The Dark. In an effort to defeat her fear of darkness, the artist begins a night journey with her camera (that lasted almost 1,5 years) through the woods. The result of this quest is a wide body of work which is dominated by a bright light on trees, branches and rocks as they aggressively pop up in front of the viewer.Art critic Barry Schwabsky on a text on the German photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg describes how clarity of form in her work “is overwhelmed by shades, nuances and sometimes even the downright Old-Masterish haziness.” The same way Haliori in her Into The Dark series manages to transcend all the tension and the emotional load of her adventure into images that cover up her feelings and are characterized by formalistic integrity, tranquility and a dramatic chiaroscuro.
The artist uses the flashlight and the camera flash not only as a source of light but also as a way to achive abstraction. To reveal and to refract. And while light plays a dominant role in the creation of the image, ultimately in the final work is equally important that which we do not see, namely darkness. This way “the camera allows … a transformation. Something other than what you see in your daily experience … Something which is there but perhaps can be sensed better than it can be seen.”“I want a History of Looking” writes Roland Barthes in 1980 in Camera Lucida. “For the photograph is the advent of myself as other: a cunning dissociation of consciousness from identity.” By infusing light through the shadows of the dark, the artist turns herself into the other. Reality is transformed, springing up unexpected illusions that question the borders between lie and truth. The light unveals and at the same time it creates new content.
Efi Haliori (born 1969) lives and works in Athens. She studied Business Administration and Marketing at the American College of Greece and photography at the PhotoCircle under Platon Rivellis. She has attended a series of seminars and workshops by Michael Ackerman, Antoine Dagata, Anders Petersen, Simon Norfolk, Oliver Chanarin-Adam Broomberg, Arno Gisinger, Pavlos Fossakis and Kostas Antoniadis. Since 2008 she has been working as a professional photographer. Her works have been exhibited at the Hellenic American Union, the Benaki Museum, Zoumboulakis gallery, Morfes gallery as part of Med Photo Festival, and at the Salon D ‘Automne in Paris and in Cyprus. Her first photo book came out in 2013 by Kichli editions and her photographs have been published in various printed and electronic magazines. Works of hers feature in the collections of Four Seasons and Grand Hyatt Hotels and in various private collections in Greece, France, Italy and the USA.
“A quiet disorder”
by Panagiotis Baxevanis
“It’s Only An Island If You Look At It From The Water”
Chief Brody, Jaws (1975)
The series “a quiet disorder” is a collection of subjective elements. Fragments of reality, indications of an uncertain era, which become visible for a moment and then vanish again into the big picture.
At the same time, in a parallel parenthetical narrative, all that is found in the outside world, is in doubt.
Observation and suspicion change direction, turning towards the photographer’s private space – and finally the photographer himself.
A twice-told story and a game of changes of perspective, the exhibition is a dialogue between a series of street photographs and an internal exercise between four walls.
Panagiotis Baxevanis was born in Athens in 1975. Since 1997 he has worked as a photographer of still lifes, architecture and interiors. His clients include well-known Greek magazines, advertising companies, architecture firms, construction companies as well as large producers of consumer products. For the last eight years he has taught photography at Akto Art, Design & Media. He lives and works in Athens.
Opening: 25/09/2018 at 19:30
Duration: 25/09- 20/10/2018
Exhibition opening hours:
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 11.00 – 20.00
Wednesday: 11:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 11:00 – 15:00
Sunday & Monday closed
Ekfrasi-yianna grammatopoulou gallery
Address: 9a, Valaoritou Street
Athens, 10671, Greece
Athens Animation Agora (3A)
The Animasyros International Festival + Animation Agora powered by Onassis Culture, one of the top 20 animation festivals worldwide, expands its dynamic Agora section, opening the first Athens Animation Agora, from the 22nd to the 24th of September, at the Onassis Cultural Centre to present a series of lectures, talks and screenings, with free admission for the public.
The Athens Animation Agora is a three-day event of discussions, presentations and lectures for professionals and students in the field of animation, which acts as a meeting point for the industry, at a local, European and international level, aiming to provide opportunities for the co-production of films. Creative artists, producers, important institutional players and professionals from major animation studios worldwide come to Athens for the first time, to present good practices on a series of issues concerning the artistic, educational and commercial aspects of animation as an independent sector of audiovisual culture and the creative economy. Keynote speakers from abroad include Samira Haddi, Sales Manager at the Cannes MIP Market, Laure Goasguen of Miyu Distribution of France, Isaac Gaido Daniel of Autour de Minuit, as well as Martin Kotik of Rolling Pictures, Karin Vanderydt, representing Anima Brussels, Anne Brotot of Ecole MoPA and Nancy Denney Phelps & Nora El Bekri, representing TV Paint. This first edition of 3Α could not not include representatives from the major institutions and organisations of Greece, such as Anna Efstathiou, from the Delegation of the European Commission in Greece, Elina Roinioti, head of the Athens Games Festival, Cοnstantinos Aivaliotis, director of Hellas Film at the Hellenic Film Centre, academics Eleni Mouri (University of West Attica), Panagiotis Kyriakoulakos (University of the Aegean) and Panagiotis Iosifellis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), as well as Lina Manolopoulou, representing the National Centre of Audiovisual Media & Communication (ΕΚΟΜΕ).
The programme of 3A also includes a two-day intensive pitching workshop, under the title “How to pitch“, involving seven (7) selected projects (available here) and directed by Tunde Volleonbroek, widely recognised in the field for her work on many fronts, as creative artist, co-founder of Studio Pupil, key member of the KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival programme, editor of Cartoon Brew and member of the board at the European Animation Awards – Emile Awards. The aim of this workshop is to train participants on how to give effective presentations of their ongoing animation productions, in a limited time frame, to distributors and other industry players. The three (3) best projects will travel to Syros and will be presented at the Agora Pitching Forum during this year’s Festival.
At the end of each day, 3Α will come to a close with a screening of selected animation films, including the Oscar-nominated Breadwinner by Nora Twomey of Cartoon Saloon studios, produced by Angelina Jolie, with technical director Mark Mullery attending the screening (22.09), and Harvie and the Magic Museum by Martin Kotík & Inna Evlannikova (23.09).
3A will also feature the special tribute Onasseas – The Salty Stories (24.09), in collaboration with Onassis Culture. Inspired by the power the sea has to spawn real-life or fictional stories—its salty waters also marking the starting point of the Onassis Foundation, since Aristotle Onassis became synonymous, more than anyone else, with life at sea and Greek shipping—this tribute focuses on the role played by the sea during important moments in our lives, through 11 quite special short films.
To cap it all off, the three-day event waves us goodbye on the afternoon of Monday 24 September, like every year, with the Animasyros pre-festival event, the official presentation of the programme of the Animasyros 11 International Festival + Animation Agora powered by Onassis Culture, which will be taking place from the 26th to the 30th of September, on the island of Syros.
How to register for 3Α Talks & Seminars
Due to the limited number of places available, interested parties wishing to attend Athens Animation Agora events can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, until Monday 17 September, citing as subject “Participation in the Athens Animation Agora”, noting the day during which they would like to attend and adding the following information:
Date of Birth
Mobile phone (optional)
Applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application by email.
Athens Animation Agora
Lectures & Talks
Onassis Cultural Centre – Upper Stage
22 – 23 September 2018 12.00-21.00
24 September 2018 12.00 – 18.00
Admission to the event is free, registration required.
Onassis Cultural Centre – Upper Stage
22 September 2018 – 18.00 | Breadwinner (IE, LU, US, CA)
23 September 2018 – 18.00 | Harvie and the Magic Museum (CZ, DE)
24 September 2018 – 16.30 | Onasseas – The Salty Stories
Admission is free, upon presentation of an Entry Pass.
Entry Passes will be distributed at the Onassis Cultural Centre main entrance daily, one hour prior to the screening start time, on a first come first served basis.
3A detailed event programme available here.
Animasyros 11 Pre-festival event
Onassis Cultural Centre – Upper Stage
24 September 2018 19.00 – 21.00
Animasyros 11 International Festival + Animation Agora powered by Onassis Culture
Syros (Ermoupoli, Ano Syros, Poseidonia, Phinikas)
26 – 30 September 2018 12.00-21.00
Onassis Cultural Centre
Address : Leoforos Syngrou 107, Athens 11745
Tel : +30 210 900 5 800
International Architecture Awards 2018
Founded in 2005, The International Architecture Awards, organized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, is the oldest, annual public celebration of global architecture that sees practices around the world compete for the title of Global Building of the Year.
The International Architecture Awards are the only non-commercial, global, and public awards program given jointly by two not-for-profit Museums in the United States and Europe dedicated to public education concerning architecture and industrial design.
The Awards are regarded internationally as a mark of excellence, recognizing the best global architecture practices, as well as the corporate clients, developers, state and local governments, institutions, general contractors that produced them.
“Following a rigorous process from over 1,000 submissions, this year’s 2018 shortlist of 380 projects,” states Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, Museum President, The Chicago Athenaeum, “shows the power and payback of investing in quality architecture, illustrating perfectly how well-designed buildings are worth every penny and can exceed the expectations of the community they serve.”
The 2018 Jury for Awards was held in Istanbul, Turkey and consisted of the following architects and architecture educators:
• Melike Yetim, DS Architecture
• Serkan Cakit, Nevzat Sayin Mi̇marlik Hi̇zmetleri
• Elif Simge Fettahoglu, Tabanlıoğlu Architects
• M. Yiğit Ersü, RMJM, Architects & Planners
• Zeynep Tümertekin, Mimarlar Arch
• Alper Aytaç, Aytac Architect
This year’s selected buildings are from 31 nations including: Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, México, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Singapore, Sri Lanka, Russia, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and The United States.
The elite group of buildings and urban planning projects selected by the jury of this year’s International Architecture Awards will be premiered at Contemporary Space Athens and the exhibition “The City and the World” is scheduled to travel in Europe through 2019.
Opening: 28/09/2018 at 17:00
Duration: 28/09/2018 – 21/10/2018
Wednesday — Sunday : 14:00 – 21:00
All buildings and urban planning projects can be viewed at: www.internationalarchitectureawards.com
Contemporary Space Athens
Address: 74 Mitropoleos str, Plaka
Tel: +30 210 3428511
Media Sponsor: KROMA Magazine