The Herakleidon Museum is pleased to present the exhibition titled Cellular by the distinguished sculptor Antonia Papatzanaki from April 16 to August 25, 2019, curated by Nina Fragopoulou, Doctor of Biology in collaboration with Thodoris Koutsoyiannis, Doctor of Art History.
In the series of works entitled Cellular, the artist explores the concept of the organic unit, the basic cell of life. Papatzanaki is inspired by biological cell structures, their inherent light, and their universality. The series moves among sculpture, engraving, and painting. Each work consists of successive panels of engraved Plexiglas illuminated by internal light sources, while its organic shapes are colored and highlighted by the refraction of light on the carvings. Whether as luminous works (made of Plexiglas, stainless steel, and light) or as prints on paper, the artworks manifest the artist’s constant interest in the world and its foundational elements and suggest the primary role of light in the existence of life.
The exhibition Cellular aims at providing the public with a distinct visual experience, scientific knowledge regarding the basic unit of life — the cell — and the role of light in life’s maintenance. To this purpose, the exhibition is accompanied by scientific lectures and educational programs for school students.
Antonia Papatzanaki was born in Chania, Crete and is a renowned Greek artist who lives and works in Athens and New York. She was educated at the Athens School of Fine Arts, the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna, and Pratt Institute in New York, where she acquired her Master of Fine Arts. Papatzanaki is the recipient of many prestigious awards in addition to winning Panhellenic and international competitions for the creation of public art. Several of her outdoor public sculptures are permanently installed throughout Greece. Papatzanaki has exhibited widely in more than 60 solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Her work resides in numerous private collections, as well as the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Copelouzos Family Collection, the Vorres Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, the American College of Greece, and the Municipal Art Gallery of Chania.
Monday, May 6, 18:30 – 20:00: Light and Life
Yiannis Manetas, Emeritus Professor, Department of Biology, University of Patras
Wednesday, May 22, 18:30 – 20:00: I Go to School and the Arts Are There
Maria Kotoula, Doctor of Philology, & Christina Papazissi, Doctor of Biology, Educational Project Manager for Sustainability
Thursday, June 6, 18:30 – 20:00: From a Cell to Human: The Invaluable Gift of Life
Ioanna Mastromina, Doctor of Embryology, Clinical Embryologist at Embryogenesis, a medical unit of assisted reproduction
EDUCATIONAL-INTERACTIVE PROGRAM FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS
Biology and Art: The Cell
Program design and scientific consultation: Nina Fragopoulou, Doctor of Biology
Program attendance during the exhibition in consultation with Herakleidon Museum,
16 Herakleidon Street, Monday and Tuesday 10:00 – 14:00, Wednesday through Sunday 10:00 – 18:00
Opening Reception: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 20:00
Duration: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 20:00 – Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 18:00
16 Herakleidon Str., 118 51 Athens
Τel.: 210 34 61 981
DL Gallery presents on Friday 17 May 2019 the solo exhibition of Nikos Samaras titled « Mirage ».
Alexios Papazacharias and Giorgos Alexandros Samaras note:
” Nicos Samaras lives and works in Larissa. He studied Fine Arts in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and Florence, Italy. Since the 1980s, video, installations and, above all, painting are the means the artist uses to produce works that negotiate history and creation as two interrelated events. History provides him with images, while creation with visuals. Living away from the two artistic “centres” of Greece, he was fortunate to observe the arts scene without rivalry.
The evolution of his work, bold and overturning, leads him again and again into painting as a permanent question and as a dynamic response. The series of paintings presented in the exhibition is a selection of works of the last two years. During this period, Nicos Samaras systematically studied the modern architecture and the enigmatic metaphysical painting of the first half of the last century. In his works, parts of modern architectures are reflected and replicated. It is patterns rather than landscape that emerge us a result, seen from a design point of view.
The color, however, free of repeatability limitations, points out again the features of depth and perspective. The colors of his palette are not totally marked as strongly apart from some non-repeating exceptions. Their placement in the composition is mainly based on tonicity and then through opposing or complementary combinations, ending seemingly unrelated to anything realistic. Different tones allow the pattern to regain the sense of depth and negotiate the space within a kaleidoscopic image that looks more organised than psychedelic “.
Nicos Samaras explains:
” In my work there is always the reference to space in its real dimension or as a scenario for the future. Mirage is the title of this new series of works, and at the same time the starting point, the condition starting from which the viewer is transported through a series of dynamic scenarios. At the same time, the bold use of perspective intended as optical distortion, the game of the inside with the outside, of the light with the shadow, the alternation of the empty spaces and solid shapes re-construct a three-dimensional space that simultaneously carries elements of the past and the future.
Floating environments are being developed into a new structure, that have both natural and unnatural features at the same time. The strong geometric elements extend as reference to the monolithic column used by S. Kubrick in Space Odyssey to raise the question of existence both for the man of the future as for his ancestors, giving a timeless dimension to this question.
In the Mirage series, the space opens in any direction, creating a three-dimensional dynamic structure, being dislodged of its shell reveals what is contained, bordering as bold as conciliating way time through a progressive process that gradually reveals itself “.
Opening: Friday, 17 May 2019 at 20:00
Duration: 17 May to 20 July 2019
Wednesday – Saturday 12:00 – 17:00
Thursday – Friday 12:00 – 19:00
Address: 55a Mesologgiou str, 18545 Piraeus
Phone: +30 210 463 1933
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Emfylo-ποιείν / to construct the Gender
The group exhibition «Emfylo-ποιείν / to construct the Gender» will open at a.antonopoulou.art on May 28th 2019, curated by George Kalivis.
What is femininity, what is feminine and what is female? What is masculinity, what is masculine and what is male? In a society where everything changes and flows with hectic pace, the questions concerning the perception of the concept of the human body seem more current than ever. What “must”, “mustn’t”, “if it must” for the human body? What is the power of visual media surfaces in the creation of the gendered feeling in (post)modern societies and how do the existing standards transform, if they do so? How is “obvious”, “natural”, “normal” constructed when talking about the human body?
Finally, could the western way of thinking escape from its bipolar bases in the sense of male/female, good/evil, beautiful/ugly, white/black and so on, and if so, where would that lead? Disengagement from such stereotypes in the new social circumstances, although sometimes appears feasible, is usually hindered systematically by serving various interests. The commonly accepted perceptions and standards for human bodies have generated a series of discussions, ideas, talks and debates about the naturalness, genre and uniqueness of their existence.
The art exhibition «Emfylo-ποιείν / to construct the Gender» becomes a common commentary site for the development of ideas about these and other contemporary questions. Each artist reflects, interprets and creates on the basis of whether gender (and/or sex) is eventually, in part or fully, a construction of human intellect.
The artworks of the exhibition are various manifestations of creative expression and lead to a production of words and images for a wide range of issues concerning diversity, roles and identities of all genders, and sometimes regarding the study of sexuality. The show caustically comments what society considers “obvious”. The “male/female” models unfold a political narrative about issues of limiting expression, thought and diversity, and ultimately the freedom to manage your own body. The works of acclaimed Greek and foreign artists cover a range of expressive mediums such as video, photography, sculpture, installations, painting and more.
Dimitrios Antonitsis, Vera Chotzoglou, Daglara, Georgia Fambris, Georges Jacotey, Demi Kaia, Navine Khan-Dossos, Sevastiana Konstaki, Sia Kyriakakos, Konstantinos Ladianos, Anna Lascari, Rick Lowe & Dora Papadimitriou, Thanos Mourrais Velloudios, Ioanna Pantazopoulou, Maria Papadimitriou, Eva Papamargariti, Alexios Papazacharias, Alexandros Psychoulis, Nana Sachini, John Sachpazis, Anne Marie Slater, Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou, Pavlos Tsakonas, Stef Van Looveren, Adonis Volanakis.
Exhibition opening: Tuesday May 28th, 7:00 – 10:00 pm.
Exhibition duration: May 29th – July 26th, 2019
Opening hours: Wednesday – Friday 2:00 – 8:00 pm. &
Saturday 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Exhibition Curator: George Kalivis
Address: 20 Aristophanous Str., Athens 105 54
Tel.: +30 210 32 14 994
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Platypus trail: Melbourne – Perth
Green Project in Australia:
Renewable energy sources, Biosphere stocks of UNESCO and Aborigines
“We are not owners of our world, we are part of it”
– Quote of Aborigines
The photographic report of a life experience.
Green Project organization presents, within the context of Athens Photo Festival 2019, from 5th of June until the 1st of September 2019, the original photographic material that managed to select during the special environmental journey that took place along the summer of 2019 in Australia, from Melbourne to Perth, celebrating the World Environment Day.
The exhibition reflects the coexistence, within the Biospheres of UNESCO, of the modern facilities of renewable energy sources (RES) and the traditional “environmental knowledge” of Aborigines.
Participants: John Anastasopoulos, Kostis Vardas, Santi Vergitsi, Valeria Kaltezioti, Kassiani Kaltezioti, Vasiliki Kasoumi, Aggelos Katsaggelos, Dimitris Paterakis, Iasonas Tavlas, John Tzortzis and Katerina Harterou
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday 5 June 2019 at 20:00
Exhibition Duration: 26th of June – 1st of September 2019
Exhibition Curator: Yannis Tzortzis RPS
Michael Cacoyannis Foundation
Address: 206 Peiraios Str., Athens 177 78
Tel.: +30 210 3418550
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Masks and the Oceanic
Masks and the Oceanic is the latest solo show by Alexis Vasilikos that deals with two juxtaposing realities. On one hand Masks is a series of highly processed abstract photographic works, a series of meta-images that stand between traditional analogue photograms and abstract painting. They are composed by photographic material such as glitches, scratches, noise or light. Textures that usually photographers remove when editing the images and are
usually seen as imperfections or waste become here the primary material for these highly abstracted photo paintings.
On the other hand the Oceanic series is a series of heavily manipulated images of landscapes that are referencing to Romanticism and revolve around the idea of the oceanic feeling, a phrase coined by Romain Rolland to refer to the sensation of being one with the universe.
AphF:19 satellite programme
Opening: Wednesday 12 June, 8p.m.
Exhibition Duration: 12.06.19 – 27.07.19
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 12–3p.m./5–8p.m., Saturday: 12–4p.m. & by appointment
Christina Androulidaki Gallery
Address: P. Anagnostopoulou 42, Kolonaki 10673, Athens
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Tender is the Night
The summer 2019 epilogue for Cube Gallery is the project Tender is the Night. The title of the art project is borrowed from the darkest, but at the same time the most real of Francis Scott Fitzgerald’s novels, as it includes a lot of autobiographic details, with an alcoholic hero like the writer and a female character with mental issues, like his wife Zelda.
Many interesting elements are found in the writing, in the concept but also in the author’s stimulus. At some point of the book we read: Strange children should smile at each other and say, “Let’s play.”, a phrase which gives us the style and the mental state of its creator. It’s not, also a random fact, that the title comes from a poem of John Keats “Ode to A Nightingale”, as for Fitzgerald, Keats was not only his inspiration, but he used to write his novels with the copy of Keats by his side.
Among others, we can see that history ends up describing a whole generation, the lost generation of the Interwar period, through the glamorous pair of its protagonists. A story that is tender but at the same time tough, a world of a pernicious prosperity and a looted idealism. Ernest Hemingway closes the description of Tender Is the Night, with the phrase “The writing of Fitzgerald is so natural, just like the shape that is left on the dust by the wings of a butterfly”.”
Participating artists: Bleeps, Brendan Kelly, Nikos Vatopoulos, Anna Karatza, Vassilis Karakatsanis, Nikos Kryonidis, Sofia Kyriakou, Despina Konstantinou, Andreas Lyberatos, Alexandros Maganiotis, Eleanna Martinou, Ismini Bonatsou, Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, Vassiliki Pantazi, Gefso Papadaki, Xenofon Papaefthimiou, Sophia Paraskevopoulou, Constantinos Patsis, Voula Ferentinou.
Liana Zoza, the curator of the project Tender is the Night, writes:“Tender is the Night, is the swan song of Fitzgerald, who although, is considered one of the biggest writers of the 20th century and one of the most important representative of the American “Lost Generation”(term that is given to Gertrude Stein) with fellow travelers, like Ernest Hemingway, his novels can be count on the fingers of one hand. The man who declared: ”Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy”, he only show published four of his novels before he suddenly died at the age of 44 from cardiac arrest.
Opening: Friday 5 July 2019, 20.00
Duration: 5 July– 7 September 2019
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 street. 26222, Patras, Greece
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