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
Dimitra Katsaouni presents at Gallery 7 the series “Magnetism” consisting of 15 paintings. “Magnetism” searches the dialog between geometric and visual writing. The “Magnetism” series consists of three main categories of works : canvas, paper and wood. “Magnetism” is the first solo exhibition of Dimitra Katsaouni.
All paintings completed between 2017 and 2019 in bοth Athens and Paro.
Born in Athens in 1973, Dimitra graduated in 2001 from the Athens School of Fine Arts, (workshop by C. Botsoglou). She mainly works in Athens, and participates in group exhibitions and collaborates with artists in various fields such as theater, performance and video art.
Prologue by fine artist Giorgos Rorris.
“Affront is almost committed by Dimitra Katsaouni with her latest works. This is at least what I conclude 7 years since the last time I saw the progress of her work. But why such a statement? Why “affront”? If words keep their power unaltered, then, the answer is that I can’t find word more suitable for me according to what I have concluded.
And I explain: It is an affront at a time when the abolition of every style has made a rule of itself, and in any case, you are to declare through your work a belief in unshakable values like the geometric structure and Apollonian order. It is an affront against a fancy way that rests on an empty display of exhibition where reflection and desire of precision have managed to master every mood for impressing. The latter, although cheap, is ubiquitous in the way of our time.
It is a painful attempt for a painter to react against the kitsch. How does he react? By believing in the classical values of Art. The simple approach, the primordial forms, the contrast, the layout, the rhythm, the confrontation, the conflict. The result, brings to the mind of the sensitive viewer the “Linear A and B”, the column of “Rosetta”, signs, absences, sounds, tones.
The fundamentals of the language and the visual language as well. Katsouni’s painting has ancestors. Old and recent. It passes through Renaissance engravings to reach Mondrian and the Constructivists. But it continues in every architectural plan, in every electronic circuit, but also in the lines drawn by the children to define their playing space on the cement or on the soil.
Let’s enjoy it by allowing our imagination to invest freely”.
Event Opening: Tuesday 14th May 2019, 20:00 – 22:00
Event Duration: Tuesday 14th May 2019 – Saturday 8th June 2019 at 22:00
Event Curator: Kanakaki Aikaterini
Address: 20 Solonos Str., Athens 106 73
Tel.: +30 210 36 12 050
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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
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Phone: +30 210 463 1933
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