Where are the Lotus Eaters
Exhibition of Alexandros Maganiotis and Konstantinos Patsios
Where are the Lotus Eaters?
Through this unexpected question, Konstantinos Patsios and Alexandros Maganiotis present in an imaginative and subversive way, their answers, seeking the imperceptible lines that connect their work, related to the concept of memory and to references to myths, monuments and artworks of antiquity.
Konstantinos Patsios combines the art of collage with painting whilst maintaining a contemporary point of view, looking for new possibilities of representation and storytelling. His compositions raise existential and ontological questions, his references cover a wide range, whereas the use and exploitation of photographic archives are of pivotal and decisive importance to the artist. With a critical spirit, Patsios presents fragmentary images – ruins of a complex world – a world of contradictions and entrapments, of certainties and subversions – to the extension of the social and political reality, of ideologies and history, of the future and the present, of the personal to the collective experience, anticipating the participation and the complicity of the viewer, who must immerse deep into the work and trace all the connections which unify conceptually the images.
Konstantinos Patsios, The night of the pencils, Μixed media on canvas, 100×120, 2019
Alexandros Maganiotis’ compositions form, on the verge of the “normal”, the “paradox” and the “ambiguous”,imaginative, conceptual and aesthetic, collages in which the surrealistic spirit and catalytic humor are in dialogue with the concept of memory, of symbols, of history and the everyday life, the world of ancient myths and of the Homeric Odysseus. The unexpected meetings, the game of transformations, the projection of inner fears, fantasies and obsessions, trigger a different condition. At the same time, the investigation of the limits between image and speech/text, the interactive and mutual relationship between them is the source of his main reflection. The section with the words (one for each letter of the alphabet) and their images, where the heads of animals or plants rise from humans’ bodies, is indicative of his intentions towards the pre-mentioned direction, defining at the same time, an original alphabet of the adventure of life and life itself.
Alexandros Maganiotis, Νοone, Acrylics οn Semi Transparent Film, 205×150, 2015
Opening: Thursday, 05 December 2019, at 19:00
Duration: 05/12/2019 – 01/02/2020
Operating hours: Monday-Tuesday: 10:00-18:00
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An exhibition by Aggeliki Loi & Dimitra Skandali
with accompanying events
The Herakleidon Museum is pleased to present the exhibition titled Salty fields by Aggeliki Loi & Dimitra Skandali, curated by Dr. Nina Fragopoulou, Marine Biologist, in collaboration with Manolis Karterakis, Art Historian.
The exhibition Salty fields highlights an “artistic concern” on the marine environment through contemporary art inspired by marine vegetation, i.e. seagrasses and seaweeds. Using installations, constructions, drawings and mixed media art works, the exhibition aims at raising our awareness and personal involvement about environmental issues. The exhibition is accompanied by scientific lectures and an educational programme for school students, along with the 6th Hellenic Educational Symposium of Phycology.
Seagrasses are found on sandy seabed, in many coastal regions of the world ocean. They are often confused with seaweeds, but are actually more closely related to the flowering plants that you see on land. In the Mediterranean Sea, seagrasses form underwater beds (or meadows) mainly by an endemic species Posidonia oceanica, which has long ribbon-like leaves. Dead leaves of Posidonia are usually sheen along the shore as accumulations of dried material. Posidonia beds host an incredibly diverse community of animals, playing a fundamental role in the productivity and function of the marine ecosystem. Seaweeds or macroalgae, on the other hand, differ from seagrasses in several ways. They are found mainly attached on rocks and depending on the species have different colors (green, brown or red). Some coralline red algae form “coralligenous” reefs of high biodiversity. In addition to macroalgae, which have relatively large size, there are numerous microscopic algae, called microalgae. Most of the microalgae are components of phytoplankton, which is drifting by the water currents close to the sea surface. All these diverse, fabulous organisms are photosynthetic and produce half of the oxygen we breathe, contributing to the evolution and maintenance of life on earth. Seagrasses along with seaweeds constitute marine vegetation, which besides its environmental importance supply many major services to people as well.
Aggeliki Loi: Born in the town of Nafpaktos, Greece. She has first studied Dental Technology and has attended painting lessons near G. Rorris. She studied painting at the School of Fine Arts in Athens (2010-2015) under the supervision of Y. Psychopedis and M. Spiliopoulos. During her studies she was honored with a praise and two awards. Her work has been presented in 4 solo exhibitions in Greece (2005, 2011, 2018, 2019) and 2 in Switzerland (2015, 2016), and has participated in many group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. In 2018, she received the first prize of Michael Cacoyiannis Foundation for the exhibition “The role of art in preserving the historical memory”. She is a member of the JJc group of artists.
Dimitra Skandali grew up in Alyki of Paros, Greece. She graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts in 2010, and from the San Francisco Art Institute, where she pursued her MFA in New Genres in 2013. Since then, she has lived and worked in both lands. With her work she explores ways of connection and a dialogue between the two places and their ways: a dialogue between east and west, or an attempt to connect tradition with innovation, or even emotion with rationality. Her work has been shown worldwide with 16 solo exhibitions so far. Her distinctions include several awards, inclusions in artist-in-residence programs throughout the United States, and scholarships from The San Francisco Foundation and San Francisco Art Institute.
Monday, January 13, 19:00 – 21:00
Seaweeds, seagrasses and the endless blue
Maria Salomidi, Research Associate, Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Center for Marine Research (HCMR)
Video by Dr. Yiannis Issaris, Researcher HCMR
Monday, February 10, 19:00 – 20:30
Mapping the seagrass meadows of Posidonia oceanica in the Greek Seas
George Papatheodorou, Professor, Dept. of Geology – Dean of School of Natural Sciences, University of Patras
Monday, March 9, 19:00 – 20:30
Man and algae: an up to date overview with a projection to the future
Dr. Yiannis Tzovenis, Researcher, Lab of Ecology and Systematics,
Dept. of Biology, University of Athens
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS
Biology and Art: Seagrasses & Seaweeds
Design-Scientific consultation & Implementation
Dr. N. Fragopoulou, Marine Biologist
6th EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM OF PHYCOLOGY
Organized by: Hellenic Phycological Society
Under the Auspices of Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs
March 27 – 29, Herakleidon Museum
Opening: Tuesday, 10 December 2019, at 19:30
Duration: 10 December 2019 – 29 March 2020
Operating hours: Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 – 18:00
Address: 16 Herakleidon str., 11851 Thissio-Athens, Greece
Media Sponsor: KROMA Magazine
Τέχνη και Design στην Ελλάδα του 1950 και 1960
Angeliki Antonopoulou in collaboration with Peggy Loutou (Artefacts of Value), member of the Association of Antique Dealers and Art Dealers, co-curates the exhibition «Abstract form. Art and Design in Greece of the 1950s and 1960s», which will open on December 12th, 2019.
Within the international context of redefining the identity of museums and art galleries, with exhibitions focusing on fashion, design, historical archives etc., a.antonopoulou.art has organized exhibitions such as «The Diary of a Seamstress», «To construct the gender», etc.. This time, the current group show approaches the 1950s and 1960s in Greece in a different way.
The art space is transformed into a multi-modular interior living space of the 1950s-1960s. The visitor will have the opportunity to see combinations and comparative works of important Greek representatives of postwar Abstraction. The artworks are framed by furniture by Varangis, lamps (Gaetano Sciolari), design objects, handmade carpets and books and are surrounded by texts that refer to significant facts of that period and with music of that time.
One of the first artists to turn to Abstraction was Alecos Condopoulos, who was also a theoretician. In 1949 he founded together with the self-taught Yiannis Maltezos and their friend, and then a graduate of the School of Fine Arts, Yannis Gaitis, the “Extremists” group, interacting with the European artistic movements of the time. They write in their manifesto:
[…] In the name of this boldness of imagination (the word fantasy is not enough) of this boldness of artistic creation, the contemporary artist has conquered his freedom not to be obliged to express only his surroundings and his time. And we must begin to see within the best representatives of contemporary art a sincere attempt to free us from a world of classical form that was left empty and purely metaphorical, and into a world of vulgar realism that has become unbearable. […] “The Extremists“, “Our century” magazine, Athens, November 1949, pages 349-350.*
In the period 1950-1960 the first appearances of purely Abstract – non – virtual postwar art were placed. Yiannis Spyropoulos, having conquered abstraction, since 1954, gradually begins his transition to Abstraction and in 1960 represents Greece in 30th Venice Biennale, where he wins, together with the Italian, Zoran Antonio Mušič, the UNESCO Prize.
Meanwhile, the expressive capacities of the Abstract Form were established by passionate artists such as Nikos Kessanlis, Vlassis Caniaris, Dimitris Contos, Valerios Caloutsis, Nafsika Pastra, Chryssa Romanos, Dikos Vyzantios, Christos Karas,Gerasimos Sklavos, Costas Tsoclis and Costas Coulentianos, Thanos Tsingkos. Finally, artists such as Constantinos Yannaco were experimenting, trying to incorporate abstract forms into their art.
Abstraction is not an artist’s incapability to represent the world naturistically but is a conscious choice to change the perception of space, time as a field of energy and rendering the invisible as imperceptibly visible.
It is an attempt to liberate the spirit and embellish the political and social instability of the time through the heretical form and the impetuous brushstroke in Greece that is modern and at the same time paradoxical regressive.
Curators: Angeliki Antonopoulou & Peggy Loutou
Co-curators: Ioli Ioannou & Anna Maria Franco Afonso
Valerios Caloutsis, Vlassis Caniaris, Alecos Condopoulos, Dimitris Condos, Costas Coulentianos, Yannis Gaïtis, Christos Karas, Nikos Kessanlis, Yannis Maltezos, Nafsika Pastra, Chryssa Romanos, Gerasimos Sklavos, Yiannis Spyropoulos, Costas Tsoclis, Dikos Vyzantios, Constantinos Yannaco
Opening: Thursday, 12 December 2019, at 19:00
Duration: 13/12/2019 – 01/02/2020
Operating hours: Wednesday – Friday 2:00 – 8:00 pm.
Saturday 12:00 – 4:00 pm.
Sunday: Sunday 15/12 & 22/12, 12:00-16:00.
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Les Fleurs du Mal
at the Project Gallery
The Project Gallery presents the group show entitled, Les Fleurs du Mal with 49 contemporary visual artists. The exhibition revolves around Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal, not only one of the most innovative and modern literary works of its time, but also one of the most influential poetry collections in the history of world literature. Written (for the most part) in the 1840s, the book stirred up great controversy when it was first published, while several “immoral” poems were banned.
Baudelaire “portrays” a world in transition, where the elements of tragedy, pessimism and despair, misery and pain, coexisted with melancholy, lyricism and a romantic-mystical disposition; it was a world in which the material coexisted with the intellectual, negation and rejection of reality with the imposition of the imagination, a feeling of happiness with death and the threat of a menacing, overwhelming and lasting catastrophe, the masculine and emblematic presence of Satan with the Revolution against God, beauty with ugliness, light and exoticism with darkness and shadows, the intensity of sexual desire and attraction with the sensual paths of sin and lust;
this was a “damned”, degenerate but also immensely attractive world, an ambiguous and agitated world of passions and divisions, of torturous memories, indelible experiences and deep reflections, a world of escapism and abandonment, surrendered to alcohol, drugs and artificial paradises – the symbolic and riveting scene in a bewildering theater staging the adventures of life and existence, in direct analogy to fragile and complex emotional states and behaviors, in the course of revealing a cryptic message, of diving into and wandering through the unexplored and uncharted areas of the human psyche and condition.
With Les Fleurs du mal serving as both their starting and reference point, the works presented by the visual artists participating in this exhibition approach Baudelaire’s world not by depicting it, but rather by transliterating its power, intensity and fascination, in a way that is original and personal, suggestive and insightful, associating that world with contemporary realities.
Participating Artists: Angelos Antonopoulos, Annita Argyroiliopoulou, Giorgos Alexandridis, Andreas Vais, Vasilis Vasilakakis, Babis Venetopoulos, Ioulia Ventikou, Maria Vozali, Andreas Voussouras, Nikos Giavropoulos, Leonidas Giannakopoulos, Kornelios Grammenos, Vasilis Zografos, Antigoni Kavvatha, Nikoletta Katsamperi, Aris Katsilakis, Theofilos Katsipanos, Christos Kountouras, Despina Konstantinou, Nikos Lagos, Afroditi Liti, Alexandros Maganiotis, Thanos Makris, Dimitris Merantzas, Christina Mitrentse, Lina Bebi, Xenofon Bitsikas, Emmanouil Bitsakis, Nikolas Bliatkas, Vally Nomidou, Laura Dodson, Lysimachos P., Maria Panagiotou, Nikos Papadimitriou, Antonis Papadopoulos, KonstantinosPatsios, Natassa Poulantza, Vasilis Poulios, Ifigenia Sdoukou, Stefania Strouza, DimitrisTataris, Nikos Tranos, Theodora Tsiatsiou, Kostas Tsolis, Marios Fournaris, Kyriakos Chatzimichailidis, Pantelis Chandris, Yannis Psychopedis, Mantalina Psoma.
Curated: Alexandros Maganiotis, in collaboration with Yannis Bolis.
An Opening Party will be held on the 2nd floor of Couleur Locale with a DJ–set by Nikolas Gale.
Exhibition Duration: 14-12-2019 until 2-2-2020
Gallery Visiting Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 12:00 – 23:00
The Gallery will remain closed during Christmas holidays
25-26 /12/2019 , on the 31 /12/2019 the gallery will be open 12:00 – 19:00 and 1/1/2020 the gallery will be closed.
The Project Gallery
3, Normanou str. (inside the passage),
on the 1st floor of the all-day-bar, Couleur Locale building.