ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection Fridericianum, Kassel
10 June- 17 September 2017. Curated by: Katerina Koskina Assistant Curators: Tina Pandi, Stamatis Schizakis
As documenta 14 continues its journey in Athens, having the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) as one of its main exhibition venues, an important part of the EMST collection travels to Germany, to be part of documenta 14 program in Kassel (10/6-17/9/17). The exhibition ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection will occupy the whole emblematic building of Fridericianum. It comprises 82 artists and 180 works and it is curated by the Director of EMST, Mrs. Katerina Koskina, supported by Stamatis Schizakis and Tina Pandi, Assistant Curators and Iro Nikolakea in the Architectural design. It is presented in the framework of the Museum’s series EMST in the World.
The exhibition at the Fridericianum marks the first time that the most part of the EMST collection is presented outside Greece, through a double relocation that renders EMST’s home, one of the main venues of documenta 14 in Athens, and the Fridericianum, traditionally the centerpiece of a documenta, the temporary home of EMST’s collection.
EMST began creating its collection in 2000. Its acquisitions now include more than 1,100 works by Greek and international artists from the 1960s onward. The exhibition ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection is an adapted version of the extensive museological study that will be displayed in full at the EMST spaces. Presented in the Fridericianum, the birthplace of documenta and the first public museum in Europe, the exhibition deals with issues of border crossings, diasporas, cultural exchange, existential quests, and mythologies, as well as personal and collective memories. Additionally, the Fridericianum’s brief tenure as Germany’s first parliamentary building makes it the most appropriate venue in which to show the works of several artists, active during the troubled postwar era and the ensuing decades of political upheaval and revolutionary re-imagination of society.
While the presentation of the collection maintains its international scope, it also emphasizes the presence of pioneering Greek artists, highlighting and revisiting their national and international journeys.
The title embodies the mutual respect of both institutions, documenta 14 and EMST independently of their diverse commitments and missions, to discourse and to reinterpret essential issues and visual language. It deals with concepts such as trading, exchanging, sharing, giving and offering Antidoron (αντίδωρον, literally the return of a gift) or Antidanion (αντιδάνειo, the return of a loan either linguistic, cultural, or financial). The prefix “anti” reveals a distinct position and consequently a view, not necessarily opposed to, but departing from a different point in order to communicate, to argue, to bridge, to converge, and to accept each other’s’ stances.
Until September 17, Fridericianum in Kassel becomes EMST’s contemporary home in Germany, and ANTIDORON, a gift in return – when translated – symbolizing the shared benefits of this collaboration.
LIST OF ARTISTS:
ALEXIS AKRITHAKIS, NIKOS ALEXIOU, DIMITRIS ALITHINOS, ANDREAS ANGELIDAKIS, STEPHEN ANTONAKOS, JANINE ANTONI, EVGENIA APOSTOLOU, ATHANASIOS ARGIANAS, MANOLIS BABOUSSIS, BERTILLE BAK, LYNDA BENGLIS, ANDREA BOWERS, CHRONIS BOTSOGLOU, YIANNIS BOUTEAS, ADAM BROOMBERG & OLIVER CHANARIN, CONSTANTIN (DIKOS) BYZANTIOS, PEDRO CABRITA REIS, VLASSIS CANIARIS, PANTELIS CHANDRIS, CHRYSSA, DANIL, BIA DAVOU, GEORGE DRIVAS, EIRENE EFSTATHIOU, HARIS EPAMINONDA, KOKEN ERGUN, JAN FABRE, STELIOS FAITAKIS, CARLOS GARAICOA, KENDELL GEERS, GEORGE HADJIMICHALIS, JOANA HADJITHOMAS & KHALIL, JOREIGE, MONA HATOUM, GARY HILL, EMILY JACIR, GULSUN KARAMUSTAFA, NIKOS KESSANLIS, KIMSOOJA, PANOS KOKKINIAS, DIMOSTHENIS KOKKINIDIS, JOSETH KOSUTH, JANNIS KOUNELLIS, PIOTR KOWALSKI, YORGOS LAZONGAS, GEORGE LAPPAS, ANGE LECCIA, STATHIS LOGOTHETIS,
MARIA LOIZIDOU, ANDREAS LOLIS, DANNY MATHYS, YIANNIS MICHAS, NIKOS NAVRIDIS,
NINA PAPACONSTANTINOU, MARIA PAPADIMITRIOU, ILIAS PAPAILIAKIS, AEMILIA PAPAPHILIPPOU, RENA PAPASPYROU, NAUSIKA PASTRA, PAVLOS, JANNIS PSYCHOPEDIS,
ALEXANDROS PSYCHOULIS, WALID RAAD, OLIVER RESSLER, LUCAS SAMARAS, YORGOS SAPOUNTZIS, ALLAN SEKULA, VASSILIS SKYLAKOS, CHRISTIANA SOULOU, ASPA STASINOPOULOU, TAKIS THEODOROS, sculptor, THANASIS TOTSIKAS, NIKOS TRANOS,
STEFANOS TSIVOPOULOS, COSTAS TSOCLIS, DIMITRIS TZAMOURANIS, COSTAS VAROTSOS, KOSTIS VELONIS, BILL VIOLA, VANGELIS VLAHOS, PANΤELIS XAGORARIS, GEORGIOS XENOS
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ART begins at the end of your comfort ZONE
Paraphrasing the well-known quote “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” and making a pun with the name of the hosting gallery, 33 Greek contemporary artists wholeheartedly submit painting, sculpture, photography and artistic jewellery works and try to artistically evince the creative transcendence they are called upon to achieve in their involvement with Art.
Because making Art, does not only entail constant personal practice and technical evolution or innovatory vision and inspiration – and consequently an uninterrupted creative, spiritual battle with your own self, but at the same time a daily battle, human, with an impact often on psychological, social, financial, political, moral, livelihood level. This constant struggle against the realistic extentions of life requires sacrifices, requires from the artist to outface difficulties and obstacles in practice and dare, against everyone and everything, in order to illustrate his worries and dreams.
A persistent conflict with external forces, with the adversities created by the sterile daily routine, often with political status quos and deeply rooted perceptions that go against everything innovative and groundbreaking art can counter, social stereotypes and conservatism, people’s scepticism on everything that includes modernism and avant garde.
But, is it a duty of only the artist to get away with it and break the safeguards of a conventional life, in order to create and submit a personal view through his work? Clearly not. But in times lacking healthy standards and ideals, it is certainly his duty as well -among others’- to raise his carriage through his personal impression, to surpass himself and express “artistic word”, perceptive and incompatible. Moreover, according to Erich Fromm’s apposite remark, “The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers”.
Curator : Domna Chanoumidou, Theoretician – Art critic
ART ZONE 42
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