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
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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.
Διεύθυνση: Αριστοφάνους 20, 105 54 Ψυρρή-Αθήνα
Tηλ: (+30) 210 3214994
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Stamps from the collection of Antonis Hadjiioannou
Another view of the image is presented in Gallery 7’s exhibition.
The son of a stamp dealer, the well-known lawyer and collector of contemporary Greek paintings, Antonis Hadjiioannou, has always lived among these tiny paper images that we pass by as insignificant on every postal envelope.
Antiquities, Byzantine art, boats, folk Greek costumes, heroes and scenes from 1821, details of art by Greek painters and engravers are depicted on postage stamps that were specially placed asymmetrically in a pamphlet and frame activating our eye.
Complete images that, isolated from their utilitarian context, acquire a valuable character and show their viewer the beauty of small scales.
Opening Day: Tuesday, 5th November at 20:00-22:00
Event Duration: Tuesday, 5th November – Saturday 30th November
Opening Hours: Wednesday, Saturday 11:00-15:00, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11:00-14:00, 18:00-21:00
Address: Solonos 20 & Voukourestiou, Athens, Attica 106 71 Greece
Tel.: +30 210 36 12 050
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from journalism to canvas
Art Exhibition Yorgos Coyannis
Curation: Popi Anastouli
“THE PASSAGE” is the first personal painting exhibition of the journalist Yorgos Coyannis and is an invitation for those who desire to be guided to the path from journalism to canvas.
A few words about Yorgos Coyannis and his exhibition “THE PASSAGE”
Yorgos Coyannis is a journalist born in Trikala in 1959.
He studied Journalism at a Media Professional Training Institution in Athens and he started working actively on Communications field. His craving for inculating the facts and reporting kept him for a long period on the streets. He used to capture with his pen and his camera lens the signs of the times.
Vigorous and dynamic, he distinguished on crucial positions in studios, press and more recently on Web with his principal collaborations with Rizospastis, Nea, Prwti, 24wres, Flash Radio 96,1, ERT, TheTOC.gr and TVXS.gr as editor of the educational reportage and next up as political editor, news chief editor and news director at ERT, TheTOC.gr and TVXS.gr. Today, he is an anchor at ERT.
Pencils and paint brushes never stopped being for Yorgos Coyannis a mean of personal expression and balance. He still remembers today, while being married and having children, the period of his student years, when he used to leave behind for a while his pencils and his notes in order to work with his paint brushes, his markers and his colors.
The heritage of the journalist’s long and perpetual inquiry, the grand plainness of the pen and the crowded studios of madness, made Yorgos Coyannis share by his painting the craving of the restless journalist that never stops. A quest starting from the first ink stain that he let flow freely on the paper, in order to observe its truth, and ending at the techniques that he cultivated with steadiness and control in order to answer his queries within clear limits, bright and dark shades, colors and shapes.
Writing and painting have many characteristics in common. The main characteristic of writing is not the typical beauty of letters and the truth that emerge within them but the sense of inspiration found in each sentence. In the same way, we find at painting the attachment in every mark and every stain that the color leaves on canvas, in an honest and simple way.
Art, as a steady progress keeps changing and Yorgos Coyannis after 40 years of self-taught painting has created a rich painting map which includes stimuli of everyday life as well as personal memories, preferences, agonies, dislikes and sympathies. His expressive power and directness makes him reveal the amplitude of techniques and the influence that he has conquered all these years by using colors and shapes, forms and multilevel synthesis.
Thursday 9 January until Sunday 26 January 2020
At the Exhibition Hall and the 2nd floor Foyer of MCF
Opening Hours: 18.00-22.00
Opening Ceremony: Thursday 9 January 2020 at 19.30
Michael Cacoyannis Foundation: 206, Piraeus Str. (near Chamosternas Str.) Tavros, Athens 177 78
Tel. 210 3418550 & 210 3418579
Facebook: Michael Cacoyannis Foundation
Instagram: @mcf.gr | Hashtag: #MCF
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“Nikos Kavvadias 11.01.1910 | an art voyage starting from Piraeus » |
ART GROUP EXHIBITION
@ Gallery tou Notou, Kountouriotou 152, Piraeus
DURATION: 11 January to 1 February 2020
The exhibition is curated by art historian Olga Latousaki, while Dimitris Lazarou is responsible for the concept, organization and communication of the exhibition.
39 contemporary artists present paintings and photography about the life and work of “the poet of the seas”, Nikos Kavvadias.
The exhibition was inaugurated by the Minister of the Internal Affairs, Mr. Panagiotis Theodorikakos.
The exhibition opened at noon (13:00 – 16:00), giving to the public the opportunity not only to get in touch with Art, but also with Piraeus, as “the Gallery tou Notou” is at a neuralgic point of Piraeus, a few meters away from the Municipal Theater, Town Hall and future metro station.
Art historian and curator of the exhibition Olga Latousaki notices for the exhibition:
He was born in Russia, raised in Piraeus and lived all over the world. A corduroy, an intellectual fully accustomed to the harsh living conditions of seafarers, “an ideal lover of long voyages and sea-points”, a traveler who, when he was free from the shifts and not wandering through the infamous bars and houses, reads Baudelaire, Ouranis, Kariotakis and studies the painting of the Paris School.
All the above refer to Nikos Kavvadias, or the otherwise Petros Valhalla, A. Tapeino (Humble) – as he originally signed – “Marabu” – from his homonymous poem – or, for his closest person, Kollia. No matter what was said by the world of Athenian intellectuals and classical poets about himself, he was a tender, sensitive soul. Indeed, according to his painter and friend, Vassilis Sperantza, whom the poet greatly inspired during his life, Kavvadias was “a bright ray in a harsh world”. The ships and the sea were his pretext for the dream, the escape from reality, the means for the elusive concept of the infinite.
Of course, the concept of loneliness and lack of companionship is not negligible in the work of the devil, which is a very common and familiar to all sailors. The woman in Kavvadia’s work is one of the most central axes and he refers to her both with admiration, passion and nostalgia, often unfulfilled. The poems “Fata Morgana”, “Marabu”, “Woman”, “Antimony”, “Thessaloniki” strongly contain the female presence and the sense of absence and search for lost or unknown love.
For Seferis, Kavvadias was the best operator of the Greek language. Parts of the ship, harbors and natural phenomena are described by means clearly influenced by literary texts of many previous authors. It seems that the interaction between the sea-born sailors and the admirer of Greek and foreign “poètes maudits”, the mixture of popularity and sophistication, compiled a neo-Romantic writing with vivid realistic elements and nautical idioms, putting him in complete contrast to aristocracy and boredom, with an unprecedented culture.
Kavvadias was then sailing in dangerous waters, this time metaphorically. In the ’40s, issues such as drugs, prostitutes, aphrodisiacs, racism towards the colored, and the harshness of the ports of the time were to be rejected and fingerprinted. In these years, in the midst of intense civil conflict, Kavvadia’s poetry, and in particular the “Pusi (Mist)” collection, was characterized by the journalist and critic of the time, Emilio Hurmuzio, as ” the poetry of escape”, apolitical and detached from reality. Easy tags from those who didn’t feel vague in entirely “misty” times.
The poet’s contact with art did not, of course, end with his study and literary influences. Due to the intense visualization of his work, his poetic collection “Pusi (Mist)” is accompanied by woodcuts by Moralis, Tasos, Vakalos, Korogiannakis, Dimou, and many others. On the cover of his poetic collection, “Traverse” is dominated by a Yannis Moralis work, while works by Yiannis Tsarouchis, a childhood friend and classmate of Kavvadia, co-decorated the poetic collection “Pusi” and one of the poets’ prose stories». Many of his poems were later composed by great composers, such as Thanos Mikroutsikos, Yiannis Spanos, Dimitris Zervoudakis, Mariza Koch, etc., who managed to make Kavvadia’s lyrics sung until present days. He passed away on February 10th, 1975, not being able to witness the effect his poetry had on the audience in general.
It would be a big mistake to remember Nikos Kavvadias as a “sailor poet” or a “seadog with a good pen”. His superficial theme may have been the sea, but his word penetrates the reader, making him forget the unknown words and nautical terms and become fascinated by his truth. The latent subject was always utopia; the personal utopia of the poet by which he thrusts people towards boldness, courage, and pursuit. As the great composer and man Thanos Mikroutsikos has said, “if we compare Kavvadia with an art painting, the painting might have been full of sailors and ships realistically painted, but surely some of the fish would fly out of the “water”.
Lydia Z., Zaxaroula Bongard, Athanasia Agorastidou, Vasiliki Antonopoulou, Rena Vallianou Roula Vassilaki, Lisa Merlin Vasilatou, Fani Gavala, Palida Georgoulakou, Maria Diakodimitriou, Alexandros Emmanouilidis, Elena Kalapothakou, Leonidas Kabanakis, Maria Karageorgiou, Athina Karka, Domniki Kastanaki, George Kastanakis, Stella Katergiannaki, Christina Katergiannaki, Dora Kentarhou, Iakovos Kollaros, Giannis Korbos, Angeliki Kostalou, Nikos Leontopoulos, Niki Michailidou, Dimitra Bakogiannaki, Angeliki Bobori, Othon Xenikoudakis, Aristea Panagiotakopoulou, Kaiti Panagou, Marietta Papageorgiou, Susana Papakaliati, Angeliki Papakonstantinou, Dora Pasaloglou, Katerina Sakellaridi, Athina Tzei, Mary Triviza, Helen Tsilili, Olga – Catherine Tsouri
The exhibition is accompanied by a FREE catalogue of 16 pages.
At the opening of the exhibition a PERFORMANCE is presented, curated by the award-winning director and actress Maria Katsioni, whο also acts in it with the actress Georgia – Taygeti Karamerou and the actor Christos Glykos.
Concept – Organization – Contact: Dimitris Lazarou – email: email@example.com // firstname.lastname@example.org
Curator: Olga Latousaki
Creative – Catalog & Publication: Sofia Papadopoulou
Editor of exhibition’s video and radio spot: Tasos Petsas (Tasos P. music)
Translations into English: Maria Sirri
Opening: Saturday 11 January at 13:00 – 16:00
Duration of the exhibition: 11 January to 1 February 2020
Facebook links of the exhibition:
Gallery tou Notou
tel. +30 210 4122912
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00 – 14:00 & 17:00 – 21:00
Wednesday, Saturday 10:00 – 15:00
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“ Νυνί Αήρ ”
Nikos Kaskouras – Marco Fratnik
Music , Painting, Sculpture
This project, music, painting and sculpture, was born from a collaboration among the painter Nikos Kaskouras and the composer Marco Fratnik .
While having both common and different cultural background, the two artists tried to focus on forms that inherently curry meaning. The thought provoking images of Nikos Kaskouras depicted an unusual meaning from the byzantine music composed by Marco Fratnik.
It was clear that byzantine art and its approach to modulate perception was a strong candidate. The challenge consisted of extracting the essence of this dynamic relation .
The music spans from a cantor to an opera soprano and to a violoncello without disrupting the flow. Texts are borrowed from Romanos Melodos and Constantin Kavafis.
Opening: January 17, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Duration of Exhibition: January 17 – February 10, 2020
Address: 4 Kleomenous Street, Kolonaki
Tel:(+30) 210 7220231
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Man on the Moon
At Cube Gallery, we believe in nice collaborations, and this is the reason that the first exhibition of this year will be the art project Man on the Moon, in collaboration with The Project Gallery, curated by Alexandros Maganiotis and Yannis Bolis.
The project Man on the Moon that was presented at The Project Gallery (Athens) last summer, had also been of an anniversary character, coinciding with the 50 years since man first stepped on the moon, will be hosted in a new version at Cube Gallery this year, choosing by this way to continue this journey to the moon.
Man in the Moon, through the works of the participating artists, attempts to focus and highlight, in an original, inventive and imaginative way, the relation of man to the moon, which has claimed an important place in mythology and religion, traditions and doctrines, art, literature and the imagination of all cultures over time: from the imaginary travels of Lucian, Julius Verne and Georges Melies to his eventual conquest in 1969, and from pagan and magical rituals to the directly associated with it, notions of melancholy and mysticism, romance and sensitivity. The Moon, with its phases, eclipses and different facets, is always there, a bright reminder and an imaginary border of an immeasurable and uncharted Universe, a powerful symbol and source of inspiration, a charming reflection of the emotional and psychological. The artworks presented in the exhibition give their own version of the moon with a multitude of references, approaches and illustrations, composing a unified and aesthetic visual environment.
Participating artists: Bleeps, Giorgos Alexandridis, Leonidas Vassilopoulos, Spyros Verykios, Nikos Giavropoulos, Antigoni Kavvatha, Jordan Kalimerakis, Nikos Lagos, Loula Leventi, Fanis Logothetis, Alexandros Maganiotis, Eleanna Martinou, Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, Vassiliki Pantazi, Vivi Papadimitriou, Nikos Papadimitriou, Antonis Papadopoulos, Dionysis Pappas, Constantinos Patsis, Konstantinos Patsios, Kostas Tsolis, Voula Ferentinou, Marios Fournaris.
Exhibition duration: 17 January – 8 February 2020
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Opening: Friday, 17 January 2020, 20.00 – 22.30
Cube Gallery, 39, Miaouli str., Patras, Greece
In collaboration with
The Project Gallery
Alexandros Maganiotis and
Opening Hours: Wednesday Saturday 10.00 – 14.00
Tuesday Friday 10.00 – 14.00 & 18.00 – 21.00
Monday Sunday closed
About The Project Gallery
The Project Gallery is an innovative art space located in Athens at Monastiraki area, at 3 Normanou Street. We organize and host thematic group exhibitions of contemporary Greek and international artists, as well as other art related events, like talks, open discussions, live acts and performances.
We aim to be part of the cultural life of Athens, discover and present the local visual art scene, while through international collaborations and cultural exchanges to create bridges between Greece and abroad for the promotion and diffusion of Greek art globally.
Our creative team brings together and generates young architects, graphic designers, curators and art historians who are involved in the visual arts field, embracing contemporary art. We focus on emerging, original, high quality and alternative artworks, while maintaining respectful towards artists, the public and the art world. We aspire to communicate, motivate and grant a crucial meaning to Art, as an alternative attitude to everyday life during these critical times.
Address: 39, Miaouli str., 26222 Patras
Tel: 00302611110069 / 00306945399754
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