”THE MEMORY OF REVOLUTION”
Contemporary Greek Artists – 100 years after the October Revolution
The exhibition mainly aims to present the October’s Revolution narrative on the occasion of 100 years, through the eyes of modern Greek artists; they are invited to give their own interpretation of symbols, images, protagonists, messages, slogans, spirit, momentum, dynamism and dimensions of one of the most important historical events that shook the world and determined its course in the 20th century. The exhibition does not intend to replace historical studies, different readings, conflicting interpretations and historians’ valuations. Besides its commemorative character, it focuses on a different point of view based on the concepts of Utopia and Revolution and in direct dialogue with works from the Costakis collection of the State Museum of Contemporary Art. Artists today are still inspired by the Russian Avant-garde as it consists of an inexhaustible source of meditation and stimuli, leading to productive historical and cultural associations, and it implements exemplary radical artistic and socio-political utopias in the most admirable way.
Participating Artists: Michalis Arfaras, Manolis Baboussis, Xenofon Bitsikas, Nikolas Bliatkas, Panos Charalampous, Kostas Christopoulos, Thodoris Chryssikos, Lydia Dambassina, Kornelios Grammenos, Stefanos Kamaris, Dimitris Karlaftopoulos, Antigoni Kavvatha, Theodore Lalos, Ioannis Lassithiotakis, Andreas Lyberatos, Alexandros Maganiotis, Dimitris Merantzas, Antonis Papadopoulos, Aliki Pappa, Konstantinos Patsios, Natassa Poulantza, Yannis Psychopedis, Nikos Sepetzoglou, Yannis Skaltsas, Marios Spiliopoulos, Giorgos Tserionis, Kostas Tsolis, Kostis Velonis, Babis Venetopoulos, Andreas Voussouras, Dimitris Zouroudis. Apart from the artists’ works, the exhibition also includes objects from Vassilis’ Konstantinou collection.
Works of Russian Avant-garde from the Costakis Collection are presented in a different section.
Curated by: Yannis Bolis, art historian & curator SMCA
Opening days & hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-18:00
Duration: March, 22 – July, 22, 2017
”Back to basics: Text”
Curator: Artemis Potamianou
Artists: Zavier Ellis, Guerrilla Girls, Joseph Kosuth, Kostas Bassanos, Yoko Ono, Giorgos Papadatos, Nina Papaconstantinou, Artemis Potamianou, Marios Spiliopoulos, Mark Titchner, Alexandros Psychoulis.
The ΕΝΙΑ Gallery presents on Friday, 31 March 2017 the group exhibition “Back to basics: Text”, curated by Artemis Potamianou.
As part of the Back to Basics series of exhibitions on some fundamental themes and elements of the artistic practice, the exhibition Back to Basics: Text aims to explore the objectives behind the artists’ visual use of text and the methods of approaching it.
The written word has been part of visual art since the beginning of art history. Excerpts from texts have been used in artworks in Ancient Greece, Byzantium and the Renaissance, but always in a secondary, auxiliary, supplementary role as aids to resolving potentially unclear points. In these pieces the written word is never a visual work in itself.
Naturally, the exhibition Back to Basics: Text is not able – and does not aspire – to present all aspects of the use of the written word in the history of visual art. The quest is to establish a dialogue among the works of the participants and pose questions about the purpose of introducing text into the production of artworks and its role in them.
Admission to the exhibition is free
Official opening: Friday, 31 March 2017 at 20:00
Duration: 31 March 2017 to 28 July 2017
Opening hours: Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday 11:00 – 19:00
Friday 11:00 – 20:00
Saturday 11:00 – 16:00
Dialogues with antiquity
On the occasion of the great feast happening in Athens due to documenta 14, a.antonopoulou.art gallery opens the exhibition ‘Antiquidia’ on Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
It’s an exhibition where the artists are invited to be inspired by an artwork of antiquity and express their own contemporary proposal.
The presence of contemporary Greek artworks alongside the country’s revered ancient monuments makes the artists aware of their living relationship to their history. Undoubtedly, the claim of a country to a cultural identity that is connected to its past is valid to the extent that its society, its artists’ creativity and its art in general, demonstrate a capacity to change the coordinates of this relationship by extending the interpretation of history.
The a.antonopoulou.art gallery exhibition “Antiquidia”, through the 13 artists’ works, seeks to convey to the public the energy that emanates from a creative approach to history. Delving deeply into history and time like inspired archeologists, the artists rejoin fragments of memory trying to transfer the philosophy of the past into modern reality. In doing so, they had to rid themselves of any inhibitions and fears that by doing so they could be considered as mere reproducers of a fruitless and obsessive adherence to the Greek ancient heritage.
The exhibition poses the questions, through the attestation of the work of art, one of the most interesting chapters of the discourse between the old and the new; between the contemporary Greek creation and the weighty legacy of our ancient history.
Michalis G Kallimopoulos
Curated by Angeliki Antonopoulou
Exhibition Opening: Tuesday, 4 April, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m
Exhibition Duration: April 5 – July 15, 2017
Visiting Hours: Wed-Fri 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
[The gallery will be closed on 14/04 and 15/04/2017]
Dimitris Lambrou / Individual Exhibition
Activist/bookshop Free Thinking Zone, yet again providing young Greek creators with a stepping stone, is proud to host the solo exhibition of Dimitris Lambrou, a great, young Greek visual artist, entitled “Seeking Voices”.
Efthimis Lazongas , curator of the exhibition, (Sorbonne University –Paris I –Pantheon, History of Art Professor at ASFA, Master’s in Visual Arts, curator) notes:
“What possibly could such personalities as Pasolini, Kounelis, Pound, Tarkovsky, Axelos, Foucault, Angelopoulos, Simone de Beauvoir, Emma Goldman, Rosa Luxemburg, Baudelaire, Godard, Beckett, Fellini be doing in Athens? Twenty or more “apostles” of art, cinema, and literature meet up through the remarkable “penmanship” of visual artist, Dimitris Lambrou, who “iconizes” and revives the vanguard of global intellect (in modern times), so that they stand as lighthouses against the darkness of the structural crisis experienced today, at an intellectual, cultural and economic level. It is not at any gallery or art hall that they meet, rather at a select meeting venue for contemporary thought and art, an open conversation field, a place where young artists can take the floor.
Dimitris Karatzas, MET graduate, ASFA graduate, Film Direction at Stavrakos’ School graduate, also notes:
“It is no accident that just before the advent of the first photograph in 1826 by Niepce, David paints his greatest masterpiece “The Death of Marat” (1793), at a time when the portrait, at least in Western Art, has come to feature the hero at his peak moment of victory, that of his death.
It is at this time when photography appears. Photography use has played a double role to this day, namely to state the condemnation of the “aura” on the one hand while transforming the mundane on the other.
As the flagship of urban actualization photography seems to have reconciled several contradictions within itself.
It stood as the magic potion playing a major role in the healing of the wound left, symbolically at least, by a hero with his eyes closed, dying because of his ideals in a mundane scene in his bathtub.
As a visual artist, drawing from the photograph means revisiting that wound which was once healed, reopening it and reading it incessantly.
Such a process becomes even more personal when this is done using drawings as a vehicle, as, even though we may have a minute satellite picture at our disposal, most of the time it takes a simple drawing line on a map for us to find our way.
Drawing from a photograph means cutting up the wound and re-stitching it using your own stitches. This is the main concern underlying Dimitris Lambrou’s work.
Dimitris Lambrou : a brief presentation
He studied at ASFA (Art School Of Athens) from 2004 to 2010, under Professor George Lazongas. Later he completed a Master’s degree at ASFA (2011-2013) with honours.
In 2011 he participates in a European and Mediterranean Biennale entitled” Symbiosis, Rome/ Italy, Thessaloniki/Gr.
In 2013 he takes part independently with a solo presentation of his work in the International Modern Art Venue “Remap 4”, entitled “Story as a Dream / Athens/ Metaxourgeio/ Gr.
2013 also finds him exhibiting together with Vlassis Kaniaris at a historical exhibition in the Lola Nikolaou Gallery, entitled “1+3”.
In 2014 he co-exhibits with his Professor George Lazongas at the Lola Nikolaou Gallery, with the title “Two Generations / Three writings”.
He established the Lustspiel group, which participated in several art happenings in Art Athens in 2013 and 2014.
He has also set up the Dipoles group, together with art scholar and curator Efthimis Lazongas, whose work led to an exhibition entitled Dipoles, at the Art Gallery of Athens.
He has taken part in the “Manipulation” exhibition at the Depo Darm Gallery, and has also taken part in several Art Athens happenings either individually or as a member of a group.
In 2016 he participated in Back to Athens 4, an international modern art venue.
He is currently co-curating with Efthimis Lazongas (art Scholar, Member of Faculty of the ASFA post-graduate programme) a great meeting of young and significant older artists on the subject of “Secret”, which is to take place at the end of 2017.
Opening: Thursday, 6th April, 7 – 10 pm
Duration: until end of July
Schedule: 10:00 – 21:00 weekdays, 10:00 – 20:00 Saturdays, 12:00 – 16:00 Sundays (for 2 Sundays a month) please call in for groups wishing to visit at any other time.
Is Athens’ turn now?
Art Director of Documenta Dam Szymczyk, in an interview with a German radio station on April 7th, 2017, reported: “Sure, one could blame us for not including the local art scene in Athens enough. We did not care much about this but more of the city as a living organism. This goes beyond the contemporary art scene. Athens is not standing alone; it stands for other parts of the world. Lagos, Guatemala City. We also feel responsibility towards these places. The expectation of linking ourselves to the artistic scene of Athens will be very limited in this document. If one feels betrayed by this, they should know: our exhibition never intended to represent the art scene of Athens. Others have to do this. If some feel that they are not sufficiently represented, they should devote a little thought to this, on what they can make themselves to be heard more.” And maybe he is right, we have to stand on our feet and not wait for the Barbarians to save us and to represent us. That’s why we are doing this group exhibition at the “Sarri 12” Gallery.
Artists: Iakovos Volkhov (NAR), Grigoris Lagos, Alexandros Maganiotis, Jason Cocao Rocks, Achilles Michaelides (Paparazzi), Manos Tsichlis.
Opening: Tuesday May 16th, 20:00 pm
Exhibition dates: 16 May – 16 July 2017
The Bouzianis Museum, in an opening to contemporary art and in dialogue with the Documenta 14, is pleased to invite you the exhibition of Brigitte Polemis. The show will be held in the great Greek expressionist George Bouziani’s studio and Museum as a retrospective of old and new works by Polemis, as well as video animations and sculptures. In parallel, as a historical artistic reference, there will be exhibited installations by the renowned Greek artist Yannis Gaitis.
Despite the fact that Brigitte started her career as an artist by using oil on canvas, in order to evolve her craftsmanship she decided to use digital painting on photograph and Plexiglas printing. Throughout these practices, Polemis transfuses depth to her artwork, in multiple layers (3D).
The main body of Polemi’s work focuses on the self-immersion of humanity in social media and technology. Therefore she chose to entitle her exhibition #iFollow. The lack of identity and ideals, the now common state of passiveness and loneliness of the young humans of the Western world, exhorted her to paint juvenile, faceless figures. Assimilation, which is not a result of critical processing but a submission to world order, urged her to ‘’dress’’ all her impersonal figures with suits. Combining all the above with her distinctive technique and pop art aesthetics, Polemis work becomes purely contemporary and up-to-date. The diversity of its materials (silicone, resin, Plexiglas) gives additional conceptual value to its thematic axis: industrialized, mass made, materialistic constructions.
Brigitte Polemis was born in Damascus, Syria and in her later teens she moved to Greece. She graduated from the Chelsea School of Art and her artworks have been presented internationally (2015 – Albermarle Gallery, London, UK – 2015 – Blender Gallery Affordable Art Fair, London, UK – 2014 – Vanessa Quang Gallery, Paris France – 2013 – FAF GALLERY – THE HENRY CLAY Louisville, Kentucky USA, etc.)
High quality photos at: www.brigittepolemis.com
The show will have as partner the public benefit Foundation THEOTOKOS, which provides special education and treatment services for preschool children and adolescents with developmental immaturity, cognitive developmental disorders and autism spectrum disorders. Furthermore, THEOTOKOS provides vocational training and job rehabilitation to young adults and both supports and intervenes in their family when it’s necessary. Throughout 52 years of its service, THEOTOKOS has served and supported more than 5,000 people. Nowadays, there are 370 children and young people under its wing, 60 of who are destitute or uninsured.
Curator: Foivos Kypraios
Project coordinator: Sissi Chlomisiou
Assistant Curator : Anastasia Pilitsidi
HOURS: Thu ~ Sun 12:00 – 19:00
Bernier-Eliades is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by the Los Angeles-based artist Elliott Hundley, on Thursday May 18, from 20:00 to 22:00. The artist will be present at the opening.
Elliott Hundley is known for his dazzling multimedia compositions that reference both art history and mythology. His work brings together scenes from the past with recognizable imagery taken from the contemporary world. The artist creates complex and mesmerizing works, incorporating a spectrum of varied materials, employing content-rich resources that are psychologically intense to form a kind of decentralized cultural map.
Whereas his earlier bodies of work have focused on classical Greek tales such as Euripides’s tragedy The Bacchae, this exhibition is moving from antiquity to the modern, based on the artist’s historical research on theatre, literature and film, loosely referencing Antonin Artaud’s plays. On view will be a series of billboard collages forming an ongoing visual narrative.
Hundley builds up the layered and labored surface of his works using paint, magazine cutouts, fabric, straight pins, found objects and other materials sourced from his extensive archive.
With complex accumulations of imagery and painted gestures adjoining three-dimensional elements protruding from the surface, his vibrant works are vivid and playful.
One can’t even trace the surface of these works, producing perceptual effects. These brimming, insidious canvases impose a state of disquiet and hint of hidden violence with depictions of internal organs, crowds, ants and animals.
Despite their elaborate rendering, Hundley’s compositions keep a delicate balance between abstraction and representation. They defy time and gravity, shivering and vibrating with their own cosmic energy. These billboard collages are existing for their own sake, swirling over a sense of chaos and resisting attempts at deciphering. Each one represents a different state of anxiety and echoing the moment of an imminent disaster.
May 18 – July 12, 2017
Gallery is open Tuesday-Friday 10:30-18:30. Saturday 12:00-16:00.
Encounters I May or May Not Have Had with Peter Berlin
Mariah Garnett, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Neal Tait. Curated by Caroline May
Vamiali’s gallery presents the exhibition “Encounters I May or May Not Have Had with Peter Berlin”, curated by Caroline May. The exhibition borrows its title from Mariah Garnett’s homonymous work and refers to “Peter Berlin” as a concept and as a metaphor to illuminate the notion of desire, highlighting the impulse to “meet with our heroes”. Through these encounters, as real or imaginary, intellectual or deeply personal as they may be, our sense of identity is reshaped and consequently, the process of art making is recharged, re-positioned and re-defined. Peter Berlin is a photographer, artist, model and filmmaker. Serving as his own photographer, model and fashion designer, Berlin redefined self-portraiture and became an international sensation.
Mariah Garnett’s film highlights the artist’s desire for the extravagant gay icon and mystifies the 70s as a decade of sexual liberation. Partly documentary, partly biopic, the film features the artist herself re-enacting Berlin’s erotic persona. As Garnett inhabits the filmmaker’s signature manner of style and dress, she presents a film that galvanizes the kind of gender misidentification that is a consistent point of interest throughout her practice. Garnett’s other film in the show, Other & Father, is a re-enactment of footage that narrates the relationship of her Northern Irish Protestant father and his Catholic girlfriend, aired by BBC in 1971. The original broadcast, which was riddled with half-truths to suit the BBC agenda, led to death threats and his eventual flight from his home. Garnett re-enacts the documentary, starring herself and a trans-woman shifting focus from the ethnic/religious tensions to sexual politics and gender dynamics. Through her deeply personal lens she mediates her own subjectivity as well as that of her chosen medium, which systematizes definitions of identity. The process of filmmaking, the de-mystification and re-mystification of the process, the negotiation of actor/performer and filmmaker are integral to Garnett’s project.
Similarly, Paul Mpagi Sepuya studies how photography (mis)represents or dissects his own identity and exposes the mechanisms of picture making. He documents his subjects in a formal studio setting, at the same time deconstructing and mystifying the process of photography and the relationship between model and photographer. His intimate portraits follow a long tradition of photographers such as Lyle Ashton Harris, Peter Hujar and Rotimi Fani-Kayode. The dignity with which he arms his subjects, black and white men, led the writer and critic Hilton Als to include Sepuya in his 2016 exhibition on James Baldwin, poetically situating him as one of Baldwin’s creative “children”. Speaking about his work, Sepuya claims: “every photograph contains within it the instances of what preceded it. In thinking of photography this way, I am able to bring together and embrace the contradictions that photographic production generates: in its accelerated gratification of desire and simultaneous displacement of its subjects by the resulting image-objects. It allows me to hold, within the studio, all material as potential. Each enters into the frame of another within a chain of production, revision, destruction and re-production”.
This accentuation of desire is central in Neal Tait’s work. His intellectual encounters with his heroes, like Leger and Guston, are prevalent in his works. Using found imagery he starts a painting without having a pre-conceived idea of how it will end. In this sense the painting process is the subject of his work. His identity as a painter is in a constant flux during this process: both doubting and asserting himself in his attempt to capture the essence of desire, employing a dark, unruly and idiosyncratic vocabulary, which poses open-ended questions which alert the viewer.
With the kind support of Arctos Films.
Cy Twombly’s Photography Exhibition
“To my mind, one does not put oneself in place of the past; one only adds a new link.”
Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition of Cy Twombly’s photography, to coincide with “Divine Dialogues” at the Museum of Cycladic Art. Curated by Nikolaos Stampolidis from the Cycladic Art Museum and Jonas Storsve, curator of the recent Twombly retrospective at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, “Divine Dialogues” will show Twombly’s work alongside classical antiquities.
The gallery exhibition comprises more than twenty photographs of natural subjects—tulips, strawberries, cabbages, lemons—taken in Rome and Gaeta between 1985 and 2008, and a bronze sculpture. From his days as a student at Black Mountain College during the early 1950s until his death in 2011 at the age of 83, Twombly captured his daily life in photographs. He recorded the verdant landscapes of Virginia and the coasts of Italy; close-up details of ancient buildings and sculptures; studio interiors; and still lifes of objects and flowers.
Image: CY TWOMBLY, Brushes (Lexington), 2005, Color dry-print, 17 x 11 inches, 43.2 x 27.9 cm (unframed), 6/6, © Nicola Del Roscio Foundation, Courtesy Gagosian
May 25- July 29, 2017
Hours: Tue-Fri 11-6 + Sat 11–3
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Image: CY TWOMBLY, Untitled (Gaeta), 2008, Color dry-print, 10 1/4 x 9 7/8 inches, 26 x 25.1 cm (unframed), 4/6, © Nicola Del Roscio Foundation, Courtesy Gagosian
80+1 years of LORCA’s absence
At Dépôt Art Gallery, 5 Neophytou Vamva str. Kolonaki, in collaboration with the Institute Cervantes of Athens, under the auspices of the Spanish Embassy, an art group exhibition is opening on Friday June 9th from 8p.m until 11p.m, having as its main theme “80+1 years of LORCA’s absence” and it is dedicated to the completion 80+1 years since the death of the Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca. The exhibition is being curated by the Art Historian and Researcher of Athens University Constantine Vapheiades. The exhibition will last until Thursday June 29th 2017.
At the dawn of August 19th 1936 ex-military men, followers of Franco executed Federico Garcia Lorca, ending the short life cycle of one of the greatest poets of our century.
He, himself it had anyway stated: “I will never become a politician. I am a rebel as there isn’t a true poet who isn’t rebel.”
His tragic and premature death didn’t give him away into oblivion. His colossal work is alive. It travelled outside the borders of his country and it has never stopped being read and move people because it is true, original poetry with rhythm and musicality like pure running water.
In this exhibition 43 contemporary artists “interpret” the life, the work and the death of Federico Garcia Lorca.
Art Historian mr. Constantine Vapheiades notes:
“Inspired Greek artists hasten to pay tribute to Federico Garćia Lorca’s memory, one of the most important European dramatists and uncompromising opponent of the literary conventions of the 20th century, eight decades after his odious assassination († 1936).
Forty masterpieces, paintings and sculptures, undertake to interpret and, at the same time, to recompose Lorca’s Vision and his faith in the revolution of feelings, which form what we realize as the truth. However, this exhibition is not a conventional veneration to the great Poet of love. It is a tribute to his unblemished and unburied body and to his adolescent spirit, which demands justification continuously. It also claims the immediacy of the inspiration and the fresh breeze of the
Truth. Ultimately, it demands our existential restoration within the bounds of Right and of Love.
Obviously, the works of Art, exhibited here, agree to the demands mentioned above. These artistic essays try to look deep into Lorca’s life and action in order to reshape his beautiful spirit under the soot of the contemporary “self-referred” European culture. Many of them are artistic adaptations of Lorca’s dramatic and poetic work. Other paintings look for the point of his thought, so as to enlighten our painful reality. Finally, few of them reject not only the Poet’s absence, but also the “death” of his thought by the power of dominant today’s Speech.”
The participant artists are:
George Androutsos // Magda Apostolou // Maria Apostolou // Constantine Vapheiades // Anastasia Gkinaki // Nikos Danalis // Voula Daskalopoulou // Tassos Dimos // Eva Divari // Loukia Dragatsi // Frini Dragatsi // George Dritsas // Tania Drogossi // Ioanna T. // Angela Karalis // Michael Kevgas // Nikos Kolokithas // Maria Koliva // Sofia Rose Kosmidou // Penny Konstantinou // Christine Loukidi // Marina Maltezou // Penny Manavi // Katerina Mavroleon // Vassiliki Bloukou // Angeliki Bobori // Vaggelis Boboris // Panayiotis Nezis // Fotini Othoneou // George Papadimitriou // Sofia Papadopoulou // Nikolas Perdikaris // Alexandra Petranaki // Nadia Rapti // Natassa Rachovitsa // Konstantis Skantzis // Sofia Stavrou // Stathis Sotirchos // Nikoletta Tzanne // Kerassia Touliatou // Sylvia Fessa // Maria Fili / Aristidis Chrysanthopoulos
During this exhibition on Friday June 23rd at 8p.m Antonio Armani and Armani musical and theatre center are going to present a musical performance with highlights from Federico Garcia Lorca’s works, Lorca’s verses adapted into songs and Spanish songs, in cooperation with the actor and director Maria Katsioni.
The exhibition is accompanied by a 48 pages catalogue in Greek and Spanish which is distributed at no cost.
Curator: Constantine Vapheiades
Concept – Organization – Communication: Dimitris Lazarou
Music and radio spot edit: Tasos Petsas
Videos edit: Zois Koutroulis
Translator in English: Mara Sirri
Opening date and hours:
Friday June 9th, 20:00hrs – 23:00hrs
Duration: 9th up to 29th June
Working hours: Tuesday to Friday, 12:00 – 20:30
Saturday: 12:00 –16:00
Media Sponsor: KROMA Magazine