”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.
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