Participating Artists: John Baldessari, Lynda Benglis, Lydia Dambassina, Miltiadis Digkas, Mario Fantin, Maro Fasouli, Kata Geibl, Bianca Otilia Ghiuzan, Saskia Janssen, Georgia Kotretsos, András Ladocsi, Kali Malone, Sarah Michelle Riisager, Kostas Valioutis, Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, Erwin Wurm
K-Gold Temporary Gallery in co-organisation with the North Aegean Region presents from December 11, 2021 to March 6, 2022, the exhibition “RADIUM PALACE” in Agia Paraskevi, Lesvos, curated by Nicolas Vamvouklis.
The show includes the work of sixteen Greek and international artists (sculptures, photographs, videos, music, performance, and archival material), while its title refers to the homonymous hot springs hotel, built in Mytilini in 1911 as a place of therapyand recreation. Radium Palace was part of an ambitious planning for developing wellness tourism on the island, which had a very short life, as it burned completely after its construction.
The exhibition focuses on physicality and the evolving notion of care through contemporary cultural practices and emotional experiences. It proposes alternative methods of meditation and decompression at a time when technology, especially after the limitations of COVID-19, has significantly expanded the boundaries of the physical body. Finally, itaddressescritical issues that concern the reuse of materials and the re-signaling of established ideas over time.
Participating artists re-examine our perspectives on collectivity and contact, highlighting how art and creativity can exercise a healing force for developing a symbiotic future. Their works explore the relationship between wellness and human ingenuity in the context of social empowerment and communication.
-Saturday 11 December, 19:00 at K-Gold Temporary Gallery: DJ Charalambos Kourkoulis aka Photoharrie creates an immersive musical environment in the courtyard of the Gallery. At the same time, dancer Panagiotis Politis performs a long-durational act of repetitive gestures and poses, interacting with the artworks and the visitors.
-Sunday 12 December, 11:30 at the Eressian Hotel & Hammam Spa: Reading session with visiting artists coordinated by actress Georgia Xirou, followed by relaxation drinks. The hotel serves as a satellite space of the exhibition, hosting selected artworks. Combine your visit to Eressos with a spa treatment at the traditional hammam or a massage.
A bilingual catalog (Greek/English) accompanies the exhibition with contributions by Alain de Botton, John Armstrong, Nikos Lampropoulos, and Maria Tsitimaki.
Κ-GOLD TEMPORARY GALLERY
K-Gold Temporary Gallery was founded in 2014 on Lesvos. It brings contemporary art closer to everyone through exhibitions, performances, publications, and educational programs. The Gallery has presented the work of acclaimed artists such as Joan Jonas, Bas Jan Ader, Lucy+Jorge Orta, Ana Mendieta, Maria Papadimitriou, and Ilias Papailiakis. Recent partnerships include Institut français and Italian Council, while in 2015, it received a distinction as an innovative cultural initiative by Nantes Metropole.
Free admission, only upon presentation of a vaccination or recovery certificate. Visitors also need to provide photo identification. The use of a face mask is required.
Opening: Saturday 11 December, 19:00
Operating hours: Saturday-Sunday,15:00-20:00
Κ-GOLD TEMPORARY GALLERY
Address: Agia Paraskevi, 81102 Lesvos, Greece
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