Antiquidia

5 Apr — 15 Jul 2017 at a.antonopoulou.art in Athens, Greece

27 MARCH 2017
Dimitris Merantzas. Courtesy of a.antonopoulou.art gallery
Dimitris Merantzas. Courtesy of a.antonopoulou.art gallery

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.

Artists exhibiting: Christos Athanassiadis, Mark Hadjipateras, Demi Kaia, Michalis G Kallimopoulos, Nikos Kessanlis, Anna Lascari, Dimitris Merantzas, Apostolos Ntelakos, Leda Papaconstantinou, Alexandros Psychoulis, Rania Rangou, Nana Sachini, Stefania Strouza.

Curated by Angeliki Antonopoulou