12 mei 2014
In the Gennadius library in Athens, an institute for research linked to the American School of Classical Studies, the general public is usually kept out. Now however everybody is welcome to visit an international exhibition which is organized on its premises and in the library, well known artists show their work under the name “A Thousand Doors”. This exhibition has been organized by NEON, a foundation which was started by the wealthy collector D. Daskopoulos to show and stimulate contemporary art in Greece. For this occasion Neon involved The Whitechapel Art Gallery in the show which can be recognized somewhat in the artists that are being shown. The exhibition has wonderfully succeeded in showing how art can form a means to take the spectator to another time and to another world. In this respect the library is an appropriate context, because books also have exactly the quality the exhibition tries to achieve. This is not the only aspect that makes this location perfect for the exhibition: the library houses in a beautiful neo-classistic building surrounded by a magnificent garden. Both the house and the garden were used for the exhibition and some of the artists seem to have made their work especially for this spot. A must see when in Athens!
Everyday, at a quarter before closing time, a soundwork of Kostas Ioannidis can be heard. A magical symphony of birds sounds from the speakers to discuss with the birds present in the garden. Ioannidis is known for this kind of wonderful interventions. In Rotterdam he was invited by “Het Wilde Weten” for which occasion he had nightingales sound in the water of the van Mannenstreet. An experience for who accidentally dove into the water.
One of the youngest artists to contribute to the exhibition and also one of the most interesting ones is Valentina Karga. Five days a week she is present to invite visitors to make a walk in the garden and to think about information, knowledge, education and the meaning of this in our times. At the end of the walk an account of what has been talked about is worked out on a typewriter in two copies which are signed. The collection of the “Exercises in Walking and Talking” will be taken in the Gennadeios Library after the exhibiton.
Een bericht van Maria Ikonomoupoulou en chmkoome