Border Lines

23 juni 2016

Vanavond in de Aanschouw gepresenteerd:

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Maria Ikonomopoulou: Border Lines

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Platform Project & Art Athina 2016

May 27, 2016

In spite of the crisis atmosphere in Athens and the refugee-problems that haunt the country the Athens artfair took place again this year. The Taekwondo Stadium had been occupied with refugees in winter during heavy rains which resulted in a lot of problems.  Nevertheless, the fair continued but the big galleries in Greece didn’t show up and the galleries that did show up were very conservative in their choice of artists. The Platform Project on the other hand was very interesting this year. It is always worth to visit but now the side show for non-commercial art platforms showed great art and awareness of the human and the political situation which in some cases led to  moving art works.

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Look at the fair from the platforms

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Derek Liddington at 8Eleven, a very interesting sculptor. these are studies after an Elsworth Kelly drawing

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This video was shot by Liddington, having four actors making a pillar of clay and creating a tension between disciplines

 

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This was an ongoing performance in 8eleven in which a dancer would reenact the choreography “Ode” which was executed by les Ballets Russes in 1913. The floor on which the dancer moved was a square meter of clay

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I found this work very moving: in an inter-active work, Navine Khan Dossos tries to paint the 2000 people that have sought refuge in the Taekwondo Stadium last winter. Visitors and colleagues are invited to contribute as the artist will continue to paint until the end of the fair.

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This beautiful Painting has been made by an icon-painter for Kallio Kunsthalle (FI), following the text that Petri Saariko had prepared.

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Andreas Martí installed this drawing installation at Dienstgebäude

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It is continuing to draw during the fair

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This wall sculpture of Bettina Diel could also be seen at Diensgebäude

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From Nantes (FR) came Extra Muros in which these wall sculptures by Romain Rimbaud were shown

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Interesting painting at Foss (GR)

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A short visit to the real fair: here a photograph by Sarah Lucas

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Nice political drawings by Tasos Pavlopoulos

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Collage by Maria Ikonomoupoulou

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who also made beautiful embroideries on newspaper, shown at Mulier Mulier

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Where also work of the painter Guy van Bossche was shown

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I rather liked these collages because of the use of material. made by Nikos Varitymiadis

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Taubert Contemporary showed an artist with over-all design: Lars Arrhenius

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Curator of Platform Projects, the wonderful Artemis Potamianou, an artist also, showed at the floor of the fair

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Kallio Kunsthalle showed performance “about the self-determination of women”

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At MUU (F) the performance artist Helinä Hukkataival showed a very sensitive performance

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resulting in a beautiful series of personae

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From the Netherlands came Bcademie, a post-graduate training for artists (after A you have to say B). Here initiators Alex Jacobs and Daan den Houter talk with their students, of which six were doïng performances durig the fair. One for a Euro!

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The students found props in Athens and used those to arrange their space

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They proved quite popular, here Elsemarijn Bruijs working on chewing gum

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The shift was together with Philippa Driest

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Who showed pictures of urban places accompanied by sounds of airplanes

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AKA artist run from Saskatchewanm, Canada with sculpture of Svea Ferguson

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Super 8 video by Leslie Supnet

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and Lori Blondeau who researches diverse persona’s

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The Lo and Behold (GR) wants to fertilise the soil in “Bureau of Soil making” by Yiannis Hiridoglou

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From Boston (USA) the Museum of Contemporary Cuts with heavy conceptual work with a direct approach

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Which works rather good I think

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Then an installation of Amiraly from Parking Gallery/New media Society from Iran, a presentation which is well worked out

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Cut the Fence, a project of Copa & Sordes: the 657 meter long fence of a Swiss refugee camp is transformed in to the same length of African damask fabric with fence pattern: everybody who cuts a piece of it contributes to the destruction of the fence

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Groupshow at SCI (UK) with very nice works, some fresh from the boats coming to Greece

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Ed video: always interesting video-stuff, here by Iris Fraser and David Hanes

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Foreign Affairs, A beautiful collaboration by Bella Easton, Tiny Dominguez and Julia Riddlough of resp. Beaston projects, Rosa Lux and A Brooks Art

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The beauty of statistics, by Tiny Dominguez

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In the mean while the Capacity-project of Navine Khan Dossos is a large succes

 

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The refugee-camp is turning in a large field of flowers!

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At A-Trans beautiful work on paper by Marian Wijnvoord

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Who also burns down the Netherlands in her Photo-collages

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The line in Andreas Martí’s installation is lengthening

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Bcademy’s students don’t stop performing, here Maud van den Beuken moves sand

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from stage to visitor

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and Casper Braat plans a make-over for your humble reporter

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Various Artists from Belgium, a research in shit which Belgians find interesting in general

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Trying to find the pearls which are being digested by test-persons

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And also the deterioration of Bonsai-trees under water is a process that results in esthetic pleasures under the name Agua con Gaz

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The very big collective EN-FLO (GR) installed suit-cases with fillings

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And then there is the very interesting Milena Principle, showing projects that relate to our own activities. Action in public space about silence and slowness.

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In Venice

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And Athens, we will hear more from them!

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Last but certainly not least Kunstenaarsinitiatief Elders from Den Haag (NL), here an expanding painting by Lucius Pax

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Painting by Liesbeth Bosch

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And surprising ceramics by Corine Barendregt

Art Athina 2016

Art Athína 2015- The Fair

7 juni 2015

The last day of the fair, lines in front of the Taekwondo hall all day and an unending stream of visitors visiting our booth. Our work has been received well, lots of flags of Maarten have been taken along and reactions were great! We have to thank Artemis Potamianou and her Platforms crew for a great week and EX-MÊKH hopes to be back next time. In this post you will find some interesting art from the main floor to finish  the report on Art Athena 2015.

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There is some very accomplished painting to be found in Greece, I like these canvases by Kostis Georgiou.

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Martin Creed has been very active in Greece during his residency. The portraits of wll known Greeks make me think of Dutch painter Emo Verkerk @ Kappatos Gallery

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Marina Abramovic wants you to put your head against the Quartz @ Kappatos Gallery

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Pericles Goulakos, work on paper @ Ekfrasi Yianna Grammatopoulou

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Dimitris Tataris

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A collection of Photographs @ Mulier Mulier Gallery

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Guy van Bossche @ Mulier Mulier Gallery

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Maria Ikonomopoulou @ Mulier Mulier Gallery

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Maria Ikonomopoulou @ Mulier Mulier Gallery

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Tadashi Kawamata @ Mulier Mulier Gallery

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Art & Language @ Mulier Mulier Gallery

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Klitsa Antonionou @ The Collection Gallery

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Klitsa Antonionou @ The Collection Gallery

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Lieke Snellen @ Joey Ramone

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Lieke Snellen @ Joey Ramone

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Tudor Matu @ Joey Ramone

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Wietse Eeken @ Joey Ramone

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Gerwin Luijendijk @ Joey Ramone

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Jan van der Ploeg and Adrian Esparza @ Taubert Contemprorary

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Nana Sachini @ A. Antonopoulou. art

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Alexis Psychoulis @ A. Antonopoulou. art

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Naomi Middelman @ UFO-Fabrik

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At 18.00 h. the winner of the THMHF- Award at The Tupajumi Foundation will be announced. Internet votes are beïng counted

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and the votes from the fair have to be checked once more!

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One last vote is added

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And the winner is: Alicia Eggert with “Now”

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And this, of course, calls for drinks

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A last walk along the beach at night and we’re off to Holland again

Art Athina 2015

 

 

EX-MÊKH@ Platforms Project – Art Athina day 8: the galleries

18 mei 2014

On our last day in the Platform Projects I tried to get an impression of the galleries on the floor of the stadium. Not many of the succesful international art-army are shown here which to me is a relief. You get a nice impression of art in the Levant, the eastern part of the Mediterranian. I noticed a number of interesting Photographers and some interesting galleries. I understand that not all the large galleries in Greece are represented here which is a pity, it would complete the image for people who are not aware of this region. Artemis Potamianou really made a relevant selection of highlights for her exhibition “Statement made” I think. All in all Art Athína has been a very interesting and rewarding view on an area that I was not really aware of. I would really like to take part again and I hope that I will get a chance to do so.

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? at Mirko Maier Gallery/M-Projects

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Wim Delvoye at Kaune Poshnik, Spohr Gallery

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Roxanne Lowitt at Kaune , Poshnik, Spohr Gallery

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Antonakis Christodoulou

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Katsipanos Theofilos

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I. Lassithiotakis

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Kara Walker at Mulier Mulier

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Pauline Otowska at Mulier Mulier

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Maria Ikonomopoulou at Mulier Mulier

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Tadashi Kawamata at Mulier Mulier

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Daniele Alonge at UFOFABRIK Contemporary Art Gallery

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Jacopo Prina at UFOFABRIK Contemporary Art Gallery

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Another Italian Gallery: Dino Morra Arte Contemporanea

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Maybe a bit outdated, but an intriguing picture by Apostolos Giorgiou at Zina Atthanassiadou

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And also at Zina Atthanassiadou Nikos Navridis who had beautiful work at the Gennadius Library

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Andrea Angelidakis whose opening we attended at the National Museum of Contemporary Art also shows at Zina Atthanassiadou

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From Australia the painter Jarek Wojcik at Anna Pappas gallery from Melbourne

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Diomitris Tataris uses Dante’s Divina Comedia

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A Dutch gallery from Rotterdam: Joey Ramone Gallery featuring Harm Weistra

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Gallery owners Hans Bakker and Kiki Petratou in front of the work of Christina Calbari

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The Greek Elika Gallery was surprisingly up to date with very interesting Greek artists, this work is done by Vangelis Gokas

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And this piece by Nikos Sepetzoglou

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This could even be vintage EX-MÊKH, done by Zoe Giabouldaki

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The booth of Elika Gallery was seperated from the aisle by this Oriental screen, my favourite gallery!

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Artemis Potamianou showed with EKFRASI Yianna Gallery

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deconstructed Art classics

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On a beautiful wallpaper

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which formed a suitable backdrop for her work

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The Turkish artist Havva Marta at Galeri Binyil,

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Greek Modern Classic master

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Avramidis at the same gallery

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And the kids are doing their thing in the workshop which was very much alive every day!

 

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EX-MÊKH@ Platforms Project – Art Athina day 2

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!

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Front: Francis Upritchard, back: Daniel Silver – Freud applied to Greek philosophers

 

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In the studyroom of the library we can see a beautiful piece of Georg Herold: texts from poetry in different languages on a wooden construction one can see when one looks up.

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And this is what the complete work looks like in the space

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Matthew Barney also makes books

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as does Isa Genzken, this is a fancy publication from Germany

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Mark Manders also feels at home here

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Pavel Büchler practices German Philosophy in Greece

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Christian Boltanski practices personal archeology, he shows the contents of a box from his archive

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with catalogues, texts etc.

 

 

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John Latham petrifies books

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Edward Ellington standardises forms in his books

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A collection of autographs by Shuruq Harb

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Here you can see the Georg Herold piece from above

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Michael Deans work seems a bit sick

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but he really has a sense of humor

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Here also something readable has been used, I can not find the name of the artist anymore

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Meric Algün Ringborg created a library of books that have never been lent

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Nina Fisher and Meroan el Sani made a video in the Bibliotheque National in Paris after the books had been moved to a new library

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Ah, I remember, this is made by Paky Vlassopoulou

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Outside around the building we first see the books made of filo-dough by Nikos Navridis

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the placing of which was wel thought about by the way

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Iannis Kounellis could not be missed in this context

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Juan Muñoz certainly feels at home on this patio

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As does Giuseppe Penone in the garden

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Whose bark turned inside out has been guilded on the inside (but actually really on the outside if you can follow)

 

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Silver placed his work in several spots

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with homemade classical sculpture in a variety of materials

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And finishing off the Argentino Adrián Villar Rojas shows us the future

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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Ioannides work at 19.45h

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.

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Valentina Karga talking with visitors

 

 

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Valentina Karga at the acoounts of her discussions

Een bericht van Maria Ikonomoupoulou en chmkoome

The Gennadius Library