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Maybe a bit outdated, but an intriguing picture by Apostolos Giorgiou at Zina Atthanassiadou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