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PAINTING & SCULPTURE EXHIBITION

"MEMORIES"

The Megaro Gyzi Festival 2012 raises curtain on Wednesday August 1st with the opening of the painting and sculpture group exhibition, titled “Memories”, which brings together eight acclaimed Greek artists. The six participating painters are: Chryssa Verghi, Tassos Dimos, Petros Karavevas, Andreas Kontellis, Christos Pallantzas and Elena Papadimitriou, while the two participating sculptors are Aggelika Korovessi and Aggelos Panayiotidis.

An exhibition of artistic works, where the light, the sea, the sun, the nature, the landscape, the still lifes, but also the portraits, the female presence, the nude and the erotic mood, are all subjects put together to synthesize the "Memories" of this group exhibition in August, an artistic journey to emotion, memory and free coherence. The painting works of the exhibition are combined with the solid sculptural shapes and forms, with sculptural compositions where olive tree, leaves, wreaths, fish, swallows, space, time, sound, movement, balance form an aesthetic effect of high sculptural technique

The exhibition is organized and curated by Yannis Papaconstantinou, Artistic Director of Megaro Gyzi.

Opening of exhibition: 1st August 2012, 21:00
Duration of exhibition: 1 - 23 August 2012

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Photos from the exhibition΄s opening (1/8/2012)

 

Chryssa Verghi, painter
Born in Athens, Greece in 1959. She studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts under D. Mytaras, L. Kanakakis, N. Kessanlis and M. Lambraki-Plaka. She continued studying Interior Designing at the Fine Arts School of California State University of Long Beach. From 1990 to 1992, on the Greek State
Chryssa Verghi smallScholarship, she continued her studies in painting at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, France.

Her works can be found at the Greek Parliament, the National Gallery, the Benaki Museum, the Florina Museum, the Kouvoutsakis Pinacotheque, the Frissiras Museum, the Agricultural Bank of Greece Collection, the AGET Eraklis Group of Companies Collection and other private museums and collections in Greece and abroad. She has illustrated many calendars for private enterprises.

Her work was selected to represent Greek Contemporary Art during the Olympic Games of 2004. On 22 September 2008, as part of the Environmental Programme of the Goulandris Museum of Natural History and the SKAI Radio, she donated one of her works, which was auctioned and finally bought by the Greek Parliament. The proceeds were donated to the National Forest Fund.

She is considered as one of the most important landscape artists of Greek Contemporary Art, painting her works "en plein air". She has done numerous solo and collective exhibitions in Greece and abroad.

At the following web link you can see Chryssa Verghi’s works at her last solo exhibition catalogue "Fragmenta Laci" ("Fragments of a Lake") at Atrion Gallery in Thessaloniki, Greece [http://issuu.com/nereus-publishers/docs/verghi_2010].

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Tassos Dimos, painter
Tassos Dimos1He was born in Athens in 1960. During the years 1983-1988 he studied at the University Of Fine Arts Of Athens with professors D. Kokkinides, D.Mytaras, B. Dimitreas. He received scholarships in 1985 and 1986 and in 1988 and he graduated with honours. He continued his studies in Hochschule der Künste in Berlin with a scholarship from Bosch.

Works can be found in many private collections in Greece, the USA, Japan, Switzerland, England, Germany, Cyprus and Saudi Arabia. Works are also found in the Municipal Galleries of Athens, Corinth, Karditsa, at the University Of Fine Arts of Athens, at the Greek Parliament and in many public spaces in Cyprus.

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Petros Karavevas, painter

Karavevas 
He was born in 1963 in Ermoupolis, Syros island. He studied painting in Lyon (1994-1996) and in Athens (1996-2000) at «Apopsis» Cultural Center under George Rorris. He has accomplished five solo exhibitions and has taken part in many group exhibitions. He has received reviews about his work by the art critics Athina Schina, Iris Kritikou, Haris Kampouridis and others. Some of his works can be found in many important private and public collections as well as in the University of Athens.

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Andreas Kontellis, painter

Andreas KontellisAndreas Kontellis was born in Athens in 1966. He took painting lessons with Rena Anoussi (1979-1982) and then with B. Vlachopoulos (1982-1984). He studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA, 1984-1990), under Professor Panagiotis Tetsis. In 1993 he received a three year scholarship by the State Scholarships Foundation. In 1998 he received a four year scholarship by Academy of Athens for postgraduate studies abroad. He received the Μaster of Fine Arts at Middlesex University of London (1999-2001), under Professors John Thomson & Jim Mooney. He has participated in many group exhibitions in Greece, Cyprus and UK.

 

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Aggelika Korovessi, sculptor
Aggelika Korovessi is a Greek conceptual sculptor known for her work based on sound waves of spoken words. She lives and works in Athens, Greece. Korovessi studied from 1970-1975 at the Athens School of Fine Arts under various teacher sculptors including Dimitri Kalamara. 1985 marks an important Aggelika Korovessiturning point in the artist’s work where she became specifically interested in the sound analysis of words, leading to her research at the Centre of Electronic Music founded by Iannis Xenakis. Korovessi begun to create works that show the use of technology, music and science, resulting eventually in the ‘sound-sculptures’ which were later called SonArt.

In 1988, Korovessi was awarded by the Municipality of Athens, ‘Work of Communication’ through a public commission and creates the ‘sound sculpture’, Communication (Messogion Avenue, Athens). The Inmovements exhibition of 1993, the artist’s first solo show (Epoches gallery), was another turning point for the artist, exhibiting works made of wood, metal, stone.

In 1994 Korovessi represented Greece in the 4th Sculpture Triennale, France and 1997 saw the artist again awarded for her work and makes the National Resistance Monument, located at Karakolithos, Viotia. In 2001 Korovessi took part in the Connecting Worlds: Contemporary Sculpture from the European Union Countries exhibition in the John F. Kennedy Center, Washington, USA. The artist officially represented Greece worldwide for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games with solo exhibitions in Crete, Athens, Cologne, Washington, Los Angeles, The Hague, Brussels and London. In 2008, Korovessi was awarded the Silver Olympic Medal Award in the International “Olympic Spirit in Beijing 2008” Sculpture Competition. Her work ‘Peace’ can be found in a public space in Beijing City.

Genesis (1993 - Ministry of Culture, Athens, Greece), Life (1997), Water (1997) and Peace (2001) critics have argued as Korovessi’s most important works and series to date. Aggelika Korovessi’s work can be found in museums throughout Greece as well as collections worldwide.

Sculptures from past exhibitions:

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 Christos Pallantzas, painter

Christos PallantzasHe was born in Larissa, Greece in 1962. He studied (1983-1989) at the Highest School of Fine Arts in Athens, Greece. He took Painting, Byzantine Icons' Technique, Fresco, History of Art, History of Architecture and Rhythmology. With the scholarship of the French Government he continued with post-graduate studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris (1990-1992), Atelier de la Peinture of Mr. Pierre CARRON.

His work is located at the Greek National Gallery, at the Kouvoutsakis Pinacotheque, at the "AGET HERACLES" Group of Companies Collection, at the Frissiras Museum Collection, at Papastratos Collection, and other private collections in Greece and abroad.

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Aggelos Panayiotidis, sculptor
Aggelos Panayiotidis was born in Amphilochia in 1950. He held his first exhibition at his studio in 1990 after twenty years of experimenting with all the different metals used in sculpture. He had also dedicated much study to the natural world, particularly the structure and forms of trees, throughout all various Angelos Panagiotidisstages of their lives and the various changes they undergo at different times and in different seasons. His research was conducted with the accuracy of a natural scientist, the passion of the cultivator and the style and taste of the poet. His profound knowledge of his materials, acquired over these many years of study, led him to create tree sculptures which hardly seem made by human hand. Now, after a series of exhibitions commencing in 1995, they are not only instantly recognizable but have come to be seen as classic representations of the tree in sculpture.

The culmination of his creative career was the exhibition staged at the Titanium Yiayiannos Gallery as well as his participation at the same period in important exhibitions organized as a part of Olympiad: The World of the Olive exhibition at the Theofilos Museum in Vareia, Mytilene and at the Basilica St. Mark in Heraklion, Crete; the exhibition at the Olive Museum in Sparta; the “In Praise of the Olive” (Elaias Egkomion) exhibition at the Athens Academy and the event staged at the Plateia Nerou Esplanada (Delta Falirou) as part of the Coca Cola sponsorship of the Athens 2004 Olympics.

With his artworks have been honored the Olympic Champions: Pyrros Dimas and Nikos Kaklamanakis, as well as the former chairman of parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis & Anna Psarouda-Benaki and the Greek National Polo Women Team. In May 2005 during the visit of Greek prime minister Karamanlis to the U.S. was given a bronze olive tree as a gift to President Bush.

During the Olympic Games of Athens 2004 with gold olive wreaths awarded all three of the first Olympic Champions of the Marathon (the Italian, Stefano Baldini, the American, Keflezighi Mebrahtom and the Brazilian Lima Vanderlei). With the same wreath has been honored and the Slovak Matanin Marcel, whose entering to the Panathenaiko Stadium became a symbol of the end of the Games in Athens and an exponent of "fair play" (30/09/2004). Additionally, the Municipality of Amfilochia has honored with gold wreath the bronze Medal Champion in the 100 meters and fourth in the 200 meters, Paraskevi Katza. With olive branches honored the runner citizens of the City (10/16/2004). During the Olympic Games, the former Greek prime Minister Karamanlis offered to the President of Olympic Committee, Mr Jacques Rogge, a bronze olive tree, as well as in many other Presidents of countries.

Aggelos Panayiotidis is the creator of the "olive tree of Athens" which is made by bronze and copper, height 3.30 meters, consisting of 5,000 brass leaves which has been exposed throughout the duration of the Olympic Games in Athens in the Park Donor (Water Plaza) at the Palaio Faliro, where 5,000 guests put their signature on each of the 5,000 leaves of the tree. The art work permanently exhibited at Technopolis in Gazi. This was sponsored by the Coca Cola Hellas in the Municipality of Athens as a memorial tribute to the Olympic Games. Finally all the Paralympians were honored with a small copy of the "Olive Tree, the tree of Athens.

Works by the artist can be seen in the National Bank of Greece, the Bank of Piraeus, the Alpha Bank, the Center of Arts and Letters “Diexodos” in Messolongi, the Olive Museum in Sparta, the Olive Museum in Mytiline, the Olive factory in Dromonero, Chania, the Christos and Sophia Moschandreou Gallery in Messolonghi and in the headquarters of Coca Cola in Athens and in Atlanta. Also copies of artworks of the "Olive Tree, the tree of Athens" offered by the Sponsor of the Olympic Games, Coca Cola to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne and the Olympic Committee in Beijing.

His works are still in the Security Council of the United Nations and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Goulandris Museum (Cycladic Art) permanently display and sell original works from the artist. Additionally artist's works could be found in private collections in Greece and abroad. In 2003-2004 the artist has cooperated with the Greek Post Office and his works included in the collection of art objects.

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Elena Papadimitriou, painter

Elena

1971: Born in Athens.

Studies:
1989-1990: School of Graphics Arts and Design Vacalo.
1991-1996: Studied painting in the Athens School of Fine Arts, Prof. P. Tetsis and Ch. Botsoglou.
1993-1994: Facultad de Bellas Artes Universitad Politéchnica de Valencia, Spain.

Solo Exhibitions:
2008: “Déjà vu: Reflection Stories”, Astrolavos Art Gallery, Athens.
2011: “Dialogues”, Astrolavos Art Gallery, Athens.

The end of Chaos in the painting of Elena Papadimitriou

Elena Papadimitriou’s painting startles viewers, as it questions by its very nature and position all we were familiar with, to date, concerning the use of canvas: seeking alternative expressions, it settles onto alien surfaces, possessed by layers of organic motifs, which, divested of their established context as confine-bound decorations, are propelled, like frantic fragments of a kaleidoscope, into overflowing spheres of action; delineating novel worlds; gesturing to new galaxies; mapping out a terra incognita of incorporeal matter that the painter attempts to embody.

This quest for the concave and the convex in a land of endless spirals, which Papadimitriou persists in roaming; the painstaking memorising of the medieval embroidered valley of mille fleures; the dense placement of heraldic motifs that hark back to the age of Persian legends, of the Byzantine Empire and chivalry; her pictorial hoe, that likes to investigate the finds of warding Chinese dragons; her selective discourse with Gustav Klimt’s ornate gold-frosted friezes, commenced several years ago, at the time when she first installed her female figures on the surface of mirrors, while seeking a perspective on painting that was as neutral as she could possibly achieve: “When it comes down to it, I am the one who is in the mirror, sealed air-tight in relation to the outer world. This very mirror also reflects the outside reality”, the painter elucidates.

In the cut-up figures that are placed sometimes off-centre and at other times in partial refraction on the mirror, the clothing, ornate and painted in excruciating detail, engulfs the action of the form it clads, and silently mutates into a low-tone alter ego, forming, when it comes to it, separate canvases in and of itself. The human figures however, gradually lose their volume, become flat and are sublimated, vanishing into the flatness of the painting surface. And although the mirror was initially chosen by the painter due to its established neutrality, if it was utilised as a glittering and naked field for self-knowledge; or as a frozen winter lake that favours poetically suspended shapes; a passage into painting surfaces that are differently textured - it reinforces the conviction that this specific discovery was never chosen as a means to itself.

An essential challenge for Papadimitriou, this game of in and out; of I and other; of positive and negative; the impression of a space that is “full”, where the figure, almost always alone and lacking any complementary objects, almost always female (the exception is “Vertigo” suspended, where the female and the male are identified with fire and smoke respectively), continues to exist in isolation, to encounter the extrovert affectation of shapes, materials and colours with its voluntary sojourn “Inside”, with the refreshing pauses in “Breath In” and “Breath Out”, with the exercises in self-awareness that are “Emergence” and “Division”, with the pale white aura of “Illusion” and the luscious red one of “Filtering”, with the glittering lights of “Dazzling”, with the decadent shades of a dull gold mosaic in “Fall”, with the historical memory and the inevitability of destiny that run through “Déjà vue”, with the circular portraits of “The Three Graces”: Fronisi - Prudence, Armonia - Harmony, and Lethe – Oblivion, with the airy feathers of a fallen angel arriving on earth, with the metaphysical weight of “21 Grams” and the healing power of sleep.

To achieve this impression, Papadimitriou calls upon the wonderfully self-subverting dance of patterns so characteristic of her work. Patterns that, according to her, may mean nothing more important than a disparate gathering of all the small things we fear and love: coils that join emotion with logic, the present with utopia, the crux with detachment, chaos and continuity. The primeval decorative crosses, where the horizontal line symbolises the female, while the vertical symbolises the male. The terrifying dragons of fairytales, which in Chinese culture symbolise good fortune. The successive lines that lead to infinity, seeking to join the imperfect with the perfect; Klimpt's hortus conclusus wth the infinite. According to Alois Riegel, just as “defining the limits between decor and symbol is one of the hardest feats to pull off, the attempt continues to offer a fascinating field of endeavour”. According to Richard Gregory, on the other hand, “The sense organs receive patterns of energy, but we seldom see patterns; we see objects. A pattern is a relatively meaningless arrangement of marks, but objects have a host of characteristics beyond their sensory features. They have pasts and futures; they change and influence each other, and have hidden aspects which emerge under different conditions”.
Iris Criticou, Art Historian, April 2008

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