Opening event - Speeches: 19:00
Those wishing to explore the full site-specific installation are advised to wear flat shoes, preferably trainers.
From June 1-September 24, 2017, NEON will present a major site-specific installation by Argentinian artist Adrian Villar Rojas, at the National Observatory of Athens, on the archeological site of the Hill of Nymphs. It is his first solo exhibition in Greece. The National Observatory of Athens is transformed into a universe of parallel reality: intense vegetation creates a fertile cultural environment in contrast with an almost polemic zone, a zone of human abandonment. This intense contrast is even more evident on a Hill where the Nymphs, female deities, of nurture, pleasure and beauty were worshipped in antiquity. Villar Rojas intervention is a ritual of understanding the paradox
The installation titled The Theater of Disappearance is an umbrella title and part of four separate exhibitions taking place in 2017 across Europe and the US through new independent commissions by all institutions involved. The Metropolitan Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (April 14-October 29), Kunsthaus Bregenz, in Austria (May 6-Aug. 27), and the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, in Los Angeles (Oct. 22-Feb. 26, 2018).
About the National Observatory Athens (NOA)
The National Observatory of Athens is the first research Institution established in Greece in 1842. The National Observatory of Athens facing the Parthenon and Thission is one of the landmarks of Athens; it has long been used by Greek and foreign Astronomers as the basis for astronomical, meteorological, cartographical and geodynamical measurements and observations in the more than 170 years long course of its history. Today the buildings of NOA at Thission include an Astrogeophysics Museum, housing clocks, telescopes and other instruments of the 19th century, as well as an extensive 19th century library.
National Observatory of Athens, Natalia Tsoukala, Courtesy: NEON