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Benaki Museum of Greek Culture

1, Koumbari Str. & Vas. Sofias Av., 10674 Athens www.benaki.gr Drive me

Treasure Island

curated by Eleni Athanassiou
Admission: Regular: 7€ / Reduced: 5€
Opening: 03.12.2019, 20:00
04.12.2019-26.01.2020

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00-18:00
Thursday: 10:00-00:00
Sunday: 10:00-16:00

Add to calendar 2019:12:03 20:00:00 2020:01:26 23:01:00 Europe/Athens Treasure Island Treasure Island - More informations on /events/event/2679-treasure-island Benaki Museum of Greek Culture Eleni Athanassiou

The inspiration for this group of works by Manolis Charos, which is being presented to the public for the first time, was drawn from classic masterpieces, myths and police novels that despite the passage of time are still topical and constitute a multidimensional vehicle to critique fundamental socio-political behaviours.

The exhibition is divided into four sections and includes approximately 50 two-dimensional artworks using mixed media (painting and printmaking) and a three-dimensional construction. The titles of the works are all words or phrases from sources that, for the artist, are covert references to the Island of his own Treasures. Heroes of words and fairy tales act as guides to the visual works, which through their form (painting, print, projection and so on) invite the viewer to participate in the artist's thinking and the function of inspiration on the imagination.

The archetypal figures of the pirate, the evzone, the soldier and the cowboy play a leading role in the works as do moments/phrases from classic literature that help the viewer in discovering the artist's way of thinking and the reference points of a life's work; it is an immersion into the artist's sources of inspiration, given to the viewer as an invitation to the personal island of the painter's treasures.

The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated book titled Manolis Charos – Treasure Island, 84 pages with 70 photos, and text by art historian and curator of the exhibition Eleni Athanassiou.