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The history of abstraction in Greece is reflected in the new exhibition-production of MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art (Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and State Museum of Contemporary Art Collections), under the title “Untitled II. Greek Postwar Abstraction: the heroic years”, which is presented at MOMus-Museum Alex Mylona in Athens from 29 May to 15 September 2019.
The exhibition focuses on the years of the emergence and eventual establishment of abstraction in Greek art, from the 1950s until the mid-1960s. During that time, abstract art was challenged, contested and rejected, took many forms and passed through several stages. The exhibition traces the history of a great art movement through the work of 26 Greek painters and sculptors, who were among the most prominent representatives of contemporary art in the country.
The publication of the manifest of the “Extremists” (an avant-garde group consisting of Alekos Kontopoulos, Lazaros Lameras, Yiannis Maltezos, Yannis Gaitis, Dimitris Chytiris and Kaiti Antipa) in the autumn of 1949 coincided with the end of the civil war and also signaled the first articulation of an imperative demand: the demand for artistic freedom and autonomy against the supremacy of representation as a form of expression and dominant ideology. Older, but mostly younger artists took it upon themselves to bring about the renewal and modernization of Greek art, in conflict with the Greek-centric takes on modernism.
“Abstract painting and sculpture became the vital core that defined a new direction in the domestic art scene, which did not just involve a redefining of morphological and formalist criteria, not only expanded the limits of artistic language”, note the curators of the exhibition, Yannis Bolis and Thouli Misirloglou. “This new direction crucially contravened the dominant aesthetic paradigm and ideology. It therefore went beyond the narrow limits of non-figurative art and the image, reconstituting the dimension of social space, giving a new focus to artistic agency and creation, to the measures of relating to society, politicsm critic and humanism”.
The exhibition “Untitled II. Greek Postwar Abstraction: the heroic years” at MOMus-Museum Alex Mylona comprises works of the MOMus Collections, but mainly loans from important foundations as the National Gallery – Museum Alexandros Soutsos Alpha Bank, George Zongolopoulos Foundation, private collections and archival material from the Institute of Contemporary Greek Art – iset. The exhibition is the second production-tribute to abstraction, after the exhibition “Untitled I. Greek Postwar Abstraction: Selections from the collection of MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art (Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and State Museum of Contemporary Art Collections), that is being presented at MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki from 19 April to 15 September 2019.
Guided tours for the audience: every Saturday at 12:00, free along with the ticket.
Participating artists: Achilleas Apergis, Vlassis Caniaris, Christos Caras, Chryssa, Dimitris Condos, Costas Coulentianos, Frosso Efthymiadi-Menegaki, Yannis Gaitis, Yannis Hainis, Sosso Houtopoulou-Kontaratou, Nikos Kessanlis, Alekos Kontopoulos, Lazaros Lameras, Christos Lefakis, Klearhos Loukopoulos, Yannis Maltezos, Alex Mylona, Chryssa Romanos, Nikos Sachinis, Gerassimos Sklavos, Yannis Spyropoulos, Theodoros Stamos, Yorgos Touyas, Costas Tsoclis, George Vakalo, Cosmas Xenakis, George Zongolopoulos.
Curators: Yannis Bolis, Head of Contemporary Sculpture Department, MOMus-Museum Alex Mylona / Thouli Misirloglou, Head of Collections, MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art (Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and State Museum of Contemporary Art Collections)
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