Friday, September 30, 2011

Remap3 four

An international contemporary art programme
Kerameikos-Metaxourgeio, Athens, Greece
12 September – 30 October 2011




“Summer in the Middle of Winter” exhibition will play on an array of significations departing from its core concepts. Summer here is regarded in its full stereotypical glory in the image of a blazing Greek summertime; the idea of summer in its superlative.

In contrast, winter registers as a time of hibernation, a change in gear following summer’s extrovert spirits. Wintertime appears like a postponement of unfoldment, a period of austere expressions and gestures compared to summer’s convivial and upbeat nature.

“Summer in the Middle of Winter” describes a power play of dynamics between these two seasons that now represent something more than a weather conditioning: is it summertime that breathes fragile in this symbolical and overwhelming winter or is it winter that tries to survive in this outdoor summer ambience?

In Kunsthalle Athena, we imagine a country/a nation/ a land, Greece, transposed in this state. Caught in an indefinable stream of turbulent events that until this very moment inform its political and economical status, Greece experiences currently a major historical undergoing in its structures.

 “Summer in the Middle of Winter” exhibition will take place in the apogee of summer and it stands as a suggestion of sour times contrapuntal to uplifting spirits and vice versa. We hope that visitors in Athens will also make a stop in Kunsthalle Athena and encounter a different and starker reality than the one experienced in touristic spots and the blue Aegean Sea.

It will try to be an estimation of where we stand currently and maybe an effort to resort to a resilience mode and re-assess the urgency but also the possibilities of the situation. “Summer in the Middle of Winter” exhibition seems like a rehearsal for uncertainty during this unprecedented shift.

Together with the selected artists, we will attempt to create an environment that stands in juxtaposition to the dominant idea of the standard and ritualised “Greek summer”! The dipole title thus does not accommodate a thematic line, but rather describes a pervasive mood. After all, we are talking about a cold summer in Greece. A sober and cerebral summer during its most severe economical crisis.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Remap3 three

An international contemporary art programme
Kerameikos-Metaxourgeio, Athens, Greece
12 September – 30 October 2011




Balice Hertling presents “Die Kammern des Zustands”, the first solo exhibition in Greece of the Swiss artist Reto Pulfer (Bern, 1981).
Reto Pulfer sums his conceptual interest in the idea of “Zustand”, which could be translated as “the state of something in a specific moment”, “situation” or “mood”. “A Zustand is complete in itself but it’s stable just for a limited time, as these spaces”, tells Reto Pulfer. The artist will use the pre-existing architectural spaces of the building as containers, installing two-dimensional and tridimensional works. He Will divide the spaces into levels that identify different environments in which the visitor follows a conceptual path that ends with the final “state of mind”.
A sculpture, an installation or a performance of Reto Pulfer is conceived according to artist’s personal rules even if public can freely interpret it. The titles of the artworks provide technical information about their composition and the function. “Reto Pulfer’s works are in the middle between a rebus and an index. Their assemblage reflects the interest of the artist for the language intended as a series of structures that regulate the communication. Moving an element from a point to another modifies dramatically the meaning of a particular thing.”.
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Wallpaper by Ann Craven and ceramic sculptures by Irini Miga
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Remap3 two

An international contemporary art programme
Kerameikos-Metaxourgeio, Athens, Greece
12 September – 30 October 2011




Painting is the starting point for all Nicolas Party’s works. Applying colour to different surfaces – paper, canvas, walls and objects – allows him to produce a range of work from paintings to site-specific installations. Typically producing still-life and landscape paintings, Party utilises a regular vocabulary of figurative elements – pots, food, mountains and trees – interpreted using the tropes of cubes, cylinders, cones, spheres and pyramids. Using this consistent formal vocabulary, he makes a hierarchy of decorative patterns, resulting in frieze-like paintings, which are concurrently representational and fantastical. These works repeatedly interrogate the language of forms central to his practice.
For ReMap 3 Nicolas Party will produce a site-specific installation of wall drawings throughout the building he is occupying. Considering the peeling paint of the various walls, he will produce a show, which will look at the ephemeral aspect of an artwork as well as the idea of nostalgia. The effect of time on the space will be used as narrative and metaphorical starting point for the exhibition.



Leo GABIN (Lieven Deconinck, Robin De Vooght, and Gaëtan Begerem, b. Ghent, Belgium, live and work, Ghent, Belgium), met in Ghent as teenagers and have worked as a collective since the early 2000´s. They work in a variety of media including video, painting, sculpture and various other media. Leo Gabin teaches as a collective at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, Brussels.
Leo Gabin draws inspiration from the internet‘s wealth of media carnage, private/public personal information and abundance of otherwise seemingly useless material, and builds works exploring the volatile and capricious nature of contemporary youth culture. Violence, sex, smug irony and sly social critique are all filtered through an aesthetic reflective of both recent art world trends and the street art of their youth.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Remap3 one


An international contemporary art programme
Kerameikos-Metaxourgeio, Athens, Greece
12 September – 30 October 2011

ReMap is an international contemporary art platform open and free to the public, which is held bi annually in the area of Kerameikos-Metaxourgeio in Athens, in tandem with the Athens Biennial. It is organized by ReMapKM, a not-for-profit organization.

ReMapKM’s goal is to create an alternative platform for the production and experiencing of contemporary art within the urban context, to present an interactive environment within a cultural framework and to enhance Athens’s positioning in the international contemporary art scene.

In its third incarnation, this year’s ReMap3 will be serving as a meeting place for over 250 artists, art historians and curators from around the world. KM’s own artistic community will also be represented within the 30 independent and the 25 gallery projects comprising this year’s ReMap.




Andreas Melas Projects and Helena Papadopoulos are very pleased to present
new photographic work by Michele Abeles.

Abeles’s work is concerned not simply with the male form but also with the conventions and possibilities of the still life and the photographic medium. Within the confines of her studio, Abeles has developed an inscrutable, yet strangely recognizable vocabulary of studio props -potted plants, empty wine bottles, decontextualized letters and numbers-often coexisting with elaborate arrangements of Plexiglas and colored gels that generate the illusion of Photoshop intervention, despite the fact that her images are created entirely in-camera. As a result, the photographs appear to waffle ambiguously between a loving, ironic engagement with tired tropes and low-tech trickery of studio photography’s past, and an interest in the rabid ecleticism and psychotropic visuality of our digital present.
-Chris Wiley, excerpt from Critic’s Picks, Artforum, May 2011



For ReMAP 3 Johann König, Berlin is pleased to present new paintings by Johannes Wohnseifer. The Colgne based artist investigates cultural phenomena and shifts of meaning using the mediums of sculpture, painting, collage, installation and film. In his current work the artist has also examined the significance of his personal past for his artistic practice, by incorporating objects and ephemera derived from his immediate surroundings. Subject matter is as varied as the announcements from contemporary galleries for upcoming exhibitions, deconstructed found texts, and cardboard paintings, recycling the refuse of exhibition making and studio practice. In Wohnseifer’s work pop-cultural phenomena and personal experience are consistently inextricably interwoven.
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Spyros Papaloukas Painting

Spyros Papaloukas - Σπύρος Παπαλουκάς

Spyros Papaloukas is one of the truly exceptional Greek painters of the 20th century and his contribution to the development of a contemporary idiom in painting is regarded as incalculable. Papaloukas approached the Greek landscape in an original and unique way and portayed it with unprecedented power and daring.

Landscapes are the dominant theme of his work, which also includes portraits and still lives. Interesting aspects of his work are the murals done in temples in his homeland (he decorated several churches, including the famous Cathedral of Amfissa, 1927-1932), as well as costume design for plays.
Even today his works on Mount Athos (1923-1935), the mosaics of St. Loukas, which he studied and copied in 1925, the paintings of the Nomikos School and the decoration of the Monastery of the Great Cave (1937-1939) remain striking.

In 2006, the largest part of his work was donated to the Foundation by the artist’s daughter, Mina. Basil Theocharakis, the president of the Foundation and an artist himself, was a pupil of Papaloukas for five years. [Foundation's contact details]

During the European Heritage Days 2011 there was a small presentation of his work (by Katia Papaspiliopoulou), including tips for the preventive conservation of artworks (by Elisa Polychroniadou)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

DESTE Prize 2011

Eftihis Patsourakis

DESTE Prize 2011 @ Museum of Cycladic Art

Theodoros Stamatogiannis

The DESTE Prize was established in 1999 and is awarded every two years to a Greek artist living in Greece or abroad. The Prize aims to showcase the work of a new and emerging generation of artists and it is an integral part of the Foundation’s policy for supporting and promoting contemporary art in Greece.

Irini Miga

The six shortlisted artists for the DESTE Prize 2011:

– Alexandra Bachzetsis, Anastasia Douka, Irini Miga, Eftihis Patsourakis, Theodoros Stamatogiannis and Jannis Varelas –

Alexandra Bachzetsis

will show their work in an exhibition that will take place for the second time at the Museum of Cycladic Art between May 25 and October 30, 2011.

 Jannis Varelas

This collaboration between the DESTE Foundation and the Museum of Cycladic Art is part of the latter’s “Young Views” program, which aims at launching a dialogue with a younger generation, at keeping the public up to date with the latest developments in contemporary cultural production and at ensuring the dynamic presence of a space for the exchange of ideas.

Anastasia Douka

An international jury of six  announced the winner (Anastasia Douka) of this year’s DESTE Prize on September 14, 2011. The Prize is accompanied by a grant of €10.000.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Odysseus Elytis: Poetry and Paintings

The exhibition "Odysseus Elytis: Poetry and Paintings" presents for the first time all the paintings of the Nobelist poet Odysseus Elytis.

It comprises imaginative collages, temperas and watercolours, highlighting his unique artistic personality and reflecting his aesthetic perception.

Moreover, representative artworks by leading Greek artists he admired and for whom he has written excellent texts for their work, will be on display, among them: Picasso, Theofilos, Tsarouchis, Ghika, Matisse, Kapralos, Kanellis, Moralis, Derpapas and Fassianos.

The exhibition is also accompanied by manuscripts and editions belonging to the poet's private collection, along with published and unpublished photographs.

Most of the artworks are loaned from the Gennadius Library, the Benaki Museum, the Athens National Gallery and numerous private collections. The exhibition is organized with the valuable assistance of Ioulita Iliopoulou in curatorship by Takis Mavrotas and in cooperation with the Athens Concert Hall.

Duration: 22 September 11 - 27 November 11

Place: B and M Theocharakis Foundation

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Destination Vertical

The destination we reached it
Now we’re back to earth
The destination we reached it
Now we’re feeling worse

Descending from the mountain peaks
My knees are trembling I feel weak
The sun reflected from the snow above
We hardly see the things we left behind

The destination we reached it
Now we’re back to earth
The destination we reached it
Now we’re feeling worse

Masha Qrella

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Terra Incognita

I kept guards and caravans close to me
In case one day I'd need some company
I never looked out towards the wind
i never saw the families gathering around

Holy ghost
Tripled host, I saw
Carry me home
On the backs of beasts that drone

Holy sky
Opened up so wide
Carry me home
Scared me to the bone

Celestial crops carry me home
These ancient technologies strengthen my bones
I know a place called love
No one bothered me there, no I was all alone


Will you join me?
Could you possibly be
The one I sought?
The one I fought for?

A place I'd be
Able to see clearly
The beginning and end
I want to begin

Atlas Sound

Friday, September 23, 2011


I'll throw away the candle
Can't see my face
Change happens without warning
For the husbands and wives
In coming through the window
It looks like the world
In coming through the window
It's come all the way

(It's gonna be a big)
(Such a big, big, big)
(You're gonna feel it)

I think that there's a secret
That everyone knows
I think that there's a secret
A sign on my back
Be a good conductor
Make something real
Be a good conductor
Make anything you feel real


Here We Go Magic

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


to be born again

the saddest kind of pain

for the day when I will crawl away

Nothing is what I feel


for the drugs to make it real

for the day when I will crawl away

to be disciplined

for your nails across my skin

for the day when I will crawl away

Porcupine Tree

Monday, September 19, 2011


My letters sit on your window-sill

Yellowed by the sun

Written that time our love was in its prime

They just ran off my pen

My pen is broken now

Couldn't eat a thing

Couldn't sit next to you

For all this sorrow the joy brings

It only shows me the truth


So I fretted at you, to swallow the pill

that's getting bitterer every day

All that joy couldn't help the boys

But we look so ...

Just like burning up the crockery

With your fire we melt our joy

Pour in the sorrow this joy brings

Took away the doubt from me


My letters sit on your window-sill

Yellowed by the sun

Written that time our love was in its prime

They just ran off my pen

I can't write them now

All this sorrow the joy brings

It only shows me the truth


I'm changing


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Love Cats

we move like cagey tigers
oh we couldn't get closer than this
the way we walk
the way we talk
the way we stalk
the way we kiss
we slip through the streets
while everyone sleeps
getting bigger and sleeker
and wider and brighter
we bite and scratch and scream all night
let's go and throw
all the songs we know...


into the sea
you and me
all the years and no one heard
i'll show you in spring
it's a treacherous thing
we missed you hissed the lovecats


we're so wonderfully pretty!

hand in hand
is the only way to land
and always the right way round
not broken in pieces
like hated little meeces...
how could we miss
someone as dumb as this?
we missed you hissed the lovecats

The Cure

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Invert Ranking

What I need is a peace and quiet
What we see is an illusion
I have no reason to confuse them
I have no reason to confuse my brothers


They have real shotguns
They were baby killers
But I warned you many times that they will burn down your house


Not today (what can I do)
Not today (to make it better)


What we need is a persuasion
What you give is retaliation
I hope one day we meet again
I hope one day we love one another


They were young soldiers
They were old liars
But I heard the rumor that they will burn down your house


Not today (what can I do)
Not today (to make it better)

They will burn down your house

Blonde Redhead