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“Figures” loved and idealized

Last Saturday I visited a small but original exhibition that takes place at Museum of Cycladic Art by the end of March, where you have the opportunity to meet the poems of well-known Alexandrian poet C.P. Cavafy alongside the figures that play a leading role in his poetry. “Inspired by the verse “Voices, loved and idealized” from Cavafy’s poem Voices, the exhibition uses archaeological artefacts to illustrate a selection of poems with mythological and, especially, historical subjects, which experts believe comprise approximately one third of Cavafy’s work”.

“Statues and portraits of Alexander the Great, Dimitrios Poliorcetes, Iulius Caesar or Nero, are presented in align with Cavafy’s poems, bearing the aura of the Hellenistic period, which the Alexandrian poet admired and referred to the most. And of course the parable, the irony and the meaning.”

Every Thursday at 20.00 and weekends at 13.00 a Guided Tour is available at no extra charge.

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Zone D

Zoumboulakis Gallery launched the other day the exhibition “Mehr Als Schein / Shining Through / Αυτό που φαίνεται”, as part of Zone D project, at the beautiful neoclassical building at the number 135 of Ermou street in Athens. The exhibition consists of mainly greek and german artists’ work, who are preoccupied with the aesthetics of surface. The opening party was supported by Absolut vodka that, in addition, celebrates the artistic creativity with its new bottle designed by Dave Kinsey.

Artworks below: Cartographies by Maria Loizidou, How Far away am I by Manolis Zaharioudakis,  Ohne Titel, collage by Pichler Michalis, Last Year by Yang Kailiang, P_TBA 2011 by Xenofon Bitsikas. The exhibition will last until June 2nd.

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Wearing Les Petites shirt, Herve Leger skirt and a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti for Thakoon booties that I discovered at Factory Outlet in a you’ll-go-green-in-envy price.

Yves Saint Laurent – A Visionary

Chris sends love from Brussels:

“The Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation exceptionally presents at the ING Cultural Centre, at Place Royale in Brussels, creations from the Yves Saint Laurent collection, a major part on display for the first time, in a solo exhibition devoted to the Parisian fashion designer.
Women’s desire, masculin-feminin, the shock of colours, the paper fashion house, the heart, jewelry, drawings and sketches come together to reveal the alchemy of the Saint Laurent style
…and oh the 1965 bride standing there, most highly protected from evil photo shooting…

Well this is what came out by poor hidden camera and several warnings from security guards”.

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Arrrgh! Monsters invading Paris

ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion, the exhibition presented by Atopos cvc in 2011 in Athens, this February  travels to Paris.

Very  proud to see my best friend participating in it – way to go Filep Motwary!

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Based on an original idea by Vasslis Zidianakis, ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion is the first international exhibition on character design in fashion and art. Characters are abstract, reduced figures with a strong anthropomorphic appeal and bold graphical silhouette. Participating designers and artists reshape the human body and reveal a new universe full of dreams, nightmares and hybrid creatures.

The outcome of extensive research that became ATOPOS’s unique publication Not a Toy and following the success of its first presentation at the Benaki Museum in Athens, ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion will now be hosting creations by 55 fashion designers and artists from around the world as well as loans from the ModeMuseum, Antwerp and thedestefashioncollection.

Participating designers & artists:
Alexander Mcqueen UK, Alex Mattsson SE, Alexis Themistocleous CY, Andrea Ayala Closa ES, Andrea Cammarosano IT, Andrea Crews FR, Bart Hess NL, Bas Kosters NL, Bernhard Willhelm DE, Boris Hoppek DE, Bronwen Marshall UK, Cassette Playa & Gary Card UK, Charlie Le Mindu FR, Chi He CN, Claire Michel FR, Craig Green UK, David Curtis-Ring UK, Digitaria GR, Dr Noki’s NHS UK, Erika Mizuno JP, Freeka Tet FR, Filep Motwary & Maria Mastori CY & GR, George Tourlas GR, Helen Price UK, Henrik Vibskov DK, Hideki Seo JP, Isabel Mastache Martinez ES, Issey Miyake & Dai Fujiwara JP, Jean-Paul Lespagnard BE, Josefin Arnell SE, Kim Traeger DK, Leutton Postle UK, Luis Lopez Smith UK, Mads Dinesen DK, Maison Martin Margiela BE, Manon Kündig CH, Mareunrol’s LV, On Aura Tout Vu FR, Pernilla Winberg SE, Paul Graves US, Pictoplasma DE, Pierre-Antoine Vettorello FR, Piers Atkinson UK, Rejina Pyo KR, Rick Owens US, Rozalb De Mura RO, Shin Murayama JP, Sotiris Bakagiannis GR, Takashi Nishiyama JP, The Brainstorm Design GR, Tracy Widdess CA, Toma Stenko RU, Urban Camouflage DE, Walter Van Beirendonck BE

Curation:
Vassilis Zidianakis, Angelos Tsourapas

Design:
Stamos Fafalios

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Arty Mr.Bones

Art for a charity purpose and Kiehl’s in the middle: A blend blog-worthy.
Famous New York cosmetics company Kiehl’s asked three Athenians to customize their legendary skeleton mascot Mr.Bones. Konstantinos Kakanias, Greece is for lovers and Yorgos Mazonakis did their own version each and all three “Mr. Bones” were auctioned last night at Rebecca Camhi gallery, for  the non-profit organization “Merimna”. Greece is for Lovers used blue glass eye charms, the well-known greek traditional talisman, where Yorgos Mazonakis did a Tsolias version of Mr. Bones.

Apart from the three auctioned pieces, we also had the chance to see Konstantinos Kakanias’ new series of Mrs. Tependri.
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Stone & Body

That was the name of sculptor Dimitris Kalligeropoulos’s exhibition at the beautiful old school of Isternia village in Tinos,

that gave the right dose of art to our sea-food-sleep type of vacations there.

*Old tiles are a piece of art themselves.



Stanley Kubrick: The Photographer

During my small trip to Brussels, I was very lucky to watch the photography exhibition of  top filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, whose early creative efforts as a photojournalist for the New York magazine Look, I was completely unaware of.

I was suprised by his large amount of work and completely captivated by the cinematographic viewpoint of it.


His lens captures a portrait of America after World War II- a central theme in Kubrick’s films. His themes include crime scenes, the life of a showshine man, a university theater troupe, etc. 

Beyond his involvement with society and its social and racial tensions, Kubricks’ photographic work displays a precision of composition that goes beyond mere reporting. Capable of constructing a scene, Kubrick sought to transcend the present moment, by definition chaotic and uncontrollable, by lending it form and structure. 


The exhibition ends July 1st, 2012, www.fine-arts-museum.be

*Photos that aren’t mine are linked to their sources