The exhibition showcases 120 pieces by the sculptor Costas Coulentianos, which represent the entire gamut of his creative periods. These range from his first student pieces in the 1940s, when he still worked with clay, to the monumental pieces in iron from the last decades of his life.
The exhibition’s purpose is to reassess the entirety of the artist’s creative output. Fundamental issues both of the exhibition and the accompanying publication are the variety of materials the artist utilised and the sculptural ease with which he handled them; his engagement with the human form; how he combined levels in both small and larger pieces; how cohesive his progress was to an ever more complete simplicity.
Discussing his own oeuvre Costas Coulentianos stated: “The main material I utilise is iron, ever harder, heavier, more difficult to work with. At the same time I try to remove some of its crude weight and give it motion. My basic problem is space, light and volume. How can each piece be positioned in space and accept the light, so that it can gain significance? I attempt to open space through my forms, creating holes that will allow the light through, so that the space can enter the artefact, which shall, in its turn take its place within the space”.
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|Date: 28/09/2012 – 05/01/2013 Place: Athens Venue: Benaki Museum (Peiraios street Annexe), 138 Peiraios str. & Andronikou, Athens. Op. H.: Thursday, Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00 Friday, Saturday: 10:00 – 22:00|