This exhibition examines the evolution of figurative painting in Greece and Europe during the last two decades of the 20th century, through the works included in the Frissiras museum’s collections.
According to the exhibition’s curator art historian Thanassis Moutsopoulos, The 1980s was the decade which brought painting back to the forefront. Wherein the two prior decades had led it to something like a ‘guerrilla war’ against the various trends of the “Avant-garde”, the “New Media” and “Conceptual Art”, the new decade restored its place internationally. In such major events as the Venice Biennale and, above all, the last Biennale of Paris in 1985, painting had the leading role. In Athens, around the middle of the decade, two new trends appeared on the scene. Both (self-) described as the “'80s generation”, they represented something new and referenced their teachers, in direct or oblique links. The one sought to build on Arte Povera and the avant-gardes of the ΄60s (many of its exponents were students of Nikos Kessanlis), carrying the clear signs of ‘60s’ modernism and “art informel” in particular, but often in combination with local elements (as seen mostly in Yorgos Harvalias, Aggelos Papadimitriou, Marios Spiliopoulos and the younger Zafos Xagoraris and Pantelis Chandris). The other was a group of young painters devoted to representation; often with studies at the ASFA under Moralis and Mytaras and at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris under Leonardo Cremonini, they were hailed by a public averse to the extreme forms of modernism and its media. In a strange way both groups came to represent that turbulent time, each in its own different way.
The exhibition stops at the end of the twentieth century. The new millennium began with great hopes in the social domain, but these were painfully shattered in the second decade. In art, new quests will never cease to present new challenges...
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|Dates: 29/01/2014 – 28/09/2014. Place: Athens. Venue: Frissiras museum, 3, Monis Asteriou St., Plaka. Op. H.: Wednesday – Friday: 10:00 – 17:00 Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00. Photo: Clive Smith, 'Secured', 1999, oil on canvas, 193x168cm|