The exhibition intends to highlight the singular art of bookbinding through an overview of its historical evolution - from Byzantium to present times – and to introduce the visitor to a different visual approach to books. Bookbinding is directly related to the social history of the book, the use and function of manuscripts and printed books and it relates to matters of collective mentality rather than individual creation.
The books from the collection of manuscripts and incunabula of the Byzantine and Christian Museum and the Greek Library of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, on display at the exhibition, are excellent specimens of bookbinding techniques. But first and foremost these books represent important stages in the development of bookbinding over time. Dating from the 11th to the 19th centuries, they originate from the wider Greek mainland, Asia Minor, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Balkans and the West.
In exploring current readings of the tradition of the book as an art form, the exhibition has included contemporary artistic creations. Dimitris Xonoglou’s installation approaches the book as an object of figurative use. Venia Dimitrakopoulou’s artistic creations are inspired by the Japanese tradition of bookbinding. The six collector’s copies of the book Kassiane the hymnodist, are each illustrated by an artist – Markos Kampanis, Christos Markidis, Christos Bokoros, Kostas Papatriantafyllopoulos, Fotini Stefanidou and Panos Fidakis. All of these works are creative components of the exhibition and they boldly connect the past with the present.
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|Date: 20/09/2012 – 13/01/2013 Place: Athens Venue: Byzantine and Christian Museum, 22, Vas. Sofias Av., Athens. Op. H.: Tuesday-Sunday: 09:00-16:00|