For the exhibition in the Byzantine and Christian Museum, Theodoros Papagiannis chose to use a new concept in order to present representative works of his artistic production of the last 15 years. The narrative of the exhibition has at its core the bread, a symbol of great importance for Christianity and one of the artist’s favourite subjects.
A long, crowded procession, comprised of small clay figures sets out from the darkness and moves towards the light crossing two halls in order to arrive to the third and last; the hall of the bread. This procession is flanked by oversized sculptures made by metal and wood. In the centre of the last hall, a huge pan, full of clay bread-models, dominates while behind it sandbags piled with wheat stand. In the corners, cruciform wooden figures frame the central installation, in a set that recalls the space of the Byzantine altar and the sacrament of the Divine Liturgy (Eucarist).
Within the halls of the Byzantine and Christian Museum, Theodoros Papagiannis’ art acquires a new meaning with religious and historical references.
|Date: 18/06/2012 – 23/09/2012 Place: Athens Venue: Byzantine and Christian Museum, 22, Vas. Sofias Av. Op. Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 09:00–16:00 Site: www.byzantinemuseum.gr|