EXHIBITIONS
NATIONAL GALLERY / ATHENS

ΑΣΤΥΓΡΑΦΙΑ / URBANOGRAPHY

In the Main Building (Periodic Exhibitions Hall) of the National Gallery - Alexandros Soutsos Museum the temporary exhibition "ΑΣΤΥΓΡΑΦΙΑ / URBANOGRAPHY. The life of the city in the 1950s-1970s", until Sunday, May 12, 2024.

It is a group thematic exhibition that explores the urban experience through the perspectives of visual artists and filmmakers. This original concept follows three decades of rapid transformation in post-war Greece, focusing on urbanization and how individuals participate in or resist the new conditions dictated by their ever-changing environment.

The exhibition brings together various forms of visual arts, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, installations, photography, drawings, and posters, and presents them in conversation with extracts from popular Greek cinema, films of critical realism, and eccentric narratives. With a showcase of 77 artists, 202 artworks, and 21 films, the exhibition aims to map the comprehensive scope of the "urban experience" by highlighting the social subjects within the city. It explores the charm, limitations, and exclusions that accompany urban life, with the exhibition narrative constantly transitioning from the grand scale to the small scale, from the panoramic to the close-up, as explained by Syrago Tsiara, the exhibition curator and director of EPAMAS. The exhibition is held in collaboration with the Greek Film Archive and has the support of the Hellenic Film Centre.

Tetsis Panagiotis (Hydra 1925-Athens 2016) Football 1960. Oil on canvas

Fasianos Alekos (Athens 1935-Athens 2022) Bringing the city of Linoleum on paper

Paralis George (Polygyros Halkidiki 1908-Thessaloniki 1975) The Sink of Varvara 1971 - 1975 Oil on canvas

Kontopoulos Alekos (Lamia 1904-Athens 1975). Athens 1954, Mixed technique on hardboard

Maria Chrysaki (1899-1972) Christmas 1951, Athens. Inkjet printing

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