What do you know about the Greek Contemporary art?
Have you ever played educational games inside a museum while learning history and a different part of art?
Today we visited Teloglion Foundation of Art A.U.Th, we admired the work of Alexis Akrithakis, we talked about his life and his special drawing techniques. We discussed about the art in Greece and abroad and we discovered the language that is hidden behind all of that!
Alexis Akrithakis was a Greek contemporary artist renowned for his paintings and wooden constructions. His works have been described as “speaking an unmistakable language. They stand on their own and are original, but are yet influenced by the particular Zeitgeist – between Arte Povera and Actioninsm” (Skulima 2003). Born in Athens (Greece), he lived and worked in Athens and Berlin (Germany). Throughout the ’70s he collaborated extensively with the prolific gallerist Alexander Iolas who exhibited his work in shows organized in Geneva (1971), Milan (1973), Turin (1973) and Athens (1971,1977).
Alexis Akrithakis has created drawings for publications of key figures of Greek literature, poetry and philosophy such as Nanos Valaoritis, Kostas Tachtsis, Elias Petropoulos and others. In 2018 this aspect of his work was celebrated in an exhibition organized by the Municipal Gallery of Athens in the framework of the Athens 2018 World Book Capital.
His work has been included in major institutionally organized exhibitions such as the 12th Biennale of Alexandria held in the Alexandria Museum of Fine Art, Alexandria, Egypt and Europalia1982 at the Bozar, Brussels, Belgium. In Greece his work has been included in major shows organized by the National Art Gallery–Alexandros Soutzos Museum such as “Metamorphoses of the Modern. The Greek experience” in 1992 as well as at the founding exhibition of the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki in 1984. After his death in 1994 both Greek museums organized large scale retrospective shows (Thessaloniki, 1997 and Athens, 1998) of his already recognized and critically acclaimed work.
In 2003 The Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin honored him with a large scale retrospective show that ran at the same time with an exhibition of works of Pablo Picasso in the same museum.
We discovered together several aspects of the Greek Contemporary Art, while learning how to utilize the necessary vocabulary. We practiced our daily communication skills and came into contact with grammar and syntax issues. We had an exciting day with a lot of fun! That’s the way we learn Greek at Peek at Greek in Thessaloniki!
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