Yannis Psychopedis' work has been
exhibited in Berlin, in a retrospective exhibition at the Macedonian Museum of
Contempoorary Art in Thessaloniki, and in Zoumboulakis Art Gallery in Athens, where
some newer works were displayed.
Brussels and Berlin are two cities that constitute reference points in the thematic universe of Yannis Psychopedis, a Greek painter with international presence, who recently was named professor of the Athens Fine Arts School. He has lived in these two cities through remarkable historic periods: in Brussels, at the moment when the city started to vibrate to the rhythm of the newly born European Union; in Berlin, just before the Fall of the Wall.
The personal plastic language of Yannis Psychopedis is an idiom of New Realism, but the entirety of his work shows much more complex processes than the ones described by any «-ism». An attentive look at his work unveils the genes of many assimilated art movements and waves, similar to an underground reference to selected moments of Art History.
But, of course comics is a form of art! It expresses specific cultural characteristics of the industrial era. This is why the 3rd Hellenic Comics Exhibition (June 9 to July 9 1995) at Mylos Art Gallery in Thessaloniki was a fine arts event.
In October '95, within the framework of the Dimitria festival, a retrospective exhibition of Spyros Vasiliou' works (1902-1985) took place in Thessaloniki, to commemorate 10 years from his death. Vasiliou was mainly inspired by the old romantic city of Athens.
Some paintings from the Swindon collection («British painters of the 20th century») were exhibited in 1995 at the Cycladic Art Museum in Athens.
A small exhibition of photos, montages, letters and texts of Raoul Hausmann (1886-1971), leading figure of the Dada movement in Berlin, took place at the Goethe Intitute in Athens.
During summer '95, an exhibition was held at the Kydonieus Foundation in Andros island with the Aeolian signal of Takis and some works of Costas Tsoclis within the thematic exhibition "Sailings", inspired by the island character of Andros.
Paintings and etching works of Alecos Fasianos from the
D. Pierides collection were displayed in August '95 at the Cyclades' Gallery in
Hermoupolis, Syros island.
Alecos Fasianos was born in Athens in 1935. He is one of the most important Greek contemporary artists with international presence. He studied in Athens and Paris. He draws his inspiration from Greek Tradition and has created his own individual characteristic style of painting. Works of his can be found at the Modern Art Museum, in Paris, at the Bordeaux Museum of Art, at the National Gallery in Athens and in many private collections.
|The big cinematographic
posters of the Hellaffi Collection were initially exhibited in Athens, until the
end of May '95 —within the framework of the festivities on the centennial of Cinema—
and then moved to the «Mostra» in Venice, Italy, at the St. Apollonia church
where they were displayed until September 21, 1995.
This kind of cinematographic poster art flourished in the big cities of Greece from the middle of the fifties until the middle of the seventies. Its main representatives are S. Almaliotis, G. Vakirtzis, N. Andreakos, C. and G. Couzounis, and others.
This art was the colourful ancestor of the mechanically produced poster and its role was that of the «town crier», advertising the week's cinematographic event. As a painting form, it can be listed within the many branches of Pop Art: its thematic content, as well as its technique, belong to those we use to call "Mass Culture", commented and served by Pop Art.
By the end of January '96, an exhibition of sculptures using video created by the Cypriot sculptor Theodoulos took place at the Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center.
|An action-intervention in the City: within the context of the festivities for its 600 issues, Anti political and cultural review has presented young artists, art, music bands, clowns and theatrical happenings in the streets, along with "tag" graffiti: the problems of the city and its culture, of the urban landscape and the art of the street became —with multicolor spray— a tag on the iron-sheet fences of the metro works; its title: "Attack the Grey in the City"; its slogan: Let's get our space back form the public works' contractors".|
«Cyprus: 9000 years of civilisation» was the title of an exhibition that has been on display since March '96 at the Greek Parliament. It has two thematic series: the first comprises of archeological findings and works of the Byzantine period, while the second presents documents from the Cypriot Liberation struggle of EOKA.
An exhibition of Juan Munoz' works took place at the Jean Bernier Art Gallery in Athens.
One of the existing two series of 24 folk art paintings iconographed by Panagiotis Zografos and his sons as «dictated» by General Makriyannis, after a thorough restoration, were again displayed at the Genadios Library in Athens. The theme of these paintings was the narration of some events of the Greek National Liberation Revolution in 1821.
Yannis Moralis: Epitymbion E', 1963
Sculptures under the title «The Gender» at the Medusa +1 art gallery.