Opening Day: Thursday 10 October 2019, 19.30
Location: Ikastikos Kiklos Sianti Gallery (2 Vass. Alexandrou Av., behind the National Gallery)
Duration: Thursday, October 10, 2019 – Saturday, November 2, 2019
Curator: Vasiliki Sianti
From Thursday, October 10 until Saturday, November 2, Ikastikos Kiklos Sianti Gallery will be hosting more than ten creations by Christos Antonaropoulos, presented in a personal exhibition under the title “Blue lights, emotions, stories”.
The artist’s intense symbolisms are underlined by metal, plexiglass and led lighting. Inspired by mythology and Art History, Christos Antonaropoulos takes us on a tour through his unique, personal world, using light as his main element with an expressionistic, pop disposition.
The exhibition is a follow-up of the artist’s successful participation in Art Athina 2019, where he presented his works «Rusty Rembrandt» and «Captive Caryatid» at Booth E6 of Ikastikos Kiklos Sianti Gallery.
As Thanasis Moutsopoulos, Associate Professor of Art History and Theory of Culture, states: “We all remember how ‘The Imaginary Museum’ by André Malraux changed our point of view.
Christos Antonaropoulos’ latest work is infused with the idea that the museum as a concept is not necessarily confined within four walls, but it includes a significant part of humanity’s creative history, regardless of any geographical designations or predefined criteria.
Here, we all can recreate our surroundings with artworks-references to the entire History of the Arts – especially that of mass culture. The shaping of Greek art tendencies which are flirting with mass culture is not only due to the European and American influence (from Pop Art to the new trends of the ΄90s), but it is also connected to a newly acquired concept of the world of mass consumption, which (at last) is reaching Greece as well.
In addition, the voices which started during the ΄70s as a whisper, demanding the recognition of mass culture expression (visual, i.e. comics, animation, popular cinema, as well as non-visual, i.e. pop music) as equal to the ‘Fine Arts’, are gaining in momentum since the dawn of our century. In order to better comprehend why these trends came to constitute a more eloquent expression of the new Greek reality, we must take under consideration the shocking impact of mass consumption on Greek society in general.”
When asked if Chris Antonaropoulos is a pop artist, Thanasis Moutsopoulos replies:
“He probably is, in an ideological way, since he uses this mixture of “High” and “Common”. But his artistic language (as well as his artistic past) include a number of other 20th century artistic landmarks, from Expressionism (of all types) to Conceptual Art (again of all types). Clarification? Is it really needed nowadays?”
Vasiliki Sianti, Managing Director of the Ikastikos Kiklos Sianti Gallery, expresses her enthusiasm for this particular exhibition, stating:
“Even though I have come to know Christos Antonaropoulos only recently, I dare say he is an artist of the soul, with a deep love for what he is doing. I was especially impressed by his love for the baroque artists of the 16th and the 17th century.
As he himself describes it, he is inspired by the ‘light’ in their work and he aspires to present this beauty of the light in his own, unique way. His works have a special glow of their own, but sometimes they also transmit a kind of sweet melancholy, as he has revealed to me during our discussions.
The artist uses ‘blue’ (one of most famous colors in art) in order to transmit to the viewer the sense of light in a magical way.
During the Art Athina 2019, I had the honor of presenting his work, which gave me the opportunity to draw from his creations as much energy as I could. I also had the joy of sharing with Christos our common love for Art History, as well as our common goal of transfusing this love to the public in a contemporary point of view.”
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