Three top artists Katzourakis, Kliafa & Gerodimos at the Averoff Museum of Neohellenic Art at Metsovo.
This year’s event is twofold.
The exhibition title «Creative Encounters 2017 – Michalis Katzourakis, Peggy Kliafa, Vassilis Gerodimos – Metamorphoses of Matter» clearly reflects the concept. This year’s edition of the Averoff Art Gallery’s “Creative Encounter” is a conversation in interaction among three artists of different generations who share a distinctive, personal, original, and selective use of their respective media.
“Creative Encounters” have a long history that continues to this day, starting in September 1995, with an exhibition featuring Michalis Katzourakis.
A visual arts institution with a strong educational nature, with different artists each time, with different exhibitions, workshops, speeches, conversations, happenings and educational activities, but always for the purpose of the creative encounter of art and the public, the live conversation between the creator and the place and between the participating artists themselves.
This year’s event is twofold: On the one hand, three works of monumental scale are being produced specifically for the Evangelos Averoff Foundation and Art Gallery, to be permanently installed on the slopes of Yiniets in a direct visual relationship with the natural environment of the vineyard. The works deal with the notions of fear, vision, and hope from different starting points and with captivating aesthetic and conceptual conclusions.
Concurrently, exhibitions of works by the three artists are mounted at the Averoff Art Gallery.
For Michalis Katzourakis (1933), this is a selective and representative retrospective exhibition. The exhibition comprises some 48 works, in sections spanning the entire production of the pioneering artist from 1950 to date.
Peggy Kliafa (1967) and Vassilis Gerodimos (1977) each show ten representative works from their recent production, after graduating from the Athens School of Fine Arts. Peggy Kliafa pleasantly surprises by using pills and pharmaceutical blisters as the building blocks of her works.
Vassilis Gerodimos also surprises, by his selective and thoughtful combination of antithetical materials. Apart from the conceptual framework, their works impress in terms of technical excellence, formal, and aesthetic completeness.
The distinctive use of media through specific materials is a prominent feature in all three of the exhibition’s artists; it makes for an authentic, original creative proposition, maintaining continuity over decades in a narrative with a social, political, and aesthetic starting point.
The curator of the exhibition is the art historian and curator of the National Gallery – Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Dr. Lina Tsikouta-Deimezi, who signs the texts of the bilingual catalogue of the exhibition as well.
Opening: Saturday 21/10/2017, 12:00 at noon
Place: Metsovo, Evangelos Averoff Art Gallery and the Vineyards, Yiniets area.
Duration: 21/10/2017 – 15/01/2018
Sponsors: Baron Michael Tossizza Foundation • Katogi Averoff S.A.