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George Lappas
Eerie Walk
October 24, 2023 - January 13, 2024
Athens

19 Patriarchou Ioakim
4th floor
10675 Athens
Greece

(+30) 210 7235 226

Opening Hours
Tue, Thu, Fr: 11.00-20.00
Wed, Sat: 11.00-16.00

About the artist

Knowledgeable of the human psyche largely due to his studies in clinical psychology, George Lappas has rendered a work characterized by a sense for corporeality, especially in terms of proportion and space, a work with passages between the familiar and the unfamiliar, surreal element, an affirmation of life and the reality of loss. Intertextual and with references to art history, memory and history, his art is captivating, mysterious, immediate, and profound. An internationally acknowledged artist, George Lappas had represented Greece (along with artist Yiannis Bouteas) at the 1990 Venice Biennale and among other participations, took part at the Sao Paolo Biennale in 1987, the same date of the emblematic Mappemonde, an installation/miniature, world of the World, a memory field reconstituted by CITRONNE Gallery in the artist’s exhibition in 2018.

About the exhibition

Revolving around an uncompleted/work in progress, this fourth solo exhibition of the artist at CITRONNE Gallery, aims at shedding light on the George Lappas’s distinct thought and working process part of which was often dismantling a work and recomposing its parts into new sculptures. It therefore reveals the organic development of his work with its internal logic and its constantly subversive quality.

The selected works share the fragmented figure as well as balance and movement, static or not while many of them incorporate a source of light. The implication of «shadow» in the sense of an immaterial, invisible and non-present quality override mass and volume. Volume and mass override mass and volume. At the same time however, the works provoke a bodily experience, activate space and a reciprocal gaze wherein both viewer and the work become the subject and the object of vision.

A pioneering artist, George Lappas (1950-2016), who was also professor at Athens School of Fine Arts is also remembered for his ground-breaking, inspired teaching method, left behind a hugely rich work that has been appraised as a seminal case in contemporary sculpture. The cosmopolitan, intercultural perspective of this widely-travelled artist of the Greek diaspora who was born and spent his childhood in Egypt, his ties with the history of art and with memory, his delving into human psychology, are blended in an idiosyncratic work that never ceases to astound the viewer. His work was presented internationally in important exhibtions such as Metropolis at Martin Gropius Bau in 1991 as well as in some of the world’s largest Biennials such as the Venice Biennale in 1990 (his work was shown at the Greek national pavilion), the Alexandria Biennale where he was winner of the first prize and the Sao Paolo Biennial in 1987. That same year the artist created the installation Mappemonde, the Map of the World, a memory field reconstituted by CITRONNE Gallery in the artist’s exhibition in 2018.

Repetitions II

About the artists

Nikos Alexiou was born in 1960, in Rethymno (Crete). He studied at the Akademie der Bildeden Kunste in Vienna and then at the Athens School of Fine Arts. He creates installations using lace-shaped geometrical constructions out of cane and paper, which create volatile, poetic spaces, often with symbolic allusions. His art includes references to tradition or historical past, with an impressive array of mediums, ranging from delicate, handmade constructions to advanced technologies.

Since 2003, he intensely studied themes and motifs from the Holy Monastery of Iviron in Mount Athos, which he often visited. He manages to express the element of mysticism and the wealth of religious architecture, through complex mediums, but also in a spirit of contemplation and reflection.

He represented Greece in the 23rd Alexandria Biennale (2005) and in the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), with his much discussed work, The End; a large installation inspired by the mosaic of the Catholicon of the Monastery of Iviron. A summarized version of the artwork was shown simultaneously in Athens and Munich, by using digitally processed prints of the same mosaic. In 2010, St. Marcus Basilica and the homonymous square in Venice were presented in a similar manner, with large digital prints, as a second phase of the same journey.

Until his premature death in 2011 (Athens), his work had been presented in more than 15 solo exhibitions and in numerous group ones, in Greece and abroad.

Trained in the climate of Radical Architecture in Florence, Beppe Caturegli (1957) moved to Milan in 1982 to work with Ettore Sottsass, Memphis group and Terrazzo magazine. In 1987 he opened his studio together with Giovannella Formica (1957-2019). The passion for traveling led him to develop an anthropological approach to design culture using the dichotomy of mixed systems: industrial/crafts, global/local, mass-produced/one-off across a very heterogeneous work ranging from bio-architecture to unique rugs, from interiors to paintings, from industrial design to sculptures, from exhibitions curating to video-sketches. His works have been exhibited in galleries such as Design Gallery, Nilufar Gallery, Assab One, Antonia Jannone Gallery, George Sowden’ 44SPAZIO and in museums such as Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Mino Ceramic Art Museum Japan, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Triennale di Milano etc.

Alekos Kyrarinis was born in 1976 in Athens and raised on the island of Tinos, the place of his origin. He worked with his father, Yiannis Kyrarinis, a sculptor in marble, from the age of eleven until 1997, when he was admitted to the Athens School of Fine Arts. At the School he studied at the studio of Jannis Psychopedis and graduated in 2003. He has illustrated the following books: Calendar of Group ALPHA 2003, Verifying the Night (Dimitris Angelis, Neos Astrolavos / Efthyni, Athens 2011), Encima del subsuelo /Above the subsoil (Kostas Vrachnos, limited edition, Athens 2012), issues 1,2,3 of the magazine “Nea Efthyne”, Drippings from the tiles (Monk Antonios Romaios, En Plo editions, Athens 2015), issue 1 of the magazine “Anthivola”. He collaborates with the magazine “Frear” and with the cultural space “Baumstrasse”. He has published an essay book about painting entitled “Nefeli’s questions”, Mikros Astrolavos /Efthyni, Athens 2011.His work has been shown in 16 solo exhibitions in Greece, Spain and Belgium. He has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Poland, Romania, France and Spain. Alekos Kyrarinis is represented solely by CITRONNE Gallery.

Christina Mitrentse is a multidisciplinary artist, P.G.C.E educator and freelance curator who has lived in London for over 20 years. Concerned with esoteric qualities of cultural construction she uses manifold processes of drawing, screen-print, site-specific installation, vintage book-sculptures, collages, and conceptual appropriation to freely create new narratives and poetic ensembles of temporary idiosyncratic institutions i.e. schools, libraries, museums. Within the digitized environment, e-learning and anti-education Mitrentse is known for inventing an on-going Book Arts project initiative, entitled ‘’ Add To My Library’’ designed to provoke changes in the function of the material book, while de-institutionalising it in the process. A prolific systematic methodology entitled #BDF Bibliographic Data Flow, that compiles favorite book titles selected by international contributors each adding to an infinite, yet performative Meta-Library. ‘Akrokerama’ are a series of sculptural works made by handcrafted, handfolded and altered embroidery magazines, end papers, book covers and ephemeral material from her family collection that reference the handcrafted culture and architecture amongst other reference points. She has exhibited extensively, shown her works in 20 solo exhibitions and over 200 group shows in galleries, museums and public spaces including, the Tate Modern, The Royal Academy, ICA London, PIAF Art Fair, Brussels Art Fair, London Art Fair, Art Fair Rotterdam, Liverpool Biennial UK, XV Biennale de Mediterranea, 2nd Bodrum International Biennial Turkey, NDSM- Werf Amsterdam, MOMUS State Museum of Modern Art, Jewish Museum of Greece, Hackney Museum, Nadine Feront Gallery, Dalla Rosa Gallery, The Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Central Booking NY, The Centre for the Book Arts NY, San Francisco Centre for the Book, California, Drop -Hiroshima, Japan, Rise Berlin, Helsinki Contemporary Gallery. Her artworks can be found in major international private & public collections such as WWW foundation, MOCA London, Senate House, Book Arts UWE, LCC, (UAL), Women’s Art Library Goldsmiths University, The Feminist Library London, Book Art Centre NY, the National Library in Baghdad, Jewish Museum of Greece, Fine Art Society London, Greenwich Council, Sill Library Bath, Mol’s collection Holland, Tate Archive, Penguin Collectors Society, Griechische Kultustiftung Berlin, M. Altenman NY, Onassis Foundation, Alpha Bank, MOMUS Greece, Benaki Museum, MIET foundation, Venizelos Airport Athens. Her work has been profiled in publications such as The Word Is Art, Thames & Hudson, and “Unshelfmarked” Reconceiving the Artists’ Book.

Myrto Xanthopoulou was born in Helsinki in 1981. She lives and works in Athens. She studied fine arts at the Athens School of Fine Arts, and art history at Deree College. Her practice is characterized by the use of everyday materials, handicraft and text. Her works, weather they are installations, sculptures, drawings or video, attempt to articulate a poetic of the ordinary and the intimate, the unbearable and the light-hearted, of everyday trauma. In 2022 she presented her fifth solo show in Athens, titled Καταιγίδα (Δεν έχω στυλό)/Storm(I don’t have a pen), curated by Christophoros Marinos, and she has participated in various group exhibitions and projects in Greece and abroad, at museums, galleries and independent art spaces. In 2020 she received the SNF ARTWORKS fellowship. Notable exhibitions include: PORTALS (2021) at Neon Tobacco Factory curated by Elina Kountouri and Madeleine Grynsztejn, Collactenea (2020) at ACG Gallery curated by Christoforos Marinos, The Equilibrists (2016) at Benaki Museum curated by Gary Carrion-Murayari and Helga Christoffersen with Massimiliano Gioni, Reverb: New Art from Greece, Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston (2014) curated by Evita Tsokanta and Eirene Efstathiou, AFRESH at EMST Athens (2013) curated by D.Vitali, D. Dragona and T. Pandi.

Maria Ikonomopoulou was born in 1961 in Kalamata, Greece. After finishing her studies in Economics at the University of Athens she moved to The Netherlands to study Arts in 1985. First, she attended the Free Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague for two years. In 1991 she graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam from the Sculpture and Monumental Art department. She has realised commissioned pieces for the public space in The Netherlands and her autonomous work has been exposed systematically in Belgium, Greece and The Netherlands. Part of it is included in the collection of the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) in Athens, the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Museum Meermanno in The Hague, public institutions in The Netherlands and numerous private collections in Europe. Maria Ikonomopoulou is based in Rotterdam.

Nina Papaconstantinou was born in Athens, Greece in 1968. She studied Greek Literature in Athens and Visual Arts in Camberwell College of Arts, London. In 2015 she was artist-in-residence at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies in Princeton. Her work is mainly an investigation of the relationship between text and its image, as well as drawing as a system of marks, tracings and imprints. She has presented her work in several group and personal exhibitions in Greece and abroad, such as: Phantoms (solo show), Athens Municipal Art Gallery, 2022, Home (duo show with Kostas Bassanos), Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre, Athens, 2020, Haft Paykar/Seven Beauties, Mohsen gallery, Tehran, Iran, 2019, After Babel, AnnexM, Athens Concert Hall, 2019, Under/erasure, Pierogi gallery, New York, 2019, Multitudinous Seas, Fondation Hippocrène, Paris, 2018, Antidoron -documenta 14 Fridericianum, Kassel, 2017, Typo (solo show) Kalfayan gallery, 2016, Quieter in Every Phrase (solo show), Martine Aboucaya gallery, Paris, 2014, Drawing Time, Reading Time, The Drawing Center, New York, 2013, Instead of Writing (solo show), National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) Athens, 2011, Heaven, 2nd Athens Biennial, 2009, etc. Her works can be found in private collections, as well as collections of institutes and museums in Greece and abroad, such as the Bank of Greece, National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), MOMus, Arter etc.

Nikos Podias was born in 1974 in Thessaloniki, Greece. He graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts in 1999, where he studied painting and scenography. In 2001 as a fellow of the Onasis Foundation he completed his postgraduate studies at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and Hochchule fur Gestaltung und Kunst in Zurich. His works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions. Lives and works in Athens, Greece.

Efi Spyrou talks about the progressive movement from the particularity of personal narrative to the universality of collective memory. Employing the means of sculpture, drawing, film and photo-performance, her artistic practice engages in a simultaneously sensitive and caustic socio-political commentary. Her artwork has been featured in numerous exhibitions in Εurope, including Efi’s recent solo exhibition “METAMORPHOSES” at the Greek pavilion, EXPO 2020 Dubai, in the framework of the event “A Universal Narrative of Light’ From Apollo’s birthplace, Delos, to a brighter future”, organized by the Office of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, “MY FINEST FABULOUS AND AMAZING MATH BOOK” at Greenwich University, LFA, London, “BLACK GOLD FLAKES” at A.G. Leventis Gallery, Nicosia, and the city secret performance “ART SCENE CRIME SOON”, in different cities in Greece and Cyprus. She has recently been awarded for her artwork with the “PPC MEETS ART” Award, 2022 and the “175th Anniversary of National Bank of Greece” Award, by the National Bank of Greece, 2017. She has an extensive experience in the fashion and media industry. She has served as Goodwill Ambassador for public interest campaigns in Europe and US, including the recent campaign for the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. Her short films “Identity in Between” and “Womanifesto” has been selected and honored by film festivals AVIFF Cannes 2022-Art film festival, Cannes; VAEFF 2021-Video Art and Experimental Film Festival, New York and On Art 2023 film festival, Poland. She is the communication and artistic director of Block722 architects+ and founder and creative director of the non-profit art initiative RUNONART.

Panos Charalampous (b.1956) is an artist living and working in Athens. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Athens under Nikos Kessanlis. He has participated in international exhibitions, including: 58th Biennale Arte, Venice, 2019 / Voice-o-graph & Flatus Vocis, documenta14, Athens and Kassel, 2017 / Genii Loci. Greek art from 1930 since today, Saint Petersburg, 2016 / White House Biennial, Varna, 2016 / Breakthrough, ARCO, Madrid, 2004 / Eidos, Besançon, 2004 / Copenhagen – European Capital of Culture, 1996 / Ogrody, Poznań, 1996 / Kunst-Europa, Visual European Landscape, Berlin, 1991 / Glasgow – European Capital of Culture, 1990 / Οut of limits, Poznan, 1990 / 3rd Biennale of Young Artists from Mediterranean Europe, Barcelona, 1987. Some of his notable solo shows include: Αquis submersus, Athens, 2014-15 / Tobacco Area, 1986 – 2011, Athens, 2011 / Voice-O-Graph, Athens, 2006-2007 / Phonopolis, Athens, 2003-2004 / Psychagogia II, Athens, 2001 / 1496–2000 / como humo se va, Athens, 1999-2000 / Psychagogia I (Recreation), Athens & Thessaloniki, 1997 / ΙΧΘΥΣ, Athens, 1995 / Concerning fishing, Athens, 1992 / Τobacco story, Βerlin,1991, Athens,1990,1988.

Thalia Chioti is a visual artist. She studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (N. Kessanlis’ workshop). She completed her MA in Digital Arts at ASFA in 2012. In 1994 she was awarded by Yannis and Zoe Spyropoulos Foundation and in 1996 she received a fellowship from the State Scholarship Foundation (IKY)and attended classes in the engraving workshop at the Facultad de Bellas Artes in Madrid for one semester under the Erasmus program. She lives and works in Athens.

About the exhibition

CITRONNE Gallery - Athens is delighted to present on September 5, the group exhibition Repetitions II. The first part - Repetitions I, will be on view at the gallery in Poros until September 17, 2023.

Eleven artists - Nikos Alexiou, Beppe Caturegli, Panos Charalambous, Thalia Chioti, Alekos Kyrarinis, Christina Mitrentse, Maria Ikonomopoulou, Nina Papaconstantinou, Nikos Podias, Efi Spyrou, Myrto Xanthopoulou - interact over the element of repetition.

The repetitive movement, the obsessive ritual as mannerism, the order and structure, and the effortful immersion are some of the practices employed by the artists presented in both exhibitions.

These two exhibitions act as communicating vessels. Whether creating new ad hoc works or redefining older historical works, the artists compose the exhibition's theme.

Repetitions Ι

About the artists

Nikos Alexiou was born in 1960, in Rethymno (Crete). He studied at the Akademie der Bildeden Kunste in Vienna and then at the Athens School of Fine Arts. He creates installations using lace-shaped geometrical constructions out of cane and paper, which create volatile, poetic spaces, often with symbolic allusions. His art includes references to tradition or historical past, with an impressive array of mediums, ranging from delicate, handmade constructions to advanced technologies.

Since 2003, he intensely studied themes and motifs from the Holy Monastery of Iviron in Mount Athos, which he often visited. He manages to express the element of mysticism and the wealth of religious architecture, through complex mediums, but also in a spirit of contemplation and reflection.

He represented Greece in the 23rd Alexandria Biennale (2005) and in the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), with his much discussed work, The End; a large installation inspired by the mosaic of the Catholicon of the Monastery of Iviron. A summarized version of the artwork was shown simultaneously in Athens and Munich, by using digitally processed prints of the same mosaic. In 2010, St. Marcus Basilica and the homonymous square in Venice were presented in a similar manner, with large digital prints, as a second phase of the same journey.

Until his premature death in 2011 (Athens), his work had been presented in more than 15 solo exhibitions and in numerous group ones, in Greece and abroad.

Trained in the climate of Radical Architecture in Florence, Beppe Caturegli (1957) moved to Milan in 1982 to work with Ettore Sottsass, Memphis group and Terrazzo magazine. In 1987 he opened his studio together with Giovannella Formica (1957-2019). The passion for traveling led him to develop an anthropological approach to design culture using the dichotomy of mixed systems: industrial/crafts, global/local, mass-produced/one-off across a very heterogeneous work ranging from bio-architecture to unique rugs, from interiors to paintings, from industrial design to sculptures, from exhibitions curating to video-sketches. His works have been exhibited in galleries such as Design Gallery, Nilufar Gallery, Assab One, Antonia Jannone Gallery, George Sowden’ 44SPAZIO and in museums such as Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Mino Ceramic Art Museum Japan, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Triennale di Milano…

Alekos Kyrarinis was born in 1976 in Athens and raised on the island of Tinos, the place of his origin. He worked with his father, Yiannis Kyrarinis, a sculptor in marble, from the age of eleven until 1997, when he was admitted to the Athens School of Fine Arts. At the School he studied at the studio of Jannis Psychopedis and graduated in 2003. He has illustrated the following books: Calendar of Group ALPHA 2003, Verifying the Night (Dimitris Angelis, Neos Astrolavos / Efthyni, Athens 2011), Encima del subsuelo /Above the subsoil (Kostas Vrachnos, limited edition, Athens 2012), issues 1,2,3 of the magazine “Nea Efthyne”, Drippings from the tiles (Monk Antonios Romaios, En Plo editions, Athens 2015), issue 1 of the magazine “Anthivola”. He collaborates with the magazine “Frear” and with the cultural space “Baumstrasse”. He has published an essay book about painting entitled “Nefeli’s questions”, Mikros Astrolavos /Efthyni, Athens 2011.His work has been shown in 16 solo exhibitions in Greece, Spain and Belgium. He has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Poland, Romania, France and Spain. Alekos Kyrarinis is represented solely by CITRONNE Gallery.

Christina Mitrentse is a multidisciplinary artist, P.G.C.E educator and freelance curator who has lived in London for over 20 years. Concerned with esoteric qualities of cultural construction she uses manifold processes of drawing, screen-print, site-specific installation, vintage book-sculptures, collages, and conceptual appropriation to freely create new narratives and poetic ensembles of temporary idiosyncratic institutions i.e. schools, libraries, museums. Within the digitized environment, e-learning and anti-education Mitrentse is known for inventing an on-going Book Arts project initiative, entitled ‘’ Add To My Library’’ designed to provoke changes in the function of the material book, while de-institutionalising it in the process. A prolific systematic methodology entitled #BDF Bibliographic Data Flow, that compiles favorite book titles selected by international contributors each adding to an infinite, yet performative Meta-Library. ‘Akrokerama’ are a series of sculptural works made by handcrafted, handfolded and altered embroidery magazines, end papers, book covers and ephemeral material from her family collection that reference the handcrafted culture and architecture amongst other reference points. She has exhibited extensively, shown her works in 20 solo exhibitions and over 200 group shows in galleries, museums and public spaces including, the Tate Modern, The Royal Academy, ICA London, PIAF Art Fair, Brussels Art Fair, London Art Fair, Art Fair Rotterdam, Liverpool Biennial UK, XV Biennale de Mediterranea, 2nd Bodrum International Biennial Turkey, NDSM- Werf Amsterdam, MOMUS State Museum of Modern Art, Jewish Museum of Greece, Hackney Museum, Nadine Feront Gallery, Dalla Rosa Gallery, The Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Central Booking NY, The Centre for the Book Arts NY, San Francisco Centre for the Book, California, Drop -Hiroshima, Japan, Rise Berlin, Helsinki Contemporary Gallery. Her artworks can be found in major international private & public collections such as WWW foundation, MOCA London, Senate House, Book Arts UWE, LCC, (UAL), Women’s Art Library Goldsmiths University, The Feminist Library London, Book Art Centre NY, the National Library in Baghdad, Jewish Museum of Greece, Fine Art Society London, Greenwich Council, Sill Library Bath, Mol’s collection Holland, Tate Archive, Penguin Collectors Society, Griechische Kultustiftung Berlin, M. Altenman NY, Onassis Foundation, Alpha Bank, MOMUS Greece, Benaki Museum, MIET foundation, Venizelos Airport Athens. Her work has been profiled in publications such as The Word Is Art, Thames & Hudson, and “Unshelfmarked” Reconceiving the Artists’ Book.

Myrto Xanthopoulou was born in Helsinki in 1981. She lives and works in Athens. She studied fine arts at the Athens School of Fine Arts, and art history at Deree College. Her practice is characterized by the use of everyday materials, handicraft and text. Her works, weather they are installations, sculptures, drawings or video, attempt to articulate a poetic of the ordinary and the intimate, the unbearable and the light-hearted, of everyday trauma. In 2022 she presented her fifth solo show in Athens, titled Καταιγίδα (Δεν έχω στυλό)/Storm(I don’t have a pen), curated by Christophoros Marinos, and she has participated in various group exhibitions and projects in Greece and abroad, at museums, galleries and independent art spaces. In 2020 she received the SNF ARTWORKS fellowship. Notable exhibitions include: PORTALS (2021) at Neon Tobacco Factory curated by Elina Kountouri and Madeleine Grynsztejn, Collactenea (2020) at ACG Gallery curated by Christoforos Marinos, The Equilibrists (2016) at Benaki Museum curated by Gary Carrion-Murayari and Helga Christoffersen with Massimiliano Gioni, Reverb: New Art from Greece, Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston (2014) curated by Evita Tsokanta and Eirene Efstathiou, AFRESH at EMST Athens (2013) curated by D.Vitali, D. Dragona and T. Pandi.

Maria Ikonomopoulou was born in 1961 in Kalamata, Greece. After finishing her studies in Economics at the University of Athens she moved to The Netherlands to study Arts in 1985. First, she attended the Free Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague for two years. In 1991 she graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam from the Sculpture and Monumental Art department. She has realised commissioned pieces for the public space in The Netherlands and her autonomous work has been exposed systematically in Belgium, Greece and The Netherlands. Part of it is included in the collection of the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) in Athens, the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Museum Meermanno in The Hague, public institutions in The Netherlands and numerous private collections in Europe. Maria Ikonomopoulou is based in Rotterdam.

Nina Papaconstantinou was born in Athens, Greece in 1968. She studied Greek Literature in Athens and Visual Arts in Camberwell College of Arts, London. In 2015 she was artist-in-residence at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies in Princeton. Her work is mainly an investigation of the relationship between text and its image, as well as drawing as a system of marks, tracings and imprints. She has presented her work in several group and personal exhibitions in Greece and abroad, such as: Phantoms (solo show), Athens Municipal Art Gallery, 2022, Home (duo show with Kostas Bassanos), Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre, Athens, 2020, Haft Paykar/Seven Beauties, Mohsen gallery, Tehran, Iran, 2019, After Babel, AnnexM, Athens Concert Hall, 2019, Under/erasure, Pierogi gallery, New York, 2019, Multitudinous Seas, Fondation Hippocrène, Paris, 2018, Antidoron -documenta 14 Fridericianum, Kassel, 2017, Typo (solo show) Kalfayan gallery, 2016, Quieter in Every Phrase (solo show), Martine Aboucaya gallery, Paris, 2014, Drawing Time, Reading Time, The Drawing Center, New York, 2013, Instead of Writing (solo show), National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) Athens, 2011, Heaven, 2nd Athens Biennial, 2009, etc. Her works can be found in private collections, as well as collections of institutes and museums in Greece and abroad, such as the Bank of Greece, National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), MOMus, Arter etc.

Nikos Podias was born in 1974 in Thessaloniki, Greece. He graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts in 1999, where he studied painting and scenography. In 2001 as a fellow of the Onasis Foundation he completed his postgraduate studies at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and Hochchule fur Gestaltung und Kunst in Zurich. His works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions. Lives and works in Athens, Greece.

Efi Spyrou talks about the progressive movement from the particularity of personal narrative to the universality of collective memory. Employing the means of sculpture, drawing, film and photo-performance, her artistic practice engages in a simultaneously sensitive and caustic socio-political commentary. Her artwork has been featured in numerous exhibitions in Εurope, including Efi’s recent solo exhibition “METAMORPHOSES” at the Greek pavilion, EXPO 2020 Dubai, in the framework of the event “A Universal Narrative of Light’ From Apollo’s birthplace, Delos, to a brighter future”, organized by the Office of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, “MY FINEST FABULOUS AND AMAZING MATH BOOK” at Greenwich University, LFA, London, “BLACK GOLD FLAKES” at A.G. Leventis Gallery, Nicosia, and the city secret performance “ART SCENE CRIME SOON”, in different cities in Greece and Cyprus. She has recently been awarded for her artwork with the “PPC MEETS ART” Award, 2022 and the “175th Anniversary of National Bank of Greece” Award, by the National Bank of Greece, 2017. She has an extensive experience in the fashion and media industry. She has served as Goodwill Ambassador for public interest campaigns in Europe and US, including the recent campaign for the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. Her short films “Identity in Between” and “Womanifesto” has been selected and honored by film festivals AVIFF Cannes 2022-Art film festival, Cannes; VAEFF 2021-Video Art and Experimental Film Festival, New York and On Art 2023 film festival, Poland. She is the communication and artistic director of Block722 architects+ and founder and creative director of the non-profit art initiative RUNONART.

Panos Charalampous (b.1956) is an artist living and working in Athens. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Athens under Nikos Kessanlis. He has participated in international exhibitions, including: 58th Biennale Arte, Venice, 2019 / Voice-o-graph & Flatus Vocis, documenta14, Athens and Kassel, 2017 / Genii Loci. Greek art from 1930 since today, Saint Petersburg, 2016 / White House Biennial, Varna, 2016 / Breakthrough, ARCO, Madrid, 2004 / Eidos, Besançon, 2004 / Copenhagen – European Capital of Culture, 1996 / Ogrody, Poznań, 1996 / Kunst-Europa, Visual European Landscape, Berlin, 1991 / Glasgow – European Capital of Culture, 1990 / Οut of limits, Poznan, 1990 / 3rd Biennale of Young Artists from Mediterranean Europe, Barcelona, 1987. Some of his notable solo shows include: Αquis submersus, Athens, 2014-15 / Tobacco Area, 1986 – 2011, Athens, 2011 / Voice-O-Graph, Athens, 2006-2007 / Phonopolis, Athens, 2003-2004 / Psychagogia II, Athens, 2001 / 1496–2000 / como humo se va, Athens, 1999-2000 / Psychagogia I (Recreation), Athens & Thessaloniki, 1997 / ΙΧΘΥΣ, Athens, 1995 / Concerning fishing, Athens, 1992 / Τobacco story, Βerlin,1991, Athens,1990,1988.

Thalia Chioti is a visual artist. She studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (N. Kessanlis’ workshop). She completed her MA in Digital Arts at ASFA in 2012. In 1994 she was awarded by Yannis and Zoe Spyropoulos Foundation and in 1996 she received a fellowship from the State Scholarship Foundation (IKY)and attended classes in the engraving workshop at the Facultad de Bellas Artes in Madrid for one semester under the Erasmus program. She lives and works in Athens.

About the exhibition

Eleven visual artists exhibit their personal artistic creation. They adopt a “private” approach and each one reveals his or her identity, methodology, and visual idiom. They employ various media and materials. Often, in terms of process and technique, the artists of the exhibition have the reference to manual work with an underlying social and political dimension as their common denominator.
All participants follow a reassuring “routine” -based on manual movement- that acquires cohesion through repetition. In this framework, the resulting works encapsulate -first of all- a process of self-regulation for the artists themselves. The mapping of the persistent recording of an inner rhythmic rule is the reflection of an inner structure, a targeted mild occultism where the form of the universe, as we perceive and sense it, is embodied in vibrating essential lines. The inclusion of the inner need for portrayal in a narrative vortex, a vertigo, which serves as the ground on which the artists organize their process of expression, grants visibility and validity to the recording of an agony that in terms of artistry stems from the noblest of intentions. We witness the materialisation of a unifying process that starts long before the creation of an artwork and continues long after its completion; the aim is to assess and establish the evidence of a solid expressive centre.
Despite each artist’s “individuality”, this exhibition reveals common grounds. Repetition is expressed as a pattern; as the identical juxtaposition of text and words; as successive images. The artworks of the exhibition are characterised by repetition of movement, obsessive ritualism, order-arrangement, and scrupulous immersion.

Epi Timvo at the Archaeological Museum of Poros

Alekos Kyrarinis
Epi timvo at the Archaeological Museum of Poros
May 27 - September 30, 2023
Poros

Archaeological Museum of Poros
Korizi Square
18020 Poros Island
Greece

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08.30-16.00

About the artist

Alekos Kyrarinis was born in 1976 in Athens and raised on the island of Tinos, the place of his origin. He worked with his father, Yiannis Kyrarinis, a sculptor in marble, from the age of eleven until 1997, when he was admitted to the Athens School of Fine Arts. At the School he studied at the studio of Jannis Psychopedis and graduated in 2003. He has illustrated the following books: Calendar of Group ALPHA 2003, Verifying the Night (Dimitris Angelis, Neos Astrolavos / Efthyni, Athens 2011), Encima del subsuelo /Above the subsoil (Kostas Vrachnos, limited edition, Athens 2012), issues 1,2,3 of the magazine “Nea Efthyne”, Drippings from the tiles (Monk Antonios Romaios, En Plo editions, Athens 2015), issue 1 of the magazine “Anthivola”. He collaborates with the magazine “Frear” and with the cultural space “Baumstrasse”. He has published an essay book about painting entitled “Nefeli’s questions”, Mikros Astrolavos /Efthyni, Athens 2011.His work has been shown in 16 solo exhibitions in Greece, Spain and Belgium. He has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Poland, Romania, France and Spain. Alekos Kyrarinis is represented solely by CITRONNE Gallery.

About the exhibition

Alekos Kyrarinis describes the unbreakable continuity of time with fifteen works, which are to be exhibited at the Archaeological Museum of Poros. He refers in a lyrical way to the relationship between the living and the dead, to the need for a vivid, eternal memory that keeps the deceased present.
This need has always existed from the furthest antiquity and is expressed through inscriptions, drawings, sculptures, memorials - all of which are defined as funerary. 'Epi Timvo*', to this day, are recalled 'men's honors', but also anonymous everyday figures, familiar and dear to some people.

Alekos Kyrarinis perceives the importance and the weight of the " museological " past which, however, he does not separate from the experienced present. The figures he draws work together with the representations of the vessels and the tombstones of the Museum; at the same time, however, they also refer to Christian religion and iconography. Guardian Angels protect and watch over as connectors to the beyond, to the unknown universe where the deceased reside.
The exhibitions at the Archaeological Museum of Poros present a dialogue between the past and the present, between the Museum's exhibits and the visual world of a contemporary artist. Alekos Kyrarinis intensifies this dialogue, extending it to the relationship between experience and memory.

Epi timvo = on the tomb

Orbital Objects

Pantelis Chandris
Orbital Objects
March 30 - July 24, 2023
Athens

19 Patriarchou Ioakim
4th floor
10675 Athens
Greece

Telephone
(+30) 210 7235 226

Email
info@citronne.com

Opening Hours
Tue, Thu, Fri: 11.00-20.00
Wed, Sat: 11.00-16.00

About the artist

Pantelis Chandris was born in Athens in 1963. He studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts. He has presented 16 solo exhibitions so far and has participated in many group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. He is the director of the 10th painting studio in Athens School of Fine Arts, where he teaches as a Professor. For his work, in 1992 he was awarded the 1st Prize of the Yannis & Zoe Spyropoulou Foundation and in 2010 he was awarded the 1st Prize by AICA Hellas for his exhibition entitled "Ens Solum". His works can be found in the collections of the National Gallery and the National Glyptotheque, EMST -National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens, MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art Thessaloniki, as well as in important private collections in Greece and abroad.

About the exhibition

Every exhibition of Pantelis Chandris is unique and different. If we look closer we recognize invisible threads which connect the individual works with each other and in a way act as the continuation of the previous exhibition and, possibly, as the introduction of the next one.

In “Orbital Objects”, Pantelis Chandris produces an installation that is the reflection of a universal reference. It is a visual Cosmos, in the earliest interpretation of the term; in other words, it is a Universe in which an oceanic feeling wanders, the awe of the unknown, the infinite and the inconceivable. The works, therefore, are part of an orbit; a movement that neutralises time and renegotiates the meaning of the present. The artist defines it as an “atypical planetary garden”, where sculptures and paintings act as rotating objects. They orbit around the exhibition's main sculpture: a white, frozen and motionless flame reminiscent of the inextinguishable, yet silent flame of monuments and statues. Four more flame-references provide the connective tissue with the rest of the works. These are the “phryctoriae”; a means of transmitting messages, as with the torches that were used in ancient times.
Pantelis Chandris' themes move around pairs and contrasts: shadow and light, pictorial depiction and sculptural form, fragmentation and reconstitution, white-black, soft-hard, frozen-warm. One of them is the shadow that stands in opposition to light and also as an independent, autonomous element which constitutes a separate being. This becomes evident in the “still life”, where the shadows do not merely depict the trace, but exist in parallel with the bodies of the dead animals. The dead hare, a work after Otto Scholderer*, reappears intact, as a white body lying on the ground-floor, between the works. The white colour connects it with the white flames; its posture, however, oscillates between being and not being.
Pantelis Chandris’ Universe is sheltered in the gallery, but it is not confined. Its limits are determined by the viewers’ associations, perceptions, memories and references.

I…Loop de Loop…

About the artist

Steve Gianakos was born in New York in 1938 and studied at the Pratt Institute. He began developing his artistic language in the mid-1960s, in the midst of the Pop Art explosion. He was awarded major prizes and fellowships, including the Guggenheim Fellowship (1995) and the Pollock-Krasner Prize (1996). His works are included in the most prestigious American public collections—MoMA, the Guggenheim, the New York Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Neuberger Museum, the Contemporary Arts Museum (Houston), the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Contemporary Arts Museum (Chicago), the University Museum (Berkeley), the Judith Rothschild Contemporary, the Chase Manhattan Bank —as well as the CNAP collections in France. He has presented his work in more than thirty solo exhibitions worldwide: Guggenheim, PS1 (MoMA) and the Leo Castelli, Marian Goodman and Barbara Gladstone galleries. He has participated in numerous group shows with other major American artists: MoMA, Brooklyn Museum and Queens Museum in New York and Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht. In 2017, the Musée des beaux arts de Dole in France, held a large retrospective exhibition of his oeuvres.

About the exhibition

Steve Gianakos, one of the most important American artists of today, presents at CITRONNE his latest work, large-scale works of 2022. This section is also accompanied by six earlier works, references to his previous work.

Gianakos' work is provocative work that refuses to fit into categories - pop art, surrealism, minimalism. Characteristic of his work are powerful images and narratives that evoke surprise, disbelief, bewilderment and even threat to the viewer. The artist builds his narratives with seemingly disparate elements. He renegotiates, in a personal subterranean way, the boundaries between the personal and the social, the innocent and the perverse; contradictions which, however, converse and confuse. This is a multi-layered work where the titles the artist gives to his works often function as a complement to the image. The viewer is invited to decode an endless game of slang references, anagrams, deliberate misspellings. Steve Gianakos has distinct references, but an indistinct reading. He transforms reality with caustic humor. Sexual innuendo dominates, the demystification of every social norm. The artist forces the viewer to decide the limits himself.

The central figure in Steve Gianakos' exhibition I...Loop de Loop... at CITRONNE Gallery is a non-binary figure, a male face with a tweezed moustache placed on different female bodies. As noted by Professor of Art History Thanasis Moutsopoulos, in his essay in the exhibition catalogue, "for the first time in Gianakos' colourful universe, gender-bender appears so strongly. In a way it is a natural continuation of his earlier work, where the dissolution and deconstruction of forms were prominent. Equally (the gender-bender) is projected as a natural continuation because of the sexual liberation that has always characterized his work. After all, perhaps the most characteristic element of the artist's work has always been the questioning and dissolution of stereotypes. Steve Gianakos' work, in 2023, appears in its most dense and complex form. Gianakos has expanded and diversified his critique of the American Dream, while seeming to listen to the sweeping social and anthropological changes that have been taking place for some years now. I think it will be a phase in his historical trajectory that we will be returning to regularly in the future..."

Steve Gianakos' exhibition is part of CITRONNE Gallery commitment to present in its space important artists of the Greek diaspora. It represents the spirit of the glocal, i.e. the relationship between locality and global networks. Solo exhibitions of artists of Greek origin (Konstantinos Xenakis, Chris Gianakos and Steven Antonakos) have been presented in the past. These artists offer a perspective that is not 'Greek'. But in their works there are elaborated expressions of patrilineal, with obvious or unobvious references to the cultural norms of distant origin, the "homeland" - an ideal reality that permeates the generations. The dual cultural identity reproduces, reconstitutes and sometimes demolishes the usual stereotypes, social or historical.