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Cosmas Xenakis, 'The Girls' at Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery

Updated: Mar 25, 2020

Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery presents the exhibition "Cosmas Xenakis: Girls." The exhibition begins on Wednesday 25 April and will run until June 2, 2018.

The exhibition showcasing the many-sided work of Cosmas Xenakis (1925-1984) constitutes part of the historical shows series established by the gallery presenting the work of important and pioneering artists, starting back in 2016 with the exhibition/tribute to sculptor Ioanna Spiteris - Veropoulou (1924-2000).

As Spyros Moschonas mentions in the catalog of the grand retrospective exhibition at the Benaki Museum in 2015, edited by George Hatzimichalis (Cosmas Xenakis, MIET publications, Athens 2015, curated by Dionysis Kapsalis and George Hatzimichalis), "He (Cosmas Xenakis) was one of the most innovative and at the same time, one of the most enigmatic Greek artists of the first post-war decades, a creator who moved with impressive consistency and unparalleled quality in a wide range of expressive areas, experimenting with forms, materials, and the very notion of artistic work. He was a painter, sculptor, engraver, set designer, composer of happenings and naturally architect who did not hesitate to challenge the monumental scale and the creation of works that interfered with the landscape. Above all, however, he was an intellectual who saw art not only through a morpho-plastic approach, neither as a technical process to pure form but primarily as a "science" of vision, a "spiritual" process equally addressed to the initiated and the uninitiated, as an expression of spirit outside borders and national schools. "

The exhibition focuses on the "Girls" project that started in 1970 as a result of the fascination he experienced by the African women's mesmerising beauty during his journey to Nigeria, at the same time an 8mm film is projected including projections from the 3rd Hellenic Week of Contemporary Music (1968) for Yanni Christou's Epicycle, from the 4th Greek Contemporary Music Week (1971) for "Epivoli" by Cosmas Xenakis, along with a historical interview of Savvas Kontaratos with Xenakis.

Cosmas Xenakis was born in Romania in 1925. He was the younger brother of composer and architect Iannis Xenakis and philosopher Jason Xenakis. He was a painter, sculptor, and architect with an outstanding and pioneering work.

Ph: Courtesy of the artist & Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery

Duration: 25 April - 2 June 2018

Hours: Tuesday - Friday 12.00 - 20.00

Saturday 12.00 - 15.00

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