SYMBOLS & ICONIC RUINS Αn exhibition on art and architecture From May 27 at the Temporary Exhibitions Space (-1)
137 artists, architects and και art historians from Greece and abroad present 110 works at the Temporary Exhibitions Space (-1) of EMST from 27 May 2021.
SYMBOLS & Iconic Ruins explore the ways in which we perceive and approach powerful cultural symbols, bringing together under a common conceptual framework contemporary works of art and architecture by prominent artists and architects from Greece and abroad. The exhibition marks an attempt to synthesize different conceptualisations of the symbol, by drawing eclectic affinities and highlighting common features, regardless of the radically different points of departure and processes involved in their production. In addition to independent artworks, which reflect on the relationship between artistic and architectural creation, the central core of the exhibition consists of three distinct but interconnected themes: the Acropolis of Athens, the post-war architecture in Central Europe and references to the Berlin Wall. According to Panayotis Pangalos, the chief curator of the SYMBOLS & Iconic Ruins exhibition: “the aim is to establish a unique dialogue between different species of ruins that hold pertinent symbolic value.”
The exhibition comprises artworks, many of which were created specifically for this event and will be displayed for the first time, documentaries on art and architecture, as well as rare archival material. Due to the pandemic, a digital, online version of the exhibition has been created in a 3D interactive environment, in Greek and English.
Chief curator: Dr Panayotis Pangalos, Architect and Associate Professor at the Department of Interior Architecture, University of West Attica.
Assistant curator of artworks: Dr Thanassis Moutsopoulos, Architect and Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, Technical University of Crete.
Coordination: Dr Stavros Alifragkis, Architect and Adjunct Lecturer at the Hellenic Open University and the Department of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.