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Isole Mai Trovate / Islands Never Found

Different venues, Thessaloniki

A group show

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The unavoidably personal, poetic image which is profoundly emotional sets out to present the exhibition "Islands never found" (Isole mai trovate / Îles introuvables). The exhibition is organised by the State Museum of Contemporary Art, Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne Métropole, Comune di Genova/ Palazzo Ducale. The exhibition is curated by the director of the Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne Métropole Lóránd Hegyi and the president of the Board of Trustees of SMCA, Katerina Koskina, and produced by the Solares Fondazione delle Arti.

The exhibition was presented from March 13th till June 13th at the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, will be presented from June 28th till November 28th in Thessaloniki (Contemporary Art Thessaloniki of Center -Warehouse Β1, Port- and State Museum of Contemporary Art -Moni Lazariston) and finally from December 17th, 2010 – April 17th, 2011 at the Musée d’Art Moderne in St. Étienne.

The exhibition "ISLANDS NEVER FOUND" places centre-stage the artist’s personality, which is rich but contradictory, in part deleterious and unreservedly self-destructive and tormented and is a tribute to those artist who along with their obsessive, committed and limitless creativity, and their ruthless radicalism and extravagant intellectual liberty, are able to create novel socio-cultural situations and mindsets, and thus new territories which, like the islands of the immense rolling ocean, simultaneously evoke asylum and imprisonment, home and hell, liberation and dissolution.

The "islands" in question are those particular creative areas, unique and individual, within which all artists objectify and communicate their own unmistakable approach, their own language and system of symbols, and their own ideological, philosophical, aesthetic and historic vision of the world. The life and work of artists can also be understood through this metaphorical search for "their islands", "their places", and their own sphere of skills accompanied by a fitting technique.

The purpose of this exhibition is to set out and monitor the artist’s perennial migration in search of his "islands" and to reveal the emotional and dramatic aspects of limitless discoveries, anarchic freedom, and unconventional invention and at the same time inordinate dissatisfaction, self-destructive misery, appalling torment and unacceptable, grievous imperfection.

Participating artists: Marina Abramović, Alice Aycock, Marina Bolla, Louise Bourgeois, Yves Bresson, Tony Cragg, Danica Dakić, Latifa Echakhch, Jan Fabre, Hans Peter Feldmann, Gloria Friedmann, Carlos Garaicoa, Gilbert & George, Siobhán Hapaska, Rebecca Horn, Ilya Kabakov, Anselm Kiefer, Kimsooja, Jannis Kounellis, Maria Loizidou, Richard Long, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Maurizio Nannucci , Luigi Ontani, Dennis Oppenheim, Orlan, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Lucas Samaras, Barthélémy Toguo, Stefanos Tsivopoulos, Costas Tsoclis, Mamoru Tsukada, Günther Uecker, Lois Weinberger, Dimitris Xonoglou.

Hellenic Ministry of Culture And Tourism
State Museum of Contemporary Art
Kolokotroni 21, Stavroupoli 56430, Thessaloniki
Τ: +30 2310 589140-1 & 3, F: +30 2310 600123,

Warehouse B1, Port – P.O. Box 107 59, 54110 Thessaloniki,,

SMCA & CACT Press Office
Yiota Sotiropoulou Mobile: 6972336261 Τ: +30 2310589152, F: +30 2310589210

Opening: Monday June 28, 2010 at 20:00, at the SMCA exhibition venue in Moni Lazariston. A visit at the exhibition venue in Ware-house B1 (Port area) will follow.

State Museum of Contemporary Art (Moni Lazariston)
Contemporary Art Thessaloniki of Center (Warehouse Β1, Port)


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