The Museum of Cycladic art is delighted to announce Her(his)tory, the first ever video exhibition in its premises, examining the notion of the subjective development of the ‘historical condition’. It will be presented in a stunning installation which will extend both in Stathatos Megaron, a neoclassical mansion, designed by the 19th century architect Ernst Ziller, as well the newer wing of the museum situated at 4 Neofytou Douka Street. Commissioned from the Museum of Cycladic Art to the independent curator and art critic Marina Fokidis, the exhibition is sponsored by the National Bank of Greece and Bombay Sapphire.
Concentrating on themes drawn from personal stories of today’s human beings, the show will feature the video works of leading international artists including Bruce Nauman, Garry Hill, Rodney Graham, Doug Aitken, Aernout Mik, Douglas Gordon, The Atlas Group, Anri Sala, Tony Oursler and others, as well as of younger members of the contemporary art scene such as Zineb Sedira, Adel Abdessemed, Seth Price, Cory Arcangel, Paul Chan and others.
Her(his)tory addresses the major issues faced by society in the contemporary world. It will comprise of artworks which comment - with a poetic and in cases humoristic view - on questions such as the profile of contemporary woman and man, as well as the vast geopolitical contemporary arena today. The idea is to present works that will intrigue the interest around human culture and will promote the diversity found in the synthesis of various personal stories, the intersection of ‘private’ and ‘public’, and the comprehension of the ‘historical truth’ through everyday life experiences.
Through the coexistence of contemporary art video-works along with ancient objects from the permanent collections housed in the Museum of Cycladic Art, new questions are anticipated to arise in what concerns the provenance of human culture and its contemporary evolution. In particular, with relation to human representations (figurines) of the Early Cycladic culture, these elegant witnesses of the 3rd millennium BC which, though silent, reflect the anthropocentric spirit of an important prehistoric insular culture that flourished in the Aegean.
Amongst other media, video has been chosen to signify the diachronic notion of ‘movement’ and ‘time’ into the arts, and its representation in general. Hopefully, the exhibition will act as a platform for debate and that these video-works will prompt the viewers to attach to them, their private interpretations of life.
The dates have been chosen to coincide with two other major art events in Athens, Art Athina, the international art fair of contemporary art held in Athens on May and the first Athens Biennial on September 2007.
Image: Aernout Mik, Park 2002, Video installation, 20'
Courtesy Jean Conrad and Isabelle Lemaitre. Photo credit: Fanis Vlastaras & Rebecca Constantopoulou
OPENING: Monday 4th June, 19:00-22:00
Stathatos Megaron (1 Irodotou Str. & Vas. Sofias Av.)
The second part of the exhibition will open on 5th September at the New Wing
at 4 Neofytou Douka Street
Eleni Papadimitriou Tel.: +30 210 7228321-3 Fax: +30 210 7239382 epapadimitriou@cycladic
PRESS CONFERENCE: Monday 4th June, 12:30
MUSEUM OF CYCLADIC ART
1 Irodotou Street & Vas. Sofias Avenue
4 Neofytou Douka Street
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10.00 - 16.00
Thursday: 10.00 - 20.00
Saturday: 10.00 - 15.00
Admission: 5 euros, Concessions: 2,50 euros, People aged 18-26 years old: 1 euro