Following an initiative of the King George Hotel, group exhibition “beautiful south” will be hosted in its lobby from 20 May till 26 June.
The show will highlight the dual identity of the hotel as one of the oldest hotels and meeting points of Athens and at the same time as one of the spaces that attempts to bridge the traditional with the contemporary. It consists of works by Giannis Adamakos, Olive Allen, Margarita Bofiliou, Maria Georgoula, Giannis Gkizis, Dionisis Kavallieratos, Paul McCarthy, Maro Michalakakou, Roila Mpouzea, Albert Oehlen, Malvina Panagiotidi, Tasos Paulopoulos, Sofia Petropoulou, Yorgos Stamkopoulos, Erik Steinbrecher, Nikos Tranos and Kostis Velonis.
Yorgos Stamkopoulos, Untitled, 2020, Oil and Oilbars on Unprimed Canvas, 140x120cm © the artist, Photo © Trevor Good
The selection of the artworks is based on works that belong to private collections and subsequently, on works from a selection of young Greek artists that play a significant role in the scene. This would be the first attempt to exhibit a NFT artwork in such an environment in Greece and will be a great addition to the more traditional mediums - such as paintings and sculptures - that will be presented.
As the title implies - beautiful south - the main topic of the exhibition is the topos that we are interacting with. The south is a place which stimulates emotions, that supports a sense of freedom (through its natural surroundings). Through a pluralistic selection of works, the show tries to unify and facilitate, attempts to build bridges and proposes a better understanding of contemporary art.
A one-day symposium on the relationship between art and technology will take place. Andrea Lissoni, director of Haus Der Kunst in Munich, and Miltos Manetas, a distinguished multimedia artist, will play the key role to the symposium. More information will follow soon.
Opening: 20 May, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Duration: 20 May - 26 June