Michalis Madenis: «The Exiles» - Εικόνα

The National Library of Greece (NLG) is presenting Michalis Madenis’s painting exhibition titled “The Exiles.”

Daringly and sensitively, Michalis Madenis is painting inmates of a psychiatric hospital, their worn-out figures revealing the tragedy of mental illness. These are the true exiles of life and society, exiled even from themselves. They are sternly monumental figures, who mesmerize the viewer with their rough or sad eyes and their tormented bodies in awkward postures. In this series of portraits, Madenis is highlighting the face’s painting or drawing surface as the dominant form. The human figures are surrounded by a nondescript dark space, from which they appear to emerge, brightly lit. In this way, viewers are given the opportunity to notice every detail of the people depicted, who in turn lead them to what social conventions have taught them to avoid: the human gaze. The exhibition is accompanied by a detailed catalog (edited by Stavros Zouboulakis).

Michalis Madenis was born in 1960 in Komotini. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts (1985–1990), securing a scholarship for each year of his studies, granted to him by the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY). He was taught by Panagiotis Tetsis, from whose studio he graduated summa cum laude. He then pursued postgraduate studies at the Free Academy of Visual Arts (Vrije Akademie voor Beeldende Kunste) in The Hague; his first year there, he studied on a Royal Fellowship of the Dutch Government, and the next two years he studied on a grant from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY). In May 1992, he held his first solo exhibition at Nees Morfes Art Gallery. From 2006 to 2017, he worked on secondment at the Greek National Gallery – Alexandros Soutsos Museum, where he was responsible for the children’s workshop and for conducting the educational programs. Works of his can be found at the Greek National Gallery, the Hellenic Parliament, the Bank of Greece, Vorres Museum, Frissiras Museum, Historical Archives – Museum of Hydra, Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation, as well as in public and private collections in Greece and abroad. Michalis Madenis has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions.



Daily: 31/01/2022 - 31/03/2022 | 09:30-20:00


Free Entrance 

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Fun Dance


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