The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC) welcomes summer at the Dome by transforming it, in collaboration with ARTWORKS, into a welcoming new terrain – a meeting place for the public, featuring works of contemporary art that propose modern readings of Greek mythology in an inventive architectural design.
SNFCC Members will have the opportunity to participate in a special exclusive tour through this contemporary exhibition, which will be held by ARTWORKS’ Founders and Program Directors, Marily Konstantinopoulou and Dimitra Nikolou.
MYTHOLOGIES | NEW TERRAINS exhibition at the SNFCC Dome comprises sculptures, installations and an augmented reality application that explore our age-old complex relationship with mythology, assessing its relevance to our reality and its potential to push the limits of our imagination. A total of 13 works of contemporary art are juxtaposed to the scale of the Dome itself – mythical figures emerge in a new version of cosmogony, pointing to the sub-terrain, the archaeological past, the technological and digital realms, and science fiction. Eleni Papanastasiou’s architectural design includes a highly mobile seating system that encourages non-hierarchical, unguided movement around the exhibits and creates a feeling that the body finds itself in the center of a sphere.
Four contemporary artists -Theodoros Giannakis, Petros Moris, Panos Profitis, Valinia Svoronou- exhibit works that contain direct mythological references and propose new interpretations of ancient archetypes. The artists attempt to unveil the mechanisms by which beliefs we now take for granted have been constructed and consolidated. At the same time, the artworks on view examine the function of myth, its relationship with the notions of nature and culture and the use of myth in the narrative of current events, while recalling the often-subversive power of mythology. The artists observe the ever-shifting condition of myth and suggest surprising, playful and constructive ways to challenge dominant narratives; they appropriate and rewrite the body of myth, blazing new aesthetic paths to new terrains.
The exhibition is organized by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in collaboration with ARTWORKS.
Architectural design – Constructions: Eleni Papanastasiou (SNF ARTWORKS Fellow)
Featured artists: Theodoros Giannakis, Petros Moris, Panos Profitis, Valinia Svoronou (SNF ARTWORKS Fellows)
Thursday 08/09 | 19.30 - 20.10
DOME (meeting point)
Up to 20 participants – For Members and their guest
Free entrance via online pre-registration
* Founded in 2017, ARTWORKS aims to create a fertile and nurturing environment for Greek artists. Its core activity is the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Artist Fellowship Program, awarding monetary prizes to individual artists working in the visual arts, moving image, dance and curating. Supported by its founding donor, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), ARTWORKS has assisted until today 310 individuals.
Photo Credits: Sofia Papastrati