The Past of the Future

17 October - 14 December 2019

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Universal symbol of the classical spirit and democracy throughout the centuries, visible from almost everywhere in the city of Athens, the Acropolis continues to inspire Greek contemporary artists in multifaceted ways. And yet this symbol is often the victim of limitless commercialization.


In some cases with poetic sensitivity in others with acidic humor but always refrained from the folkloric and narrow-minded idolization of the ancient monument, Rania Bellou, Bill Balaskas, Antonis Donef, Farida El Gazzar, Yiannis Hadjiaslanis, Konstantin Kakanias and Yiannis Papadopoulos explore ingeniously the socio-political dynamics and symbolisms of the Acropolis, and its crown monument the Parthenon: a proof of how perfection can be achieved through symmetrical analogy of ‘imperfections’. In what ways is such a strong symbol imprinted in the Greek Psyche but also in the collective unconscious in times of crisis? How could it be re-conceptualized in contemporary history?