Fris­siras ex­hi­bi­tion opens up new hori­zons in paint­ing

Kathimerini English - - Focus - BY MAR­GARITA POURNARA

When we are en­veloped by dark­ness, art can be like an open hori­zon that has a heal­ing ef­fect on a per­sonal and so­cial level. At the same time, it al­lows us to see and as­sim­i­late the new. With this no­tion in mind, Vlas­sis Fris­siras, founder of the mu­seum of the same name, de­cided to call a tril­ogy of shows that starts this year and runs to 2018 “New Hori­zons in Paint­ing.”

“Be­yond the spir­i­tual ful­fill­ment ex­pe­ri­enced when look­ing at qual­ity paint­ings, I would like to men­tion one more thing,” he says be­fore giv­ing me a tour of the first show. “The art of the brush is con­stantly be­ing re­newed, as artists are al­ways strug­gling with the new and tak­ing on new is­sues. Here we have 15 artists, aged 27 to 60, pre­sent­ing more than 100 pieces that be­long to the mu­seum’s col­lec­tion and re­flect con­tem­po­rary ques­tions. In this sense, they are like a new win­dow of light that mer­its ex­plo­ration.”

Fris­siras is well versed in spot­ting the fresh and the new. Since 2000, when he opened his muse- um, he has in­sisted on cer­tain con­stant loves but also en­riched the mu­seum’s col­lec­tion by con­stantly adding new artists, ei­ther through the com­pe­ti­tion he es­tab­lished or by scout­ing for tal­ent at stu­dios and fine art schools across Europe.

The first part of the “New Hori­zons” ex­hi­bi­tion (to June) has been set up in themes, al­low­ing for di­a­logues to be struck up be­tween the works, even though they may be from dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions. The hu­man fig­ure and face are dom­i­nant themes, but we see the use of dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als, dif­fer­ent ap­proaches and dif­fer­ent il­lus­tra­tive style. The par­tic­i­pat­ing artists are Teodora Ax­ente, Nor­bert Bisky, Stephen Chambers, Vi­ola Glowacka, Bogu­mil Ksi­azek, Li Ji, Fred­erique Loutz, Marcin Ma­ciejowski, Flo­rian Merkel, Brann Re­naud, Ewa Szczekan, Alexan­der Tinei, Vere­bics Agnes, Con­stanti­nos Vav­ilous­sakis, Yian­nis Zio­gas, Christos Michaelides and Is­mini Teli­gior­i­dou.

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