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Kouros from life

With her new series of paintings, Alexandra Michali attempts to capture aspects of Greek art from the treasures of the National Archaeological Museum through a contemporary lens.(5 September - 4 November 2018).

Her painting idiom, from her time as a student at the Athens School of Fine Art to the present day, has been characterised by the observation of nature and Greek art throughout the ages. As she describes it herself: With this project, I attempted to communicate, to the extent that I am able, the emotions I felt in the time I spent drawing and studying at the Museum. My initial fear and awe gradually turned into joy, into intellectual and aesthetic elation, as I discovered the rhythm, the meter, the balance and, at the same time, the freedom that are concealed within this type of ancient art. And so it was that the rhythmical and almost mathematical way of developing the decorative motifs of geometrical vases, the sculptural concentration and expressiveness of the bronze geometrical figurines, and the marble tenderness of the youthful flesh of the archaic Kouroi were incorporated almost unconsciously into my work, and interacted with contemporary youths. 

A series of works was thus created, which attempts to render the Spring of life through painting! And it is there, somewhere, that we can find the golden mask of the king of Mycenae, Agamemnon, buried deep in the bowels of the earth, like a seed… In terms of colour, the creator experiments with the palette of the ancients, employing the colours of vase painting: off-white clay, reddish and yellowish shades of ochre, and galvanised black “dress up” the Kouroi, both classical and contemporary.

All this with a distinct sensitivity and the artist’s clear intention to speak to the international audience of art lovers who visit the Museum, in the vibrant terms of contemporary painting. She hopes to transmit the experience to the viewers of her collection, to imbue them with the sense that art is one – a single, powerful expression that transcends classifications of time and place.

For more information, please visit the official site of the National Archaeological Museum.

Kouros from life

05/09/2018 - 04/11/2018

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