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National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) / ATHENS

Jaune, geel, gelb, yellow

The National Museum of Contemporary Art, presents Antonis Pittas’ exhibition "jaune, geel, gelb, yellow".

Antonis Pittas has long been researching the visual language and legacy of modernism and its promise for a better, more egalitarian, and democratic world for all. However, the urge for total renewal also contributed to total destruction. In 2019 Pittas was an artist in residence at the Van Doesburg House, the former home and studio of Theo van Doesburg, just outside of Paris. His residency coincided with the widespread yellow vest protests in France. Although the demonstrations seemed visually united by the yellow vests, the protestors’ motivations for change were extremely diverse. Pittas moved from the urgency of the protests outside on the streets to the historical context and the private sphere of the Van Doesburg House. It brought him to investigate the legacy of modernism through a political lens. Pittas based his project on a selection of Van Doesburg works on paper from the extensive holdings of the Centraal Museum, in Utrecht, where Van Doesburg was born and raised. As the driving force behind De Stijl, he became an influential artist in modern European art history.

Pittas selected drawings and gouaches by Van Doesburg, which he juxtaposes and brings into dialogue with his own large, scale aluminum cutouts of silhouettes. Pittas captured the demonstrations of the yellow vests by photographing the protesters, the police and their interactions on the streets. They return as silhouettes in this intervention, sometimes as distinct individuals, sometimes merging into a mass of bodies. Placed in front of Van Doesburg’s drawings, they seem to both block and protect his work, his legacy. The visitors of the exhibition are encouraged to photograph the work with the use of flash, activating the installation.
It is the first time the work of Theo van Doesburg is presented in Greece.

From 16 June 2022 to 30 October 2022
TUESDAY 11:00 - 19:00
WEDNESDAY 11:00 - 19:00
THURSDAY 11:00 - 22:00
FRIDAY 11:00 - 19:00
SATURDAY 11:00 - 19:00
SUNDAY 11:00 - 19:00

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