MOMUS - MUSEUM ALEX MYLONAS / ATHENS
Light Negative PositiveMOMus-Alex Mylonas Museum hosts the exhibition "Light Negative Positive - The Greekness of Chrysa" from 14 of October 2022 to 29 of January 2023.
Writing, language, communication, and symbols are central to the compositions of Chrysa (Vardea-Mavromichali, Athens 1933-2013) in which the concepts of harmony, symmetry, rhythm, and order are fundamental. And these elements run throughout the exhibition/new production of the MOMus-Museum Alex Mylonas entitled "Light Negative Positive - The Greekness of Chrysa". Chrysa's creation is at the forefront of the avant-garde of American and international art in the 1950s and 1960s.
The central core of the exhibition consists of a set of drawings by Chrysa, which were donated by architect, researcher and writer Alexander Tzonis and his partner Liane Lefaivre in 2017 to the State Museum of Contemporary Art and are currently part of the MOMus collection. In 1968, Tzonis became a professor at Harvard's Graduate School of Design and became the director of the university's new exhibition programme. Among the exhibitions he organised and curated was one of Chryssa's exhibitions entitled "Light Negative Positive" in the spring of that year at Robinson Hall in Harvard Yard, which featured her neon sculptures and drawings. The works were paired with large-scale prints of drawings by Auguste Rodin from his book Les cathédrales de France (1914). The combination was intended to demonstrate Chryssa's contribution to the creation of a 'poetics' of light. The section of these drawings presented in the exhibition at the MOMus-Alex Mylonas Museum relate to iconic compositions by Chryssa in the 1960s, such as The Gates of Times Square and Clytemnestra, as well as her compositions with "analyses" of letters of the alphabet, uniquely capturing the process and path to the completion of a work.
The exhibition also includes the original poster for the 1968 exhibition designed by Chrysa, as well as characteristic works from the MOMus Museum of Contemporary Art Collections, the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) Collections and the Alpha Bank Art Collection, as well as personal photographs of Chrysa by Eleni Mylonas, creating a comprehensive and documented picture of her work.