ΑΣΤΥΓΡΑΦΙΑ / URBANOGRAPHYIn the Main Building (Periodic Exhibitions Hall) of the National Gallery - Alexandros Soutsos Museum the temporary exhibition "ΑΣΤΥΓΡΑΦΙΑ / URBANOGRAPHY. The life of the city in the 1950s-1970s", until Sunday 3 March, 2024.
It is a group thematic exhibition that explores the urban experience through the perspectives of visual artists and filmmakers. This original concept follows three decades of rapid transformation in post-war Greece, focusing on urbanization and how individuals participate in or resist the new conditions dictated by their ever-changing environment.
The exhibition brings together various forms of visual arts, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, installations, photography, drawings, and posters, and presents them in conversation with extracts from popular Greek cinema, films of critical realism, and eccentric narratives. With a showcase of 77 artists, 202 artworks, and 21 films, the exhibition aims to map the comprehensive scope of the "urban experience" by highlighting the social subjects within the city. It explores the charm, limitations, and exclusions that accompany urban life, with the exhibition narrative constantly transitioning from the grand scale to the small scale, from the panoramic to the close-up, as explained by Syrago Tsiara, the exhibition curator and director of EPAMAS. The exhibition is held in collaboration with the Greek Film Archive and has the support of the Hellenic Film Centre.