Contemporary Marble Sculpture
A raw material, so closely connected to the history of art and aesthetics in Greece, will be the main theme of the new art exhibition titled “Contemporary Marble Sculpture”, which will take place at the Hilton Athens from the 16th of September until the 24th of October. Two sculptors, who live and work in Greece, Dimitris Skalkotos from Tinos and Ingbert Brunk from Germany, will present their work at the spacious and luminous lobby of the Hilton Athens, under the care of the renowned Belgian art historian Els Hanappe.
The two sculptors are inspired by Greek marble, which is a point of reference worldwide for its pureness and white lucidity. The marble of Pendeli Mountain in particular, has been the perfect medium for the artistic expression of the classical Greek culture and in the hands of its sculptors, this unyielding material acquired plasticity and light, movement and soul. The classical sculptors are revered throughout the world and they were particularly influential during the Hellenistic and Roman periods, and later on during the Renaissance. They idealized the human body in perfect manner. Given this legacy, how can one feel confident enough to approach marble in new ways that respond to a more contemporary language and eye?
Ingbert Brunk and Dimitris Skalkotos take up the challenge to create their own contemporary idiom. Brunk travelled to Naxos on holiday 30 years ago and fell in love with the crystalline quality of the local marble. He has not left since. Playing with the natural and coloured layers of marble, he creates a pictorial effect akin to painting. Skalkotos challenges the apparent characteristics of the marble to surprise the viewer with subtle but effective interventions: a fine cut in a heavy slab of marble, carved words and letters etc. In his work, the art of sculpture is translated into a “three-dimensional language”, that is, into a capability of communication through a material that has arrived to the present from many centuries ago.
The exhibition is accessible all day and the entrance is free of charge. For more information, please call 210 7281230.
Some words regarding Els Hanappe, the curator of the exhibition:
She studied art history in Gent, Belgium. She has been based in Athens for almost 15 years, working in the field of contemporary art. She directs ITYS, a private initiative that aims to bring thought back into art. ITYS so far has organized two group shows in collaboration with the National Bank Cultural Foundation: “Selective Knowledge” in 2008 and “Vlassis Caniaris, In Contrapunto” in 2009. Since 2008, she has been developing a creative management office that links art with the private world, which resulted into the opening of SIAKOS.HANAPPE – House of Art, a commercial art space in Glyfada that shows contemporary art in curatorial settings that include objects and antiques. In February 2010, Hanappe was the curator of “Voyage to Arcadia” painting exhibition at the Hilton Athens.