After Babel: Modern Art Exhibition at the Athens Concert Hall

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The Athens Concert Hall presents the second part of the exhibition trilogy “The Unwritten Library” titled “After the Babel”, edited by Anna Kafetsi.

At four levels of the Athens Concert Hall , over 100 works by 25 internationally acclaimed artists are presented in the post-Babel exhibition , the second part of the exhibition trilogy, The Writing Library , which takes place under the supervision of Anna Kafetsi, director of annexM, the visual arts of the MMA.

The exhibition will take place from December 5, 2018 to March 10, 2019 in the framework and with the support of the “Athens 2018 World Capital of the Book” of the Municipality of Athens and the sponsorship of the HGEIA Group and Vivartia.

Curator’s note

“The second part of the trilogy Abstract Library focuses on books and texts through their physical, hybrid or intangible presence. Literature and its multiple translational ties to contemporary art are at the heart of the exhibition that highlights poetic and political aspects and possibilities of a widespread artistic radicalism, often self-defined as literary activism.

Object of desire and central characters in new fables, the books through the exhibited works are fascinating and moving. They intersect with the view and the other senses. Through linguistic and conceptual processes they open up an ambiguous, often hermetic reading space. The viewer-reader crosses its borders to go beyond knowledge and meaning, beyond the writing itself in uncharted aesthetic, mental and emotional areas.

Borges’ Babel Library , “bold, lonely, infinite, perfectly immobile, loaded with inexpensive books, useless, incorruptible, secret” always inspires us, and as an open transfer allows us to search for unprecendented readings and alternative policies outside the “rule” are associated with the blank, forbidden, unwritten, or misunderstood pages of all foreigners.

On the shelves and the uranium cabinets, all the books are placed. What was written and what could be written and not written. The books that cross and are screened with other books and texts. Those that are rewritten through other languages. Those that were lost. Their splinters. Books that have not been read or can not be written. And silence, as their common uterus.

The Babel Exhibition is designed as a labyrinth of “readers”, “archives” and “bookshops”, in public and concealed spaces of the new wing of the Megaron in four different levels, transforming the building and its labyrinthine underground routes into a post-Border Library of Babel. “

Participating artists

Fiona Banner, Jorge Mendez Blake, Irma Blank, Benny Brunner, Ulises Carrion, Andreas Embirikos, Didim Erk, Dora García, Shilpa Gupta, Gary Hill, Vlasis Caniaris, William Kentridge, Julien Levesque, Michael Mandiberg, Rania Bellou, Rivane Neuenschwander, Giorgos Xenos, Nina Papakonstantinou, Estefania Penafiel Loaiza, Kyrillos Sarris, Dayanita Singh, Michelle Stuart, Stephanie Syjuco, Thu Van Tran and Giorgos Hatzimichalis.

Exhibition and parallel events

There are about 100 paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations and video installations, sound works, artist books, online projects, including new productions, as well as Dora García’s performance.

The first is titled “The Sinthome Score” and takes place at the Muslim Balcony every Saturday from 18:00 to 20:00 and every Sunday from 12:00 to 14:00.

The second one is titled “Artiste Without Work: A Guided Tour Around Nothing “, starting from Foye Kokkalis and ending in the Balkoni of Muses (every Saturday at 20:00 and every Sunday at 13:00).

The first performances include Stella Dimitrakopoulou, Danae Liodaki and Maria Sideris, and Marina Zervas, Anastasios Koukoutas, Aris Papadopoulos and Philippos Tsitsopoulos.

There are guided tours for the public as well as educational programs for all ages with the care of artist Katerina Zacharopoulou.

Places

Project Space, Balkoni of Muses, Skalkottas Level – 300A Exhibition Area, Banquet Level – Underground Stoa, Service Court

Collaborators

Architectural design and supervision of the Exhibition premises | Calliope Kontzoglou
Architect collaborator Mantos Davos
Art Historian | Niki Papaspyrou
Cultural management and marketing consultant Nafsika Chatzichristou

Photo of the subject: Shilpa Gupta For, In Your Tongue I Can not Fit: 100 Jailed Poets, 2017-2018 Hundred books of red brass, table, 1219 x 128 x 61 cm Courtesy of the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana Photo: Pat Verbruggen

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Date:

From: 05/12/2018 To: 10/03/2019

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday: 12:00 – 20:00 Saturday: 12:00 to 22:00

Location:

Athens Concert Hall, Vas. Sofias and Kokkalis, Athens

Tickets:

Normal € 5, Reduced € 3 Group Tickets (15+ persons) 3 € / person Wednesdays with free admission

Pre-sale:

megaron.gr, Megaron Fund

Information / Bookings:

www.megaron.gr | annexm.megaron.gr | 210 72 82 333