Activating archaeological sites with contemporary art, NEON is proud to present Richard Long’s Athens Slate Line, leading up to the shrine of Dionysos Eleuthereus on the South Slope of the Acropolis. The project is realised in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Sports as part of the initiative “All of Greece, One Culture”. Curated by NEON’s Director Elina Kountouri, the installation will last until 30 September 2020.
Richard Long has long been associated with the emergence of Land Art in Britain during the 1960s. Central to his practice is the action of walking. He has created sculpture and Land Art using lines all over the world, including the Sahara desert, Australia and Ireland.
This particular work, Athens Slate Line (1984), consists of individual pieces of slate assembled in the shape of a line. Its linear shape acts as a path, reminiscent of the meditative nature of walking. Walks combine physical endurance with the principles of order, action and idea, proposing a new way of viewing the wider area of the site. A line has been at the core of Long’s practice. It first appeared in his seminal work A Line Made by Walking (1967), as a student at Saint Martin’s School of Art in London. He created this artwork by continually treading the same path in a grass field in Wiltshire.
RICHARD LONG | ATHENS SLATE LINE
Shrine of Dionysos Eleuthereus, South Slope of the Acropolis
Free Entrance on Monday, Wednesday & Friday 19:00-19:45
Preregistration required via digitalculture.gov.gr
The events are offered free of charge by the Ministry of Culture and Sports. The only price of admission is the ticket for entrance to each site, where applicable.
Photography Fanis Kafantaris | Courtesy NEON and the artist