Theorimata, the exhibition / institution by AICA Hellas, the Greek Section of the International Association of Art Critics, AICA International, is presented for the second time at the National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens (EMST), from October 1 until November 1, 2020 in the EMST Temporary Exhibitions Space (-1).
The first exhibition was presented in 2018 with the aim to become a biennial event, providing the chance to curators, critics, art history scholars, and also artists to converse, collaborate and intervene in the artistic field; the theme of “Theorimata” will be differentiated each time, focusing on the characteristics and major issues of each period.
For the exhibition Theorimata 2: On History, 25 curators, scholars and art critics, members of the Greek Section of AICA, propose 56 artists who, with History as their axis, promote the function of art as an alternative educational tool and a means of dynamically intervening in the social fabric.
The idea that the knowledge of the past is an aid to the interpretation of the present and a guide to the future, asserted by Thucydides in his first book on the History of the Peloponnesian War, runs through the exhibition in which installations, constructions, sculptures, photographs, paintings, artists’ books, drawings, videos and happenings are presented.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a bilingual catalogue (in Greek and English) with introductory texts by Bia Papadopoulou and Emmanuel Mavrommatis, texts by the curators, photographs of the works and biographies of both the curators and artists.
The collective volume Kritiki+Techni (Criticism+Art) Vol. 6: Contemporary Art and the Archive: Archival Collections, Artistic Practices, Reflections (edited by Charis Kanellopoulou) will also be published.
The participating curators and artists are the following:
Alexandros M. Pfaff as proposed by Maria A. Angeli
Vicky Tsalamata, Antonis Choudalakis as proposed by Dionissia Giakoumi
Marina Gioti, Aristeidis Lappas, Thanasis Chondros – Alexandra Katsiani as proposed by Sozita Goudouna
Klitsa Antoniou, Yioula Hatzigeorgiou as proposed by Antonis Danos
Anastasis Stratakis as proposed by Charis Kanellopoulou
Yorgos Lazongas, Fotini Poulia, Angelos Skourtis as proposed by Artemis Kardoulaki
Marios Spiliopoulos, Tassos Triandafyllou, Ersi Hatziargyrou as proposed by Vassia Karkayanni-Karabelias
Annita Argyroiliopoulou, Irini Diadou as proposed by Lena Kokkini
Maria Andromachi Chatzinikolaou as proposed by Magda Koubarelou
Mary Christea as proposed by Tassos Koutsouris
Filippos Vasileiou as proposed by Christoforos Marinos
Ersi Venetsanou, Costas Vrouvas, Evi Kirmakidou as proposed by Emmanuel Mavrommatis
Nikos Giavropoulos, C o s t i s as proposed by Konstantinos Basios
Georgia Kotretsos & Panos Tsagaris as proposed by Maria Nicolacopoulou
Eleni Lyra, Efsevia Mihailidou, Dimitris Skourogiannis as proposed by Stratis Pantazis
Eleni Τzirtzilaki, Giorgos Tserionis, George Harvalias as proposed by Bia Papadopoulou
Dimitris Alithinos, Angelos Antonopoulos, Yiorgos Tsakiris as proposed by Miltiadis Μ. Papanikolaou
Dimitris Zouroudis, Kyrillos Sarris as proposed by Niki Papaspirou
Alexandros Georgiou, Pelagia Kyriazi as proposed by Spyros Petritakis
Georgia Sagri, Eliza Soroga, Filippos Tsitsopoulos as proposed by Constantinos V. Proimos
Takis Zerdevas, Constantinos Massos, Efi Fouriki as proposed by Athena Schina
Pandelis Lazaridis, Erato Tagaridi, Paris Chaviaras as proposed by Faye Tzanetoulakou
Georgia Damopoulou, Nikos Papadimitriou, Ilias Papailiakis as proposed by Lina Tsikouta
Makis Faros – Zoe Pyrini Group as proposed by Anna Hatziyiannaki
Kostas Tsolis as proposed by Kostas Christopoulos
Idea for the institution of Theorimata: Emmanuel Mavrommatis, Chairman of the Board of AICA Hellas and Emeritus of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Idea for the topic of Theorimata 2/2020: On History: Bia Papadopoulou, General Secretary of AICA Hellas, Art Historian, Exhibition Curator
Organizational & curatorial committee:
Emmanuel Mavrommatis, Bia Papadopoulou, Artemis Potamianou, Faye Tzanetoulakou, Kostas Christopoulos and AICA members Charis Kanellopoulou and Niki Papaspyrou for AICA Hellas
Events and Conferences in the context of the exhibition:
Events and Conferences will take place provided conditions permit, respecting all rules and measures for the safety of the public.
A conference entitled Digital Art and History will take place at the auditorium within the exhibition space (-1) (organization AICA Hellas, coordination and opening statement: Dr. Faye Tzanetoulakou, History of Art).
A conference on the Honorary Volume for Professor Miltiadis M. Papanikolaou will be held at the auditorium within the exhibition space (-1). Publication’s prologue: Emmanuel Mavrommatis, Vanias Publications, Thessaloniki, 770 pages. The volume includes 33 studies by students and associates of Professor M. M. Papanikolaou on issues in the fields of Art History and Theory and Cultural institutions, Volume Editor: Maria D. Kagiadaki. (organization AICA Hellas, coordination and opening statement: Emmanuel Mavrommatis, Emeritus Professor AUTh.)
(Professor M.M. Papanikolaou taught History of Art for approximately 40 years at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and other universities across the nation. He served as the Chairman of the History and Archaeology Department and the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He led the efforts for the establishment of the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki and as its Director signed the purchase contracts for the Costakis Collection in 2000).