Costas Varotsos: Sculpture 2008-2018 | Exhibition
The exhibition includes remarkable pieces of Costas Varotsos’ recent work, witnessing to his constant struggle with the fragility of glass, the gloss of iron and, of course, transparency and light.
1. Globe, 2018Iron and glass 174 x 84 cm each Collection of the artist
2. Narcissist, 2010Mirror 232x100cm Collection of the artist
3. L’ Approdo, 2012Οpera all’ Umanità Migrante Glass Otranto, Puglia, Italy
Older versions of the Globe
Globe, 2018Varotsos here takes up an earlier theme, that of his Globe on display at Giorgio Persano 25 Art Gallery in 1995. The two austere geometric forms are shaped by 2 hemispheres of wire and irregular masses of glass. One is suspended, while the other is in touch with the floor, thus alluding to heaven and earth. He also produced another version of Globe, for Thessaloniki International Airport, using 2 hemispheres of different size this time and abandoning his favorite material, glass, in favor of building the curved masses in stone. Today's Globe furthers his sculptural transformations and advances his conceptual exploration of the vast universe.
The myth of Narcissus
Narcissist, 2010According to Greek mythology, Narcissus was a handsome young man who rejected love. Many nymphs and young women fell in love with him; yet, he spurned them. Nemesis punished Narcissus by leading him to a pool, where he saw his reflection in the water and fell in love with it; unable to abandon his reflection, he died there. A beautiful flower grew on the spot; Narcissus. There are many different versions of this myth, and Varotsos fuses them, in an abstract mood.
Interview to Katerina Lymberopoulou
L’ Approdo, 2012‘I was devastated when I found out about migrants’ watery graves off Lampedusa. I essentially sought to make a tragedy come alive, to put it into a different perspective. I remember once, while working on the shipwreck, I saw a child wandering about. I approached him; he was Albanian; he spoke neither Italian nor Greek. He pointed at the ship and said, “Papa”. His father had died there, when this child was a baby.. The issue is profoundly political, yet I approached it in artistic terms.. I strove to turn a tragedy into something positive; to build a bridge between the Italian and the Albanian people, who were traumatised.’
B. & M. Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts and Music
The B&M Theoharakis Foundation has as its basic interest the fine arts and music in Greece and worldwide, by focusing on the emergence and evolution of the modern in the 20th and 21st century.
Contributors and Bibliography
|Address||B. & M. Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts and Music, 9 Vas. Sofias & 1 Merlin, Athens|
|Starting point||9 Vas. Sofias & 1 Merlin, Athens|
|Finishing point||9 Vas. Sofias & 1 Merlin, Athens|
|Areas||B. & M. Theocharakis Foundation|
|Opening hours||Open daily: 10:00 – 18:00, Thursday (October-May): 10:00 – 20:00.|
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