The Phantasms of the Mediterranean

The Reflections of the Past

Exhibition by Marianna Strapatsakis
In the ‘Altar Gallery’ of the National Archaeological Museum
In May 17, 2012, the National Archaeological Museum inaugurates Marianna Strapatsakis’ art work, titled
The Phantasms of the Mediterranean or The Reflections of the Past

The opening is dedicated to the celebration of the International Museums Day, May 18th, in which the entrance is also free to visitors.

The work of Marianna Strapatsakis is a monumental composition /video-construction constituted of four transparent double-wall cylinders, a painted sheet of stainless steel and a monitor inside, as well as and a wide strip of pebbles. The work develops around the juncture of traditional art and contemporary visual media, of the still and moving image. The artist is referring to ancient civilisations around the Mediterranean, columns of the Western World and further with the video of the ruins of the ancient Aphaia Temple at Aigina focuses on ancient Greek Civilisation, which lauds the ideal Man.

Thus, Marianna Strapatsakis passes from the specific to the continuous, elaborating on the theme of birth – death - rebirth. Through these symbolisms Marianna Strapatsakis’ work is harmonized in the Museum, amid its ancient sculptures, and, further more, it adds to the purposes set by the National Archaeological Museum, to be a cultural core in the heart of Athens.

The artist Marianna Strapatsakis is Associate Professor in the Audiovisual Art Department of the Ionian University and visiting professor in the School of Fine Arts, Athens. She has presented over thirty four solo exhibitions in Greece, Europe and in America, and has participated in fifty five group exhibitions across the world. Works of the artist are to be found in public and private collections in Greece, France, Switzerland and the U.S.A.

Curator of the exhibition: Andreas Ioannidis, Associate Professor in the School of Fine Arts, Athens.

Opening: May 17, 2012, at 20:00

Duration: May 17 – August 31, 2012

Visiting hours: The timetable of the Museum


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Marianna Strapatsakis


Andreas Ioannidis

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