Born in Stone 

composite photographs by Algis Kemezys
January 19 to March 15, 2015  ||   Museum Café
The National Archaeological Museum is a vital part of the Athenian community, functioning as a forum for ideas and a home of artistic and intellectual achievement. In this context, it hosts exhibits of contemporary art in its Cafe space, enabling a dialogue between Greek artists with their international counterparts in an environment that is predicated to the highest level of civilization. This enriches the museum experience of visitors by offering a cultural link of the past to the future, and by bridging the exquisite arc of human imagination to the creation of fine art.

Born in Stone is an attempt by Algis Kemezys to tread the same ground. He has created composite images that reinterpret iconic Ancient Greek sculptures which he photographed in this museum as well as other locations worldwide where they are being kept, embedding them on backgrounds of sacred rock. He chose the stone on which sits the Athenian Acropolis and the translucent marble of the quarry in Paros, which was used by the greatest sculptors of antiquity such as Praxiteles. Kemezys focused on specific designs of the rock that would best meld with each particular sculpture, offering a unique vision wherein the sculptures appear to take form and reveal themselves to the viewer through the texture of the rock, chronicling yet again the unbounded artistry of the Ancient Greeks. Kemezys has said that Born in Stone is in reality Born in the National Archaeological Museum, because it was here, in the presence of its untold treasures that the notion for these composites was first conceived, to be completed with absolute devotion during the last three years.

The artist lives in Canada but exhibits internationally in major galleries. He also has a presence in film festivals with his prize-winning documentaries. His interest in sculpture and the endlessly artistic possibilities of stone is an on-going theme of his decades-long career.

National Archaelogical Museum
44 Patission Street, Athens 10682
Tel.:2132144891
www.namuseum.gr

Algis Kemezys:
algis.kemezys@gmail.com

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