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"Olympic Cities - Gods Becoming Men: Curated by Edward Lucie-Smith"
2004-07-14 until 2004-09-12
The Frissiras Museum Athens will present “Gods Becoming Men,” from July 14 to September 20, 2004. The exhibition is being curated by art historian Edward Lucie-Smith. ’Gods Becoming Men’ may seem a perverse title for an exhibition that is, in part at least, intended to be a celebration of the Olympic Games. The Olympics, surely, are about athletes who attain semi-divine status through physical prowess. Yet the Games are also about other things - they are about those who compete and fall short of their objectives - the athlete who arrives as a demi-god may depart as a mere mortal. And they are about the descent of the god into mere mortal flesh - that is, about both transcendence and self-transcendence. I hope the visitor to this show will get at least some flashes of all these ideas.
’Gods Becoming Men’, at the privately owned Frissiras Museum, which occupies two handsomely converted 19th century mansions in the Plaka, in the very heart of Athens, is in many ways a riposte to this - in geographical terms, in exploitation of technological wizardry, and in philosophical approach. The artists hail from locations throughout the world: all the Chinas [mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong], Israel, India, Indonesia, Iran, Brazil and Jamaica, as well as from Greece itself, Russia, the Czech Republic, Sweden, the United States and the United Kingdom, The centrepiece of the show is an installation by two young Australian artists, Tim Maslen and Jennifer Mehra.
Artists include Jonathon Webb USA, Maslen & Mehra Australia/UK,Michal Chelbin Israel, Marilene Oliver Britain, Fereydoun Ave Iran, Tara Sosrowardoyo Indonesia, Sui Jianguo China, Per Wizen Sweden, Lars Siltberg Sweden, Genia Chef Russia, Olga Tobreluts Russia, Ivan Pinkava Czech Republic, Jivanii RedMark Jamaica, Kim Poor Brasil, Bernadette De Cunha India, Dimitris Yeros Greece, Viktor Koen Greece/USA, Marc Wayland Britain, Edward Lucie-Smith, Paul Hodgson Britain,Ho Siu-Kee,Hong Kong China, Mark Soosar Estonia, Weng Fen China
Maslen and Mehra
The Past is the Future
Limited Addition Giclee Print