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Greek Pavilion, Greece at 58th Venice Biennale of Art

The Greek Pavilion, Greece at the Venice Biennale 2019: the artists of the pavilion, the works, the times, the periods, the cost of the tickets and the exhibition venue.

Greek Pavilion, Greece Venice Biennale of Art
Greek Pavilion, Greece at Venice Biennale of Art - Giardini della Biennale, Castello - City of Venice

Exhibition in progress from 11 May to 24 November 2019

The 58th Biennale of Art will open to the public on 11 May 2019. But starting from a few days before the opening there will be the various openings and side events that always suddenly animate the Venetian artistic life. The title of the 58 edition of the Biennale d'Arte is May You Live In Interesting Times.

79 artists are invited to exhibit at the 58th Venice Biennale of Art, with a prevalence of women. Among them the 2 Italians Ludovica Carbotta and Lara Favaretto. The first will make a site-specific work in Forte Marghera, inside the building known as the Austrian Powder Mill.

Go to the page of the 58th Venice Art Biennale

Greek Pavilion, Greece at 58th Biennale Arte of Venice

Title of the exhibition at Greek Pavilion is Mr. Stigl.

Artists: Panos Charalambous, Eva Stefani, Zafos Xagoraris.
Curator: Katerina Tselou. 
Commissioner: Syrago Tsiara (Deputy Director of the Contemporary Art Museum - Metropolitan Organization of Museums of Visual Arts of Thessaloniki - MOMus). 
Seat: Biennale's Gardens

Press Release of Greek Pavilion

Mr. Stigl, who lends his name to the title of the Greek Pavilion exhibition, is a historical paradox, a constructive misunderstanding, a fantastical hero of an unknown story whose poetics take us to the periphery of official history, but also of reality. He may be an ironic narrator who introduces us to a space of doubt, paraphrased sounds, and nonsensical identities and histories.

What does history reword and what does it conceal, consciously or not? In the environment created by the three Greek artists Panos Charalambous, Eva Stefani, and Zafos Xagoraris, there is a transposition occurring, from grand narratives to personal stories. The unknown (or less known) of history emerge, subverting the indisputable character of the official record—in a playful manner. These fragmentary narratives do not attempt to retrieve the past but to create polyphonic stories in a condition of active present.

The voices introduced by Panos Charalambous reach us through the rich collection of sounds he has accumulated since the 1970s. Known for combining installations with sonic performances, he brings forward those who have been forgotten or silenced, recomposing their orality through an idiosyncratic play. Two such voices constitute the starting point for his glass installation A Wild Eagle Was Standing Proud, upon which an ecstatic, “ultrasonic” dance is performed—a vortex of deep listening. The viewer is invited to walk on this transparent stage and leave behind an echo, a trace.

Eva Stefani moves between the genres of observational cinema and experimental film. In Anaglyphs, she retells human stories that at first sight seem marginal, of little importance, yet unravel as significant paradoxes of realism and fiction. Small ceremonies of private life. “An infinitely large number of infinitesimally small actions,” as per Tolstoy’s description of history. She cites her own previous filmic stories and subversive acts to archival footage in this new work. And like the pages of a diary, it reveals the intimacy of the human condition through an unofficial telling of the past that casts light upon history.

The work of Zafos Xagoraris often references historical details or neglected facts that connect to a specific site and institutional framework. He takes as point of reference an image or a sound to draw out a fact or a story for the present; an attempt to give rise to small changes in the reception of institutions and their histories. His installation The Concession transports us to 1948, connecting the Greek past (specifically the troubled years of the Civil War and the concentration camps) with the movement of modernism and also the figure of Peggy Guggenheim. That year the Pavilion of Greece was offered to the American collector to show her pivotal collection of modern art for the first time on European soil, essentially changing the history of the Biennale itself.

The Metropolitan Organisation of Museums of Visual Arts of Thessaloniki (MOMus) has been appointed commissioner of Greece’s national participation by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. The role of commissioner is undertaken by Syrago Tsiara, deputy director of the MOMus–Museum of Contemporary Art and MOMus–Experimental Center for the Arts. The project is funded by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.

The project is powered by Onassis Culture. With the support of NEON Organization for Culture and Development and Aegean Airlines as Air Carrier sponsor.


Panos Charalambous has participated in exhibitions in Greece and internationally, among others, documenta 14, Athens and Kassel (2017); White House Biennial, Varna (2016); eidos, Besançon (2014); Break-Through, Madrid (2004); Copenhagen, Cultural Capital of Europe (1996); Kunst–Europa, Berlin (1991). He lives and works in Athens, where he is Rector of the School of Fine Arts.

Eva Stefani is a documentary filmmaker, visual artist, and poet. Her films have been screened in various international film festivals, such as Oberhausen, Osnabrück, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Cinéma du réel, and Lisboa Docs. She has also participated in international exhibitions, most recently documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel. She teaches Cinema Studies at the University of Athens and is a visiting professor at Freie Universität, Berlin.

Zafos Xagoraris has participated in international exhibitions, including documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel, Sao Paolo Biennial, Manifesta, Athens Biennale, and Thessaloniki Biennale. He has also been a visiting researcher at the University of Michigan, University of Sassari, and Columbia University. He lives and works in Athens, where he teaches at the School of Fine Arts.

Katerina Tselou was Assistant to the Artistic Director and Curatorial Advisor of documenta 14 (2014–17). She was a co-curator for the 4th Athens Biennale in 2013. From 2009 to 2013 she was the curator of the visual arts program at the National Theatre of Greece, and from 2007 to 2008 she worked as Exhibition Coordinator at Argos, Centre for Art and Media in Brussels. She has also organized projects as an independent curator in Greece, collaborating with institutions such as the Athens School of Fine Arts and the European Film Festival. She lives and works in Athens.

Hours: Gardens from 10.00 to 18.00. Arsenale from 10.00 to 18.00 (from 10.00 to 20.00 on Friday and Saturday until September 30th). Closed on Mondays (except May 13, September 2, November 18).
Tickets: please visit the official website. On the web € 21.50 until 31 March 2019.
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