Wednesday 23 March 2022
The Membership Program of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC), in collaboration with the National Library of Greece (NLG) are organizing a special visit-tour for the Members of the SNFCC, in the painting exhibition of Michalis Madenis, entitled "The Exiles", where the SNFCC Members will have the opportunity to meet in person the artist, as well as his work.
Daringly and sensitively, Michalis Madenis is painting inmates of a psychiatric hospital, revealing through their worn-out figures, the tragedy of mental illness. Madenis is painting the true exiles of life and society, exiled even from themselves. In this series of portraits, Madenis is highlighting the painting and drawing surface of the face, as the dominant form. ‘’The Exiles’’ in his paintings are sternly monumental figures, who mesmerize the viewer with their rough or sad eyes and their tormented bodies in awkward postures.
The tour will be conducted by the artist himself.
Wednesday 23/03 | 18.30
Multifunctional Space NLG, 2nd floor
Up to 14 participants – Members only
Fee entrance via online pre-registration
The catalogue of the exhibition is a publication of the National Library of Greece (edited by Stavros Zouboulakis). SNFCC Members enjoy a 10% discount.
Daily: 31/01/2022 - 31/03/2022
Few information about the artist:
Michalis Madenis is one of the most remarkable Greek painters. Born in 1960 in Komotini, student of P. Tetsis and T. Patriskidis, studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts, securing a scholarship for each year of his studies, granted to him by the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY). He then pursued postgraduate studies at the Free Academy of Visual Arts in the Hague, where he studied on a Royal Fellowship of the Dutch Government and ΙΚΥ. In May 1992, he held his first solo exhibition at Nees Morfes Art Gallery. From 2006 to 2017, he worked on secondment at the Greek National Gallery – Alexandros Soutsos Museum, where he was responsible for the children’s workshop and for conducting the educational programs. Works of his can be found at the Greek National Gallery, the Hellenic Parliament, the Bank of Greece, Vorres Museum, Frissiras Museum, Historical Archives – Museum of Hydra, Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation, as well as in public and private collections in Greece and abroad.
For the public to enter the interior area of the activity, it is required to present a valid vaccination certificate or disease certificate, as the space operates as pure. The above applies to adults. Minors from 4 to 17 years old may, alternatively, submit a negative self test (24 hours), PCR (72 hours) or rapid (48 hours) diagnostic certificate, in accordance with the recent government measures.
In any case of presentation of an official document, a parallel identity check of the holder will be carried out.
The use of face mask and social distancing measures are mandatory in indoor and outdoor areas of the SNFCC, in accordance with Hellenic National Public Health Organization regulations.
Due to public health measures, there may be changes regarding either the staging of the event, or the maximum number of participants.