Public art in Athens seems an impossible affair, compressed in a Procrustean bed between the eternal marble busts and uncontrollable inscriptions on the walls of its apartment blocks. Together with its neoclassical design, Athens inherited a few dozen statues and busts of the warriors of the Greek Revolution of 1821, members of the Society of Friends (Filiki Eteria) and Philhellenes. Later on the new heroes were (inevitably) the politicians but, next to them, one could find memorial statues of young military men together with mayors, poets, actors.
The 20th century’s Modernism would add new dimensions in sculpture. The experiments appeared from France to the Soviet Union but, at some point, the problem seemed not to be limited to the artistic form, but it was mainly focused on the ever more peculiar role of monumental art in a metropolis and a society that changed drastically during the last century. The frenzied rhythms of contemporary urban life, the growing cocooning, the eclipses of public life and the new aesthetic standards make any bust seem incongruous.
Implementation: Thanasis Moutsopoulos
Associate Professor, History of Art and Cultural Theory, Technical University of Crete
Wednesday 13/03 | 19.00 - 21.00: From Public art to Street Art
Up to 30 participations Free admission by online pre-registration
Online booking will be available on Tuesday, March 05*, at 12.00 noon.
*At this event, Members enjoy a day of priority in booking (there is a certain number of seats per event).
The links for the pre-registrations are being sent via the SNFCC Members Newsletter
Friday 22/03, 18:00
Members Events: Guided tours of the exhibition "George Zongolopoulos, The Vision of Public Sculpture"