The exhibition “ANTIDORON The EMST Collection” in Kassel marks the first time the collection of Greece’s National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) is presented in Germany, through a double displacement that EMST became home od documenta 14 in Athens, and the Fridericianum, traditionally the centerpiece of a documenta exhibition, the temporary home of EMST’s Collection (Part I, Part III, Part IV).
By Dimitris Lempesis
Photo: EMST Archive
This is the first time that part of the Greece’s National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) collection is presented outside Greece., The exhibition “ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection” with 180 works by 82 artists deals with issues of border crossings, diaspora, cultural exchange, existential quests, and mythologies, as well as personal and collective memories. The title embodies the mutual respect of both institutions, documenta 14 and EMST independently of their diverse commitments and missions, to discourse and to reinterpret essential issues and visual language. It deals with concepts such as trading, exchanging, sharing, giving and offering Antidoron (αντίδωρον, literally the return of a gift) or Antidanion (αντιδάνειo, the return of a loan either linguistic, cultural, or financial). The prefix “anti” reveals a distinct position and consequently a view, not necessarily opposed to, but departing from a different point in order to communicate, to argue, to bridge, to converge, and to accept each other’s’ stances. List of artists: Dimitris Alithinos, Nikos Alexiou, Andreas Angelidakis, Stephen Antonakos, Janine Antoni, Alexis Akrithakis, Evgenia Apostolou, Athanasios Argianas, Manolis Baboussis, Bertille Bak, Lynda Benglis, Andrea Bowers, Chronis Botsoglou, Yiannis Bouteas, David Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Constantin (Dikos) Byzantios, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Vlassis Caniaris, Chryssa, Chandris Pantelis, Danil, Bia Davou, George Drivas, Eirene Efstathiou, Haris Epaminonda, Koken Ergun, Jan Fabre, Stelios Faitakis, Carlos Garaicoa, Kendell Geers, George Hadjimichalis, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Mona Hatoum, Gary Hill, Emily Jacir, Gulsun Karamustafa, Nikos Kessanlis, Kimsooja, Panos Kokkinias, Dimosthenis Kokkinidis, Joseth Kosuth, Jannis Kounellis, Piotr Kowalski, Yorgos Lazongas, George Lappas, Ange Leccia, Stathis Logothetis, Maria Loizidou, Andreas Lolis, Danny Mathys, Yiannis Michas, Nikos Navridis, Nina Papaconstantinou, Maria Papadimitriou, Aimilia Papafilippou, Ilias Papailiakis, Rena Papaspyrou, Nausika Pastra, Pavlos, Jannis Psychopedis, Alexandros Psychoulis, Walid Raad, Oliver Ressler, Lucas Samaras, Yorgos Sapountzis, Allan Sekula, Vassilis Skylakos, Christiana Soulou, Aspa Stasinopoulou, Takis, Thodoros, Sculptor, Thanasis Totsikas, Nikos Tranos, Stefanos Tsivopoulos, Costas Tsoclis, Dimitris Tzamouranis, Costas Varotsos, Kostis Velonis, Bill Viola, Vangelis Vlahos, Pantelis Xagoraris and Georgios Xenos.
Info: Curator: Katerina Koskina, Assistant Curators: Stamatis Schizakis & Tina Pandi, Fridericianum, Friedrichsplatz 18, Kassel, Duration: 10/6-17/9/17, Days & Hours: Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00, www.emst.gr