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Apostolos Georgiou: Paintings


DOCUMENTA 14

Apostolos Georgiou’s paintings resemble film scenes. The way he composes his pictures, allowing only a limited view of the situation playing out or focusing on details – cropping the objects and figures depicted in unexpected places – intensifies their cinematic effect and heightens the anticipation for what will happen next, but this remains elusive and entirely at the viewer’s command. During the 100 days of documenta 14, Apostolos Georgiou’s figures visit the Megaron in a series of paintings scattered through the foyer and installed beneath unlit chandeliers that are only turned on during concerts. The works have the appearance of “monuments” to a recent and somewhat surreal past. This group of “lively meta-visitors” invite viewers to follow them through the building and join in weaving a new narrative. 

Apostolos Georgiou was born in 1952 in Thessaloniki. One of the most important Greek artists of his generation, he has enjoyed an international reputation and career. From 1971 to 1973 he studied architecture at the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna and then from 1973 to 1975 studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, from which he graduated. His subject matter is anthropocentric and narrative, drawing its themes from everyday life.

The exhibition will remain closed on:
14 - 17 April, 1 May, 5 June & 8 - 16 June