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November

11 November 2009

WEAK MONUMENTS - POSTCARDS







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October

29 October 2009

e-MobiLArt

Following the first presentation of the European programme “e-MobiLArt” in the framework of the parallel programme of the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (May 20-June 10 2009, Warehouse B1, Thessaloniki port), the exhibition is now being presented at the Rondo Sztuki Gallery, Katowice, Poland.





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September

01 September 2009

EXHIBITION POLITICAL - PERSONAL

 Thirty-six Greek artists take a stand, with political works from the 1960s until today, which will be presented in the exhibition entitled “Personal-Political”, to be inaugurated on September 11th, at Warehouse B1, within the framework of the Parallel Programme of the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, organized by the State Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibition is also included in the programme of the 44th Dimitria.





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July

24 July 2009

1000+1 Prax(e)is

The exhibition 1000+1 Prax(e)is, in the framework of the parallel programme of the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, is designed to identify those actions which, literally or potentially, might transform the physical space or reshape social relations – through the creative process and theory, the theoretical/political and by extension, social discourse-project – into acts of catharsis.





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10 July 2009

FACE TO FACES (FACE À FACES) - Part II







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01 July 2009

FACE TO FACES (FACE À FACES) - PART II







May

20 May 2009

PRESS RELEASE 19-05-2009 / MAIN PROGRAMME







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20 May 2009

PRESS RELEASE 19-05-2009 / 2ND THESSALONIIKI BIENNALE

“Praxis: Art in Times of Uncertainty” is the theme of this year’s 2nd Thessaloniki  Biennale of Contemporary Art, which is organized by the State Museum of Contemporary Art from May 24 to September 27, 2009, with the support of the Ministry of Culture.





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19 May 2009

PRESS RELEASE 19-05-2009 / 1000+1 PRAX(E)IS

The exhibition 1000+1 Prax(e)is, in the framework of the parallel programme of the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, is designed to identify those actions which, literally or potentially, might transform the physical space or reshape social relations – through the creative process and theory, the theoretical/political and by extension, social discourse-project – into acts of catharsis.





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19 May 2009

PRESS RELEASE 19-05-2009 / ELECTROS

In this exhibition, a large part of the work of “Electros” (Babis Vekris) from the last decade will be displayed. These works consist of installations, environments, and wall compositions, in which art meets technology in an interesting and original way.





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19 May 2009

PRESS RELEASE 19-05-2009 / e-MobiLArt

The group exhibition titled “e-MobiLArt” is taking place during 20 May - 10 June in the context of the European project e-MobiLart (European Mobile Lab for interactive media Artists) scheduled activities. The exhibition is organized by the State Museum of Contemporary Art and is taking place as a parallel event of the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale.





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19 May 2009

PRESS RELEASE 19-05-2009 / PAINT-ID

How is painting defined at the end of the 20th century? How can the painting image create meaning, especially in a society inundated with imagery? Is painting obsolete, reactive, and conservative? Under what conditions can we refer to it as an act of reflection within the framework of a broader theory of culture, as analyzed in Terry Eagleton’s After Theory, a landmark in the theory of modern culture? These are some of the questions that the exhibition entitled “Paint-id” attempts to answer





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19 May 2009

PRESS RELEASE 19-05-2009 / DISCLOSURE-UNDERLINED MEMORY

In this exhibition, eleven Serbian contemporary artists attempt to deal with various issues that reveal dilemmas or self-confidence when they are to determine their identity (cultural, national, personal…) with memory as a thematic principle and creative impulse.





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19 May 2009

PRESS RELEASE 19-05-2009 / EXHIBITION FACE TO FACES (FACE À FACES)

(Self-)Portrait plays the leading role in this “cross-cultural” dialogue among artists who are living or working in France, with artists from other countries participating in this international group exhibition of contemporary art entitled “Face to Faces”(Face à Faces).





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19 May 2009

PRESS RELEASE 19-05-2009 / POLITICAL - PERSONAL

Given that every judgment, every movement of a person is a chain in his or her political and social action, the purpose of this exhibition, temporarily titled “Personal-Political”, to be inaugurated on September 11 in Warehouse B1, concerns the way in which the political dimension and consequence of every personal choice appears in the work of about 40 Greek artists. The way in which the micro-historical view of the world meets the macro-historical one and they are united.





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19 May 2009

PRESS RELEASE 19-05-2009 / YOUNG ARTISTS WORKSHOP

The theme of the workshop for young artists is “Multiculturalism: The Same Place - Other Times” and the basic idea is to provide the participating artists with the opportunity to become acquainted with the city centre area delineated by Egnatia, Halkeon, Mitropolitou Gennadiou, and Kassandrou Streets.





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19 May 2009

PRESS RELEASE 19-05-2009 / EVGENIA APOSTOLOU - WORKS 1984-2009

The Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art presents in its premises a retrospective exhibition of the painter Eugenia Apostolou curated by Denys Zacharopoulos. Opening on May 24, 2009, the exhibition features works from 1984-2009, especially the series between 1992-2009.





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19 May 2009

PRESS RELEASE 19-05-2009 / BIENNALE GOES TO... SCHOOL

The 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art brings the continuation of the successful “The Biennale goes to school!” programme, which has been included in the Ministry of Culture’s “Education-Culture” programme and foresees visits to the city’s schools. The programme was initiated by the State Museum of Contemporary Art during the 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art.





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19 May 2009

PRESS RELEASE 19-05-2009 / PRINTMAKING PANORAMA

Approximately 220 engravings by 157 artists are included in the exhibition entitled Greek Printmaking, an Overview, which was hosted at the “Technopolis” site of the Municipality of Athens in 2008 and which will be moved to the Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Thessaloniki, in Ano Toumpa from June 18 to September 12, in the framework of the parallel programme of the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art. This is an event jointly organized by the State Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece, and the Ephorate of Engraving.





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19 May 2009

PRESS RELEASE 19-05-2009 / PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL

Twenty-eight artists from Greece, the United States, Portugal, Denmark, Nigeria, Canada, Romania, Poland, Switzerland, Germany, China, Spain, France and Japan are participating in the Festival which, in the framework of the parallel programme of the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, will be entirely dedicated to performance art and will constitute a meeting point for Greek and international artists, but also for art theoreticians and critics.





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April

21 April 2009

2nd THESSALONIKI BIENNALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART “Praxis: Art in Times of Uncertainty”, May 24 - September 27, 2009

More than 150 artists / 39 countries / 12 entities from this city / 28 venues / 12 exhibitions and activities

“Praxis: Art in Times of Uncertainty” is the theme of this year’s 2nd Thessaloniki  Biennale of Contemporary Art, which is organized by the State Museum of Contemporary Art from May 24 to September 27, 2009, with the support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. Co curators under the general title “Praxis: Art in Times of Uncertainty” are Bisi Silva from Nigeria (Director of the Centre of Contemporary Art in Lagos), Gabriela Salgado from Argentina (Curator of Public Projects at Tate Modern and Independent Curator), and Syrago Tsiara, Director of the Thessaloniki Center of Contemporary Art.






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21 April 2009

PRAXIS: Art in Times of Uncertainty

In his seminal novel A Tale of Two Cities (1859) about life in Paris and London, the English novelist Charles Dickens wrote  ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.’





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September 2008

02 September 2008

2nd Biennale of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki 24th of May- 27th of September 2009 ˇPraxis: Art in Times of Uncertainty˘

"Praxis: Art in Times of Uncertainty" is the theme and title of this year’s 2nd Biennale of Contemporary Art, which the State Museum of Contemporary Art/ Costakis Collection is putting together from the 24th May until the 27th of September 2009. Curators of the 2nd Biennale are Olabisi Silva from Nigeria, Gabriela Salgado from Argentina and Syrago Tsiara, director of the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki.

As far as the concept of the Biennale is concerned its theme and title are inspired from the book by Τerry Eagleton “After Theory” and deals “with praxis, not in contrast with, but in conjunction with theory, as an inherent component of the identity and social role of the artist. By praxis we mean conscious and sincere action on the part of the artist – alone or as part of a group – intervening in social and political developments. Convinced as we are that contemporary art represents a privileged field of free expression of the subjective will, we seek out and promote artistic creativity wherever it resists the conversion of the work of art into a consumer product, a social ruse, an empty spectacle”.






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