EXHIBITIONS

Kornelios Grammenos. Prosodies & Rhapsodies
18/11/2021 - 20/03/2022 MOMus-Museum Alex Mylona

Exhibition “Kornelios Grammenos. Prosodies and Rhapsodies”

MOMus- Museum Alex Mylona (5, Agion Asomaton Square, Thisio, Athens)
18 November 2021 – 13 February 2022 EXTENDED UNTIL 20 MARCH 2022

 

"My sculpting is my unembellished reality, my daily life, one full of anticipation, frustration, haste, carelessness, momentary triumphs and da capo. Sometimes, she suddenly confronts me, as if to say, 'come mon, let's move on, let's start from scratch”.

This is how artist Kornelios Grammenos (Patras, 1959-Athens, 2021) defined his work and career as recently as April 2020. And it is precisely this definition that is manifested in the exhibition “Kornelios Grammenos. Prosodies and Rhapsodies”, taking place at MOMus-Museum Alex Mylona (5, Agion Asomaton Square Thisio, Athens).

The unique creatures fashioned by the artist – his Aliens and Knights – coexist with his metallic Flowers, which comprise hidden unexpected gardens, and his Sarmata, which organize surfaces with creases and protrusions. The art of Kornelios Grammenos, with its references to avant-garde 20th century art movements, evolves coherently and consistently. Every new step corresponded to a new aesthetic proposition that manifested the limitless potential of the artist.

In his paintings, Kornelios Grammenos reaffirms the originality of his investigations. His compositions renegotiate the principles of abstraction and the meaning of painting as a process, focus on purely painting values, on the function, intensity, and spark of colour. Grammenos endeavours a fusion of his painting with the linguistic concept of prosody, emphasizing rhythm and tone, and capturing a mental or emotional state.

In his sculptures, Grammenos presents an exquisite clarity of intentions, endeavouring to create an art that is clear and plain, an art in which simplicity and the textures of materials converse with subversive humour and intuition.

 

As art historian and the exhibition’s curator Yannis Bolis notes in the accompanying catalogue: “Consistency and integrity have been the defining attributes of the work of Kornelios Grammenos, from his very first creations in the 1980s to his abrupt passing in 2021. The exhibition Prosodies and Rhapsodies presents recent creations, while the publication at hand covers his entire opus. Organized into sections, it allows us to track, evaluate and appreciate the experimentations and directions of the artist, the importance of his art, and the trajectory of his diverse investigations – the unity and firmness of his creative, expressive, and intellectual interests”.

For MOMus-Museum Alex Mylona, this exhibition is emotionally charged, since Kornelios Grammenos had worked closely together with two of our own people, Yannis Bolis and Eleni Kotsara, in the original design of the exhibition and of the retrospective catalogue dedicated to his work.

 

Biographical sketch

Kornelios Grammenos (Patra, 1959 - Athens, 2021) studied graphic arts and photography in Athens (1977-1980), and then sculpture and painting at the Cologne School of Fine Arts (1981-1988). His work spanned art forms (painting, design, inks, sculpture) and materials (wood, iron, steel, lead, cardboard). He sees artworks as objects that are part of the realm of architectural space, but not necessarily in a formalistic way. Essentially, his work is defined as an experimental composition. His artistic milestones: Rome (1988-1991), New York (1991-1992) and San Francisco (1999-2000). His career includes several major exhibitions featuring his works and different aspects of his art, that took place in different countries and continents (Germany, Greece, Italy, Turkey, United States). His sculptural inventions have been displayed in various cities and venues, including: Palazzo Corvaja, Taormina, Sicily, 1990· Dexameni Square, Athens, 1995; Patras Marina, 1996; Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, 1997· 10th Elementary School of Vyronas, Athens, 2006.

www.korneliosgrammenos.net  

 

Guided tours

Guided tours to the exhibition “Kornelios Grammenos. Prosodies and Rhapsodies”, will be taking place on Saturdays and Sundays at 13:00. Joining a tour requires a valid ticket to the exhibition and booking a place by contacting this number: 210 3215717 or visiting reception.mam@momus.gr.

The exhibition venue complies with all public health and safety regulations and requirements. Entry is allowed upon presenting either a certificate of vaccination or recovery, or a rapid antigen test obtained within the previous 48 hours. Mask use is mandatory.