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Electra's Adagio

ACG - ART CENTER 30/10-01/12/2006

Opening at 20:00 on Monday, 30 October 2006

The American College of Greece inaugurates Electra's Adagio, an exhibition of paintings by distinguished Greek painter Electra Tegopoulou, at 20:00 on Monday, 30 October 2006.

Electra's Adagio comprises 30 paintings by Tegopoulou, works that are characterized by an "expressionistic frenzy and tender delirium," Manos Stefanidis, Professor in Art History at the University of Athens, writes in the exhibition catalog. Electra's painting is not easy, without this undermining her charm [...] Electra is not on the lookout for admirers but for suspected beholders to share with them the unutterable enigmas of images."

"Electra Tegopoulou's visual gesture is brave in terms of authenticity and perfectly identified with her psyche," writes art historian and critic, Dr. Dora Iliopoulou-Rogan. ACG Art Curator Megakles Rogakos notes that "Electra's way of creating is so free and natural, as I have never seen before [...] Artistic creation for her is like giving birth, an unbearable pain that lasts a little, but then turns to become life."

One of this exhibition's attractions is a video, produced by the College at Megakles Rogakos' initiative, which presens the artist during the making of one of her paintings. Filming began at night and continued without a break until dawn the next day. The ingredients for this venture, aside from paintbrushes, were the artificial light, and the Adagio for Strings and Organ by Tomaso Albinoni, guiding - as the painter claims - "the soul, the mind and her hand."

Electra Tegopoulou was born and lives in Athens. She graduated from Pierce College, and studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts in Athens under George Mavroidis. In 1994 she had her first personal exhibition at Idolo Gallery in Athens. Electra's Adagio is her third personal exhibition, to be followed by individual showings in Cyprus and Thessaloniki. She has also participated in five group exhibitions.

Tegopoulou is considered to be one of the most important Greek contemporary painters. She paints only at night, under the light of a 1000-Watt bulb.

Electra's Adagio, is hosted at the Art Center of The American College of Greece (6 Gravias Street, Aghia Paraskevi), from 30 October through 1 December 2006. The exhibition will be open 11:00 - 20:00 Monday to Friday and 11:00 - 16:00 Saturday.

INFORMATION: ACG Art, The American College of Greece, 6 Gravias Street, Aghia Paraskevi, Athens, GR 15342, Greece, T: +30210 6009800 x:1444, E: info@ACGmail.gr

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