POLYPTYCH ZioY1987pla8 ZioY1987pol1 ZioY1987pol2 ZioY1987pol3

1. Plan #8 for Polyptych 1987 (drawing)
2. Aspect #1 of Polyptych 1986-1987 (installation)
3. Aspect #2 of Polyptych 1986-1987 (installation)
4. Aspect #3 of Polyptych 1986-1987 (installation)

Yannis Ziogas: Polyptych

Deree College Library 21/02-31/03/2006

Opening at 20:00 on Tuesday, 21 February 2006

ACG Art of The American College of Greece invites you to the contemporary art exhibition entitled Yannis Ziogas: Polyptych at Deree College Library, which will be inaugurated at 20:00 on Tuesday, 21 February 2006.

Yannis Ziogas was born in Thessaloniki in 1962. Since 1982 he has been active on both the Greek and international art scene with exhibitions, publications on art and participations in group projects. Originally, he studied mathematics (University of Athens, 1988) but went on to study visual arts in the United States where he received his Master's degree in Fine Arts (School of Visual Arts, New York, 1991). From 1997 onwards, Ziogas' work probes the concept of journey and this thematic has formed the object of his personal exhibitions: From Utopia to Epekina (1997), Impatience (2000), Ballads (2002) and Diary of a Cultural Refugee (2005). His work has been featured in the Greek and international Press (New York Times; Sculpture; Artnews; Il Giornalle Dell' Arte etc.). He has published the book Byzantine Malevich (2000), while his narrative commentary Tarkovsky in Chalkis is under publication. Simultaneously, he participates actively in Platformes, the non-profit organization of cultural intervention. C urrently he lives and works in Athens.

Ziogas is known for his imaginative installations, which change with their every new exhibition. One such work is Polyptych, created between 1986 and 1987, which has become part of the ACG Art Collection and is exhibited for the first time in the Deree College Library atrium. The American College of Greece is proud to present Ziogas' Polyptych, especially as this impressive artwork provided the artist with a merit scholarship for the Graduate Program of the School of Visual Arts in New York. The College gratefully acknowledges Polyptych to represent a significant addition to the ACG Art Collection, convinced that students and the general public will appreciate it for years to come.

Polyptych is a monumental example of installation art, exhibited in its entirety for the first time since it was made in 1987. Through this work, Ziogas sought to offer a new dimension to abstract painting, to change the relation between painting and the viewer in space. One of the more interesting aspects of Polyptych is that it has been created so that it can be rearranged according to instinct. Specifically for the exhibition at Deree Library, Ziogas was inspired to give his work a closed arrangement with internal structure.

ACG Art Curator, Megakles Rogakos, curated this exhibition, and produced a catalog that includes an insightful essay in dialog with the artist.

The exhibition will run till 31 March 2006, and will be open 11:00-20:00 Monday through Friday, and 11:00-16:00 Saturday.


INFORMATION: ACG Art, The American College of Greece, 6 Gravias Street, Agia Paraskevi, Athens, GR 15342, Greece, T: +30-210-6009800/1444, E: