PB: Tuesday, 4 October 2011 NEWSLETTER


Encounters: Eclectic Affinities with the art of Phaedon Anastasiadis

PART #1: 4-30 October 2011 > Melina Mercouri Cultural Center, Athens.
PART #2: 10 February - 1 March 2012 > Teloglion Foundation of Art, Thessaloniki.

The exhibition "Encounters: Eclectic Affinities with the art of Phaedon Anastasiadis" will open first at the Melina Mercouri Cultural Center, City of Athens Cultural Organisation (4 to 30 October 2011) and will subsequently be presented at the Teloglion Foundation of Art, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (10 February - 1 March 2012).

"Encounters" focuses on the discourse between the artworks of Phaedon Anastasiadis (1970-2001) and creations by contemporary visual artists. The idea began with an online blog (, which presented a selection of works by Phaedon and openly invited international contemporary artists to select and reserve one work of their preference in order to respond to it by creating a new work. Eventually, "Encounters" grew to include 42 responses in various forms - painting, sculpture, installation, mixed media, photography and video - that are exhibited together with the original artworks, which served as their source of inspiration (including 7 artworks by Phaedon from the ACG Art collection and 2 Pierce alumnae artists).

"Encounters" borrows its title from the historical exhibition "Encounters: New Art from Old" (National Gallery, London, 2000), which was the last museum exhibition that Phaedon visited shortly before his death in 2001. As a true artist and scholar, during his brief life, Phaedon made a systematic study of the history of Western painting and constantly strove to enrich his work through his encounters with major practitioners of art from all ages, including his contemporaries. In a similar spirit of constructive encounter between past and present, the dialogue between works by Phaedon and contemporary artists aims not at a nostalgic approach or the idealization of the past, but rather at its positive re-evaluation and its creative synergy with the present time.

Artists: Artemis Alcalay; David Arbitman; Ogenia Arbitman; Giannis Diamandis; Lena Dimova; Laura Dodson; Matina Doutsouli; Eleni Economou; Evinakat; Leonidas Giannakopoulos; Elli Griva; Tina Kambani; Nikol Kapari; Danae Kilaidoni; Nikolas Klironomos; Nikos Kryonidis; Giorgos Lanaras; Vassilis Liaouris; Panagiotis Linardakis; Clio Makri; Nikos Markou; Thodoris Markou; Ana Mathiou; Alkistis Michailidou; Maro Michalakakos; Nicholas Moore; Eleni Mylonas; Pantelis Pantelopoulos; Fenia Papadodima; Dionysis Pappas; Eleni Pavlopoulou; Phil Roberts; Angelos Skourtis; My Svennberg; Philippos Theodoridis; Eddie Tjeno Ericsson; Antonis Tsoulos; Alexis Veroucas; Alexander Voutsas; Petros Zafeiris; Yannis Ziogas; and Apostolis Zolotakis.

The artists and works are selected by Megakles Rogakos. The exhibition is curated by Eugenia Alexaki. The authors of the accompanying catalogue are Eugenia Alexaki, Mary Michailidou and Megakles Rogakos (ISBN: 978-960-93-3373-3).

Melina Mercouri Cultural Center, 66 Iraklidon and Thessalonikis Streets, Thissio, Athens, GR 11851, Greece, T: +30-210-3452150, E:
Teloglion Foundation of Art, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 159A Agiou Dimitriou Street, Thessaloniki, GR 54636, Greece, T: +30-2310-991610, E:

INFORMATION: Megakles Rogakos, The American College of Greece - ACG Art
6 Gravias Street, Agia Paraskevi, Athens, GR 15342, Greece, T: +30-210-6009800/1456, E: